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Things You Notice..

On the Road… A few weeks ago a guy pulling a rickshaw on Venice beach called me, “Mr. 80s Man.”  It was an unsolicited commentary on my clothing — the khakis, button down shirt, loafers and Ray Bans that have constituted my attire since college, forty or more years ago, back when the classic preppy..

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John MacArthur is no R.C. Sproul

The Wildly Popular Bible Teacher Lacks Depth.. There is much to be said for John MacArthur.  He has a high view of scripture and he’s not afraid of being unpopular. After waffling a bit early on in the Covid crisis, he opened his church for worship and defied county and state mandates banning group worship. ..

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Children of the Snake

Epstein’s victims: a metaphor for all of us.. It’s a heart-breaking, cruel and baffling picture:  a dewy young woman– anxious to make her mark in the world–is promised the glories of high-society introductions, admission to elite universities, and professional advancement in a club that is chock full of billionaires and luminaries. And, by the way,..

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The Glorious Lie

Oh, Zion!  Dear Zion! I have a lush novel planned–full of carnivals and music and beautiful girls slow dancing with their young men on moonlit patios. In the broader landscape described here, kindly old men will give sing-song sermons full of teary-eyed spiritual assurance.  It will all be set to a big, swelling chorus, and..

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Talking to Cogs

..and mistaking them for people.. A “cog,” they tell us, is a motion-transferring wheel with sprockets along its edge.  A collection of them, engineered and assembled, as in a Swiss watch, can be so beautiful to behold that some designers have taken to leaving the whole assembly visible to the eye.  It’s reassuring to ponder..

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AOC and My 8th Grade Self..

..Laughing, and blushing, into his locker Two things I should make clear at the outset:  Number one: in my book Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earns a daily Maxine Waters award for unmitigated dimwittery in the execution of her congressional duties.  Her “Green New Deal” would consign most of the world to abject poverty, and she appears to..

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