R. Andrew Newman

R. Andrew Newman is a freelance journalist in western Nebraska.

Ice-Cold Cows

 

The cows looked ice-cold. On a day like that in western Nebraska, if some miscreant had played the game of cow-tipping, if he had sneaked up on one of those furry steak-and-hamburger contraptions to give it a shove, he probably would have had to make restitution to the rancher. The poor cow might have broken […]

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Time of Sifting May Be at Hand

 

Never in history has the world been as economically linked as it is today. “Linked,” in fact, may be too weak a term to convey the nature of the connections. “Wired” seems a more apt metaphor, for it takes into account the near-instantaneous connections and feedback loops between the constituent elements. As with electric currents […]

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Where Corn Counts

 

If Movement Conservatives once and for all could bring ideological purity to the Republican Party, they would no longer have to go nose-to-nose with the Democrats for control of the White House and the Congress. No, instead, a Movement Conservative-dominated GOP would find itself in a different battle: clawing with Greens and Libertarians for two […]

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Failure of the Secular Mind

 

The secular world tries to make sense of the senseless, to understand the bloody massacre at Virginia Tech. Some point to guns. Others finger society. Still others attempt to transform the murderer into some kind of victim. Anything to understand, to convince themselves that this … what do we call it? … could have been […]

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Been There, Donne That

 

This week marks the beginning of Lent. At churches this time of year, reading lists are suggested, prayer and fasting regimens outlined, almsgiving opportunities provided — all potentially fruitful and beneficial for believers. I must stress I speak as one who should, may well try, but probably won’t make much headway with any of these. […]

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Ideas Still Have Consequences

 

At TCS Daily earlier this month, economist and theorist Arnold Kling filed a list of principles for “libertarian conservatives,” who find themselves “under siege from so many directions.” And, in the “open, voluntary, do-it-yourself, just-in-time” world of the Internet, he labeled this exercise an “Ideological Affirmation Task Force” and issued a request for comment. After […]

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Bumper-Sticker Profiling

 

Add a sticker and the bumper of a vehicle transforms itself into the driver’s very own billboard. One moving billboard I’ve seen lately is puzzling: “Let Peace Begin With Me.” I suppose that’s a fine sentiment, but it makes me worry. Was the driver planning on jumping out, wrenching me from behind the wheel, and […]

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Playing the Devil

 

Embryonic screening allows couples to not only play God, but the devil. It seems some couples are moseying up to the baby menu and ordering ones heavy on the defects and disabilities. According to a recent survey of fertility clinics, four of the 190 that responded indicated they’ve helped families have a baby with a […]

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I Resolve …

 

People who don’t make New Year’s resolutions worry me. Are they perfect? Are they simply waiting for the great up escalator to descend from the sky? Are they biding their time until Barack Hussein Obama delivers us from this red-blue valley of tears and into that promised and purple land of prosperity and plenty? Or […]

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Forgotten Joseph

 

I had the pleasure of attending the Christmas pageant put on my daughter’s school earlier this week. Nothing warms the heart like little boys in bathrobes swinging walking canes, two-legged cows and donkeys, and girls in choir robes with glittery wings attached, and I say this with no hint of irony. If God chose to […]

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