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Electing a person of competence over a “person of faith”

Electing a person of competence over a “person of faith”

| February 18, 2007 | 3 Replies

Mitt Romney proudly stood up for himself today. He boldly told a large Florida crowd what kind of president we need to elect in 2008: “One of the great things about this land is that we have people of different faiths and different religions, but we need to have a person of faith lead the country,” […]

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“It Was A Pleasure To Burn…”

“It Was A Pleasure To Burn…”

| February 17, 2007 | 9 Replies

February’s Big Read in Missouri has selected a surprising novel–Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  I should not assume everyone today has read it, so briefly it is a novel about a future in which it is illegal to read books.  The fire department, because all houses are built of fireproof materials, no longer puts out […]

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Split Opinion on Young Earth in an Individual. Or Split Personality?

Split Opinion on Young Earth in an Individual. Or Split Personality?

| February 17, 2007 | 3 Replies

I was sent this New York Times article in which a Young Earth Creationist gets a real PhD in paleontology. How does he do it? Dr. Ross said, the methods and theories of paleontology are one “paradigm” for studying the past, and Scripture is another. In the paleontological paradigm, he said, the dates in his […]

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About stem cell “babies”

About stem cell “babies”

| February 16, 2007 | 2 Replies

This is one of those much talked about microscopic stem cell “babies”:     This photo was published in the Feb 2, 2007 issue of Science.   What are stem cells?  Embryonic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are unlike any specific adult cell. However, they have the ability to form any adult cell. Because undifferentiated embryonic […]

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Bill Moyers on Discovering What Democracy Means

Bill Moyers on Discovering What Democracy Means

| February 16, 2007 | 1 Reply

Bill Moyers has recently written on the meaning of Democracy on TomPaine.com.  First, he presents an illustration of the problem.  As is the case with many overarching social issues today, this one starts with a media almost entirely controlled by a few large corporations: Jesus would not be crucified today. The prophets would not be stoned. […]

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What is it like to fight for the U.S. in Iraq?

What is it like to fight for the U.S. in Iraq?

| February 16, 2007 | Reply

Here’s the story of one marine. The comments following this video at YouTube substantiate the huge cultural divide that exists in the U.S. The comment that haunts me the most is about the day-to-day job: breaking down doors and terrorizing numerous innocent people. This occurs because our soldiers can’t tell the difference between the good […]

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Bill Maher on John McCain, the “surge” and religion

Bill Maher on John McCain, the “surge” and religion

| February 16, 2007 | Reply

If you want to know what Bill Maher is up to, check out this article at Salon.com. I found the interview to be equally thoughtful and frank–the antithesis of political talk. For instance, on McCain and Iraq Maher says: It’s already a partitioned country. What are we fighting for over there? Why are we fighting […]

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Why did this site crash?

Why did this site crash?

| February 16, 2007 | Reply

I don’t know.   We were down from about 6 pm last night until about 9 am this morning.   This crash coincided with an unusually intense flurry of spam and some other problems (including some random characters appearing in some of the posts).   I’d like to think that we were hacked by the White House, but I seriously doubt […]

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Those abstinence-only programs are really bringing down the teen pregnancy rate . . . or are they?

Those abstinence-only programs are really bringing down the teen pregnancy rate . . . or are they?

| February 15, 2007 | 4 Replies

Teen pregnancy is down. Is it because of those abstinence pledges?  As indicated in this article from the BBC News,  “88% of those who make the pledge break the pledge, so it must be down to condoms and safe sex education.” The Guttmacher Institute recently released its own survey showing that most of the decline […]

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