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Are there bathtubs in heaven?

Are there bathtubs in heaven?

In an earlier post, I wondered how God is going to entertain his followers up in heaven for all eternity, especially those who enjoy the less ethereal forms of entertainment (like jet skis).  Now, my question is about hygiene.  I occasionally look after my neighbor’s two dogs.  Recently, after walking the dogs for about an […]

April 19, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Attention Sickness

Attention Sickness

Marty Kaplan describes the symptoms and gives a name to “the very real nausea that culture (to use a kind word for it) can cause”:  Attention Sickness.  First the BIG THING was ANNA NICOLE. Then it was WAR FUNDING. Then it was SANJAYA, and vote-for-the-worst sadism. Then it was CANCER, and our national debate about parental […]

April 18, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Book Review: The End of Iraq

Book Review: The End of Iraq

Summary: A scathing, informative chronicle of the Bush administration’s failures in Iraq, yet one that speaks with compelling plausibility of all the missed opportunities to turn things around. Former U.S. diplomat and ambassador Peter Galbraith has been deeply and personally involved with the affairs of Iraq for over twenty years. In his new book The […]

April 18, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
Americans’ dietary laziness just got lazier.

Americans’ dietary laziness just got lazier.

American culture celebrates the quick fix. Diet pills like Trimspa and Ephedra enjoyed massive popularity despite their health risks because many people want to look healthy without actually living healthfully. Take a diet pill, pop a multivitamin instead of getting nutrients through food, starve yourself- it doesn’t matter how you get trim and slim, just […]

April 18, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Lose your religion for tax purposes

Lose your religion for tax purposes

A Jesuit college in St. Louis just won a Missouri Supreme Court case allowing them to get public money, $8 million of it, for their college.  Not being one that believes public money should be spent in support of religion, I was aghast.  “How could that possibly happen?” you might say.  The answer is rather interesting.  The Jesuits […]

April 18, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Prayer: a great cure for impotence

Prayer: a great cure for impotence

A friend called me recently.  The doctor just found a “suspicious” lump and scheduled a biopsy. As you can imagine, she is anxious that she might have cancer. What can a good agnostic say to such a person? Consider these options: I’m worried about you. Rest assured that I’m hoping for the best. I’ll be […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 14 Replies More
Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

This long awaited report had been authorized by Congress in 1997, according to the Washington Post.  Here are the results: A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood that if […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
The vultures descend

The vultures descend

It never takes long for people to exploit a tragedy when they have something to gain from doing so.  President Bush, who has done virtually nothing notable this year, has dropped whatever he had on his calendar for today so that he can swoop down on Virginia Tech, the site of yesterday’s student massacre.  Likewise, […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 20 Replies More
Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn recently spoke on patriotism on DemocracyNow: Patriotism to me means doing what you think you’re country should be doing. Patriotism means supporting your government when you think it’s doing right, opposing your government when you think it’s doing wrong. Patriotism to me means really what the Declaration of Independence suggests. And that is […]

April 16, 2007 | By | Reply More