For God and Country

We just celebrated the 4th of July. For some it is little more than a day off, perhaps a time to picnic or gather with family or friends to simply enjoy the fine sunny day that the 4th of July usually is. Perhaps seeing a parade or a fireworks display is included in the day’s events. Sadly, like too many “holidays,” it seems to have largely lost its original meaning to many of us. On … Continue reading

Black Lie Affairs

The first time I recall being aware of the devastating power of Black Lies was probably in the 2000 election battle between George Bush and Al Gore. I was running my daily errands, and while at the Post Office, I witnessed the woman ahead of me having a near emotional breakdown. She was pleading with the postal clerk to not vote for Bush, and finally made the hysterical assertion, “Bush wants to kill women!” Now, … Continue reading

There is No Goddess But Gaia…

Last week when President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, there was a vast hue and cry from progressives worldwide. To us, the clamor sounded like priests and priestesses crying out, “There is no goddess but Gaia, and Progressives are her prophets!” Wikipedia informs us that “In Greek mythology…Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.” Gaia mythology has captured much of the planet today. This … Continue reading

The Art of Deception – Deux

Good deception (by “good,” we mean effective) uses language to guide one’s thinking in a particular direction. Sometimes deception is harmless fun, as in the case of “magic” tricks, surprise parties, harmless pranks, etc. When our son, Lee, was a lad, he and his friend Mike were great “magicians,” enamored with little tricks based on illusion, sleight of hand and/or misdirection – i.e. deception. One of his favorite (and most successful) tricks was called “Cups … Continue reading

Civility is not Dead Yet

I’m in love with this picture. On the left but only in terms of the photo is Robert George, professor at Princeton University. On the right (and that’s the only way you will hear this phrase attached to him) is Cornel West is a professor at Harvard. The two men could not be more opposite in terms of politics. George is a Catholic Conservative who argued against same sex marriage and for Hobby Lobby’s right … Continue reading

Schadenfreude Ain’t a Town in Germany

There are a whole lot of people right now that are very happy. They are happy because the tide of the culture war seems to have shifted. The President nominated a sane and fair man for the Supreme court. The department of Education won’t declare war on homeschooling. The good guys are in power and the bad guys are all a bunch of crybabies who throw fits when they don’t get their way and start … Continue reading