Monthly Archives: June 2015

Country songs and the Southern inferiority complex

A few years ago I was playing in a band, and we got a new lead singer who was especially adept at country music. Now, I don’t listen to country music — I actually mostly play jazz-funk — but I … Continue reading

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Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with this Supreme Court

It’s tempting, in the wake of last week’s two Supreme Court decisions, to think of the Roberts court as a reasonable court. When we do that we overlook some of the absolutely terrible decisions that have come out of that … Continue reading

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And now the debate is over: Gay Marriage is the law of the land.

We’ve traveled a long way legally in the last 12 years when it comes to the question of gay marriage. It was just a dozen years ago that the Supreme Judicial Court decided the case of Goodridge v. Dept. of … Continue reading

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The Pope is in front of Republicans on Climate Change

Here’s how we know that we’re living in a topsy turvy world: the Pope is out in front of Republicans on climate change. In case you weren’t paying attention, the Pope has recently released an Encyclical in which he blames … Continue reading

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The problem with taking Religious Texts too literally

Muslims, according to the traditions of Ramadan, are supposed to fast from sunup until sundown, neither eating or drinking during daylight. Not that big a problem in Mecca. Big problem in Reykjavik, where there’s currently daylight 21 hours per day. … Continue reading

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Will South Carolina fly its Confederate flag at half-staff?

The following interesting question was posed, most recently on the DailyKos website: will South Carolina fly its Confederate flag at half-staff? In the wake of the shooting of nine worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South … Continue reading

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Waiting to hear about how people should come to Church packing.

You know what I’m waiting for, in the wake of the shooting of nine worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina last night? I’m waiting to hear Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association explain how … Continue reading

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