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The new U.S. embassy in Iraq – an embarrassment to all decent Americans

The new U.S. embassy in Iraq – an embarrassment to all decent Americans

You’ve got to read this description of the new American embassy under construction in Bagdad (the title: “The Colossus of Bagdad”).  This monstrous construction project is unbelievably arrogant and excessive.  It will be the largest embassy on the planet. As an outpost, this vast compound reeks of one thing: imperial impunity. It was never meant to […]

May 30, 2007 | By | Reply More
We don’t have as much time for music CD’s anymore

We don’t have as much time for music CD’s anymore

Why are CD sales down?  Rather than blaming piracy, this article in Business Week suggests that there are only so many hours in a day, and we are increasingly busy entertaining ourselves in ways other than listening to CDs: There are only so many hours in a day for each of us — the consumers of entertainment […]

May 29, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
How does fighting them over there save us from fighting them over here?

How does fighting them over there save us from fighting them over here?

Would someone please explain the following to me?  Bush and his Republican pals tell us that the reason they want to keep American troops in Iraq because they want to “fight the terrorists over there, so we don’t have to fight them over here,”  Where, exactly, is the logic in that statement?  How does having […]

May 29, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
How Did Noah’s Flood Deposit the Iridium Layer?

How Did Noah’s Flood Deposit the Iridium Layer?

I’ve been spending (wa-ay too much) time today reading various news reports about the new Answers In Genesis Museum. In the blog responses to some of these reports I see mostly relief that someone has finally created this museum to tell the truth about Young Earth Creationism. As opposed to all those partisan Atheistic evolutionists […]

May 29, 2007 | By | 103 Replies More
Would you climb into a pothole so I don’t step into it?

Would you climb into a pothole so I don’t step into it?

I didn’t think so. It’s a lot to ask of another human being.  Then again, if we were “lowly” army ants, we would readily serve as pothole plugs for each other.  According to Dr. Scott Powell: Broadly, our research demonstrates that a simple but highly specialised behaviour performed by a minority of ant workers can […]

May 28, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
What does it really mean to “support the troops”?

What does it really mean to “support the troops”?

The imperative phrase is proclaimed on millions of bumper stickers: “Support the Troops.” Tell me what it means to “support the troops” and then I’ll tell you whether I support the troops.  Fair enough?  Until you can tell me what the phrase means, asking me whether I “support the troops” is like asking me to […]

May 28, 2007 | By | 12 Replies More
Haldane’s four stages of acceptance

Haldane’s four stages of acceptance

Whether the topic is Iraq, religion, discrimination, or even the scientific theory of evolution, you can likely find a use for John B. S. Haldane’s description of the four stages of acceptance of ideas:       i)    this is worthless nonsense;       ii)   this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;       iii)  this is […]

May 28, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Addicted to forgiveness?

Addicted to forgiveness?

Ebonmuse has raised an intriguing point at his site, Daylight Atheism.  He suggests that unrealistic expectations promulgated by many churches throw many people into disorienting existential spirals.  Instead of acknowledging the limitations of human animals up front, many church-goers (with the encouragement of their religious leaders), conceive of their journeys through life as a constant series of […]

May 27, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
As if Americans aren’t fat enough

As if Americans aren’t fat enough

I just laughed when I read this article about the new “all-you-can-eat” seats at Dodger Stadium.  For one price, fans get all the hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soda they can consume, and the fans are…sorry for the pun…eating it up.  One fan interviewed for the article (and I don’t imagine he’s the only one) likes to bet […]

May 27, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More