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Atheism and the Texas Church Shooter

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke11/12/17
“If God does not exist, everything is permitted,” wrote Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov. Mentioning this in association with Devin Patrick Kelley, the militant atheist who last Sunday perpetrated the worst church shooting in U.S. history More » • (91 views)

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Book Review: The Strangler Vine

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/6/17
A Blake and Avery novel, by M.J. Carter • Available for Kindle  •  The year is 1837. The Indian subcontinent is the location. The proximate setting is Calcutta on the Hooghly in Bengal, headquarters of the British East India Company sometimes known as John Company. More » • (208 views)

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Christmas Comes Early for One

by Brad Nelson11/4/17
You’ve likely seen making the rounds on the web the story of nine-year-old Jacob Thompson of Maine. He’s in stage 4 of a nerve cell cancer and isn’t expected to live out the month…certainly not as far as Christmas. More » • (177 views)

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Look But Don’t Touch

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/1/17
With all the revelations of sexual harassment, groping and overall bad behavior hitting the news lately, I have decided to finally write about an embarrassing incident which I experienced as a young man. More » • (187 views)

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Myth of the West

by Steve Lancaster10/26/17
In 1893 Fredrick Jackson Turner stated in his paper “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”, that not only was the finite frontier closed but Americans might need to find a replacement. Since then, historians, authors of both fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, musicians and movie makers have sought to enlarge and explain the mythos of the American west. More » • (204 views)

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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (302 views)

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Thinking Outside the Daily Drama

by Brad Nelson10/20/17
As I get older I learn. Sometimes reality is a cruel teacher. There are real enemies in the world. There are bad people who can harm us. But often our worst enemy is ourselves. Sticking our face in a fan and keeping it there is not smart. Hitting your head against the wall just because it feels better when you stop is not kind. More » • (304 views)

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An Open Letter to the NFL

by Anonymous10/15/17
The following was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook who said he had the author’s permission to spread this about.  •  You graduated high school in 2011. Teen years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mom was leader of the family & worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head & food on your plate. More » • (545 views)

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Why I Oppose Banning Bump Stocks

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/13/17
The latest firearm-equipment boogeyman is the “bump stock,” a device allowing one to fire a semi-automatic rifle more rapidly. Liberals learned of bump stocks because Las Vegas murderer Stephen Paddock had modified 12 of his rifles with them. More » • (158 views)

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It Didn’t End With Mahler

by Steve Lancaster10/12/17
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, was the last of traditional composers of the 19th century. His First symphony, composed in 1887/88 is a capstone to the late romantic period of classical music with numerous themes, some of which also appear in Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). More » • (423 views)

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Now, We Know My Mother Has Flaws, but….

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/11/17
There’s a disclaimer many of us have been conditioned to utter, quite reflexively, and it’s something that has got to stop. When preparing a defense of the United States (against, lamentably, other “Americans”), we may preface it with, “Well, I know our country isn’t perfect” or, as pundit Tucker Carlson said while debating a bigoted lawyer last month More » • (192 views)

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In 1492

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/9/17
I know it is not politically correct to admire Christopher Columbus and his “discovery” of the New World, but I am a die-hard believer in the greatness of the man and the importance of his work. More » • (358 views)

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