Around the Web This Week

6a76f4a3-4ad2-4ae2-8a3b-c092e85586afSort of a compendium of odds and ends today, without a lot of commentary from me.

My dearest friend, partner and editor here, Jessica, is celebrating the third anniversary of her blog today, although she is only present in spirit, because of her health problems. My post about it is here.

The Federalist had a bit more on the Amtrak wreck, I think he makes some valid points, especially regarding the unseemliness of many reactions.

The deadly Amtrak derailment this week spawned a frenzy of sleazy opportunism on social media as lefties rushed to declare—before any evidence of the cause of the accident was available—that it clearly showed the need for more federal billions to subsidize Amtrak.

As the official investigation has released actual information, it seems likely that the real cause was excessive speed: the train was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour as it entered a tight curve where the safe limit was 50 miles per hour. How is more government spending supposed to prevent this kind of operator error?

Oh, and contrary to the media’s “Amtrak fan fiction,” as Sean Davis calls it, Congress just authorized $1.4 billion in new subsidies to Amtrak less than five months ago. So there goes that narrative.

There is obviously something unseemly about this—far more unseemly than a violinist distraught over not being able to retrieve the source of her livelihood. This is a tragedy in which people were killed and injured, yet many a media hack’s first thought was about how to score political points against Republicans.

More at The Federalist

National Review has something to say about Paul Krugman’s Pretense of Economic Knowledge

It is wrong to call economics “the dismal science.” Dismal, yes; science, no.

Econometrics and mathematical modeling are enormously valuable, but they also contribute to the pretense of knowledge, which is a lethal intellectual epidemic to which the scientist manqués of the economics world are especially vulnerable. There are competing factions and schools of thought within the proper sciences, of course, but the outsize role played by economic schools — from New Keynesians to Austrians — is evidence of the corrupting influence of politics, which distorts economic analysis in both its weak form (simple political affiliation) and its strong form (servile political advocacy). And as with the scientific case of freelancing gadflies such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, economists damage their individual and corporate credibility the farther they stray from their fields of genuine expertise. It is no surprise that, e.g., purported science guy Bill Nye until recently held foolish and ignorant views on genetically modified crops, views of which he has, to his credit,repented. Nye, who holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, is more a science enthusiast than a scientist, much less a scientist with any particular expertise in agricultural genetics. There is no reason to suppose that he has particularly well-informed views on any given question, and the temptations of cultural affiliation — the people who are terrified of GMOs are many of the same people who care deeply about climate change and the contents of Texas high-school biology curricula — often lead us astray.

More at National Review

As all know, I’m no particular fan of Jeb Bush, not least because I think there must be a Democrat not named Clinton, and a Republican not named Bush qualified to run for President. I’m not much of a fan of dynasties (at least in America, I rather like Queen Elizabeth, although Prince Charles, not so much, which highlights the problem). In any case, Jeb said some very cogent things about Christianity last weekend at Liberty University.

[…] Giving a fiery speech last month at Tina Brown’s “Women in the World Summit,” Clinton plainly said: “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” so that women can have unfettered access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”

One would like to imagine that Clinton was speaking only about primitive cultures where children are forced into marriage and childbearing, or where genital cutting is common. But we know that she also meant religious conservatives closer to home whose beliefs get in the way. She explicitly criticized Hobby Lobby for not paying for its employees’ contraception.

By contrast, Jeb Bush, who will become the GOP nominee if Republicans are smart, assumed a much different tone and direction in his recent commencement address at Liberty University.

“How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force,” he said. “It’s a depressing fact that when some people think of Christianity and of Judeo-Christian values, they think of something static, narrow and outdated. . . . I cannot think of any more subversive moral idea ever loosed on the world than ‘the last shall be first, and the first last.’ ”

He also spoke of what our world would have been like without the “unalloyed compassion, such genuine love, such thorough altruism,” as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described Christianity.

It would be defined, Bush said, by “power without restraint, conflict without reconciliation, oppression without deliverance, corruption without reformation, tragedy without renewal.”

He’s right, of course. More at The Washington Post.

And three links on the British general election, which may well have lessons for us, as well

Dan Hannan: Left’s hatred devoured its own election campaign

Charles Utley: Time to Reflect on the Past and the Future

UEA’s Eastminster: UEA’s experts react to the General Election 2015 result

Enjoy!

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7 Responses to Around the Web This Week

  1. NEO: It is good again to hear that Jessica is still holding her own! Btw, I really find Christendom today to be a strange mix and group myself? But, this is about par for the course in our day of Gentile Apostasy, which surely includes Roman Catholicism, especially with “Francis”! And indeed too, Reformational and Biblical Christianity is most small today in my opinion, noting the abuse and misuse of the term “Evangelical”! And as Paul reminds us: “having a form of godliness but denying its power. (Dunamis, Gk.) Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Tim. 3: 5, NIV, 2011) But true biblical obedience is a hard walk and way today! Again, Paul’s Last Will and Testament in his Letter to Timothy (2), is especially important today! In the midst of such a time and now “Day” we must be able to say with Paul… “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.” (2 Tim. 4: 18) Even if this includes suffering and death, for the cause of Christ and His Name! Such time is surely coming again I believe – myself, (Luke 18: 7-8). But again, we are seeing the reality of Jesus Parable of the “Virgins”, Matthew 25: 1-12 all around us!

    Many think I am an alarmist, and have over-pressed it, but such is always the refrain/repress of the many in such times! But we will leave it before the Lord Himself, and let HIM work it all out! Indeed there is no perfection here even in the Elect Body of Christ. The Visible Church is always a human and sinful body!

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    • the unit says:

      Fr. Robert all that has been overridden and cancelled out in a E. O. by Obama…”the poor don’t have to be always with us.” (paraphrasing here along the way)
      I read a great comment about jobs needed to help out the poor. “Jobs in the future will be as scarce as fathers in the hood.” 🙂

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      • Indeed we keep hearing America and the West will implode over the economy? Time will tell! But morally and spiritually true Christianity has already imploded and no longer touches this generation in the main reality, ‘the handwriting’ is clearly on the wall! Again Luke 18: 8…”when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Only but a small elect remnant! (Verse 7)

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  2. the unit says:

    “…without a lot of commentary from me.” Well yeah. Me too and don’t I see it at lots of other sites either? Weariness? Yes.
    Time for Millennials to step up.

    🙂

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    • Sadly many of the “Millennials” are quite asleep as to life’s reality! Though thankfully not all! I can remember when the WW II generation thought my generation was asleep also. But I believe we basically proved them wrong! But your right, it’s their time now (the Millennials) to step-up and take the reins!

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      • the unit says:

        Bit collar needed first. Then decide who takes the reins. 🙂

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