Monthly Archives: June 2010

Sessions Obsessions Hatch a Conspiracy

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) used his bully pulpit as the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to be a bully during the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court candidate Elena Kagan. His opening remarks were a series … Continue reading »

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A Nation Divided: Rationalists and Arationalists in America

Before imploding in the face of his sordid extramarital trysts, presidential candidate John Edwards based his campaign on the idea of two Americas: one rich, the other poor. He was right about the idea that American is divided, but wrong … Continue reading »

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Ignorance and Greed Compete for Primacy: The Slick Politics of Oil Spills

In the world of aviation, if a systemic flaw is found in the design of an aircraft, usually following a deadly crash, the entire fleet is grounded until the problem is fully characterized and fixed. In 1979 the FAA grounded … Continue reading »

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The Untenable Myth of a Benevolent God

Religious morality has maintained a powerful grip on the human psyche for two millennia through the concept of “free will.” Without the notion of free will granted by an omniscient and omnipotent god, religion would run into an immediate and … Continue reading »

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Death to Big Government! Long Live Big Government!

Moderate Republicans, tea baggers and Party extremists all share a common love of big government, against which they protest too much, methinks. All strongly support a vigorous national defense ($718 billion), Health and Human Services (including Medicare, $900 billion) and … Continue reading »

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Redefining Life: God Need Not Apply

Being among the living, all of us have a bias toward life. We are not to blame, for our first reference point is our own existence. We view life as special, something unique, divine, sacred. We naturally consider life as … Continue reading »

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