Entries by Timothy

How Much I Feel

As an overly romantic kid, I spent a good portion of my youth wearing bulbous headphones, analyzing the lyrical content of pop music. I once passed an entire family vacation listening to “Bennie and the Jets,” trying desperately to both memorize the lyrics and comprehend their meaning. The weird and the wonderful. Religious leaders were […]

Mr. Romney, Where’s Your DEATH Certificate?

While researching Mitt Romney’s family history for a future post, I happened upon this most interesting thing today. According to Mitt’s listing at the Ancestry.com, Willard Mitt Romney died about 2005! So, consider me a “Deather!” Mitt, I demand to see your death certificate! Now, in line with a good conspiracy, I expect this information […]


Bad thinking leads to bad results. Previously, I’ve stated that my primary purpose in life is to achieve joy. In the foundational post on this blog, I state:  I choose joy as the primary purpose of my life. I specifically choose the word joy instead of other similar words such as happiness. In my usage […]

The Death Penalty and Human Error

“The death penalty is a human system created by human beings, run by human beings. That means there is human error built into it. A human system is not capable of perfection. Government does nothing flawlessly. Government cannot flawlessly kill people. If you give government the power to kill people, you are giving government the […]

How To Interview Mitt Romney About Sexism

Ask: Could a woman ever be appointed to lead your religion? Should they? Mitt Romney is sexist. He adheres to a philosophy, Mormonism, which denies women equal rights. Mormon women are not allowed to hold leadership positions within the church and forbidden ordination into the priesthood. Similarly, before 1978, the Mormon church did not allow […]

Post-Atheist: Moving Beyond Belief

Summary Asking whether one believes in God is a nonsensical, and ultimately, meaningless question. One would not ask “Do you believe in King?” God, like King, is a title, a political office. What matters is not belief in the existence of a being who claims the title, but rather, agreement with the political philosophy of […]

The Violence of Lines

“When people began living in settled agricultural communities, social reality shifted deeply and irrevocably. Suddenly it became crucially important to know where your field ended and your neighbor’s began. — Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. and Cacilda Jethá, M.D. in Sex At Dawn” Whosoever Looketh On A Woman As we closed our eyes for the congregational prayer, […]

Science As A Human Right: Data-driven Governance

Summary To match the ideals outlined in the U.S. Constitution, we must define and measure our values. We have already defined our values. We do not yet measure outcomes. Science is the only tool capable of abstracting human experience over populations, allowing us to know whether we are achieving our goals. By choosing not to […]

On Satchels and Sexuality

I’m leaning against a bar, swirling Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks and reading Somerset Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage” when a woman approaches with a scowl and purpose. “Empty that bag and prove to me that you need to carry everything in it” she demands, handbag slung defiantly over her shoulder, arms crossed. “You should […]

Lakoff & Obama: The Country We Believe In

George Lakoff suggests that Obama’s April 13, 2011 speech provides a solid guide for how to talk about progressive issues: “Last week, on April 13, 2011, President Obama gave all Democrats and all progressives a remarkable gift. Most of them barely noticed. They looked at the President’s speech as if it were only about budgetary details. […]

How To Interview Mitt Romney About Racism

Summary Ask: Was the Mormon Church wrong to deny priesthood to black members before 1978? The official policy of the LDS Church is that the racist practice was commanded by God, and not a result of racism among its leadership. The Church has never apologized for the practice nor specifically repudiated racist teachings by LDS […]

David Frum and the Failure of Conservatism

Summary David Frum reversed his position on gay marriage. Conservatives would have you believe that the case for or against it requires a review of evidence. In framing his reversal this way, he’s misrepresenting his previous position, and glossing over the deeper question: is conservatism capable of producing coherent policies in a nation whose foundational […]

Why I Choose To Be Progressive

Summary My theory of Progressivism holds that knowledge improves over time, allowing us to better understand ourselves and our environment. Knowledge is advanced by individuals through both free and systemic inquiry. I encourage change through the application of better knowledge, resulting in a more perfect union. My theory of Conservatism, by contrast, places value on […]

Foundational Values: A More Perfect Union

Summary The United States has a single foundation: The Constitution. It outlines our legally shared values: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our […]