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You Just Didn’t Hope Enough

That sure is a lovely, comforting yellow flower. That sure is a lovely, comforting notion.

And yet, despite the considerable hope Christopher Reeve communicated, over and over, it wasn’t possible, was it? It didn’t happen, did it? He never walked. He’s dead.

The message behind the faux-serenity yellow-flower making its way across social media [...]

Are You Ready To Stop Hoping Yet?

On his new web site, Stop Hoping, Swanson has been holding an online poll to see just who liberals would like to see challenge Barack Obama from the Left in 2012. The top 5 results are… [...]

Despite Bible, Avowedly Christian Groups Engage in Usury

The Bible is as clear as mud on many subjects, but it’s absolutely clear about the practice of usury (lending money at a high rate of interest). As far as I’m aware, there are no Bible verses that encourage Christians to engage in usury, but there are a number that prohibit it:

Leviticus 25:35-36

And [...]

Government is Corrupt. What Would you Have People Do?

That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?

I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes [...]

Prediction of Environmental Apocalypse: Will the Oil Spill Take World Population Down to 1 Billion?

While homeland security zealots have predicted a nuclear weapon attack on United States soil will occur this July 4, a visitor to Irregular Times asserts that we have an apocalypse now. You may have noticed Tom’s frequent comments here that the world as we know it is doomed and that efforts to prevent global civilization-ending [...]

The Gay-Unfriendly and Gay-Friendly Towns of Knox County, Maine

Planning a trip to midcoast Maine for next summer? If you’re half of a gay or lesbian couple, plan carefully.

It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to carefully consider whether they’ll be welcomed, cold-shouldered, harassed or even assaulted for the simple act of holding hands in the community where they live or in a community [...]

In City and Country, the Hip Bring Community into Focus

You won’t find the community of West Rose, New York listed on any maps, and I’m not sure it is really there any more. But when I was younger, growing up in rural Central New York, the hills west of Rose had a fading reputation for oddity and hipness. In prior decades, a variety of [...]

Where Is The Hope In Gears of War?

Gears of war? How does that bring us a hope that runs deep? [...]

Obama-Einstein 2008: Just Words

Albert Einstein spoke the same message that Barack Obama speaks today: That we do not need to be restricted to the fears and hatreds of our predecessors. We can overcome it. Germany did not listen to Albert Einstein in 1932. Will America listen to Barack Obama in 2008? [...]