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My Articles of Faith

NOTE: This is an old version of my values. There are two newer versions published here: Foundational Values: Personal Foundational Values: A More Perfect Union Life’s Purpose: The primary purpose of my life is the pursuit of Joy. Secondary to that is the pursuit of truth, by which I have faith that I’ll be better able […]

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To America

I am your son. I have been raised to value and cherish your ideals. I have been raised to fight whenever those ideals are challenged. And this morning, I must draw a line in the sand and give a warning to any who would seek to deny those ideals to me, my family, or my […]

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Looking forward

Four years ago tomorrow, the morning after Al Gore lost, I had a knot in my stomach. Certainly, I was upset by the scenarios surrounding the election. But, to leave my anger there would have been defeatist and would have left me feeling powerless to affect change. I made a commitment, that morning, to engage […]

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Aural Fixation

I just can’t get enough of the brit group Zero 7. And, this song describes my mood tonight… Zero 7: Simple Things: Spinning iTunes

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Too Busy Gathering Material…

Just a quick note to explain the lack of posting lately… As a political consultant, this is my busy season, and I’m focusing all of my energy on the race I’m managing. After losing a very close and politically interesting primary election by 1.35% (I managed Mark Sidran’s bid for State Attorney General–results here), and […]

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What are you industrious about?

Following a poor August, the Republican Convention in NYC, and some less-than-promising polling numbers this week, I’ve heard emerging despair from many of my democratic friends. It appears, however unthinkable, that George Bush has a real shot at retaining his presidency. It’s now clear that John Kerry is actually going to have to run a […]

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The Manchurian Village

I recently saw the remake of the movie The Manchurian Candidate. In general, I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. Most rely on a series of events and actions that fall outside of my experience with human nature. Conspiracy theories have the effect (often unintended) of making us feel powerless to change the world. They seek […]

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A Swift Kick to Free Speech

President Bush is now requesting that all 527s cease their activity, rather than specifically requesting that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth cease their ads. This request misses the mark by a wide margin; he’s now attacking a foundational principal rather than attacking specific instances of indecency. In the end, I support the concept of […]

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Feeding the Beast

I’ve long considered myself a capitalist. By which I’ve meant that I support our system of economic production and distribution which is privately owned and driven by free markets. The success of capitalism seems evident. And yet, as I’ve gained more real-world experience living and making a living in a capitalist society, I’ve begun to […]

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A Swift Veer Off Message

With the emergence of 527 groups, which were born out of the attempts to better regulate campaign contributions, I’m not sure we’ve really taken a step forward in making our elections more fair or voters better informed. These groups will likely become the bogeymen of political consultant’s worst nightmares. Often, a campaign’s biggest problems are […]

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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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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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22 Years, 9 Months, and 28 Days...

hat's how much time passed between Rosa Park's refusal to give…
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What is an LDS Feminist?

In relation to my recent entry LDS Male Feminists? Where your…
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LDS Male Feminists; Where your heart lies...

recently attended the Sunstone conference in Salt Lake City,…
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Gay Rights and Right-wing Wrongs

ight-wing histrionics blog Sound Politics continues its never-ending…
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On Determinism...

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A President In Denial

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In his weekly radio address, President Bush, today, stated the…
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The Magdalene Laundries; A Study in Authoritarian Idealist Regimes

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o, I'm late in viewing the movie The Magdalene Sisters. I had…
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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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Passionate Agnosticism

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