In my previous piece concerning the confirmation hearing mess we have been living with I stated that I did not hold an opinion as to whether or not I believed Dr. Ford's accusations against Mr. Kavanaugh were true. As I'm writing this shortly after having finished the previous article (Ford / Kavanaugh: Like It Was … Continue reading Ford / Kavanaugh: And Then The Circus Came To Town
We are now several weeks into this mess and I am no closer to an opinion on the central issue than I was on day one. In my mind nothing I have seen or heard has moved me from the place I started in. A woman of more than credible credentials (Christine Blasey Ford) has … Continue reading Ford / Kavanaugh: Like It Was Yesterday
Living in a post 911 world I imagine that many readers might think that traditional religions offer a more immediate and present danger to us than the type referred to in the title. If you read a daily paper or watch any news on t.v. there is no shortage of stories featuring absolutely lethal fundamentalist … Continue reading Secular Religion: Jesus For the Faithless
In a speech before parliament (House of Commons) in 1826, John Hobhouse first coined the phrase, The Loyal Opposition. Predicated on the idea that a functioning democracy requires it's legislative bodies to be able to voice their dissent without fear of accusations of treason, it entered the lexicon as a specific term regarding British governmental … Continue reading A Farewell to Better Angels
In April of 1947 the owners of the Yankees and the Red Sox (Dan Topping and Tom Yawkey, respectively) spent a night getting lubricated at Toots Shor's, a then famous New York restaurant and bar. During the course of the evening Topping and Yawkey agreed to trade Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio, effectively settling god … Continue reading Wiliams For DiMaggio: The Answer To Everything
A while back I was having dinner with a friend and the subject of hate crime legislation came up. My friend, Danny, was surprised to find that I was not in favor of it. When he expressed his skepticism regarding my stance I asked him if he was in favor of gay people serving in … Continue reading Hate Crime Legislation: Criminal Minds?