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Date : October 2014

Book Review: Edward VIII (Donaldson, 1974)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Edward VIII: A Biography of the Duke of Windsor Author: Frances Donaldson Year: 1974 Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company ISBN 0-397-00765-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Frances Donaldson ◊ Summary Edward VIII is an award-winning biography[…]

Crisis Of Conscience: College Football

MSSU vs. Harding University (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday, as I often do, I tried to watch a bit of college football on television. It’s not easy — being a stay-at-home Dad with a wife who works weekends — to maintain any kind of focus on the play-by-play happenings. Often, I hear[…]

Sovereign Citizens Pose A Threat

Through a cousin, I recently became aware of this USA Today op-ed (“Christian extremists pose threat”), apparently written by a non-employee of the newspaper, Mary Zeiss Stange. Stange’s theme is in her headline, but more fleshed out, it’s this: “…the sovereign citizen movement — Bundy’s law-defying, government-denying crowd — [is] the most potent U.S. terrorist[…]

Ebola Scare Illuminates Two-Party System’s Idiocy

Categories: Healthcare, Politics
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Published on: 2014.10.21

Republican candidates for the Senate and House, who are likely to win anyway in November, have really jumped on the Ebola bandwagon lately. They recognize a hot-button issue when they see it — the news media seemed to have no other stories for a couple of weeks — and found every way possible to use[…]

Tesla Decisions Highlight Political Hypocrisy

Light traffic in Dallas, Texas (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) Republicans, especially in Texas, love to tout their record for deregulation and removing government influence from the free market — despite a very solid reputation for helping only their rich buddies. The Texas Miracle is a good example of this. Texas has the[…]

September 2014: Hottest Ever

Categories: Environment, Science
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Published on: 2014.10.15

Year to date (source)   For those of you keeping track of climate change (so, not Republicans), September 2014 was the hottest September on record. “Unless something really weird happens, 2014 is on track to be the warmest in the instrumental record.” September is the fourth month this year, and the second in a row,[…]

American Voters Make Me Sad

Categories: Elections, Politics
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Published on: 2014.10.12

According to a Gallup poll released in September, only 36 percent of U.S. adults could correctly name which political party controls each of the two houses of Congress. Another 23 percent got the answer correct for just one house. Perhaps I should be encouraged that only 14% of respondents got both wrong. Or should I[…]

With Judges Like This, Who Needs The First Amendment?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest serving of the current justices, said two days ago that it’s okay to favor one religion over another, and to favor religion over secularism. “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation[…]

Thoughts On ‘Mulatto’

Categories: Racism
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Published on: 2014.10.01

Yesterday was the first time I heard the word “mulatto” spoken aloud in at least 10 years. This time it was reference to my children, used as part of a compliment: “Mulatto children are … [huge pause] … so beautiful. I have always thought so.” (Old white guy in Central Texas, with a noticeable German[…]

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