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It’s about time

prayer headlineFinally, someone calls out politicians and prayer. And, of all places, it was the New York Daily News — although I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

Its front page and accompanying story today actually looks at one of the flaws plaguing this “Judeo-Christian nation.” What was a common political reaction to the latest mass shooting in this country? Prayer. WTF??? That’s right. Let’s not suggest, let alone take, any steps to try and address the endless gun violence in this country. Instead, this “god-fearing” nation will pay lip service — in more ways than one — to humanity’s imaginary invention.

Not surprisingly, the Daily News is entirely correct when it says, “Prayers aren’t working.” That’s because prayer can and will do nothing to deal with this or any other problem. Prayer isn’t a curative balm. As the headline suggests, there’s nothing there except “meaningless platitudes.” You may as well talk to a wall — but at least the wall actually exists.

By the way, any “God-fearing” denizen of this country who says this is just more divine punishment for our immoral society deserves to be swatted in the face with a rolled up copy of the Daily News until they come to their senses. Of course, for most that would be years, if not eternity.


People aren’t religious because they’re stupid; rather, religion is a parasite of the mind that makes people do stupid things and think stupid thoughts.

PZ Meyers, The Happy Atheist

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Plenty read, no write

Two of my plans for when I quit practicing law full time were simple and logical: read books and do some writing. As the blog itself shows, the latter hasn’t begun. And that’s even with getting a book review assignment with the thought it might jump start things. The book was read. Not one word of a review has been written.

There’s little question about the first plan, though. Since “retiring” October 1, I’ve read 26 books totaling 8,292 pages. That’s 140.5 pages a day, with an afternoon and evening yet to go. That figure doesn’t include a book I started September 29, any of the handful of graphic novels I’ve read or the several hundred pages of books I began and then put down. Those 59 days account for about 26% of what I’ve read all year.

You might think all of it might prompt some writing. It’s given me a variety of ideas but the execution is lacking. Still, there’s no rush and who could complain about having the time to read?


Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.

Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

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Weekend Edition 2d: 11-14

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

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Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.

Friedrich Engels, Letter to Karl Marx, Sept. 4, 1870

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Weekend Edition 2d: 11-7

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

  • Books are dangerous (“It is not for nothing that reading was always feared throughout history. It is indeed a risky activity: reading possesses the power to capture the imagination, create emotional upheaval and force people towards an existential crisis.”)
  • An Open Letter to Those Who Give Kids Banned Books (“Teachers, librarians, and other adults getting books into the hands of teenagers can never know which might be the one that changes a life, but they — we — can accept that every single time we partake in the magical act of pressing a book into the hands of teens, we impact their lives.”)
  • What’s the Best Way to Die? (“…a painless death is a pretty American way to think about dying.”)

Cheapest Criminal of the Week

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If you only read the books everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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Weekend Edition 2d: 10-30

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

Crime of the Week

Asshole of the Week Year

  • This asshat is undoubtedly leading the most despised list among hockey (and non-hopckey) fans

Irony of the Week

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Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Jules Renard

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Weekend Edition 2d: 10-23

After a lengthy absence, Weekend Edition returns. The title is a bit different to account for the gap, Otherwise, the format remains the same.

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Stop the Madness (“Right now, for every dollar that the federal government spends on medical research through the National Institutes of Health, 15 cents goes to HIV/ AIDS, 10 cents goes to cancer, 2 cents go to heart disease and less than one penny goes to all mental illnesses combined.”)
  • Out of the Darkness (“Once detainees were abused to the point of learned helplessness, resistance would crumble, and the detainees would divulge information that they might otherwise withhold.”)

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The world is a wobbly place and so is my mind.

Jim Harrison, The English Major

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