A young woman is scandalized when her school makes her wear a t-shirt over her outfit. Her dress code violation is a visible bra-strap. So outraged is she that she takes a Sharpie to the t-shirt and writes out a screed in defense of freedom and against body shaming. Take that, shamers!
Human beings are capable of reason, but we are not driven 100% by reason. In a world where everyone was reasonable, a woman could walk naked and be in no danger whatsoever from unwanted attention.
We do not live in that world. Continue reading On Dress Codes
The world is all ga-ga over Caitlyn Jenner – formerly Bruce Jenner – who has become a poster-child for the transgendered. Jenner, over the course of a few years and man surgeries has transformed himself superficially into the form of a woman.
A friend of mine reflected on an associate who had undergone a similar process. He went abroad for the surgeries, spending a great deal of money. Post-operations, talks with my friend – a woman by birth – revolved around “girl talk.” As my friend described the “girl talk” it sounded like what a guy thinks is girl talk rather than the things that girls actually talk about.
Continue reading Transgender Madness
I am a fundamentalist Christian.
Not a very good one, mind you. While I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, far too often I take the precepts within its pages as suggestions rather than commands. I think if I were more obedient I would be more patient, more kind, more generous. I would have more courage to speak the truth and more wisdom to speak it gently.
A fundamentalist Christian should, over time, be more like Jesus of Nazareth. Think what you may about His claims to deity and salvation, Jesus is universally understood to be a good man.
Continue reading The Good Muslim
This is supposedly the unedited version of the comments made by Cliven Bundy:
…” and so what I’ve testified to ya’, I was in the WATTS riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people is thinking they did not have their freedom; they didn’t have these things, and they didn’t have them.
We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and sure don’t want to go back; we sure don’t want the colored people to go back to that point; we sure don’t want the Mexican people to go back to that point; and we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.
Let me tell.. talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about the negroes. I want to tell you one more thing I know about the negro. Continue reading Cliven Bundy’s Comments on Race — Unedited
Among the Facebook crowd, you occasionally get “that guy” who posts some fresh hell to their timeline and announces in all caps “WAKE UP SHEEPLE!”
Generally, I try to avoid screaming at my Facebook friends. I post plenty of fresh hell links demonstrating the mendacity of Big Government with pithy comments thrown in at no extra charge, but I have wondered why there are so many who are blind to the menace of a Government that is increasing in power exponentially. Are Americans “asleep” – are they “sheeple”. Continue reading Sheep Asleep?
The real shame of the NSA isn’t that they have been gathering massive amounts of data. The real shame is that somehow an idiot like Edward Snowden was in a position to dump our dirty laundry hamper into the street for everyone to see.
The government necessarily has police powers. You and I can use force in emergent circumstances. The government can sit around, think about it, then decide to use force. Usually it is legitimate, like when they decide to raid a meth lab, or pick up a guy caught on camera sticking up a liquor store.
That power can be abused, too. I do not think every idiot who wants to dodge taxes should be able to declare their work a not-for-profit. It is legitimate for the IRS to use its police power to investigate organizations and make sure they comply with the law. The problem is that the IRS clearly used its authority to hamstring the opponents of those currently in power. We may very well be saddled with the most arrogant, narcissistic, incompetent administration in modern history in part because the IRS crippled the political opposition. Continue reading The True Shame of the NSA
My friend posted to his Facebook wall an example of odd things agnostics say:
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” ― Marcus Aurelius
I say that this is odd because it has a number of flawed suppositions that I would think would be self-evident. Continue reading Marcus Aurelius and the Nature of God
I look up at a TV monitor while working out at the gym and saw a news report on “Meggings” – men’s leggings. These are skin-tight stretchy pants that cling to the legs. My first thought was, “Why are gay men no longer content to design clothes and shoes for women?” Then I asked “How in the hell is this news? Did the world suddenly get it’s shit together?” Then I thought…“damn!”
Brothers, hear me. Your wife or girlfriend may come to you with a pair of meggings and will say something like “Put these on, you’ll look hot in them!” If dumping her on the spot is not an option, you need to look that chick in the eye and say “No.”
Better yet, do not say “No” but rather “Hell No.” Make sure you say “Hell No” like Samuel Jackson being asked for a drink of water in the desert by a Klansman. Continue reading Meggings. Not. Even. Once.
In spring of 2012, I visited with a group of men and women on a remote piece of property in rural Missouri. They called themselves “Three Percenters”, a reference to the fact that the American war for independence was waged by only three percent of the colonists.
I went with my wife to meet with a family member who helped organize the meet-up. I was going to talk about making and using a rocket stove, an innovation that allows third world residents cut their consumption of fuel. My wife was going to demonstrate canning. Continue reading America Cannot Survive Without Strong Families
This year, the pending holiday season found me feeling out of sorts. Black Friday turned into Black Thanksgiving Day, a sure sign we are losing our balance. Then came a raft of bad news, sad news, and outright horrific news that made this December feel bleak and ugly.
The economy is performing worse than was reported in the runup to the election. The president seems determined to run us over the fiscal cliff. Then reports came in from Newtown that broke our hearts. Continue reading Peace in the Storm