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Thank you for being part of this blogging community

Thank you for being part of this blogging community

| November 21, 2006 | 2 Replies

I have been accused of being a curmudgeon by more than a few people who know me well. Perhaps I deserve it, based upon the intensity with which I approach writing.  Also, I too often fall into the trap of seeing the world as a set of problems needing to be solved rather than an […]

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Let’s give thanks for selective memories on Thanksgiving

Let’s give thanks for selective memories on Thanksgiving

| November 21, 2006 | 8 Replies

Everyone knows that the United States was first settled in 1620.  Everyone is wrong. We celebrate a wildly distorted history of Thanksgiving year after year.  On Thanksgiving, we solemnly give thanks that we have enough food to allow our families to overeat.  For the sake of holiday decorum, we avoid the thought that we could actually be […]

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Are you happy? Is life meaningful for you?  Take a test (or two) and see . . .

Are you happy? Is life meaningful for you? Take a test (or two) and see . . .

| November 20, 2006 | Reply

According to this site maintained by Dr. Martin Seligman, you can “develop insights into yourself and the world around you through these scientifically tested questionnaires, surveys, and scales.” I took a few of these tests (some only a few minutes) and might have learned a thing or two.   The site has almost 400,000 registered users around […]

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Vatican to Italian comedians: your jokes aren’t funny.

Vatican to Italian comedians: your jokes aren’t funny.

| November 20, 2006 | 1 Reply

Andrew Sullivan declares here that whenever a Pope delares that “even closeted, chaste gay men cannot be priests,” he makes himself a legitimate target for the types of jokes recently aired on Italian television and radio.

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Incoming Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee: Bring Back the Draft

Incoming Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee: Bring Back the Draft

| November 19, 2006 | Reply

MSNBC reports that Americans would be required to sign up for the military draft after turning 18 under a bill that will be introduced by Charles Rangel, a Democrat, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Rangel states that bringing back the draft is a way to deter politicians from launching wars: […]

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Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy committed to science, reason, and secularism as critical building blocks of American Democracy.

Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy committed to science, reason, and secularism as critical building blocks of American Democracy.

| November 19, 2006 | Reply

In an article entitled, “Think Tank Will Promote Thinking,” the Washington Post informed its readers about the new wing of the Center for Inquiry: The goals of the new group are to establish relationships with sympathetic legislators, provide experts to give testimony before Congress, speak publicly on issues when they are in the news, and […]

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Wishing I were car-free again…

Wishing I were car-free again…

| November 19, 2006 | 2 Replies

Mickey Knox sums up his opinion of LA: “How in hell can one live in a city where having a car is as important as having a place to live in.” I might rephrase this as “who would design a city in where having a car is as important as having a place to live […]

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Liberal Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

Liberal Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

| November 18, 2006 | 1 Reply

Michael Moore recently published this pledge in the Los Angeles Times.  I applaud each of these twelve points: 1) We will always respect you. We will never, ever, call you “unpatriotic” simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us. 2) We will let you marry whomever […]

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SEX

SEX

| November 18, 2006 | 9 Replies

I know, a catchy title.  A little unfair maybe, since there’s nothing particularly titillating in what follows.  Or maybe there is, depending on what–what’s the saying?–”pumps yer nads!”   But in view of Erich’s post about our newly appointed head of Family Planning, I thought this might be the time to indulge more than a little in […]

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