Sticks and Stones

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It Doesn’t Take a Saint

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Book Review: Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life

Francisby Brad Nelson
This is the second of four extensive biographies that I’ve read on the life of Francis of Assisi. And this one is a gem. Adrian House weaves in interesting aspects of medieval history, and its customs and practices, into this biography of this quite extraordinary man. More » • (5770 views)

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Will You Still Respect Me in the Morning?

The Joker facebook timeline cover 849 X 312 Movies/Batman,movies,black and white,Batman,the joker,jack nicholson,the,Jokerby Brad Nelson
A friend recently remarked to me that he thought that it was very urgent that people wake up and realize that politicians are usually cheap and easy when it comes to making promises. More » • (703 views)

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Yutes and Truths

CousinVinnyThumbby Brad Nelson
I think I’ve been using the colloquialism “yutes” ever since I heard Joe Pesci use it in “My Cousin Vinny,” which is a very funny movie, by the way. Herman Munster (that is, Judge Chamberlain Haller, played by Fred Gwynne) looks at Vinny, who is in his courtroom, and says “Yutes?” He didn’t understand what Vinny (Joe Pesci) was trying to say until it’s finally made clear to the judge that he means “youths.” More » • (774 views)

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Homo Westerner and the Quest for Novelty

GreekColumnsby Brad Nelson
How would one define the species Homo Sapiens? Wise? Well, smart, maybe. But certainly Homo Westerner, as a sub-species, is defined by his quest for novelty and distraction. This quest for “change for change’s sake” has led us away from our founding principles and to a type of socialism that will prove disastrous. More » • (584 views)

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Flower Children and the Illiberalism of the Left

Sky-BG2by Brad Nelson
“In a nutshell, our love-in generation, in chasing some utopia imagined during an orgasm at a smoke-shrouded rock concert, created a world where the strong are punished for being strong, the weak are rewarded for not being strong, the failings of many are the fault of others More » • (536 views)

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The Two-Class System and the Naive Call for “Unity”

RepublicratsThumbby Brad Nelson
One way to view our society is to see it as the political class against the rest of us. I think this lies at the bottom of the idea often heard that the Republicans and Democrats “are all the same.” To the extent that they both believe in owning the reins of government and enjoying the privileges of an elite station in life, I think they are correct. More » • (523 views)

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Book Review: Savage Girls and Wild Boys.

FeralChildThumbby Brad Nelson
No, we have not suddenly delved into reviews of porno movies. Savage Girls and Wild Boys is not the latest “Girls Gone Wild” video. It’s a riveting and poignant non-fiction book that describes some of the history of feral children. More » • (908 views)

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Movie Review: Equilibrium

EqillibriumThumbby Brad Nelson
Please don’t read further if you are politically sensitive and don’t like wise-asses such as me. I’m quite passionate about freedom, and this is certainly one reason I love these kinds of movies. I love stories and movies about dystopia, including “1984,” “Fahrenheit 451” (not to be confused with Michael Moore’s propaganda film), “Animal Farm,” “Brazil,” (Robert DeNiro is wonderful in that) and, last but not least, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” More » • (1755 views)

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Thoughts on Multiculturalism

MulticulturalismThumbby Brad Nelson
Here’s a good article about some of the changing attitudes in Europe regarding the dogma of multiculturalism: Cameron’s Multicultural Wake-Up Call.

“What’s not to like about multiculturalism?” asks the typical person. “Isn’t it good to have respect for all cultures? Isn’t the reverse racism and cultural imperialism?” More » • (715 views)

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Shrugging Thoughts

ShruggedThumbby Brad Nelson
I think we’re at the point in time where you just have to let events unfold. We’re witnessing some of the times that try men’s souls. The world is trying to realign itself into a thugocracy based upon power, not principle. “Rights” are whatever the powerful say they are. More » • (1195 views)

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Movie Review: The Man in the White Suit

ManInWhiteSuitThumbby Brad Nelson
The other day I watched a film that could have been made only in Britain, and even then probably only in the 1950’s: “The Man in the White Suit.” And it’s a refreshing change from the typical fare offered up these days. Even if you are a reguarl fan of old black-and-white movies, you’ll find this to be a somewhat unusual and pleasing type of quirky. More » • (435 views)

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Book Review: “Intellectuals and Society” by Thomas Sowell

ThomasSowellThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a terrific book and not anywhere near as dull as the title would suggest. This is a fascinating history of the intelligentsia’s growing hegemony over our society and the harmful effects this is having. More » • (592 views)

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Movie Review: The Ten Commandments (Blu Ray)

HestonMosesby Brad Nelson
It’s strange. I had always thought of “The Ten Commandments” as a grand, biblical, faith-based story comprised of larger-than-life characters in a larger-than-life setting. And this certainly is a grand film. According to a Wiki article, it was the highest grossing film of 1957. And adjusted for inflation, it’s the fifth-highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. and Canada. More » • (711 views)

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All Together Now, “I hate the rich”

EatTheRichby Brad Nelson
One of the biggest sins these days is to have wealth. Don’t bother telling anybody that you produced that wealth by working hard for it. All that matters is that you have it. By having it, you have more than someone else, which is a sin in the eyes of those who hold equality-of-outcome as the greatest value instead of freedom. More » • (602 views)

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The Pina Colada Song — Your Guide to Writing

TeaPartyThumbby Brad Nelson
I’ve had the Pina Colada Song going through my head all morning. I figure there must be a reason for it. If not, I’ll put that song to some use anyway. More » • (2271 views)

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