Category Archives: Social Conservatives

Seeking That Simple Explanation

The Baltimore Sun really shouldn’t have sent H. L. Mencken to cover that Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, back in 1925 – the one where Clarence Darrow faced off against William Jennings Bryan on the matter of evolution, specifically on … Continue reading

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Rebels and Apostates

It was one of those brilliant sunny days in Los Angeles – July 1, 2004 – and traffic was at a dead stop on Mulholland Drive. It was all the news vans. Marlon Brando had just died and everyone in … Continue reading

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When Things Actually Change

A few weeks kicking around alone in Paris each December can be bad for you. There’s too much history there, involving far too many philosophers, who spent far too much time sitting in cafés being world-weary, in a sophisticated deeply … Continue reading

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A Whole Lot of Duping Going On

We’re old now, but we know we were right – those of us who are still alive. Imagine coming of age in the sixties – sitting in high school chemistry class and listening to the announcement over the tinny speakers … Continue reading

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Understanding the Underlying Thinking

Oh, it was a minor issue: Representative Michele Bachmann seems to have found the issue she believes will allow her to distinguish herself from Gov. Rick Perry in their fight for the Republican presidential nomination – the vaccination of young girls against a sexually … Continue reading

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Figuring Them Out

Gandalf said it – “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” The same thing goes for political … Continue reading

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A Quiet Friday in August

Friday, August 8, should have been a quiet news day. Click on the cable news channels – this regular host or that is on vacation, and that makes sense. The party conventions are two weeks off and congress is in … Continue reading

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