By author Jay


In the year 2076, after a long and happy life, I died peacefully in my sleep. This is the conversation that took place. “Welcome, my son,” a voice said. I blinked into the light. It was a brilliant white. My arm instinctively rose to shield my eyes. I squinted under […]

Analyzing the 2016 election with God



The Indiana Primary is 11 days away, and since no candidate has clinched the Republican or Democratic nomination for president, Indiana matters. That means for the next week and a half, Hoosiers will be courted and wooed like a fairy tale princess (RIP, Prince). Candidates will go from town to […]

Tale of the Tape: Clinton vs. Berne




A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Wrangler Rule, a new trend in political slogans whose origins can be traced to Brett Favre’s denim commercials. Real. Comfortable. Jeans Since that post went up, we’ve been pointed to several more examples that we wanted to share here. First, a quick refresher. […]

Wrangler Rule, Part 2





This is the inaugural “Everyone is wrong about” post. In this occasional series, Jay examines a popular position and goes the other way. There’s a mini-outcry happening on the internet. A couple days ago, TBS announced that someone other than Luther Vandross will perform “One Shining Moment” for the montage after the NCAA men’s championship game. […]

Everyone is wrong about: One Shining Moment




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There’s this thing in writing called the Rule of Three. The Rule isn’t so much a rule as the idea that, when making a list, it’s best to make it a list of three. You could use two or four, but three items is almost always more memorable, effective, and […]

Super. Terrible. Slogans.


The United States Supreme Court is more diverse than it has ever been. Sure, you have four white guys. But there are now three women on the court, one African-American, and one Hispanic. But diversity is about more than melanin and chromosomes. The Court, for example, is made up entirely […]

The Supreme Court’s Diversity Problem


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From Indiana Explained global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, it’s pretty easy to get a sandwich. In a five-block radius, I can access seven different Subway restaurants. There’s the one with the crazy lady by the Statehouse. There’s one in the Hyatt, where the crazy lady doesn’t work, but they don’t […]

The absurd state of auto dealer laws




After Jeb Bush dropped out of the 2016 presidential race last week, a few of my Jeb-supporting friends voiced concern over the rest of the GOP. Their argument, in large part, was that presidents should serve as a Governor, or at the very least as some sort of executive so that they […]

Experience of every U.S. President


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History teachers across the country had a mild heart attack during the Grammys when Google tweeted this: “Who is Alexander Hamilton?” spiking on Google search during #Grammys as #Hamilton wins Best Musical Theater album pic.twitter.com/ADUCxykPcL — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) February 16, 2016 The twittersphere was all over that one. How could […]

A lesson on the Grammys and Google Trends