• Sasse and the Futility of #NeverTrump


    Jim Antle reports on the efforts to draft Ben Sasse for a hopeless campaign presidential bid against Trump and Clinton:

    He suffers the same dilemma as the rest of the conservative third-party project. If he runs and doesn’t do particularly well, as better-known third-party candidates than him have done, he will look small. If he helps flip the election to Hillary Clinton, in four years the averted dangers of a Trump administration will be forgotten and Clinton’s sins—and the Ralph Naders of the Right who enabled them—will be on conservatives’ minds. READ MORE...

  • How Fast Can the U.S. Fall? Consider the U.S.S.R.


    Why are we so prone to make an idol out of the State?

    Why are we so inclined to embrace the State as our ultimate provider and sustainer here in “the real world”?

    Why are we so automatically and unconsciously disposed to make the State our God in practice?

    The religion and worldview of Statism has been a core component driving human history since before the time of the tower of Babel. The desire for men to come together apart from the word of God and build cities, cultures and civilizations dedicated to establishing and exalting the name and fame of the collective has been a defining characteristic of human nature since The Fall. READ MORE...

  • How Fast Can the U.S. Fall? Consider the U.S.S.R.


    Why are we so prone to make an idol out of the State?

    Why are we so inclined to embrace the State as our ultimate provider and sustainer here in “the real world”?

    Why are we so automatically and unconsciously disposed to make the State our God in practice?

    The religion and worldview of Statism has been a core component driving human history since before the time of the tower of Babel. The desire for men to come together apart from the word of God and build cities, cultures and civilizations dedicated to establishing and exalting the name and fame of the collective has been a defining characteristic of human nature since The Fall. READ MORE...

  • On bailouts and the ‘blight preventer’ loan


    Ten to twenty years after original development many affordable multifamily properties face two common shortcomings: an inability to fulfill their long-term affordability commitments without additional public subsidies and insufficient funds for proper maintenance and avoidance of blight. These additional public subsidies can fairly be termed ‘bailouts’; indeed, we believe that an honest accounting of public costs would recognize the downstream bailout risk at the time of original development. READ MORE...

  • Kursk Root Icon In Starhill


    Kursk Root icon, in Starhill (Photo by Rod Dreher)

    Amazing time tonight at our mission parish. The Kursk Root icon visited. It dates to the 13th century, and has an incredible history. It is one of the great treasures of Russian Christianity, and it is here in the United States because an Orthodox bishop smuggled it out in 1920 to keep it safe from the Bolsheviks.

    Many miracles are associated with this icon. Tonight our little parish church was full as we worshiped God and venerated the icon. People came from all over. I met some ladies from Biloxi, and a bus full of Greek pilgrims came in from New Orleans. I even met some readers of this blog. It was a powerful time. READ MORE...

  • Legislators Demand Obama Fire Ben Rhodes For Duping Media And Congress


    A letter sent Monday by members of Congress demands President Barack Obama fire Ben Rhodes, a key figure in the White House’s National Security Council, for duping legislators and journalists about the Iran nuclear deal.

    The letter states that Rhodes, who currently serves as deputy national security adviser, “spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to this agreement,” the Free Beacon reports.

    GOP Sens. Mark Kirk, John Cornyn and John Barrasso signed the letter. READ MORE...

  • Legislators Demand Obama Fire Ben Rhodes For Duping Media And Congress


    A letter sent Monday by members of Congress demands President Barack Obama fire Ben Rhodes, a key figure in the White House’s National Security Council, for duping legislators and journalists about the Iran nuclear deal.

    The letter states that Rhodes, who currently serves as deputy national security adviser, “spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to this agreement,” the Free Beacon reports.

    GOP Sens. Mark Kirk, John Cornyn and John Barrasso signed the letter. READ MORE...