Imitating Christ

In response to a question as to why he criticizes some evangelicals while also calling us to love our neighbor, Douglas Wilson discusses how we are to imitate everything that Christ did. This means we are kind and gentle with those who need kindness and gentleness but critical of those who need criticism. The question and his remarks start at 8:47 in the video:

Wind Power: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

An 1883 article in Scientific American noted that one of the main problems with wind power is “gathering it at the time we do not need it and preserving it till we do.” In other words, there was no way to economically and reliably store the electricity generated from windmills.

Today, 134 years later, after having moved from windmills to wind turbines and after billions of dollars of investments–much of which has been forcibly extracted from taxpayers (through subsidies) and consumers (through mandates), we are still in the same position.

Everyone promises that the battery or other technology we need to economically store electricity in order to correct for wind’s intermittency is just around the corner. However, we’ve been turning the same corner for centuries, and we don’t seem to be getting any closer to overcoming wind’s inability to reliably provide affordable electricity.

The FBI’s Effort to Undermine American Democracy

FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Special Counsel Robert Mueller

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

That’s what Peter Strzok, one of the FBI’s top Russian counterintelligence experts, texted to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The conversation Strzok refers to apparently took place in the office of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

So what we have, it seems, is three high-level FBI personnel conspiring to put in place an insurance policy just in case the unthinkable happens: the “loathsome human” Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

At this point, it seems more than likely that the insurance policy was the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s activity that has morphed into the Mueller investigation, which every day is being more and more exposed for the treasonous, deep state attempt to undermine our democracy that it is.

Makems and Takems

Do Takems Have the Upper Hand?
The people of Sunderland in England have been building, or making, ships on the River Wear as far back as the 14th century. Since that time, their neighbors to the north in Newcastle upon Tyne have been taking the ships from Sunderland and using them to ship goods from the Port of Tyne.

Somewhere along the way the relationship between these good-natured rivals was captured by the term of mackems and tackems, or makems and takems. Each sees their role as superior; but the key point is that these roles take place voluntarily in a free market. When we look at these terms, however, in the context of what is happening in the United States today, they take on a much darker meaning.

What has set the United States apart from every other nation in the history of mankind is that the liberty afforded Americans created a country of makems. The Pilgrims overcame near starvation on their way to making a new life in cold, hostile environment. Later, other pioneers made their way into the wilderness to expand the boundaries of the colonies. The work ethic empowered by liberty kept on for over two centuries as America made itself the world’s greatest economic power.

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Restrictions on Free Trade will Cost Texans Dearly

Last spring, the Texas Legislature passed a law that will force taxpayers to pay up to 20 percent more for some public projects. In Washington, D.C., a tax is being considered that could increase what Texans pay for insurance. Why would the government do this?

The short answer is influence by special interests and a poor understanding of the benefits of free trade. Unless we successfully combat these factors in both Austin and Washington, Texans and the Texas economy will suffer.

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Survey about the Texas Legislature’s Special Session

What do you think about the outcome of the Texas Legislature’s special session? Take this survey and see what others think.

Baby Evans v. Frequent Flyer Miles

I often get into debates with folks over policy issues. Though I definitely have my own opinions, I try very hard to find some legitimacy on all sides of these debates.

I also know that when it comes to the abortion debate, the emotions involved are often very high, and some of the situations women find themselves in regarding this issue are very difficult. These women are in great need of help and compassion. As are many of the women who have chosen for whatever reason to undergo an abortion—and often the men who participate in these decisions.

However, I find it really, really difficult to see the legitimacy of the other side of the abortion debate as portrayed in this San Antonio Express-News article on abortion:

Because of a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a provision in a new Texas law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges took effect late Thursday — and the Austin clinic where [Marni Evans] expected to obtain an abortion was not in compliance.

On Monday, abortion-rights groups seeking to overturn the provision asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision, saying women are being denied access to a legal medical service.

“I was devastated,” Evans, now seven weeks’ pregnant, said about hearing of the ruling Thursday that prevented her abortion.

She said she and her fiance cannot afford health insurance, much less care for a child.

“This was my decision to make, but I am still pregnant today because that decision was taken away from me.”

Because of the Texas law that went into effect this week governing the operations of abortion clinics, Ms. Evans cannot this week abort the baby she is carrying and that she and her fiancé conceived. They want to abort the baby because they “cannot afford health insurance, much less care for a child.” Now, because of Texas’ new abortion law, and because it is too much effort to reschedule the abortion at another Texas abortion clinic and do another ultrasound, Ms. Evans is going to use the frequent flyer miles she had been saving for her honeymoon to fly to Seattle to abort the baby.

According the the Express-News, abortion rights advocates say that Ms. Evans story “represents the fate of hundreds of women” as a result of Texas’ new restrictions on abortion.

Really? I mean, really? Is that the best the other side can do? A woman has to deplete her frequent flyer miles to fly to Seattle because she did not want to go through the hassle of rescheduling her abortion at another local clinic? To abort what appears to be a healthy baby that she and her fiancé conceived but now find too inconvenient to care for?

No rape, no incest, no coat hangers?

Just frequent flyer miles?

Of course, perhaps Ms. Evan’s decision to use her frequent flyer miles was based on something more than inconvenience. Maybe she did not want to have to see her baby again on the ultrasound before the abortionist takes his life.

I don’t know if that’s the case or not. But I do know that little Baby Evans does not have much longer to live. We should keep her in our prayers.

Electricity Consumers Benefit from Competition

I just released some research, “Prices, Reliability, and Consumer Choice in the Texas Electricity Market,” examining how consumers have fared when it comes to the restructuring of the Texas electricity market to introduce competition. The results? Good. Click on the link to read the whole report.

Calvin, the Bible, and the Western World

Some good thoughts by Doug Wilson on Calvin and Scripture during the celebration of Calvin’s 500th birthday:

John Edward Peacock

Originally Posted on | September 16, 2008

We are very excited to let you know that John Edward Peacock, little brother of William Thomas Peacock, was born EARLY this morning at 1:11 a.m.. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz., and was 19 inches.

Kelly is resting comfortably and recovering well in Seton Hospital on 38th near Lamar. We’ll likely be here until at least Friday/Saturday.

Our beautiful little boy is experiencing some challenges. He is in Neonatal ICU because of seizures, lung/breathing issues, a heart murmur, and a hernia. But the tests (such as CT scan, blood work, etc.) are coming back with good reports. So we are encouraged by these, and by the covenant promises of God that He has John firmly in His arms as one of His children. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our little boy.