A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
Michael Cain looks at smart electric grids and public policy. The first of a two-part series.
by New Dealer One of the stranger aspects of populism to me is the love/hate symbiotic relationship it has with allegedly elite institutions. I’ve seen this expressed in fandom/geek culture and I have seen this expressed in conservative cultural populism. The fandom aspects usually come from complaints about not getting science fiction and fantasy books…
Vikram brownsplains why people of color aren’t much for getting back to nature.
Adoption can be a painful process and a heart-breaking decision. That doesn’t mean it’s not the right one.
The full text of the Senate’s joint resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria is now available.
As war with Syria approaches, no one cares. This, argues Tod Kelly, is the ultimate cost of the War on Terror.
How will it remain possible to separate enjoyment for the game from its unambiguous potential to harm its players?
Yes, and no.
The power to declare war was not given to Congress by accident. Nor is it some arcane ritual of a bygone era.
The good news: Republicans don’t hate African Americans. The bad news: they don’t care about them.
A fast-growing talking point among pseudo-libertarians is the idea that a free market will reward diversity and punish bigotry. Reality suggests otherwise.
How one patient changed my mind
Scripture and Tradition both indicate that few are saved and many are damned. Should Christians assent to this doctrine?
“I’ll get the right arm, you get the left. One of us will have the actual agents, and the other will have saline solution.”
Starting today, Ordinary Times is pleased to announce a new regular sub-blog category, Ordinary Tales. Ordinary Tales will feature fiction, poetry, personal essays, original music, and visual art submissions.
Rufus takes a stab at explaining why he finds the local culture where he lives to be pathological but not in decline.
Flip through a few American newspapers and magazines, and it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that there’s a cultural obsession with fertility. (“Where Have All The Babies Gone?” “America’s Baby Bust.” “More Babies, Please.”) Against the backdrop of a never-ending, wheel-spinning conversation about work-family balance, there are stories like this New York Times…
Just why is the new boss always the same as the old boss?
The news that Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie has me thinking of just about everyone else in the world I wish Warner Bros. chose instead.
New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled today in favor of a plaintiff who sued for violation of one of that state’s anti-discrimination laws based on a photographer refusing to take pictures at her same-sex commitment ceremony. Burt Likko presents a digest of the decision.
The US government is a big fat liar. Their pants are on fire, and it’s your own fault if you believe them.
Nob Akimoto looks at Europe’s method of detaining potential terrorists.
I always enjoy reading political analyst Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics. What makes him interesting is that he tends to go against the conventional wisdom that is flying around the politisphere. This week, he written a three part series on the future of the GOP and true to form, he goes against the grain.
When the developmentally disabled are accused of crimes, prosecutors often take advantage of their limited mental capacity to get them to waive their rights in order to secure convictions.
“What do you boys have planned for tonight?” The question sounded innocent enough, but coming from a police officer at a roadblock it was definitely a bit more complicated. We had found ourselves sitting in an old Chevy with flashlights shining through the windows because we decided this night was perfect for going frogging. Our…