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4 Mistakes Trump is Making on the Economy

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Okay. We all support our camps. We say, "Don't criticize my guy or you are an idiot."

When we feel under attack, we tend to close ranks and reserve or withhold any criticism no matter how much it is needed.  I get this and am guilty of this as well. We have congressional elections every two years and presidential elections every four. The other side is bad mouthing our guy constantly and if we pile on, no one will be supporting. Then we lose elections and the other guy takes control.

But the major draw back to this mindset is that it removes any chance for improvement of our side. Whatever they say is good with us. Even if it is not good with us.

And what if the corrections that need to be made are big and important? What if we are driving toward a fiscal cliff that could be catastrophic? What if nationally we are playing a game of hot potato where a meltdown is coming and whoever is in office will be blamed for decades? Then failing to make the changes needed are both …

Book Reccomendation: The Great Divorce By CS Lewis

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If I had to name one author that has impacted my life the most it would be CS Lewis. I first encountered him when I was a child reading the Chronicles of Narnia. I enjoyed the stories and the adventure. I didn't read him again until I was an adult and trying to figure out if Christianity was true or not. I read, "Mere Christianity," and found it important and thought provoking in my acceptance of faith as an adult. Then, when I had kids, I started to read them the Narnia books. It was as I read these books again as an adult that I think I first truly recognized the genius that is CS Lewis. These are children's books but they were so profound and thoughtful that I suddenly realized they were more helpful to understanding life than a whole stack of books by famous theologians or philosophers. After reading Narnia again, I decided to read some of his other works. I read his Space Trilogy. I read Miracles. I read the Abolition of Man. I reread Mere Christianity. I read …

New Podcast - I cracked the Jeffrey Epstein Case - A Not So Crazy Conspiracy Theory

I am not usually a conspiracy theorist but this Epstein thing has really got me thinking. Check out my thoughts on what really happened!


A Not Crazy "Conspiracy Theory" about Epstein

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[If you prefer to listen to my podcast on this subject, click here.]

Okay.... I, like most people, do not want to be called a conspiracy theorist. I think we landed on the moon. Flat earth is crazy. I don't think the school shootings are false flags. I don't go for the flying saucers. And I even believe that JFK was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. In our culture, "conspiracy theory," is a synonym for a wacky story that is almost certainly false.

But conspiracies do happen. There have been plenty of cases of true conspiracies including those involving the government. Whether it was the poisoning of alcohol during prohibition or Edward Snowden's terrifying revelations of the actions of the NSA, it is simply untrue that every time someone suspects a conspiracy they are crazy. Sometimes people in positions of power and influence do sketchy stuff. That is a fact.

So there are conspiracies out there. And we can theorize about them without being crazy.

Since Jeffrey Epste…

Problems with #MeToo

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Earlier this week, famed opera singer, Placido Domingo was #MeToo'd. He was accused by several accusers going back thirty years of groping, pressuring women for sex, and, at least in one case, preventing someone from getting a job for turning down the singer's advances.

I put out a podcast on this yesterday but I have come to the conclusion that the #MeToo movement is bad. Bad for society. Bad for men. Even bad for women. It is unjust, unneeded, and creates an unhealthy culture in the world.

#MeToo accusations are not legal accusations. Unlike in the legal world, there are few if any protections for the wrongly accused.

If you are accused of a crime, even the worst sorts (murder, terrorism, rape, etc), you have all sorts of things that prevent us from just grabbing you, throwing you in prison, and throwing away the key. Here are some things people accused of a crime have the right to in the United States:

1) Presumption of innocence 
 They do not have to prove their innocence.…

Why Google is the New AskJeeves

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Google got where it is by having almost psychic ability to predict what we were looking for when we searched for something. Searching Yahoo! or AskJeeves would lead to frustration but Google had the ability to have the right answer on the first page every time. It was amazing. And google did this so well that pretty much everyone adopted it as their default search engine. Competitors like Bing tried to bring them down but just could not. We were happy with Google. They were just that good.

But I have noticed recently (just in the past year) that I increasingly start searching other search engines when I don't find what I am looking for and have been surprised to find better results on other search engines.

I do a lot of political/cultural/religious writing so I am always googling things that are controversial. I think this plays into it. Google is clearly manipulating results now. What that means is that instead of giving you what you want to find, they are giving you what they w…

Bonus Podcast - Placido Domingo and Why the #MeToo Movement Is Not Good

In this bonus episode, I give my thoughts on Placido Domingo and why the #MeToo movement Is not good.

[Edit: if you prefer to read, I also wrote an article on this here.]