Monthly Archives: November 2015

Graven Images

Religion is man’s attempt to interact with the divine, and the constant temptation is to attempt to cut God down to a comfortable size. This, I think, is the source of the Old Testament’s prohibition of physical images of God. Christians do not typically take this prohibition as referring to themselves: God after all was […]

False Equivalents

False Equivocation One: Saying we shouldn’t blindly accept Middle Eastern refugees is like saying we shouldn’t accept Cuban refugees! Response: If Cuban refugees had a history of strapping on suicide vests that would mean something. False Equivocation Two: The real problem is religion. Response: Those damn Amish again?

Good Luck with That

He doesn’t want prayer? OK. Does he want us to send James Taylor again? We just sent John Kerry who pretty much blamed the Carlie Hebdo victims for being too French. Kerry’s remarks are a sign of the future. Every time Israelis get murdered by Palestinians, the world rolls its eyes and says, Why don’t […]

John Oliver is an Idiot

The same John Oliver who assured us last month that the Middle Eastern migrants could not possibly have terrorists among them had this to say to the Paris killers. Because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology; they’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the fucking croque-en-bouche. […]

Not All Muslims

I’ve seen a handful of comments on social media condemning all Muslims for the atrocities committed in the name of Islam, but these are very rare. I suppose I understand the anger, after all, it seems like for ever ten mass murders, nine are carried out by some guy named Mohammed, but a moment’s reflection tells […]


As awful as the attacks were, I can’t bring myself to feel sorrow as much as resignation: this is the world we now live in. Outpourings of grief and solidarity will flow into Paris from all over the world, just like last time. Like last time, President Hollande has declared war on terrorism. President Hollande’s approval rating […]

Is Progress a Scam?

For our consumer economy to function we need to constantly destroy old products. There always has to be an obsolete and a new and improved. Now in some ways this is beneficial: cars, for example, are much safer and more efficient than they were just a few years ago thanks to the constant drive to offer […]