“In Iran itself, where authorities hoped the American killing of Qasem Soleimani would unite ordinary Iranians behind the regime, the opposite has come to pass. Waves of antigovernment protests spread across the country as authorities first launched an awkward and unconvincing effort to cover up Iran’s shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet—killing 176 people—then tardily admitted it. Cities all over Iran witnessed spontaneous demonstrations with crowds chanting, “America is not our enemy,” ripping down posters of Soleimani, and calling for death to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.”
“Taiwan has no restrictions on religion, while in China churches are required to register and are under CCP’s watchful eye.”
Beauty & Style
I wear jeans a lot…like, most days. Because I get so much wear out of one pair, I prefer spending a little bit more on my jeans. I like a thicker quality blue jean fabric (which tends to be at least $50+) and many of the high street brands use a blend of fabrics (which might be great if you like a lot of stretch! Just not my cup of tea.) I happened to luck out on an Old Navy pair recently that had all the things that I like in a pair of blue jeans: that stiff quality of fabric, high-waisted, and still really comfortable. These (below) are a great light wash (perfect for spring!) and are on sale right now. Also, I included the fun teddy bear zipper jacket (with pockets) that I got for Christmas and wear on chilly days over a t-shirt or button down.
If you missed it from earlier this week, I wrote on the seasons of life when God feels silent…
“There’s a chicken-and-egg problem here. Levin wants us to muster the virtue necessary to reinvigorate our institutions, yet these very institutions are necessary to form our virtue. He acknowledges institutional breakdown and moral decay is a vicious cycle. How do we break the cycle?”
“We’re living in a golden age of political theory. Because the culture war shows no signs of abating, because we have no shared public philosophy, American intellectuals have been working overtime to explain the political breakdown and prescribe solutions. Some, like Jonah Goldberg in Suicide of the West, argue for a reaffirmation of classical liberal values.…”
Here’s the thing about blog writing. It gets under your skin a bit and seeps into the corners of your life. You may be living a perfectly normal day: refilling another cup of coffee, responding to an email, taking a walk to the mailbox, choosing the right pair of shoes for the busy day ahead…and then THE question weasels its way in-between the daily tasks, “Should I write about this?”
Yesterday Project Veritas, the team of undercover investigative journalists lead by James O’Keefe, broke the story that yet another social media giant has been actively suppressing conservative speech.
Hey y’all, I know we are living in a weird time for our country. It feels like we’re going through puberty or something, right? Lots of emotions and yelling matches and growth spurts and then we all crash for like, ten hours of sleep and a sandwich before the cycle starts all over again. The early teen years are rough but they’re also amazing- remember what it was like to have all night conversations with your best friend about whatever existential crisis you were facing at the moment? It was like you were waking up to the whole wide world around you and your own small, but significant, place in it.
The Story: In a recent Supreme Court opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas connected the dots between eugenics and abortion. In response, abortion supporters are attempting to discredit him in hopes that Americans won’t learn the truth. The Background: Earlier this week the Supreme Court declined to review Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. That…
As Alabama and Ohio are passing legislation effectively banning abortions in their respective states this week, the online “conversation” (if you can even call it that) on the topic has reached a fever pitch. This is a cause that I care deeply about and have invested my own time, money, energy, and tears over, so I understand the passion that America is feeling right now. Wherever you are on the spectrum of opinion about abortion, I can almost guarantee that you have a personal story to support your position…and these stories are not easy ones. They are full of fear, regret, and pain. Some of the heartache is thrust upon us, some of it is our own making. All of it is the product of sin, the original wayward step towards our own autonomy.
Another politician was heard using suspect theology to argue a political position last week. While it isn’t a new tactic, it does leave one scratching your head and asking- “Is this the best we can do?”