Monthly Archives: December 2018


The Role of Ambiguity in American Jurisprudence

by Jon N. Hall12/28/18
On December 14, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Although it’s seems unlikely that the ruling will result in the demise of the ACA, this writer was curious about its treatment of ambiguity. More » • (89 views)

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The Lost City of Z

Suggested by Brad Nelson • In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years, dozens perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called The Lost City of Z.
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Restoring Civilization

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke12/23/18
We Can’t MAGA Unless We MAMA  •  They can sense it. They can feel it. Something is seriously wrong in our civilization, and many people know it. This is why despite the relatively good economic times, most Americans polled say our country is on the “wrong track.” More » • (107 views)

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An Old-Fashioned Southern Wedding

by Steve Lancaster12/21/18
My wife and I just returned from a 2200-mile road trip to attend the daughter of a friend’s wedding. The groom is an engineer and owns a pizza restaurant here in Fayetteville. The bride assumed my wife’s job as a financial analyst in the Chemical Engineering department of the University of Arkansas. More » • (56 views)

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Savage Alert

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke12/20/18
Is Michael Savage the Latest Victim of TDS and the Left’s “Pacification Effort”?  •  There’s a rather odd story that, as with everything concerning the man at its center, hasn’t gotten much media attention. More » • (72 views)

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Snowflake Sweater

by Pat Tarzwell12/17/18

Sandy and I were invited to an ugly sweater party last Friday night, and I went to Walmart to get myself an ugly sweater (but it turns out I am too cheap to spend $12 on a one used sweater). More » • (161 views)

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Into Thin Air

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A tale of the train-wreck of people, places, and circumstances that led to the death of eight climbers caught in a blizzard near the top of Mount Everest. This is written by a journalist, Jon Krakauer, who made the trip to the top and lived to write the story.
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Movie Review: Operation Finale

by Steve Lancaster12/8/18
Hannah Arendt describes the Eichmann trial and what she labels, “the banality of evil” in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.  The phrase has slipped into common usage by people who have never read or even heard of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), or On Violence (1970). More » • (74 views)

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For the West to Live, “Equality” Must Die

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke12/8/18
Equality is the chief faux virtue of our time. Our obsession with it brings to mind the great G.K. Chesterton’s observation, “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.” More » • (81 views)

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Re-Imagining Christmas

by Brad Nelson12/7/18

Christmas is too commercial. Check. It’s been all but outlawed in our atheistic “sensitive” culture. Check. And many who do try to celebrate at least the forms of it (if they are honest) see Jesus more as a health guru, the ticket to longer (perhaps eternal) life. Check. More » • (199 views)

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A Vision of Light

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A 14th century Englishwoman enlists the help of a skeptical but hungry monk to help her put down her life’s story. We learn that during a stint as a midwife she is given a special gift. But the 14th century is a rough time, particularly for women, gift or no gift.
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End of the World, Take One

by Timothy Lane12/6/18

Decades ago, I read a darkly humorous story by Robert Silverberg that seems today to be rather prophetic. Titled “When We Went to See the End of the World”, it’s set mostly in a party and involves the conversation there. More » • (27 views)

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