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22 Years, 9 Months, and 28 Days…

That’s how much time passed between Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat and the LDS Church’s decision to allow Blacks (men only, still) to hold the priesthood. Lest we forget what the fruits really are.

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What is an LDS Feminist?

In relation to my recent entry LDS Male Feminists? Where your heart lies… I have been asked to define what a feminist is. fem·i·nist A person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism. fem·i·nism Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. The movement organized around this belief. The relevant question […]

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LDS Male Feminists; Where your heart lies…

I recently attended the Sunstone conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This conference is focused on Mormon philosophy and culture. Sunstone has become the sole alternative voice in LDS Mormonism. Amazingly, in a Church that boasts 12 million members, the largest alternate-voice-publication has a subscription base of less than 5000. The Church, obviously, has done […]

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Gay Rights and Right-wing Wrongs

Right-wing histrionics blog Sound Politics continues its never-ending screed against all things not-republican…but in particular, I want to point out the potential hypocrisy of their rants against the new gay rights legislation passed in Washington State. The new law adds “sexual orientation” to the list of protected classes that can’t be discriminated against in areas […]

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Brokeback Families…

I’ve heard several comments by conservatives, seemingly unable to directly criticize the love story that exists in the movie Brokeback Mountain, railing about the injustice of how these two men treat their undeserving wives. The pain caused to Michelle William’s character (Alma) is unmistakable, and many conservatives point the finger at Heath Ledger’s character (Ennis), […]

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Religion and Meaning

As science continues to erode the viable realm of religion, apologists for religion seem to cling to the life-vest of “meaning” as the last stand for the value of religion. In other words, religionists claim that science is unable to answer the “why’s” of an issue (which, I think is a tenuous claim, but which […]

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On Determinism…

The majority of humans will get caught into basic routines of social expectations; the brave may escape the monotony of scripted existence, the worship of the status quo.

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A President In Denial

In his weekly radio address, President Bush, today, stated the following: “Like our own nation’s founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government,” he said. “What is important is that Iraqis are now addressing these issues through debate and discussion — not at […]

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The Magdalene Laundries; A Study in Authoritarian Idealist Regimes

So, I’m late in viewing the movie The Magdalene Sisters. I had a sense of the topic of the film, and I think I just wondered why on earth we needed more films to tell us that authoritarian idealist regimes do bad things? After viewing the film, I read a review written by Steven D. […]

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A Restrospective on an Experience

“Let us lay aside both the guns and the roses of idealism.” I travelled to Venice and Prague this Summer. Both destinations were important to me for different reasons. While in Prague, I had an experience while touring the Prague Castle and simultaneously listening to my iPod. I’ve created this short video in an attempt […]

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Hey Enviros! We need a WIN! 

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…and it’s Right In Front of Us Support The Kalama Methanol…
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It's the Tribe, Stupid

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Job Growth: Trump Counties v Clinton Counties Economists often…
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Bill Gates Owes Me Money

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Bill Gates & Steve Jobs' estate owe me money. A lot of money. And probably you too...
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The Measure of a Market

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Markets are artificial constructs. The only way to build a productive market is to determine the desired outcome and adjust market regulation along the way.
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The Function of Economies

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Economies have two primary functions: 1) The efficient delivery…
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Rise of Berniecrats, Death of Democrats, Ergo, Death of America

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The Democratic Party is being severely weakened, and will be unable to mount any serious challenge to the Trump wing of the US.
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Jean Baudrillard, Postmodernism and The Wiz

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Wherein reading the postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard causes me think of the sage words from the 1970's musical The Wiz...
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The Fake Theory of Neoliberalism

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 don't believe that "Neoliberalism" is an actual economic…
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If She'd JUST Been a Better Candidate!

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Topic: Clinton was a Wall Street SHILL! Shilary! Let’s…
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Hey Democrats. Stop apologizing.

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illary shouldn't have apologized for the server; what did the…
An Analytical Review of The New God Argument
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An Analytical Review of Lincoln Cannon’s “The New God Argument"

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uring my exit from Mormonism and for a few years after, I engaged…
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Guns Don't Kill People, Statistics Do

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he primary reason given for gun ownership is protection. That…
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News Should Look Like News

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I want my Newscasters to be grisled and bruised. I want their…
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Trump The Cuban Missile Crisis

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NOTE: While there is a humorous tone to this post, I take the…
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An Open Letter to Conflicted Republicans...

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Dear Republican Friends... I get that many of you are conflicted.…
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A Trump IRS FOIA Request

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n Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, I submitted a Freedom of Information…
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Karmann Ghia

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1974 Karmann Ghia...best car I ever owned.  
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Judging Hillary: They Who Are Without Sin...

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I became angry at a fellow Democrat this weekend... he's…
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Holding Nose? Nonsense...

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here's a common narrative this election cycle that most voters…
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Hillary Clinton & Racism

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ecently, in a discussion on racism among recent presidential…
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Invisibilia: The Problem with the Solution

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Americans LOVE solutions. But are there problems we shouldn't…
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The Kshama Sawant Problem…

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Is it time to remove Democratic support for Socialist Sawant? In…
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We. Will. Will we?

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e. Will. Will We? We will. Or, we will not. We is choice. One…
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On Purity and Politics...

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nherent in "We The People" is a rejection of purity politics.…
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Election Model, Bell Curve Distributed Ideology

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Premise: Where voter ideology is distributed along a bell cure,…
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The first challenge

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he first challenge in a life lived honestly is to unravel our…
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Tolerating the intolerant? No.

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olerance of intolerance violates the law of noncontradiction. It's…
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An Obstacle to Progress

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" know that most men [people], including those at ease with problems…
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Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

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Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations…
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The No Doubt, Improbable Seahawks Win

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mprobable Moments in an Unbelievable NFC Championship Game: First…
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The Primacy of Trust

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irst, trust. Absent trust, nothing. With trust, the possibility…
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The Opportunity & Danger of New Faith

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ne identifying mark of young faith is the idea that those who…
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Human Dignity Requires Equality of Economic Opportunity

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re you a supporter of basic Human Rights? Do you bristle at racial…
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Destroying Plato's Theory of Forms

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This short video succeeds in destroying Plato's Theory of Forms,…
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We Hold Onto Each Other a Little Harder...

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...I will not let go. I cannot agree with the Buddhist philosophy…
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The Value of Discontent

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wonder at the value of internal peace and tranquility. While…
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Freedom OR Democracy?

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THIS conversation is one that we should be having. We need to…
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Honest Disagreement...

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onest disagreement, open to real discussion, can energize a relationship,…
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Opt Out of the GOP

An organization named Generation Opportunity made a video trying…
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Tangentially Speaking: Christopher Ryan's Podcast Interview of me...

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y good friend Christopher Ryan, Author of the book Sex At Dawn,…
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A Must Read: A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks

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"Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already…
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Dan Savage in Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

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This is an amazing conversation; perhaps the pinnacle of modern…
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How Much I Feel

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s an overly romantic kid, I spent a good portion of my youth…
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Black Ace. Red Lady.

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egas is a cold mistress. Loss expected, we sit at the table anyway.…
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Ecstasy

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ad thinking leads to bad results. Previously, I’ve stated…
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How To Interview Mitt Romney About Sexism

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Ask: Could a woman ever be appointed to lead your religion? Should…
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Post-Atheist: Moving Beyond Belief

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Summary Asking whether one believes in God is a nonsensical,…
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On Satchels and Sexuality

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’m leaning against a bar, swirling Johnnie Walker Black on…
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Lakoff & Obama: The Country We Believe In

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George Lakoff suggests that Obama's April 13, 2011 speech provides…
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David Frum and the Failure of Conservatism

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Summary David Frum reversed his position on gay marriage. Conservatives…
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Progress is Winning

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Conservatism is the anchor on the ship of progress.
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Foundational Values: A More Perfect Union

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Summary The United States has a single foundation: The Constitution.…
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Racism and the LDS Church. The Mormons!

his is an issue that just won't go away, darn it! That's frustrating…
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Note To Self...if ever "on-the-lam"

f I'm ever a fugitive from justice, and if I ever use the alias…
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Manufacturing Votes in King County?

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s Republicans are trying any and every argument that they can…
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My Articles of Faith

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NOTE: This is an old version of my values. There are two newer…
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Aural Fixation

I just can't get enough of the brit group Zero 7. And, this song…
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Too Busy Gathering Material...

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ust a quick note to explain the lack of posting lately... As…
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A Swift Kick to Free Speech

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resident Bush is now requesting that all 527s cease their activity,…
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Feeding the Beast

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've long considered myself a capitalist. By which I've meant…
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Passionate Agnosticism

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hen asked about my beliefs in God, I describe myself not only…