Palin and Waterboarding

By | April 29, 2014

Palin and all those who cheered her sacrilegious jibe ought to be ashamed of themselves. For us Christians, baptism is the entry into new life. Palin invoked it to celebrate torture. Even if you don’t believe that waterboarding is torture, surely you agree that it should not be compared to baptism, and that such a… Read More »

Waterboarding As Baptism

By | April 29, 2014

“Oh, but you can’t offend [Islamic terrorists], can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” ~ Sarah Palin Well, no. This is not a Christian statement. This is an anti-Christian statement. Jesus, I must remind people, did not… Read More »

Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, and You

By | April 28, 2014

Talk to me like I’m stupid: So recently some very ignorant people have made some very ignorant, small-minded, and unkind statements about people they apparently know nothing about. For Cliven Bundy, it’s his remarks about “the Negro” who was happier picking cotton. For Donald Sterling, it’s his remarks about not wanting black customers/fans. Now, I… Read More »

Review: The Iris Deception

By | March 18, 2014

The Iris Deception by Bernard Schopen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Of the three Ross books I’ve read, this was the strongest and shows the clearest exposition of sometime detective sometime lawyer Jack Ross who is again perambulating through the deserts of Nevada and the bustle of California in search of lost souls who… Read More »

Review: Of goats and poisoned oranges

By | March 14, 2014

Of goats and poisoned oranges by Ciku Kimeria My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a fun read, and I enjoyed the entire book–not just the story, which is fascinating and all-too-human, but the method the author used to reveal the plot. A shifting series of vignettes, newspaper clippings, internal dialogs, court and police… Read More »

Review: The Big Silence

By | March 1, 2014

The Big Silence by Bernard Schopen My rating: 3 of 5 stars Competently written in the detective noir style. Ross is a sometime finder-of-lost-souls who’s given the task of finding out whether a man claimed to be dead long ago is still alive, somewhere in the Nevada desert of the big silence. The story involves… Read More »

The Closing of the American Heart

By | February 24, 2014

Recently there has been a move in America for Christians to demand the right to avoid serving people with whom they disagree theologically. The claim is made that by baking a cake, arranging flowers, or being a photographer at a wedding for a couple who is marrying outside the Christian tradition, the Christian is breaking… Read More »

Review: The Control of Nature

By | February 16, 2014

The Control of Nature by John McPhee My rating: 4 of 5 stars Very good, entertaining stories of three attempts by men and women to control nature–to control the Mississippi, to control the volcanoes and lava of Iceland, and to control the floods and fires of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles. View all… Read More »