An Open Letter About the Making of Mistakes

I’m always afraid of screwing up. Seriously. That's especially true when I'm online, because sometimes online reactions can be extreme. One little mistake, and you’re suddenly The Enemy. I once got on the wrong side of a group of women on a feminist website, and ... damn, it got nasty. Some of the nice ladies actually followed me to the comment sections of other websites to point out what a viciously sexist woman-hater I was. I’ve made disparaging comments about tattooing, and oh boy, … [Read more...]

The Brassican Heresy (repost)

Warning: The following post is long, and may contain insults to French people. And Christians. And probably frogs. [Repost from Jan 18, 2012] ______________________________ I’d like to propose to you a daring hypothesis. You may be surprised by it. You may be stunned. You might even be shocked. Because this is such a daring idea, some of you reading this right now may actually be horrified. There’s even the possibility – distant, but real, so I have to warn you – that one or more … [Read more...]

Handball, Popcorn and Jesus

I played handball when I was younger. I never got very good at it, but the game still left an impression on me. My best memory of it was something surprising that happened one day after I’d been playing for a few months, something that had nothing at all to do with handball. … [Read more...]

You Sleigh Me

In fond memory of cooler days, here's a pic from back when I drove sleighs and haywagons for a living. That's me on the driver's seat. Up front are my coal black Percheron draft horses, Esther and Jim, both close to a ton in weight. Running alongside is my German shepherd best friend, Ranger the Valiant Warrior. This was the early 1990s, and I was already happily godless.   … [Read more...]

Oh, Shit! — or — Why Things Are Always So Fucked Up

I’ve thought for many years about why “otherwise intelligent” people can believe or say certain things that are demonstrably false. I mean, there are people who can look and sound as smart as anyone you know, but who don’t “get” certain things. Who WON'T get certain things. For instance, you can know someone who is a fantastic organizer or salesman, someone who can get rich in running a business, handing every detail easily, but who can’t accept global warming, or evolution ... … [Read more...]

Making the Rounds: Should Women Be Spanked?

There's a newspaper clipping making the rounds today. It's all over Facebook, and I've found it in a number of other webby places. No, it's not this one. It's that other one — below. I couldn't find out anything specific about the clipping (I'm only assuming it's authentic), but the New York Mirror newspaper was published between 1924 and 1963. … [Read more...]


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