Monthly Archives: January 2010

When Reason Has No Meaning

It’s Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And nearby, … Continue reading

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Considering Life without a Scary Daddy

Some things are often said, and are generally true, so sooner or later people stop saying them. What’s the point? In American politics the Republicans are forever saying the Democrats are weak on defense, and generally just weak, and you get … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond High School Confidential

It sounds like a plot device in one of the endless stream of raunchy high school movies Hollywood studios churn out when they need cash to finance the serious movies – if there are such things – and the absurdly … Continue reading

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Rational and Historically Grounded Gloom

Admittedly it’s an odd problem, and no one is asking for sympathy here, but those of us with a history of clinical depression, no matter how far in the past, have a somewhat epistemological problem with social and political issues. … Continue reading

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The Report on the Report

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution tells the president he has to do it: He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he … Continue reading

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Simple Cause and Effect and Endless War

It’s always bubbling along in the background of American politics. The United States was instrumental in the creation of Israel – in 1947, the British government withdrew from its commitment to the Mandate of Palestine, as there was no way … Continue reading

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The Little Big Freeze

It was the late breaking news on Monday, January 25: Facing voter anger over mounting budget deficits, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to freeze spending for some domestic programs for three years beginning in 2011, administration officials said Monday. … Continue reading

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