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Tech Firms Buying Up Mega-Churches

iChurch? There’s a new gold rush on in California, and it comes with its own praise music.  According to confidential industry insiders, three of Silicon Valley’s biggest technology firms are in bidding wars to buy up the nation’s largest churches. “Not many pastors are truly entertaining,” said a stock market analyst close to the acquisition..

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Sexuality

Humphrey Bogart once said ” Acting is like sex: you either do it and don’t talk about it, or you talk about it and don’t do it.” Well, there may be a few Tahitians out there — the sort Margaret Meade never actually met — who just kind of fall into sex the way other..

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The Cowboy Camelot

The Bill Gothard Mess.. Somewhere, out on the prairie, a weary, broad-shouldered rancher settles down on a log by the fire.   His wife is nearby.   She’s gorgeous. She wears cowgirl denim and a blouse tight enough to reveal the Almighty’s blessings  without causing pandemonium amongst the hired hands.   She slides down onto..

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Bright Students, Meet the Cynics

Like most people, fabulous wealth undoes me. I sat in the oak paneled, west coast waiting room of Senator Helen Mitarksy and marveled at the 16 foot ceilings.   The room was crowned with a massive interior cornice, studded with marble dentils, and a great glass eye in the center of the ceiling allowed a..

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The Trials of Influenza

..In which I recount divers signs and encounters with this year’s plague.. This being the order the divers signs and encounters were received… Denial.  “I don’t really believe this. I am not getting sick;  no, this is nothing.” Semi-Denial.  “Seriously.  This is really not happening.  It’s  just like – dust.  Or something.” Snot. More and..

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Calling All Goons

Big Government Republicans I always thought of my father as a reasonably successful businessman, but he characterized himself, and those of us in the small business world, as “goons.” I remember this term feeling slightly at odds with the life he had built for us:  he employed all of his children in the family business..

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