Tyranny Demands Mediocrity

Mao recognized that the Chinese Communist Party was making huge blunders because it was closed off from criticism. As a result, he invited criticism. People were hesitant to talk to the government for good reason. Thousands had already died for daring to speak their minds. Finally, the people began, ever so cautiously to speak up. [Read More...]

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Evidence is Extraordinary

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This is a true as far as it goes, except extraordinary things happen all the time. It is extraordinary (in one sense of the term) that you are reading something I am writing. What are the odds? The moment one asks for the definition of terms like “extraordinary” and “evidence,” [Read More...]

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Kingdom of God, Republic of Earth: Three Key Ideas

I am a citizen of this Republic and love her for her many virtues. She is my mother and for three  hundred years both sides of my family have been buried in her soil. Her follies have been many, but she is my country and when I stand, as I hope to stand, before God [Read More...]

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Religion and Science Need Each Other

Natural science has done good things for humankind. My ability to work while on a plane flying across a continent is a gift from scientists following the scientific methods to improve human knowledge and life. Science makes progress, increasing in understanding, and this progress is beneficial to humanity. Yet the very moment this is said, [Read More...]

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1988 is Finally Over: 2016 Ought to Be the Next Great Election

1988 was the year we affirmed the Reagan Revolution by electing, against most odds, his Vice-President George HW Bush. Bush was an unlikely vehicle for a third Reagan term, but that is what most Americans wanted. Michael Dukakis was much less Reagan than Bush so he lost. The primaries in both parties were “open” in [Read More...]

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Vision with Integrity: What We Need in Education

I have known leaders with vision, but without integrity. This is Gary Hart: a man of genius who ends up alone. I have known leaders with integrity, but no vision. This is George HW Bush: a man of rectitude who did not know what to do with power. I have known a few leaders with [Read More...]

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Proud to Have Learned Some New York Values

At heart, though I was born in Illinois, and spent only seven years there, I will always be a West Virginian. After hundreds of years of ancestors living and dying in western Virginia, I called it home decades after I had lived longer in New York or California. But I know this truth, there was [Read More...]

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GOP Debate: Live Blog of The Beginning of the End

This debate marks the beginning of the end for most candidates on tonight’s stage. Voting is about to begin and the field will be at four by the end of February. Starting at 8 God’s time, Houston to the losers elsewhere, I will live blog the debate as the cranky old Muppet at the back [Read More...]

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All the Truth is Out There: A Lesson for Voters

Take one sentence in a long book: “His failed presidency had given way to Reagan, who relied on an emerging army of religious zealots, “culture warriors” bent on restoring American values of godliness.” ― from “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” This otherwise insightful book on the Gary Hart scandal is in line with [Read More...]

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Reason is Not Skepticism.

Sometimes atheists and agnostics who are non-academics* call themselves skeptics, but they really should not. They are not generally skeptical, but reserve their skepticism for supernatural or religious claims. Like anybody else, they believe a great many things provisionally that might be wrong: ideas about the world, their neighbor, or even their fantasy football team! In [Read More...]

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