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What if Demonic Possession was Real?

Demonic
This is one of those "what-ifs" that I like to ponder. I admit it doesn't have an actual point other than as an exercise in imagination. There's a line, one of my favorites, that comes from Baudelaire, "One of the artifices of Satan is, to induce men to believe that he does not exist: another, perhaps equally fatal, is to make them fancy that he is obliged to stand quietly by, and not to meddle...
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Star Wars has Always been Political 

Solo Droid and Lando
I'm a Star Wars fan. A big one. And as you might imagine my interest in it goes deeper than just space ships and laser swords. Star Wars has always been (as intended by Lucas) political and social in nature. The much maligned prequels are actually filled with excellent political commentary. Of late the new movies have been bashed by fans for "caving in to the SJW agenda". This, I do believe, is no...
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Minister Mister Rogers – What we Lack as a People

Mister rogers in kiddie pool with a friend.
I very much believe that the root of all our nations problems stems from the fact that Americans are now too cynical. They lack wonder and the ability to suspend disbelief. They want their movies ever more gritty, ever more realistic, ever more violent. They complain that things in a fantasy movie just aren't realistic. Well...duh. If you can't act like a child or see the glory of the earth throug...
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Pewdiepie Is Teaching His Audience that Women Are Asking For It

Pewdiepie
The headline says that Pewdiepie is teaching his audience that "women are asking for it". Asking for what? To be ogled by men. In case you don't know the story Pewdiepie is the screen name for a vlogger named Felix Kjellberg. He is one of the most subscribed to personalities on YouTube with 63 million subscribers. In one of his recent videos he videoed himself using eye tracking software which qui...
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How the Media Helped Create Extremism

Loudspeaker of the left
I find it so very interesting that people seem so worried about the far right (as they most certainly should be) but seem to ignore the far left (which is equally as dangerous). I agree that the media has helped amplify the far right, the alt-right, and their kind. The media loves to focus on them. But at the same time they have not just amplified but propagated the far left. The media is the prop...
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Being Anti-War

Afghans recent returnees live in the ruins of a bombed out building with no running water or access to health care in central Kabul, Afghanistan August 3, 2002. (Photo by Ami Vitale)
War is not romantic. I know what death looks like. Thankfully, most people in American don't. They haven't seen someone's brains outside of their head. They haven't seen a rotting corpse. They haven't seen a severed leg. They haven't seen bone protruding from flesh. They haven't seen blood spattered walls. And most thankfully they haven't seen a dead child. I don't want them to see these thing...
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Sex Education, Children, & the Mind

bartsexed
"According to the parents, as a part of a science class – that includes a section on sex education – a teacher allegedly graphically discussed oral sex." When students said they didn't know what that was the teacher told them to look it up on Google. But, he warned, don't use a school computer, because they will track that. One kid took the teacher up on that offer and found the information on her...
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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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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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