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John Calvin: The ISIL of His Age

What could a Christian theologian from the 1500s have in common with fanatical bearded jihadis today? Besides fanaticism and facial hair? They share the same worldview and don’t forgetĀ  our worldview determines our actions. I was reading this article in Sputnik this morning, “Horrors of ISIL Fatwas and Decrees Laid Bare” and thought “John Calvin.” … Continue reading

Flag=Heritage? All Hail the Angry Rooster!

I live in the South and watch with interest the controversy about taking down the Confederate flag. We know what it means: Defiance of the USA and the white man still rules. Now defenders of the Confederate flag say it represents their heritage, but lot of southerners say, “No, it doesn’t.” Defenders say we must … Continue reading

Gun Control and Auschwitz: It’s Really Hard to Shoot Lice

On Twitter this morning, a man posted, “I’d rather die defending gun rights than be part of the after effects of gun control,” accompanied by a picture from WWII concentration camps of starved corpses. Message being, if they take our guns, this is how we will all end up. I have no problem with supporting … Continue reading

Living Under a Reign of Terror: Central Florida 1970s

“Why does this drinking fountain say “white only?” I asked my bicycling partner. “It’s porcelain, any fool can see that it’s white.” “Shh-that’s not what it means,” he said, “It means white people can get a drink here.” “What are you talking about? This is the courthouse-are you telling me black people can’t get a … Continue reading

Brief History Of Empire and the End of America’s

Empire-building is a monotonously predictable human failing and has been going on since Tribe A cast its covetous eyes upon the goodies of Tribe B. For many thousands of years no one objected to invading Tribe B, killing its men, stealing its women, enslaving its children, and stealing its stuff. Well, Tribe B objected, of … Continue reading

Radical Simpletons: Difference between Fascists, Communists and Socialists

You know you are dealing with a Radical Simpleton when they chop the world in two and label one-half Right and the other Left. On the Right half goes everything good, noble and pure. On the Left half goes everything evil, vicious and filthy. By this extremely lame line of reasoning, anything bad automatically goes … Continue reading

Questions about Nuremberg: Victor’s Justice?

I was surprised to see that Nuremberg testimony about gas chambers at Auschwitz was provided by a French woman! Why would that be, when there must be many witnesses much closer to home than France? The story she tells is the story we have all heard: separation upon arrival, the weak sent directly to cyanide … Continue reading

Zealots, NeoCons and Revolutionary Hotheads

We still have dangerous Zealots among us today. Here’s how to spot them. I remember when I first read the Bible long ago and came across the disciple called Simon Zelotes. (Acts 1:13) That’s odd, I thought, he has a last name, the other guys have a first name like Peter or James, the son … Continue reading

The Clash of Civilizations meets the stone age brain

In 1993 Samuel Huntington published a book called The Clash of Civilizations. The premise of the book was that conflicts would no longer be between nation-states, but between the East and West. This book was sure to have a wide impact because it met the criteria for impactful ideas: 1). It benefits the ruling elite. … Continue reading

I’m so old, I remember newspapers

I know you will find this hard to believe if you were born after 1990, but I promise it is true. People used to read newspapers, which were delivered to their door step every day. No, really, ask some old person, they will confirm this. Newspapers, as the word implies, were largish sheets of actual … Continue reading