Humans need stories and stories make us human

Ancient story tellers
I don't believe this only applies to fiction. I think it applies to stories of all kinds when told a certain way. When I read John Adams by David McCullough I had an emotion reaction even though it was not a fictional account. The Monuments Men is another example of this. It's not fiction, it story. It is making that connection that is important. That's why I include a library section on this blog...
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America Needs Prison Reform for Liberty’s Sake

Trump at podium
I am one of those people that views prison as something that should be a last resort rather than a first and something that should be reserved only for those who cannot live in society. House arrest, or other restrictions can be used instead. Even though electronic tracking devices aren't foolproof I would rather have the occasional error than toss everyone in prison. There are approximately 1,330...
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Police Officers are Human Too

Sgt. Salvatore Weeping
Sometimes people forget that police officers are people with feelings, families, and just pay attention to their faults and failings. When an officer is killed in the line of duty someone just lost a friend, a father, a husband, a brother, a son. They need to be held to a high standard, and they often fail that standard, but that doesn't make them all villains. https://youtu.be/KW9oYSxlR6o
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It isn’t guns we love but what they represent

Old Guns
I agree and disagree with this general premise. The author states that our love of guns is passed down from father to son. That is true. I have a few guns that were my dad's. Two of which were his passed down to him from someone who had them passed down to them. Two of them (one still shoots one doesn't) are from the turn of the century. One, a pistol, was purchased from the Sears and Roebuck cata...
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Socialism Grows from Guilt and Fear

Baby with gold coin
1% is such a small number of people to hate after all. It should be expanded to 9.9% so that includes so many more people worthy of righteous indignation and disdain. And, conveniently, the article says, "You’re probably part of the problem." And what is the problem? This group is successful and they pass that success on to their offspring. "The meritocratic class has mastered the old trick of con...
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Ramadan: Fasting is something we have in common

A few years back I spent Ramadan with a group of Saudi Arabian men visiting the US. My job was to provide them with some training they would take back and incorporate into their duties. Due to the schedule we kept Ramadan in America was particularly difficult for them. They all smoked like chimneys but didn't during Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. They used the official time of sunset too. They ch...
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The Black Klansman, Based on a True Story

davechappeleklan
This new Spike Lee movie is based on a true story. A black police officer in the late 1970's went undercover and infiltrated the KKK. Sounds like a Dave Chappelle sketch I know, but it really happened. He made contact over the phone and built a relationship that way. Then, when it came time to meet with them a white officer stood in for him. https://youtu.be/pFc6I0rgmgY Today, the KKK is a v...
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A new plastic eating bacteria teaches us that life will find a way

Pile of Plastic Garbage
Technology can do and has done some amazing things. Just a few days ago we talked about some kids to created a way to turn Styrofoam into activated carbon. We have discovered bacteria that consume oil. There are also bacteria that consume plastics. "In a report published in the journal Science, a team of Japanese researchers described a species of bacteria that can break the molecular bonds of ...
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Queer Women and Baby-Making 

The below linked editorial is headlined, "As A Queer Woman, I Can't Afford To Be Ambivalent About Motherhood". Well, I disagree. As a queer woman you actually can afford to be ambivalent about motherhood. If homosexuality is something someone is born with, that is. If that is the case then it's a biological matter that has made a woman not be sexually attracted to the male of her species. It...
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“This Is America” Preachy PC Art or Honest Opinion on America?

My comments here are less about the video and more about the author of this editorial's comments. He writes, "Didacticism is the art of balkanization and tribalism. That’s because it shouts the same message over and over again, it appeals only to those who already want to hear it and repels those who don’t. You will see exactly the same thing with “This Is America.” Those who are inclined to write...
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The wellspring of American patriotism is America

This is an interesting, and utterly misguiding article on American patriotism. It begins, "Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation." Not really. I believe that the vitality is easily explained. It goes on, "The country has no national education system. There’s neither compulsory military nor civil service. No...
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Boys will be boys and girls will be girls – and the left hates that fact

Boy pushing boy
Though I don't agree with everything the author says in this piece I must say they have one very good point. When it comes to letting girls into the Boy Scouts (now just Scouts) the author says, "I would argue that survival has no gender." Indeed, I find I must agree with that conclusion. Though it is true that men are uniquely equipped for certain aspects of survival that ignores that a great dea...
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Black Professors in America Can be Racist too 

As you know I think racism is stupid. Just, dumb. It requires one to suspend intellect and caring at the same time. There is nothing about it that is redeeming at all ever. I've also said that goes both ways. Racism on the part of minorities does exist and is equally as stupid. This editorial is from a black professor and starts out, "Dear Nigger Professor." That was the beginning of a message tha...
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Racism causes STD’s in LA County?

"STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame." This is an article I don't recommend you read. I read it for you and suffered through it on your behalf. It's poorly written and obfuscates its own point with storytelling. Anyway, I just say that because reading it was frustrating but I wanted to understand. I can only imagine that a tiny number of people w...
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The left wants your money to help Incels have sex

redistribution of wealth
I think, perhaps, of all the leftist terms I hate "redistribution" the most. It means taking your money and giving it to someone else. The logistics of that are out of your hands. Your money but not your choice. The left is ever creative in the justification for this scheme. This editorial uses sexbots to demonstrate why what we really need is redistribution of wealth. The motivation behind this p...
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