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I’m Done with Marvel Comics (…Maybe)

Marvel is too bogged down in its own history for me to follow anymore. For so long that was never an issue. Heroes would fight villains, occasionally a villain or supporting character would die, occasionally the *heroes* would appear to die (and inevitably come back), but the core of the books never changed. That all seems different now. I don’t know who these heroes are, where they’re going, or what they’re doing, and I find it hard to care.

The Double Standard that Isn’t

Since the recent attack on Planned Parenthood, cries of double standards are coming out of the woodwork: “How can you blame Islam for the murders committed by Islamic terrorists and NOT blame Christianity for the murders committed by Christian terrorists?” Here’s the reason: The New Testament has clear prohibitions against murder. The Quran does not.

Want to Know the Secret of Jon Snow’s Parentage?

GAME OF THRONES SPOILER ALERT!!! [UPDATE: Not really.] If you continue reading this post all the way to the end, you will [UPDATE: not] learn the identity of Jon Snow’s parents. If you don’t want the secret spoiled, just bookmark this page and come back to it when the series has revealed it to see how amazingly prescient I am. [UPDATE: I was wrong.]

Is Secession Constitutional?

That there’s no mention of secession in the Constitution doesn’t rule out the power to secede. But the Articles of Confederation, which the Constitution replaced, enjoyed little more than treaty status — any one signatory could shatter the treaty. That a new pact with the explicit intent “to form a more perfect union” would have created an equally feeble bond seems counterintuitive. The Constitution was intended to be something binding and lasting.

Splashing Toward Gomorrah

People who are conservative in a general sense find it especially disturbing how the unintended consequences of government decisions ripple out into economic decisions, which in turn ripple out into societal change. As much as the secular complain about the influence that religion has on society, look at the influence that *government* has on society, and consider how unthinkingly it spends that influence.