They Didn't Rig it Right

When Senator Sanders cries, The system is rigged! no one asks, Just what specifically does that mean? or What facts do you have to back that up? In 2015, the 400 richest people in the world had net losses of $19 billion. If they had rigged the system,...

God Did What? Christians Never Talk about This.

Malachi 2:3 - I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offsprings . . .   That is the Christian God speaking to his chosen people! That's the Christian God who is purportedly all loving and forgiving. And...

Life in the Big City

I am within walking distance of the Greater Maumelle Metropolitan Area. I am even closer to the Not-So-Great Maumelle Metropolitan Area. In fact, I am the Not-So-Great Maumelle Metropolitan Area. My contribution to my community is making other...

Thought for Memorial Day

Everybody is saying it these days, as if they are the one who thought of it and expect a pat on the back: Freedom Isn't Free. Not only is it worn out from overuse, it is flat out false.   Another hackneyed bit of nonsense: There's no such thing...

The Amazing Trump Magic Show

This was originally posted in March. Trump had been accused of being a lousy businessman with lots of failures to his credit. In response, trump staged a news conference with props behind him, like steaks and bottled water and a slick magazine -- all...

The Matthew Omission Mystery

Pick up your Bible and open it to Matthew 17:21. If you are reading a KJV, you see it. If you are using another translation, like NRSV or NIV, you don't find verse 21. Why? Because the manuscripts are inconsistent.   If, as fundagelicals claim,...

Thanks for Thoughts

Recent thoughtsters wouldn't know this, but there was an extended period of time during which the Thoughts site didn't work worth a damn, and all our complaints and begging did no good. Finally, the site was (apparently) turned over to someone who was...

War of Words

We Americans call it the Revolutionary War. The British think of it as a Civil War. If Britain had won, nobody would call it a War for American Independence or a Revolutionary War. It would be just a Civil War.   To the South, the war of...

Thought for Friday

When a company goes public and people buy new shares of stock, that is an investment. After that, the stock market is just a legal form of gambling. In principle, playing the market is no different than playing poker.