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A History of “Solid” States

Some people complain about the Electoral College, “My state has been overwhelmingly [political party] for YEARZ, so my vote doesn’t count!” But how true is that assertion? I did some research and, playing the averages, it takes about 25 years for a state to cycle from one political party to the other.

Olympus Didn’t Fall

You might be willing to suffer torture or even give up your own life to keep your enemies from getting what they want. But if your child’s safety or life is on the line, you’ll just fold like a house of cards, won’t you? You’ll do anything to keep him or her in one piece…or will you? What if there’s a fate to be avoided that’s worse than death?

Villains and the People Who Love Them

I’m not saying Bill Cosby is guilty of everything he’s been accused of. But I can’t help but feel the evidence against him is pretty significant and convincing — at least convincing enough to prevent any ridiculous outbursts blindly protesting his innocence. So why is it some people want to offer Bill Cosby complete exoneration?

What FOX’s “Lucifer” Gets Wrong…and Right (Part 3)

“Lucifer” is a fun show to watch so long as you take it as it is — a work of fiction borrowing heavily from religion — and while it’s troubling to think unsuspecting people might receive their first impression of the devil from it and think, “Hey, the devil isn’t all that bad!” recognize that most of our first impressions of religious figures — angels, Moses, Jesus, God, Muhammad, etc. — don’t come from original sources and have been distorted in some way.

What FOX’s “Lucifer” Gets Wrong…and Right (Part 2)

Lucifer has a “super-power”: he can compel people to tell uncomfortable, inappropriate truths about themselves. (Enjoy kitten crush videos? You’ll tell him. You’ll *want* to.) Here we touch on one of the darkest aspects of the Internet: anonymous confession. How much evil has been unleashed in people’s hearts since they’re now able to freely confess evil desires behind a veil of anonymity and, worse, find others who are like-minded?

I’m Done with Marvel Comics (…Maybe)

Marvel is too bogged down in its own history for me to follow anymore. For so long that was never an issue. Heroes would fight villains, occasionally a villain or supporting character would die, occasionally the *heroes* would appear to die (and inevitably come back), but the core of the books never changed. That all seems different now. I don’t know who these heroes are, where they’re going, or what they’re doing, and I find it hard to care.

The Double Standard that Isn’t

Since the recent attack on Planned Parenthood, cries of double standards are coming out of the woodwork: “How can you blame Islam for the murders committed by Islamic terrorists and NOT blame Christianity for the murders committed by Christian terrorists?” Here’s the reason: The New Testament has clear prohibitions against murder. The Quran does not.

Want to Know the Secret of Jon Snow’s Parentage?

GAME OF THRONES SPOILER ALERT!!! [UPDATE: Not really.] If you continue reading this post all the way to the end, you will [UPDATE: not] learn the identity of Jon Snow’s parents. If you don’t want the secret spoiled, just bookmark this page and come back to it when the series has revealed it to see how amazingly prescient I am. [UPDATE: I was wrong.]