Sticks and stones

It may seem out of step to talk about insults during the season that is supposed to be about good cheer and “peace on earth.” But that’s what we get, I suppose, for having Election Day come so close to the start of Advent. Or specifically, this Election Day. Election Day, 2016. Because this one has been, to use a grandfatherly expression, a pip. From start to finish, it was unlike anything…

Baptists and me

A friend was baptized recently, and so we went to a nearby Baptist church for the event. And it was bad. Bad for me, I mean. Other people might have thought it was fabulous, but I’ve been away from these slap-happy churches for too long, and the whole thing … well, it made me sick, actually. That’s not a very nice thing to say, but hopefully I’m amongst friends and we all…

Cutting through conspiracies with Occam’s Razor

Watched a fascinating History Channel program last night on the Kennedy assassination and the flurry of conspiracies that have persisted about it. I found this interesting, because I did get a little caught up in the study of the inconsistencies — courtesy of a silly little do-it-yourself JFK conspiracy “kit” I came across in the library one afternoon — and had figured, in the end, that there were some real problems with…