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Lacking Common Sense

June 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ The young woman looked nervous as she knocked on the window of my classroom door. “Excuse me, class,” I said as I stepped out to speak. She was a former student and substituting in the next classroom. “A boy is throwing things at other students. He won’t stop, and he refuses […]

Gospels Not Gospel Anymore?

May 5, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It was worse than I thought. The Roman Catholic Church was being undermined by Marxists further back than I ever imagined. I knew there were Jesuits and other priests holding official positions in the Marxist Sandinista government of Nicaragua during the 1970s, but I thought they were anomalous. Now I’m learning […]

Calloused Americans

April 21, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ After a few hours of writing on my laptop, I need to get up, change my clothes, and do another kind of work that involves more than my brain and my fingers on a keyboard. I have to use tools invented and manufactured in previous centuries – tools like saws, hammers, […]

Just Trying To Keep Up

March 31, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ In regard to my understanding of the world – what is going on and why – the best I can do is maintain a “working hypothesis.” The “what” is easier. The “why” to explain the “what” is more daunting because as new information emerges, I have to modify. My biggest challenge […]

Cognitive Dissonance In Europe

March 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It had to be galling. Geert Wilders, a member of Dutch Parliament, was found guilty three months ago of “inciting discrimination against Dutch Moroccans” – the very people who have been trying to kill him since at least 2003. Newsweek reported that he has to go around, “wearing a bulletproof vest […]

Ivy League 2017

March 9, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ James Fisher said he couldn’t attend classes at the University of Pennsylvania because one his white professors refused to denounce his white privilege. Fisher is black, and he wrote an article about his mental anguish published in his university’s newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian. “I stopped going to his class for a […]

Supporters Unfazed By Big League Ego

February 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Trump has a huge ego. But let’s think back and try to come up with a name of someone who has ever run for president during our lifetimes who didn’t. I can’t think of any. Is Trump’s the biggest of them all? Perhaps. Most have been artful at camouflaging theirs, and the […]