Category Archives: History

You Are The Last One Of Your Kind

In the contemporary world, there is a great deal of interest among many people or companies in having the first of some kind.  Cell phone providers brag about having the first new generation phone or next generation data network, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Color Of Law

The Color Of Law:  A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein Let us make it clear at the outset that this is not a very good book at all.  The author’s tone is continually abusive … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Change The Church

To Change The Church:  Pope Francis And The Future Of Catholicism, by Ross Douthat As someone who is at least a moderately serious observer of the Roman Catholic Church [1], I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book.  I think … Continue reading

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Hoist With Their Own Petard

Sometimes expressions are so common that we cease to think of how revolutionary or how alarming they are.  Let us take, for example, the expression “hoist with their own petard,” which first appears in the English language in Shakespeare’s classic … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?, by Kevin DeYoung Like many contemporary writers, against my own personal inclinations I have felt it necessary from time to time to write about homosexuality [1], and one gets the sense that … Continue reading

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How To Become A UNESCO World Heritage Tourist Without Really Trying

Earlier this morning, a friend of mine commented that a place we had recently visited [1], the historic center of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, was a UNESCO World Heritage site, and wanted me to write some about the history … Continue reading

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Blame It On Intersectionality

When I was in graduate school, I remember hearing a story from one of my professors who taught a class on intellectual property law about how he had worked for an engineering firm for several years and had pretended to … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: En Vogue

When one is looking at the greatest pop/rock acts to have never had a #1 despite multiple top 10 hits, there are a few obvious contenders.  One of them, Credence Clearwater Revival, was an obvious choice for induction into the … Continue reading

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Someone’s Freedom Is Often Someone Else’s Tyranny

During the Feast of Tabernacles this past year in Suriname, I overheard but did not participate in an argument that dealt with the legal philosophy concerning abortion law in the United States.  According to the woman who was vociferously not … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Gosnell

There is a moment in this movie that stood out to me as being pivotal both in the internal story of the (successful) effort to convict Philadelphia abortionist/serial murderer Kermit Gosnell of murdering infants who had been born alive and … Continue reading

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