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Archive for May, 2008

I once was recruited by a sect/denomination known as the Christian Alliance Church. These were some hardcore believers, not your garden variety churchgoer who deep down knows heaven is a longshot but prefers not to think rationally. The Alliance Church saw missionary work as part of their duty as good Christians, and our youth leaders had been all over the word spreading the good word of our good Lord.

From their perspective, there was nothing immoral about prosthelytizing. Why should there be? (more…)

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For those unpatriotic bastards who forgot, today was Memorial Day. Did you put your flag up and say a prayer for the soldiers? Today’s the day you’re supposed to do that, you know? That, and have a barbecue picnic in the cloudy sun. Such is how we show appreciation in America–with scheduled “thank yous” and obedience to norms; appropriate, mandated responses at the correct time. (more…)

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The United States of America has scored another top 100 finish in the the Global Peace Index. Compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, this year’s peace index rates us as the 97th most peaceful nation in the world, down a spot from our 96th place showing in 2007. The U.S. ranked below both of its neighbors (with Canada and Mexico ranked 11th and 93rd, respectively). We were also deemed less peaceful than such “evildoers” as (more…)

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Stories like this one consume me on my “good days.” For most of her adult life, the woman in this article lived among the affluent in an expensive condo. She didn’t worry about saving money, because she was good at what she did and had no reason to believe she’d ever get laid off. Now she sleeps in her SUV with her two golden retrievers.

The problem of middle-class homelessness is (more…)

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In the heat of the moment, it’s perfectly reasonable to unload four bullets into another human being–but not to lie to one. That’s how it works in Texas, according to this article from CNN: (more…)

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