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Bookstore marvels at’s dubious success

Westminster Theological Seminary’s bookstore almost went out of business last Christmas, largely because they have a hard time competing with’s prices, which are so low that even Amazon itself can’t make a profit. In a recent email to their customers, they lamented:

Our great challenge is that we continue to exist in an […]

Candidate Obama vs. President Obama on presidential power

After listening to President Obama’s speech this afternoon regarding Syria, I read an article in the newspaper. I imagine the national pundits have already made note of the contradiction I discovered, but I don’t listen to a lot of talk radio, so it struck me as a profound about-face.

Here’s what Candidate Obama […]

Pretzel logic reigns supreme on court

The 5-4 decision released yesterday by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act would be comical if it didn’t have such far-reaching consequences. Here we have a majority of the supposedly preeminent minds in American jurisprudence using the most tortured logic imaginable to uphold the ACA as constitutional.

The whole thing hinges on […]

Peoria Hosts Event In Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Sunday will be the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There have been one or two stories in the news about it recently. The City of Peoria is having a big remembrance event downtown tomorrow, the day before the anniversary. Here’s the press release:

Peoria, Illinois […]

Guest Editorial: Distractions

Editor’s Note: This post was submitted by my father-in-law (and faithful Chronicle reader) Lee Tallman. All comments on this post will be forwarded to him.

During the period of the Roman Empire, gladiatorial contests and executions were held in the coliseum. Their purpose was to entertain the public, and divert its attention from the […]


If you don’t have the TV or radio on, you’ll find most programming has been preempted for a special news report: Osama bin Laden has been killed. President Obama is expected to make the official announcement soon.

UPDATE: Here is a transcript of President Obama’s address, delivered Sunday night:

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, […]

Is multiculturalism a cause of Islamic extremism?

British Prime Minister David Cameron says it is:

Continue reading Is multiculturalism a cause of Islamic extremism?

New York Times and George Will have different answers to state crises

Yesterday I read George Will’s column in the Journal Star (here’s the same article in the Washington Post), and then the New York Times editorial. They both happened to be on the same subject: States in crisis, with Illinois in the limelight.

The New York Times says the Feds should step in and give […]

Bleak Friday: China and Russia renounce U.S. dollar

This doesn’t bode well:

At a joint press conference in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced their countries’ agreement Thursday to allow their currencies to trade against each other in spot inter-bank markets, thereby formally renouncing the U.S. dollar….

Despite the avowed assurance of not challenging the U.S. […]

Cat’s growing presence in China — Is it a good thing? Part 2

In a previous post, we looked at potential pitfalls in efforts to access China’s markets. Specifically, it appears that access comes with a high cost: supplying Chinese competitors with proprietary technology. Another example of this was recently exposed in the Wall Street Journal:

When the Japanese and European companies that pioneered high-speed rail agreed […]