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The Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings

The facts don’t care about your feelings, but we will not regard those who fail to care about our feelings.  It is easy to live life like a harsh edge lord, dispensing unpleasant truth to those who are too sensitive … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Puritan Way Of Death

The Puritan Way Of Death:  A Study In Religion, Culture, And Social Change, by David E. Stannard As someone who has written an essay on aspects of the Puritan way of death [1], and someone who tends to reflect often … Continue reading

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On Ledesma’s Law And The Paradoxical Insights Of Political Rhetoric

Late in his book Spain:  A Unique History, Stanley Payne notes the insights in 1935 of a Spanish thinker who had been a radical political intellectual and also a postal functionary concerning the period just before the outbreak of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Killers Of The King

Killers Of The King:  The Men Who Dared To Execute Charles I, by Charles Spencer Before finishing this book, I thought that Charles Spencer’s account of the regicides who had signed on to the execution of Charles I was particularly … Continue reading

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On Beams And Specks, Or, The Fundamental Flaw Of Visionary Politics

While I was eating lunch today one of my coworkers asked me what I thought about the impeachment trial that is going on right now.  I replied, after thinking a bit, that there had never been a genuine impeachment trial … Continue reading

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The Art Of Monsters

Over the past few years there has been an increasing tendency to look harshly at the art of monsters.  We have found our appreciation of Bill Cosby’s calls for decorum to younger comedians and his family friendly entertainment like the … Continue reading

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We Forgive You, Germany

One of the most reviled songs to be released last year was from comedian and not particularly skilled musician Lil’ Dicky, whose abominable charity single “Earth” sought to raise money for woke listeners to try to save the earth.  Included … Continue reading

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Immortal Worms And Mortal Souls

[Note:  These are the notes to a sermonette spoken to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on January 11, 2019.] How often do you think about immortal worms?  If I had to guess, it is not very … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End Is Always Near

The End Is Always Near:  Apocalyptic Moments, From The Bronze Age Collapse To Nuclear Near Misses, by Dan Carlin This book was disappointing to me.  A big reason for that is because I come to this book, unlike most readers … Continue reading

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The Limits Of Empathy

Yesterday, our retired pastor gave a sermon on the subject of empathy and he talked about the way that our trials and experiences pay off by allowing us to be able to relate to people through our own experiences, and … Continue reading

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