In “Christian Nation,” Palin is president


A novel published this month asks what would have happened had John McCain been elected in 2008. In Frederic C. Rich’s alternate reality, Palin becomes president, ushering in a so-called Christian society consumed with a civil holy war, rehabilitation camps and other Draconian measures. Rich means for his novel to be a “warning” against fundamentalists. His “Christian Nation” is not likely to be your idea of a Christian nation. But it got me to thinking: What would be different today if Palin were president? What is your idea of a Christian nation?


Things that make you go hmmm …


House is leaning right

The Brookings Institution calls the last session of the House of Representatives the most conservative in more than 60 years. House Republicans are getting more conservative than House Democrats are getting liberal, according to the annual report.

Not a place for politics, or ratings

Preliminary ratings for the Zimmerman verdict give Fox News 3,682,000 total viewers; CNN 3,407,000; and MSNBC 1,298,000. MSNBC abandoned its wall-to-wall political coverage because of its ratings slide during the Zimmerman trial.

Call him mister

It’s not exactly scientific, but an Australian says he has proof gender matters in the workplace.

Kim O’Grady, a management consultant in Perth, says he couldn’t get a job until he added one word to his resume: Mr.

O’Grady’s Tumblr blog post on his job hunt in the 1990s has gone viral.

“The sad reality is this shows we all know how real and invasive sexism is. We all know that sexism unnecessarily impacts negatively on women’s lives and men benefit from that,” O’Grady says in a follow-up post.


Conservative duel


Today, with a broadsword — i.e., a hefty special report on the would-be cost of an immigration overhaul — the conservation Heritage Foundation announced that if enacted the bipartisan legislation would cost taxpayers a whopping $6.3 trillion. Read it, but don’t weep (at least not yet).

For on the other side stands the American Action Forum, ready to slice through Heritage’s projected costs on “the amnesty for current unlawful immigrants” with its analysis. Last month, the ‘Burgh’s own Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the Congressional Budget Office, found that integrating the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally would be a good thing … Continue reading