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Truth Versus Faith

Truth, belief, and faith – three legs on the stool of human endeavor.  We seem to require all three but only truth can be measured and verified.  Some people will get all up in arms about at that statement.  They will say that I am challenging their faith.  I am not.  I am only saying […]

2Jan2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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More Thoughts on American Education

The internet is an enigma.  So is youtube.  While having the power to distribute information with immediacy to all corners of the world – The shortcuts sometimes ignore legitimate research.  But today we will use youtube to demonstrate the troubles with American education. My own experience with American education comes in four basic contexts: my […]

3Feb2012 | | Comments Off on More Thoughts on American Education | Continued
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Learning About Jesus in Chemistry Class

I am a slow learner.  I graduated from college when I was 46 years old.  Education was not a value of my family system; education was seen as job training.  This seems to be a predominant ideal in America.  And to reinforce the idea – it is nice to have a job that one enjoys.  […]

7May2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Federal Government is BIG Because Locals Are Not Responsible

The big toot in the news today (and for the past forty year) has been anti-Big Government.  Ronald Reagan swept the electorate on his charge that ‘Government is the problem.’  We have to ask why.  Why has our Federal Government grown to such a behemoth?  The answer is really quite simple – it is because […]

19Apr2010 | | Comments Off on The Federal Government is BIG Because Locals Are Not Responsible | Continued
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Regaining Respect for the Office of the Presidency.

We, in this country, have a proud history of respect for the office of the President. We rally around those who inspire us and lead us through troubled times. We have worked to separate the man from the office, and we have been successful in the past. There have always been jokes about the President, and comedians are supposed to push the envelope, to go where you don’t expect them to go. Something has changed, however, in the last decade. Where there was once reverence for the office and a certain degree of respect for the man in the White House, there is now complacency about the treatment of the Presidency. In previous generations, bad jokes about the President would have been met with a frown or, at best, a nervous chuckle. But today, the Presidency is the bread and butter of late night routines and gets only slightly better treatment in the mainstream media.

18Apr2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Army of God, Scott Roeder, and the Right Side of History

Scott Roeder shot and killed late term abortion Doctor George Tiller May, 31, 2009.  No one disputes this fact.  Roeder proudly admitted to the shooting while on trial for murder in Kansas.    Roeder was convicted of murder by a jury of his peers.  Peers, in this case, means twelve people who lived in the county […]

4Feb2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Tortellini and Alfredo

Last evening we were knocking around the kitchen, looking for an easy but tasty meal. There was some fresh Tortellini in the fridge so we did some experimenting. Tortellini is a ring shaped pasta, usually stuffed with a meat and cheese, or just a cheese mix. We prefer the fresh tortellini, but we have some […]

15Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Tortellini and Alfredo | Continued
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Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech

This is truly a lady of first class stature. This is a person who did not seek public attention – it has been thrust upon her by a successful husband. Mrs. Obama has risen to the occasion. She demonstrates an eloquence missing from the First Lady ranks since Jackie Kennedy. Here she is at the […]

26Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech | Continued
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Narrative lives of McCain, Obama, McBride

Each of us is a product of our environment. We do not know the secrets of epigenetic study – that mystery of our DNA that is shaped by influence of nurture. So we are left to speak in terms of biography. Biography is termed ‘narrative history.’ Narrative, by it’s nature is anecdotal. Written about famous […]

4Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Narrative lives of McCain, Obama, McBride | Continued
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Reporting on Reverend Wright – and Getting it Wrong

It is difficult to grapple with the complexities of faith and politics, and it is disheartening when the two meet like runaway trains in the night while the media circles above like a vulture. Our society is increasingly weary of the cult style theology of the conservative Christian political movement, and rightfully so. I find […]

18Mar2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Best Picture Oscars, 1928 – 2005

Son, I am no film critic. But John Wayne once said, “My critics are the people who go see my movies.” He was not worried about the tabloid criticism of his work. These videos of reminders of the ‘best pictures’ and best actor and actresses brought back some fond memories for me. 1960, Jack Lemmon […]

24Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Best Picture Oscars, 1928 – 2005 | Continued
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Penn & Teller – Magic of the Bible Video

Son, I think these commentaries on the Bible are sometimes less than academic – but they are also not restricted to unerring faith. There are a few minor distortions – but these folks are correct in what they report. Here s the problem – the Bible was not intended to be a book of history […]

10Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Penn & Teller – Magic of the Bible Video | Continued
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What Distinguishes America from other Countries

Son, You and I are honored to live in the greatest country in all of human history – and even pre-history, if I may be so bold. This is a common refrain in this time of Presidential elections – but is there truth to the statement? I believe there is. If there is truth – […]

18Jan2008 | | Comments Off on What Distinguishes America from other Countries | Continued
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Charles Rangel on Hardball, 1-15-08

Son, Something exciting is happening in America.  Chris Matthews has Congressman Charles Rangel on his show and they are being civil.. Rangel is beside himself with joy over the prospects of an African-American President.  As should we all. Rangel, “We’ve had some terrible political setbacks and …I just hope that Barack Obama is a different […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Charles Rangel on Hardball, 1-15-08 | Continued
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Google, searching for self

Son, Google is pretty cool. I entered my own name in the popular search engine. I entered my full name, Ohg Rea Tone, not knowing what I was hoping for. The results are rather enlightening. Historically people were named for their professions. Blacksmiths, those powerful men who forged steel by hand, became Smiths. File clerks […]

17Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Google, searching for self | Continued