Short Form Civilization

When everyone in the room is yelling, no one is heard. The 2016 American presidential election was particularly nasty. It brought out the worst in everyone participating in politics. Politics has always been a bitter business. But something seems excessively bitter as of late. I’m seeing more and more analysis regarding the lack of social... Continue Reading →

It’s Always Mr. Smith

There are three subject matters that have consumed most of my time. The matters are, in order of interest, woo-woo, religion and politics. What they have in common is that they are the greatest fields of inquiry where you get to see human beings acting short of reason for the sake of the magical. They’re... Continue Reading →

The Case for Listening Ears

Today I watched several fellow writers complain that the Trump Health Care Act (is that the official title?) is going to do severe damage to them as writers. In other words, they won't have as good of health care under it as they perceive under Obamacare. I am confused by this. How do they know?... Continue Reading →

Normalizing Through Self Credit

This morning I awoke to a question from a member of a biblical study group I'm involved in. The person asked if any of us wrote books on biblical criticism, no matter how light-hearted, and if those of us who did, felt the need to use a pseudonym or used our real name. The person... Continue Reading →

The Black Blood of Modernity

About ten years ago I was having a conversation with a friend about climate change. (I think we called it global warming at that time). I concluded that if warming was happening by natural causes, there was nothing we could do about it. So humans would have to adapt through artificial means. If warming was... Continue Reading →

Islam: The Third and Troubling Child

It's no secret, I think all religion, being a practice on faith rather than reason, is a poor life style. However, current events demonstrate there is only one deserving special attention if not out right combat for hearts and minds. That is Islam. I've addressed my concerns here, here and here. And here. This short piece is a reminder in light of... Continue Reading →

Smells Like Wean Spirit

Somewhere around the age of thirty-five, I realized I didn't know what was good in current music. I was, and continue to play, all the stuff that defined my niche as an eighties' kid. My preference was for what was then labeled, Alternative. But that definition didn't say much at all. Because all it really... Continue Reading →

The Great Drug War Wall

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued the executive order that authorized the construction of the Great Wall of America. Expected to run about the length of one-thousand-three-hundred miles, costing anywhere from sixteen to twenty-six billion dollars to build, seven-hundred-fifty-million a year to maintain and taking four or twenty years to build, * it looks... Continue Reading →

Take the Outsider Test

Through the Obama years, Democrats had no problem with his pen and phone approach. If he couldn't get it his way with GOP support, he was determined to go it alone. And while he was doing this, there was zero opposition from members of his team. But now that Trump is in power and the... Continue Reading →

Executive Disorder

First things first, read the entire Executive Order. Then come back. I’ll wait. Done? No you’re not. Read it first please. * Flips through Cabela’s catalog, looks for fly-fishing classes * * Gets diverted to the muskets. Always wanted a musket * Done? You sure? Okay, here we go: The Executive Order PROTECTING THE NATION... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Health Care

Let's talk about health care. First, some things I won't do. First, I will not invoke the Constitution. Second, I won't debate whether it's a Right or not. These two items alone have caused more weeds in the discussion than results. I won't do any of these things because regardless of where you fall using... Continue Reading →

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Donald Trump will abuse the office of the presidency. I am convinced of this. During his campaign, he routinely said he knew more about things others did not. He routinely said he knew more about things than anyone else. He routinely said that only he could fix things. In essence, the Donald Trump campaign was... Continue Reading →

Trust No One

The last time a kid came out of Macedonia and took over the world and changed governments was Alexander the Great. Today, it's Fake News. Teenagers making it rich by making shit up. Isn't that what kids do? Make believe? Yeah, and lots of people all over the world are falling for their stories. In... Continue Reading →

This Is How Government Works

It's been over a year since candidates started running for the Office of United States President. And yesterday, the American public picked one. But the story I just told is so much bigger than the two sentences you just read. Because the takeaway this election showed everyone is that this is how government works. Which logically should lead... Continue Reading →

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