A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
A Federal Court found yesterday that the NSA does, in fact, routinely violate your Constitutional rights. The reason why is very likely within your arm’s reach right now.
Masses of people agreeing to vote for officials who want to go to war, continue using the death penalty, and tend to oppose programs that would support the poor all so those officials will do little more than pay lip service to the virtue of female chastity surely isn’t the ideal arrangement for a democracy.
What Jim Leyland knows about baseball could save your life—or at least your sanity.
Bitcoin’s value has been driven almost entirely by speculation, and I have the graphs to prove it. (Updated, now with another graph!)
We’ve all heard about right wing backlash against Pope Francis. But what about backlash from the left?
Please welcome the newest contributor to Ordinary Times.
Last month, my wife and I welcomed our third and final child into the world. Our new daughter is everything a baby is supposed to be. This is good for a variety of reasons, including how difficult actually having this third child proved to be. We are not religious people, so she’s whatever the please-leave-us-alone-about-religion…
A short story about an old man, his loneliness, and his resolve to perform a simple ritual.
Only one word in my lexicon has changed, a shift that feels big and small at the same time.
The Right/Left dynamic may be our greatest strength, but what would it look like if this went away?
Words can have teeth. But like kings and presidents, they can be stripped of their power.
New Dealer takes a look the rampant consumerism of the season and its inevitable backlash.
I have claimed before that civil society is a fragile thing. I’ll add to that that the more civil a society is the more fragile it is. By “civil” here I mean “be-stated”, and this is a continuous variable. Also before, prioritizing personal freedom over political freedom, I claimed that the freest nations are the ones with…
Critics of Wal-mart have latched onto its being open on Thanksgiving as a rallying cry. Doing so is a mistake.
A few thoughts on recovering one’s reputation for good moral character from very public past misdeeds. There should both a skeptical eye cast towards those who have been dishonest in the past and room for redemption from mistakes made in the past — but when does the latter overcome the former? Is it enough to have stayed out of trouble?
Kyle Cupp and Tod Kelly discuss Kyle’s new book. Along the way, Kyle waxes on his approach to faith and doubt, along with his daughter, the Pope, abortion, Paul Ricoeur, Job, and Firefly.
In which manure explains the unholy alliance between big government and big corporations.
The more things change …
Much of what we talk about when we talk about healthcare are the stories we choose to tell. Before we can solve this country’s healthcare crisis, it will be important for us to recognize this.
In which the necessity of a law is politically dismissed because of a massive public misunderstanding by a man with an eerily orange face.
Kazzy explains why he always thinks he’s right. And why you should, too.
Lovers and haters both are defending Richard Cohen’s eye-raising and seemingly racist Washington Post column. What is needed, the defenders say, is context, a more generous reading, and a retroactive editing of a few poorly chosen words. Tod Kelly does just that.
Concerning disaster porn and the publication of disasters.
No one would allocate votes by region if they were designing a democracy from scratch using available information technologies.
James Hanley proposes a No Rent Seeking constitutional amendment. The second in a two-part series.