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Vacation in Somalia: The Libertarian’s Paradise

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Government is like television.

Lots of television programs are bad.

But television isn’t bad.

Television is just a thing, neither bad nor good.

If it’s used badly, the result is bad.

But if it’s used well, the result is good.

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Government is like a hammer.

Much damage has been done with hammers.

But hammers are not bad.

A hammer is just a thing, neither bad nor good.

If it’s used badly, the result is bad.

But if it’s used well, the result is good.

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Government is like . . . [your turn!]

Home!

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Colten chats me up over breakfast

Colten chats me up over breakfast

July takes me away from home more than usual, and posts can be few and far between.  Lori and I spent a week vacationing in the beautiful (and a bit cooler) lake country of Minnesota. Our grandson Colten was along – Lori shot this photo of us through the screen one morning.

Thanks for your patience during the lean month of July.

The world hasn’t stood still, and there are some intriguing new things to write about. See you soon!


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August 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Why science won’t prove God

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A sharp clipper named Lexica left this beautiful graphic at Clipmarks:

clipped from www.sciencebuddies.org

Overview of the Scientific Method

The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way.

Overview of the Scientific Method
in order for the scientific method to answer the question it must be about something that you can measure, preferably with a number. […]
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Sometimes, people ask me, “Can you scientifically prove the existence of God?” The answer, of course, is “No.” And if we understood the question, we might say, “Why would you want to?” Because as the clip suggests, the “no” isn’t that the existence of God is unconvincing – it’s that the scientific method is an inappropriate test. And the clip shows why:

for the scientific method to answer the question it must be about something that you can measure, preferably with a number.

I can’t use the scientific method to prove most things—my birth date, or that I took a vacation last summer, or that I that I have some really good friends—for none of these are quantifiable, controllable, or repeatable. Yet I gladly and confidently enjoy those realities.  Not a doubt darkens those facts.

And with with similar gladness and some confidence, I have found myself in places where it was more reasonable to conclude God was near than that he was not.


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June 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Reign of Christ (Readings for Nov. 25, 2007)

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Ah, sweet routine! I’ve been on semi-vacation for three weeks, and return to posting Sunday’s Scriptures today, eager to discover what’s there.  Included is one of the verses that thrill me most:  all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

Think along with me, and let me know what you find!

Reign of Christ; November 25, 2007
Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79

Luke 23:33-43
When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.

Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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November 19, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Kidnap, Torture, and … Oh, not that one …

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Maher ArarThen there’s the case of Maher Arar.

First, you need to know that since this happened, Arar, a Canadian citizen, has been exonerated and awarded (if I remember correctly) $9 million in damages by the Canadian government.

Now Arar (reported by Amy Goodman in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer):

… was returning to Canada from a family vacation, with a plane change at New York’s JFK Airport. There he was pulled aside, searched, questioned and imprisoned. Two weeks later, U.S. authorities sent Arar to Syria.

Arar spent the next 10 months enduring brutal beatings and psychological torture … Read the rest of this entry »

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January 31, 2007 at 11:07 pm

Posted in Iraq, Politics, Terrorism