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Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report One of the two pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to be locked outside of the cockpit Tuesday as the Airbus A320 steadily descended from cruising altitude and eventually crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps, according to the New York Times, which cites a senior military official [...]
Belgium continues its lonely international road in considering an “unprecedented law” to grant euthanasia for children and dementia patients: In Belgium, the ruling Socialist party has proposed the bill expanding the right of euthanasia. The Christian Democratic Flemish party vowed to oppose the legislation and to challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights, [...]
Oklahoma State University hid behind a federal law intended to protect student privacy when it failed to notify the campus about a string of sexual-assault reports, the Society of Professional Journalists said in giving the school its Black Hole Award.
COPY takes a wry and comical look at the modern-day Christian university: proclaiming its "witness" to the world, while chasing conventional greatness through more programs, more prestige, more accommodation to the secular culture.
One of my colleagues from the college newspaper, who introduced me to several bands I still listen to, has a hilarious new memoir exploring his musical and spiritual coming of age in the ’90s and early aughts. Joel Heng Hartse, who’s reviewed music in Paste, Beliefnet and Christianity Today among others, gave a reading Thursday [...]
Writer and self-professed contrarian Christopher Hitchens has esophageal cancer, and as a result has canceled his book tour. I had been eagerly anticipating seeing him at a tour stop in Seattle, but I’m now reflecting on Hitchens’ influence in my own life and writing. Several years ago I founded a campus newspaper with friends, and [...]
One of my friends from college was shot and killed by a fellow grad who had become obsessed with her. (UPDATE: I learned later I have a personal connection to the suspect – see below.) It is proof that bad things happen to good people. I have trouble thinking of a better person than Jennifer [...]
Every time I meet libertarians, they seem hellbent on making themselves look like horrible human beings. Not for their pro-limited government views, which seem refreshing in a time when The Government Is Taking Over Everything and still retaining the Bush administration’s national-security rationales (best of both worlds!).
The New York Times had a particularly annoying non-news bit of editorializing in their night-of writeup about Scott Brown’s upset victory (in the grand scheme, not the consistent polling). It said the Massachusetts Senate race “has riveted the attention of the nation” because of its implications for health care legislation and the Senate’s balance of [...]
How can you oppose lending $50 to a Third World entrepreneur to get a small business off the ground? Well, let me tell you how. Microenterprise is one of the more serious subjects given shallow treatment on my new site, Cultural Imperialist, co-written with Los Angeles screenwriter Jeremiah Lewis. It’s our guide to intelligent discourse [...]
President Obama said he invited Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley to the White House for a beer, presumably to have a laugh about this racial and/or class flare-up about wrongful arrest and hissyfittedness in Cambridge. The more important question than whether this will result in some racial breakthrough, for beer connoisseurs [...]
The Pew Research Center has a very interesting new survey on attitudes toward gun control and abortion after President Barack Obama took office. Within the space of a year, views that were once firmly in the majority for both gun control and broadly-legal abortion are now nearly neck-and-neck – and it’s not just the choir [...]
A week after Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean started a national conversation about whether it’s wrong to say something plainly, with no shades of nuance – “I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” the verbal version of the Prop 8 vote tally and our president’s personal belief – Prejean’s [...]
As President Obama’s liberal base gets impatient with his moderate moves, he may be tempted to drop a nuclear policy bomb sure to draw gratitude from activists: actively push Congress to send him the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), as he promised to sign in a widely-shared Planned Parenthood speech. The bill is basically an [...]
The two most tired phrases of 2008 got a makeover at the March for Life in Washington Thursday, where pro-lifers used the new president’s rhetoric to argue for an overhaul of the federal stranglehold on abortion policy for the past 36 years. It surely didn’t compare to the million-plus at the inauguration Tuesday, but the [...]
It’s not a stretch to say that ex-President Bush has carried himself with the utmost dignity in his final two months in office – going beyond what previous outgoing administrations have done for the new guy. From expediting security checks for now-President Obama’s nominees to giving him national security briefings in Chicago, the Bush team [...]
Barack Obama tried to patch things up with the predominant Democratic dynasty today, lunching with Bill Clinton near his Harlem office before going to his joint appearance with John McCain at ground zero. If the food was any guide of Obama’s future as a candidate and president, the mushy middle is where he’s headed. The [...]
The latest McCain-Palin ad, on TV and their e-mail list to supporters, implies that FactCheck.org blamed the Obama campaign for “completely false or misleading” rumors about Sarah Palin. Curious to see what this report was, I visited FactCheck, associated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and saw they didn’t appreciate the campaign’s creative interpretation of [...]
John McCain just found his new attack dog, and I think we’ll all want to get bitten. When McCain first announced Sarah Palin, I thought she was a terrible choice, imagining some grizzled old Alaskan woman who would serve as a poor Hillary substitute. A week later, I’m pretty close to convinced that Palin is [...]
Families of victims of the 9/11 attacks aren’t thrilled with Rudy Giuliani’s heavy emphasis of his service on that fateful day in his campaigning, which will include a trip to Ground Zero. This was news last week but it’s getting renewed attention here in Washington, because the Pentagon 9/11 memorial is coming along and some [...]
Tonight was the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington DC chapter awards ceremony, the “Datelines” (my “Journys” suggestion received no laughs), a well-meaning but overlong paean to a few journalists’ lifetime of service and an exercise in category domination by a hand-and-a-half-ful of D.C. outlets that cared to submit their work. We were our usual selves [...]
So John McCain picked a campaign manager (in)famous for creating an ad with an imagined encounter between soon-to-be-ex-congressman Harold Ford, who is black, and a white Playboy bunny. It’s been tarred by not only a lot of liberal bloggers as a racist ad, but for some reason I can’t divine, the the original Moderate Voice [...]
Shaun’s post on the coming media circus surrounding Mitt Romney’s likely run for president as the first serious Mormon (properly speaking, “LDS”) candidate is generating some upset comments from the LDS faithful who appear to not like the posting of people in the temple underwear. The most extensive response is by LDSer Guy Murray, calling [...]
If you’re pondering whether a movie monikered after the charismatic primary contender for the 1968 Democratic nomination – but that features him for a total of maybe 20 minutes – can be any good, I have an answer – and it ain’t pretty.
A band from my college days is making waves for suing its label over the way it was marketed, and it implicates the nature of “contemporary Christian music” (CCM) itself. Mute Math grew out of Earthsuit, a hard-to-define alt-rock group with reggae, rapcore and electronica elements that mixed together unbelievably well. Of course, as a [...]
Do you get a creepy feeling from normal businesses that operate religious-themed dating websites? Perhaps this is of no concern to anyone else, but I’ve seen ads for these sites – along with a barrage of forgettable secular websites – all over the Internet, which either means they haven’t blown through their startup cash yet [...]
Since my role at TMV has developed into occasionally questioning the points made by the other bloggers here, who mostly fall left of center, I’ll answer Joe’s glib take on an interview Donald Rumsfeld did with Rush Limbaugh. I have no doubt, as sourced blogger Boston Progressive says, that “Rush is not going to ask [...]