One City's Halloween Horror is Another's Way of Life

That's what they're learning in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: A casket floated out of the grave in a cemetery in Crisfield, Md. after the effects of superstorm Sandy Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. This phenomenon--the effects of a high water table and not of demonic activity--was one of the first rude awakenings the early French …

Trumpeting Ethnic Minorities at Home, Trashing Them Abroad: Our New Mistakes in Myanmar

Under the guise of "democracy", we're setting ourselves up for trouble: Americans have fought at home and on many a distant shore with resolve in truths that they hold to be self-evident, "that all men are created equal". Under the Barack Obama administration, America appears to have abandoned this principle through its recent engagement policy …

Freshman? Just Call Them "Fish"

Political correctness makes life more complicated on campus, this time at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language.” We are “committed to providing an inclusive and …

We Only Have One True Country

It's the home stretch for our election season.  This is a "make or break" election in many ways.  It will both define and set the course for the kind of country we are and kind of people we are.  And it's been competitive. As I discussed in the last post but one, it's also been …

Diocese of South Carolina: The Last Drama for the Episcopal Church

The Anglican/Episcopal blogosphere received a jolt when TEC highest levels decided that the Diocese of South Carolina, and especially its bishop, had "abandoned" its own church.  Here are some of my thoughts on the subject: The only thing really "shocking" about this was the complete lack of Episcopal decorum that the Presiding Bishop and her …

Ever Wonder Why the Republicans are Running a Mormon and a Roman Catholic?

Our hopelessly biased media brings up the subject of Mitt Romney's Mormonism on a regular basis.  One way they can do this while not attracting attention to themselves is to go out and interview Evangelicals on why they're struggling with voting for a Mormon.  This is a clever diversion that, while bringing up an interesting …

The Stimulus That Actually Worked (For the Moment)

The campaigns' and Super PACS' junk mail has injected cash into our strapped postal system: The 2012 election season couldn't have come at a better time for the U.S. Postal Service. While still low on cash, the postal service has enough to avoid insolvency this month, thanks in large part to the mountains of political …

Churches Aren't the Only Institutions Ruined by Egos

Works even for a "place" like WikiLeaks: But leading Anonymous accounts on Twitter...have now withdrawn their support (of WikiLeaks)...Calling the split “the end of an era”, Anonymous tweeted: “It was an awesome idea, ruined by egos.” I've commented on the adverse effect of "egos inflatable to any size" ruining efforts in the church, especially with …

The Caldwell Cyclone Stem Snow Plow, or Why We Hate Promoters

With winter coming on us, I felt that this, coming from another of my sites, might be interesting.  I always wondered why my family instilled in me such an intense dislike of promoters, those uniquely American creatures so prominent in our landscape.  I think I discovered why. Vulcan Iron Works started out as a foundry, …

California Runs Out of Gas

The state that almost invented auto mobile living grinds to a halt: Gas prices shot up nearly 13 cents in some areas overnight Saturday, fueled by what's being called "a perfect storm of factors" that drove inventories across California to near-record lows. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in L.A. County was …

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