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Carpe Diem: 2017.10.19 PEE WEE A

When I was a kid (back around 1948, or the Late Cretaceous) my favorite beverage was a soft drink called Pee Wee A. It came in two flavors, orange and grape. My favorite was grape. It was very

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Vol.103.6: THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR BABYLON

Las Vegas is a fake city, a national casino, whorehouse, and gun show venue founded by organized crime in the desert and dressed up in the icons of real cities. Having no historical renown or other

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Vol.103.5: AMERICA’S PTSD

Ken Burns’ 12-hour Vietnam documentary series is airing this week to great fanfare from PBS, as though the treatment of this controversial war might be finally put to bed by its treatment

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Vol.103.4: FREE SPEECH

I might be doing something wrong—nobody has tried to muzzled me, to shut down Dragon City Journal, although somebody did comment recently that I should just “shut up” (it was gratifying to

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Carpe Diem: 2017.09.12 WHEN LIBERALS GET STUPID

Among the rules I used to I part to my charges when I was leading tours to various parts of the world was Never piss off your waiter (Waitress could apply as well, but in most countries

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Carpe Diem: 2017.09.07 LEAST BRETHREN

In these pages, and in my forthcoming book, The Babo Gospels: Essays and Parables on Faith and Reason, I have hammered the point that religion is arguably the greatest causus belli

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Carpe Diem: 2017.09.04 APRES LE DELUGE: THE LAST NATURAL DISASTER

Okay climate change deniers get ready for a diaper change. Calling Hurricane Harvey a “natural disaster” is a joke. It involved nature, of course, but what made it a disaster is largely a product

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Vol 103.3: ECLIPSE NUMBER TWO

The eclipse is now history, but the thoughts it occasioned are still relevant. So here they are.

Eclipse is a facile metaphor; something gets in the way, blocks something out, obscures what’s

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.22 ECLIPSE NUMBER ONE

Most people, I assume, thought that Donald Trump’s August 21 speech about Afghanistan was about Afghanistan. It wasn’t. It was a vague, cliché ridden wall of blather and hackneyed ideas that

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.10 THE RECUSER

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