A Not so Dry Martini

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Ann and I had the pleasure of having dinner one night in Milan at the SNTS meeting at the bishop's palace not quite 20 years ago. We were the guests of Cardinal Martini, as was the rest of the several hundred members of the SNTS. We were served in the spacious courtyard of the bishop's palace by waiters wearing tuxedos, and the hospitality could hardly have been more grand. It was one of the more memorable evenings ever at the SNTS meetings that I have attended. Below you will find Larry … [Read more...]

The Atheistic Philosophy of Ayn Rand– the Donahue Interview

One of the more remarkable aspects of the current political season is the love affair of the conservative right with the Randian economic and political philosophy of 'unfettered, unregulated capitalism and the virtues of selfishness' somehow welded to the chassis of Christian conservatism and 'family values' by Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and others. Whatever you think of that 'unholy alliance' here is an interview that makes very clear what Ayn Rand thought about God, altruism, and … [Read more...]

Language Games


The English language is confusing enough because it is not a gender inflected language. Worse still, it has various words that can be nouns and verbs or that can be used in entirely different ways with the same spelling. For example,Be still. I still have a still in the backyard. Or While I row there's a row in the third row. Or Love, I love the love.So here is your challenge for today---- what English words can you come up with that can mean three different things and be used … [Read more...]

More from the Paul Film a Polite Bribe

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This film will be shown in Lexington Kentucky on Thursday night October 11th at the Regal Cinema (Hamburg Place) at 7 p.m. I and the producer Robert Orlando will be doing a Q+A afterwards. Ya'll Come. … [Read more...]

The Long Journey of a Christian Pacifist

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It has been said that ‘life is strange, and then you die’. There is some truth to that aphorism. I am 60 now and I've seen a lot of life. Some of the strangeness comes from one’s individual life experiences. Consider my childhood. I grew up in High Point N.C. playing Civil War soldiers with my Jewish girl friends down the street. I read books about the Civil War (ranging from Classics Illustrated to Bruce Catton, when I got older). I went through the Pictorial History of the Confederacy m … [Read more...]

A Polite Bribe— Was Paul into Money Laundering?

This film will be shown in Lexington on Thursday October 11th, and will be followed by a Q+A time with the producer Robert Orlando and myself. It is tenatively scheduled for the Movie Tavern theater just off Richmond Road at 7 p.m. If this changes I will do an update, but you may assume this is correct. BW3 … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney at Liberty University on ‘our faiths’


In the wake of the interesting Village Green Forum in Christianity Today's September issue in which all three participants (Stephen Mansfield, Mollie Zieglar-Hemingway and Richard Mouw) stressed that there is nothing wrong at all with a Christian voting for a Mormon for President (though they also counseled that it's always a matter of choosing one imperfect candidate over another imperfect candidate) they also went on to add the following reminders-- Mansfield: "In the 2012 election voting for … [Read more...]

Phenomenal Phenomenology

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Phenomenology is the study of how things appear, not necessarily how they are. On any given day on earth, the sun appears to set on the horizon, often in spectacular fashion. In fact of course, what is happening is the earth is rotating on its axis. What makes the sunset spectacular in some cases is pollution, dust or soot clouds more evident at the horizon make the sunsets more red or orange, and of course there is the further illusion that the sun gets bigger or closer to us at the horizon. … [Read more...]

The Hatfields and McCoys– a Kentucky Story

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Pikeville is a long way from Lexington, hard on the West Virginia border near the Big Sandy (and the Tug) River. Most everyone in America at one time or another has heard of the phrase 'like the Hatfields and the McCoys' as a euphemism for an ongoing, festering family feud, or have even used the phrase 'the real McCoy', not knowing where it probably came from. Well the McCoys were from the Kentucky side of the river, not so the Hatfields so we are talking about an inter-state squabble, which … [Read more...]