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Full Circle: Barack Obama’s Jimmy Carter Iranian Hostage Moment

The recent turn of events in the Middle East has me thinking that we may be seeing the Obama term complete it’s mimicry of Carter’s presidency.  The Iranian hostage crisis fleshed out the numerous ways in which Carter was deficient.  It was all part of a package, you see;  the floundering economy, the diminished standing of the United States, the inability to protect American interests at home… and abroad… all flowed inexorably from the Carter worldview. The present malaise in America, the neutered role of the US in the world, and the inability to take a forceful stand in defense … continue reading...

Reflections on the ‘Dragon Mom’

Posted this at the WI-LFL blog:

Someone pointed me to an op-ed in the NY Times by a ‘dragon mom.’  Her son, born with Tay-Sachs, is not expected to live beyond three years old.  And yet, despite this- or is it because of this?-  the joy she has with him is immense and incalculable.   Our society bends over backwards to ‘spare’ children and mothers of this joy, offering a quick and easy termination.  But if you read this article, you see that even in the face of impending grief, joy prevails every time.

Of course, if we’re honest, we understand … continue reading...

Fantasy Role Playing Games

I wrote the following for another blog but thought it would be appropriate here.  It was inspired by the fact that I have a role playing game built around my book series, which you can find here.

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What is about fantasy role playing games that appeal to so many people? Never mind the games- what about the movies? The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Matrix… these and more appear to appeal to something deep inside of nearly every human being. Why?

There are some people that think that humans are just the … continue reading...

Is religion dangerous? Continued thoughts…

This particular question has been coming up fairly often of late and has even been treated on my forum (www.sntjohnny.com/smf) and in an audio debate (hosted somewhere on this domain). When the question is carefully phrased we are helped greatly in answering it because there are some senses in which we could agree that yes, religion is dangerous, but disagree with the implicit charge that this fact is bad on its face. In the course of a single conversation you can usually expect definitions of ‘danger’ to change on you (logical fallacy of equivocation) over and over again.… continue reading...