Changing, Rearranging

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a Read more [...]
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Crooked Trump Steals the Show

I am peeved that I have to address this matter again. I had so hoped that crooked Trump—excuse me, President-elect Donald J. crooked Trump—would by now be relegated to the status of an embarrassing piece of history. Nope. He won, not by an Electoral landslide, as said Reinhold "Reince" Priebus, but by a technicality. He lost the popular vote by nearly three million, but gained enough Electoral College votes to take the presidency. Which brings up the statement by Representative John Lewis. Read more [...]
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Trump is Not a Flawed Candidate

Contrary to what you may have heard, Donald Trump is not a flawed candidate for president of the United States of America. All the others who are or have been in the race are flawed candidates, to one degree or another, but Trump is not. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying he's a good candidate. He is the worst possible. He is perfect in his terribleness. It is hard to imagine a potential president more completely incompetent or more wrong-headed in his vision. I used to give Mr. Trump the benefit Read more [...]
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Arctic Ice Update 2016

This is my fourth annual Arctic ice update. Once in a while, we pass a new milestone in our race to destroy our environment. The year 2012 was such a time, when the Arctic sea ice reached a record low extent. This year, things are getting a little crazy, probably due to the influence of a strong El Niño, which is aggravating the downward trend we have been seeing for decades. Sea ice extent has been running well below average, and is less than the record levels of 2012. Extent is only part Read more [...]
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Clear Thinking in Four Easy Steps

I ran across this graphic from a paper called Character and Leadership: Situating Servant Leadership in A Proposed Virtues Framework, co-authored by Jim Lanctot and Dr. Justin Irving. Something about it immediately tingled my "clear thinking sense" (like Spidey sense, but more cerebral), so of course I had to investigate. The paper itself, I discovered, wasn't badly done. It presents a reasonable layout of what may be considered basic virtues, not necessarily the ones I consider most important, but Read more [...]
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Harmless Church

Recently I had a dream. It started suitably nuts, as one might expect. I was driving an impossible vehicle, something like a giant geometric shape (triangle or trapezoid?), and having the usual traffic tie-ups, getting lost and so forth. I ended up driving down an offramp, through an archway and into the interior of a large building. “This is a little odd,” I thought. I got off the vehicle and started looking around. He seemed harmless. Almost immediately I was engaged in conversation by a Read more [...]
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Everyone Should Get Their Own Bathroom

Is that the solution to the pressing problem of transsexuals using public bathrooms? Perhaps first we should ask whether there is a problem. Many of the "religious freedom" bills being pushed through in several states address this very issue, whether needed or not. Mississippi's HB 1523 does indeed preserve the right of religious organizations and most private businesses to discriminate against classes of people, based on the organization's "sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction." For Read more [...]
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What if You’re Wrong?

I have been asked, "What if you're wrong? What if God exists and you are indeed bound for hell because you don't believe? You are risking an eternity of punishment and the loss of infinite reward, simply for refusing to have faith." There are a great many flaws in that argument, but more on that after a bit. I generally respond to those questions by turning the argument around: What if God is not what you expect? What if God does exist, but prefers honest inquiry to professions of faith? What Read more [...]
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Immeasurable Heaven

I don't normally comment on anything written by young Earth creationists. I have learned from experience that there is no arguing with them; their position is rock solid and will not be moved. It has to be so, because their arguments are so weak that if they actually considered alternatives they would be easily swayed. Any attempt at dialogue becomes a matter of each side repeating their standard responses. Nonetheless, a short article I ran across at the Institute for Creation Research, "The Read more [...]
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Organized Insanity

Religion can be a comfort in times of stress and times of loss. It can encourage believers to work together and accomplish good things. Religion has its benefits, but it is often ridiculous and harmful. Mohammad Akhlaq was killed because of rumors that he was consuming beef. For Pete's sake, people, get a life! Cows are not sacred. They are domesticated animals, the result of thousands of years of selective breeding. Furthermore: There is no such thing as a true prophet of God. There Read more [...]
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