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Book Review: Armies South, Armies North

Armies South, Armies North:  The Military Force Of The Civil War Compared And Contrasted, by Alan Axelrod This book attempts a difficult task, and that is attempting to quantify in some sort of rating the strengths and weaknesses of the … Continue reading

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In Between Times

Some time ago, I read a book that talked about the feminism of Afghanistan in the period before the rise of the Taliban, and the way that a progressive society in Kabul was wrecked by the rise of reactionary Islam … Continue reading

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On Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight

Recently, it came to my attention that there was an incident at the end of Eid where a Palestinian attempted to knife some Israelis only to end up shot themselves.  In trying to find the story, I found that this … Continue reading

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On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture

Opposing Viewpoints:  Popular Culture, edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser This book is apparently one of a large series of books that seek to combine opposing viewpoints on some subject of contention so that the reader can sort out … Continue reading

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On The Manichean Worldview Of Cannabis Enthusiasts

Quite appropriately, my thoughts on cannabis are similar to my thoughts on Canibus the rapper.  I think that they are good in some ways but that they have far too many enthusiastic fans who exaggerate their claims of greatness and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Joy Of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over The Place

The Joy Of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over The Place:  The Art Of Being Messy, by Jennifer McCartney Despite being very off-color (its title alone gives that away), this book is a generally enjoyable book to read, at the very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them By Their True Names:  American Crises (and Essays), by Rebecca Solnit There is an essential problem with this title (and, obviously, the rest of this book).  The author seems to imply in the title that she is able … Continue reading

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A Hermeneutic Of Charity

For those who find the word hermeneutic a bit frightening, it is a word that comes from the Greek word for interpretation, and was coined in the late 17th century by biblical scholars who wanted a suitably fancy word to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation

The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation:  A Compendium Of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Imposters, Illusions, Confabulations, Skulduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, Conspiracies & Miscellaneous Fakery, by Rex Sorgatz On the one hand, I am perhaps the ideal reader … Continue reading

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