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You Can Trust Scientific Research Reports (We Think; We Hope)


A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article. Science magazine has retracted the article, due to “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, the false sponsorship statement, and Mr. LaCour’s inability to produce original data.” Unfortunately, this is only the latest… Read more »

Is Obama to Blame for Weak Economic Growth?


Editor’s note: This article first appeared at A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here goes: True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc. However, if you look at the charts in the… Read more »

“The Righteous Mind” – Understanding Conservatives and Liberals


Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has cracked the code on why it’s so hard for liberals and conservatives to find common ground. That’s a big deal. But an even more important benefit of his book, “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion,” is its value in helping conservatives understand liberals, and… Read more »

An Individual Christian Response to Terrorism


On 9/11, 2,977 people were killed by terrorists. In response, the American government, after a bipartisan vote, decided to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. As a consequence, a huge number of countless thousands of Middle East civilians have been killed by the Western military, a result that cries for soul searching and serious discussion. Nevertheless, I… Read more »

Larry Flynt’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton: No Laughing Matter


“I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.” So declared Larry Flynt, founder of the Hustler magazine empire that has made millions photographing nude women. Flynt proffered his enthusiastic endorsement in an interview with Bloomberg. Flynt’s endorsement of Mrs. Clinton, a feminist icon, is ripe for ridicule and taking shots at the Clintons, of whom Flynt has… Read more »

Barack Obama and the Grace of God


President Barack Obama’s remarkable eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, one of the nine victims of the recent tragic shooting there, has again called attention to the president’s often misunderstood faith. Obama’s singing of the venerated Christian hymn “Amazing Grace” and focus on the theme of… Read more »

STREAMING VIDEO – Dr. Paul Kengor discusses his book “Dupes” at The Institute of World Politics


On Monday June 29, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. In this interesting video, Kengor discusses his book, “Dupes: How the Communist Left Has Manipulated the Progressive Left for a Century.” He presents aspects of his extensive research on… Read more »

John Adams and American Independence


As we celebrate our independence and astounding development from a fledging nation to the world’s superpower, we should applaud the extraordinary contributions of numerous founders. One of them whose accomplishments are often overlooked is John Adams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and his cousin Samuel Adams typically receive the lion’s share of… Read more »

A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision


In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell in two sentences: “The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘exchange established by the state’ it means ‘exchange established by the state or federal government.’ That is quite absurd and the court’s 21… Read more »

Cheers to the Magna Carta


It’s the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, causing thoughtful Americans who care deeply about scutage, darrein presentment, or the standard width of haberject, to raise their voices in loud acclamation. The rest of us, however, are left wondering: What does it matter that one June day in 1215 at Runnymede in Merrie Olde England,… Read more »

After Waterloo


“Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.” —Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, June 19, 1815 The Battle of Waterloo—a series of bloody encounters between French, Anglo-Dutch, and Prussian armies fought over four days—culminated with Napoleon’s final defeat on June 18, 1815. It was a major historical event, and yet… Read more »

V&V Q&A – “The Soul of Grove City College: A Personal View” – with L. John Van Til


Editor’s note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we sit down with retired Grove City College professor L. John Van Til to discuss his new book, “The Soul of Grove City College: A Personal View.” V&V: Thanks for joining us… Read more »

The “Takedown” of Family and Marriage Part Two: V&V Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor


V&V: Dr. Kengor, picking up from our previous interview on your new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” briefly recap your thesis for us. Kengor: Sure. Takedown details the far left’s quest to redefine, and in some cases outright abolish, the traditional family and marriage from the… Read more »

Human Rights? No. Bodily Liberty? Yes.


The Manhattan Supreme Court recently heard the case of two chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo, which were apparently caged while undergoing research at Stony Brook University. Represented by the Nonhuman Rights Project, the suit contends that the pair should have a right to “bodily liberty” and that any caging of these primates violates their rights. Steven… Read more »