Somebody Blew Up Alderaan! Now What?

By now, you’ve been inundated with stories and celebrations, celebrations and commiserations. In fact you may be feeling a bit like this: If you are a Conservative Evangelical then you’ve been seeing a lot of commiserating along with, I’m sure, a fair bit of anger and no doubt many dire predictions about the future. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there was a planet called Ursa Minor Beta where the titular guide was published. … Continue reading


Intimidation comes at us on a variety of fronts and sometimes in subtle ways. It might come from the political arena or religious groups. Sometimes it is family or work associates. In some cases intimidation can be a good thing but is most it can be destructive and is used to manipulate. “Where can it be good?” you might wonder. During the Cold War era the U.S. and Russia instituted MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction. … Continue reading

Too Stupid? Random Thoughts on American Voters and the Church

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid $400K for his work on crafting the signature legislation of Barak Obama and the Democrat party made news again this week as he boldly proclaimed that the law was intentionally crafted to deceive the Congressional Budget office and the American Voter because according to him American Voters are too stupid to know what is good for them. So, according to Gruber, the best way to govern is to not … Continue reading

A Moron in the Whitehouse?

  Ah, the election season is upon us again. It seems to actually be never ending in recent years but merely more intensified as we get closer to voting. Some campaigns come across as dirty politics and can get quite nasty but as it turns out, not as nasty as the campaigns of the 19th and early 20th century. Someone created the video Attack Ads, Circa 1800 using the campaign material from those elections: Negative … Continue reading

Why is Sex is the Canary in the Coal Mine?

If you are not familiar, dear reader, the term “Canary in a coal mine” is an expression rooted in history. Coal miners would bring a canary down into the coal mine to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide or methane. The deadly gases would kill the canary before it would kill the miners, giving the humans time to retreat. Modern coal miners don’t use canaries much anymore. These days, to be a canary in a … Continue reading

Barack and the Borg

(Originally printed in the Fall 2009 Issue of the MCOI Journal) A Historic Election The 56th Presidential Election on November 4, 2008 wit­nessed the first time in our history an African-American was chosen to occupy the office of President of the United States of America. For many, this looked like a demonstration that we are a post-racial nation. Are we though? Actually, we would sub­mit that most of us passed into post-racialism a long time … Continue reading