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Don’t Put Gorsuch Out in the Cold

A truck driver left his trailer behind rather than freeze to death. The truck company fired him. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch sided with the truck company. If you’re wondering, “How could Gorsuch be such a heartless bastard?” you don’t have the slightest clue what the case was about.

For Some People, It’s All About Feelings

I once told a friend about his blog post, “That was an awesome post! Oh, just FYI, you’ve got a spelling error [here] and a punctuation error [here],” only for him to reply, “That’s your response? I bleed my soul out onto the page, and you point out these little mistakes??” As if the errors didn’t matter because of his feelings.

A Quick Word About Third-Party Voting

If Jill Stein’s votes had gone to Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida, Donald Trump’s win would’ve been 280-258 rather than 306-232. In Pennsylvania, had all of Jill Stein’s votes and just under 20,000 of Gary Johnson’s votes gone to Hillary, too, we’d have seen a 278-260 Clinton victory. Dear third-party voters: *You* elected Donald Trump.

Harambe, Abortion, and Our Appalling Lack of Neighborliness

A significant segment of the population has gotten to the point they feel more kinship with animals than with their fellow human beings. Gorillas are their neighbors; children aren’t. But is this any surprise? In the U.S. we kill nearly a million unborn children a year. How does this happen if not by withholding empathy from them? And you can’t develop the lack of empathy needed to kill the unborn without losing empathy for the born.

What the Worst Things Teach Us

Every religion contains some expression of our desire that good be rewarded and evil be punished. Eastern religions generally look to reincarnation; Western religions look forward to a resurrection and final judgment. But both paradigms are built on the recognition of a stark truth:  “What goes around comes around” is usually not a given in this world. We live in a world of loose ends.