Category Archives: Culture

An Encounter with the FLDS Subculture – Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I began to follow Zeke’s ice-store directions as I recalled them, driving just below the 25 mph limit.  Within a couple of blocks I saw the fire department sport ute in my mirrors, pacing … Continue reading

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An Encounter with the FLDS Subculture – Part 1

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I was last in the conjoined towns of Colorado City, AZ, and Hildale, UT, a few years ago, before Warren Jeffs was captured, tried and convicted in a Texas criminal court on various charges … Continue reading

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Why Perry Will Win

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) As it began to appear that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s  “Ponzi scheme” position on Social Security was not going to hurt his front-runner status, I began to fear that Jon Stewart is right:  … Continue reading

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Feelings, Faith and Facts: Glib Is Not Wise

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The human voice exhibits a powerful affinity with our brains.  We feel closer to someone when communicating by voice than by text, even when we can’t see the face from which the voice emanates.  … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens Is Right, Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Two current events, arising at roughly the same time, are demonstrating how deeply religious ideation has soaked into our imagination of the world:  the horrific murderous rampage of Anders Breivik and the Texas child … Continue reading

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Feelings, Faith and Facts: The Alternate Reality of Language

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) There is a most important additional consequence of the sort of brain activity fostered by religious ideation and it involves the use and effect of language.  Scan your cable/satellite religion channels pretty much any … Continue reading

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Bad Religion: Christopher Hitchens Is Right

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Unfortunately, folks, Christopher Hitchens [1] is right.  I’ve been trying to avoid writing this post, mainly because it’s easy for many, perhaps most, readers to dismiss any message if they can label the messenger … Continue reading

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Feelings, Faith and Facts: Casey Anthony and the Debt Ceiling Fracas

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The entire Casey Anthony drama pretty much escaped my attention until this past Tuesday (July 5).  Well, if you were trying to catch any cable news during the past few weeks, you couldn’t be … Continue reading

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Feelings, Faith and Facts: The Dangerous Illusion of “Liberal” and “Conservative”

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) When recently reviewing the posts on this blog, it struck me that I know people – and more than a few people – who would dismiss the first post they encountered here as “liberal” … Continue reading

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Unplugging to Reality, Part I

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Councilor Harmann: Down here, sometimes I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines I… I can’t help thinking that in a way… we are … Continue reading

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Unplugging to Reality, Part II

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) In this unreal world, it has been relatively easy for the media to shape ideas and ideology by providing (and withholding) news and analysis in ways favoring the interests of the wealthy people and … Continue reading

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Unplugging to Reality, Part III

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) In this period of economic decline, the issues most steadfastly obscured by the media are taxation and the growing inequality of incomes and wealth.  Unplugged, we see the rich continuing to walk away with … Continue reading

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Culture Wars: The Tribalism Problem

 (Return to the Contents Topics page.) I had something different in mind for my opening post here, but then H.Con.Res.274, the “In God We Trust” motto-reaffirmation bill, raised its snout. This congressional action at this time in our history seems … Continue reading

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The Assault Against Women

          At a time when the agenda of the radical right is being advanced with unprecedented fury, troublesome reports are arriving daily.  Today, Amanda Marcotte’s article describing how expanding “fetal rights” in state laws are seriously harming women who are trying to have babies … Continue reading

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Assault on Pregnant Women

“Woman Arrested for Thinking About Abortion? How Insane ‘Personhood’ Laws Are a Direct Assault on Pregnant Women.  Women are being assaulted by attempts to establish fetal rights.” By Amanda Marcotte, AfterNet March 15, 2011            Last month, legislators in South … Continue reading

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