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