The Morality of Legality and Other Hobgoblins

Inconsistency Is The Hobgoblin Of Little Lives

Sunday, August 22, 2010 11:14 PM Comments (0)

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

May I humbly suggest that as far as the hobgoblins of little statesmen go, inconsistency trumps.

The story of the day that won’t go away is the building of a mosque/Islamic Center just a few blocks away from ground zero.  This story was given additional legs, as if it needed it, by the politically-inept comments of the President in support of its construction some ten days ago.  These comments were followed the next day by supposedly clarifying but conspicuously contradictory comments.  So accustomed are we to such backflips that...READ MORE

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The Secularized Cross

Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:08 AM Comments (6)

I’m agreeing with a group of litigious atheists when I say the cross is a religious symbol. Yesterday, a number of crosses honoring fallen police officers in Utah were deemed illegal by a federal judge, saying they violated the Establishment clause.

While I disagree with the ruling I find myself agreeing with one major aspect of the argument by the atheists who sued to have the crosses removed. The judge overturned a previous decision by a lower judge that allowed the crosses because the crosses could conceivably be seen as generic symbols honoring the lives of the fallen officers.

Deseret News reports:

The white, roadside crosses that currently memorialize the deaths of 14 Utah Highway...READ MORE

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The Archbold Foreboding

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:34 AM Comments (5)

Boy this sounds bad. Have you heard of the Hindenburg Omen?  I never had until yesterday and I wish I never did.  Oh it sounds bad, real bad.  And it has just been triggered so stock up on beef jerky and Fruit Loops, its going to be a bumpy ride.

In a nutshell, the Hindenburg Omen is a complex set of financial indicators that when they occur are supposed to presage a complete collapse of the market.  As it turns out, all the criteria were satisfied last Thursday and thus the egg timer of doom has been set in motion.  And for all you doubters out there you should know that the Hindenburg Omen was created by a blind mathematician.  A blind mathematician!  You don’t get more serious and...READ MORE

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Will Pro-Lifers Forgive Santorum?

Monday, August 16, 2010 12:30 AM Comments (33)

Say the words “Santorum for President” to a pro-lifer. I dare you. Try it. Chances are they’ll say a few good things about the former Pennsylvania Senator about being a Catholic father of seven children or a strong defender of family values but then they’ll say the word no politician wants to hear.

“But…”

Many pro-lifers haven’t gotten over their disillusionment and disappointment of his 2004 endorsement of pro-choice Senator Arlen Specter over pro-life Pat Toomey in the 2004 Pennsylvania Republican primary.

It’s easy to look back on that decision now, especially since Specter’s party switch, and say Santorum did the wrong thing. I am one of them. I was bitterly disappointed in...READ MORE

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Hissy Fit Folk Hero?

Whither Embarrassment?

Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:49 AM Comments (11)

I, like many others, giggled when I first heard about the antics of a Jetblue flight attendant.  As the story goes, Steven Slater was treated rudely by some passengers who did not listen to instructions to sit down and was accidentally hit in the head with a bag.  But what the understandably frustrated flight attendant did next has landed him in some legal hot water and has apparently made him a bit of a folk hero.

As you have probably heard, Mr. Slater allegedly took to the plane’s microphone and hurled a number of expletives (apparently including the f-bomb) at the unruly passengers, grabbed some beers, popped the escape hatch, and slid down the emergency slide.

I fly extensively for my...READ MORE

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The Blessing Is Ours

Monday, August 09, 2010 10:46 PM Comments (6)

This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever seen - the kind they’d make movies about if they made movies like this anymore.

A couple in Alabama were surprised to see a face they said looked familiar to them; a face they hadn’t seen for 15 years. Haylee Cain was five or six years old when Judson and Donna Emens last knew her from the Headstart program where Donna had worked back then. But all these years later they still recognized her. It was the same face they’d remembered. But now at 21 without a family unable to care for her Haylee was stuck in a nursing home.

The Emens went to visit the young woman and when they left they knew without talking about it that their lives were...READ MORE

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Why Are The Feds Banning E-Readers?

Sunday, August 08, 2010 7:26 PM Comments (26)

Sometimes the federal government does something so laughably moronic, that one has to stop and ask the question “Are they really that dumb or is something else going on?”

Here is the setup.  Recently a number of universities around the country decided to take a look at using some modern technology in the classroom in an effort to save money.  These universities took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks.  As you know, many people now use e-readers like the Kindle or the Nook as a replacement for traditional printed books.  There are many reasons for this including cost, environmental impact, and convenience.  Further, anyone who has gone...READ MORE

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We the People Means 9

Thursday, August 05, 2010 1:28 AM Comments (25)

Yesterday’s ruling by a California judge that overturned a ban on gay marriage is simply the latest outrage done by our black robed oligarchs in recent history. This chipping away at the moral foundations of America is not a sudden attack and in fact it hardly surprised anyone at all. There is no shortage of precedence. The game plan of secular progressives is clear. They know they can’t convince the people to do their will so they get judges to implement their will and override the people’s votes. In short, judges do what the people won’t. And boy have they been doing it.

I’m not even talking about those decisions of the past like Dred Scott or Buck v. Bell which allowed for the legal...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.