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    Do What Makes You Happy?

    The other day I saw a coffee mug with the generalized and clich├ęd inspirational quote of “do what makes you happy.” The letters were stamped on this mug in a fun and quirky style intended to evoke feelings of positivity. However, my first thoughts and feelings were of skepticism and disgust. The creators of this mug have no idea who…

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    God, on When Life Begins and its Innate Value

    When listening to politicians and thought-leaders discuss abortion, we hear a lot of differing opinions. Some of these opinions are educated and others are not, some might be based in scientific fact while others are strictly based in personal experience. It seems that no matter what, everyone has some insight to share. However, there is one important source of insight…

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    The Midwest, Abortion, And Polling Data

    Every May, an analytics company, Gallup, releases a poll of where Americans all across the country stand on abortion. This is part of their Values and Beliefs series, which is in turn part of their Gallup Poll Social Series. Along with ages, education levels, political affiliation, gender, and religious service attendance, region is also considered in the polling data. When…

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    AR-15 Misconceptions

    The other day when I was playing Halo: Reach with my sons, nephew, and brother, one of my sons referred to the assault rifle in the game as an “AR.” I asked him why he did this and he said it was because “AR” is short for assault rifle, like in the case of an AR-15. When questioned further he…

  • Politics

    Trump Purchasing Greenland?

    On Thursday, August 15th, The Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump has shown interest in buying Greenland from Denmark. “In meetings, at dinners, and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisors whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance, and, according to two of the people, has…

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    Didn’t Consent To Pregnancy?

    The arguments in support of abortion are numerous and vary greatly in terms of how grounded they are. Some of them make sense to a degree and then others outright defy logic. In the last few weeks I have come upon a certain argument for abortion with increasing regularity. It is usually used by those who describe themselves as feminists…

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    NRA Gets Blamed For Mass Shootings

    If you haven’t heard yet, there have been two highly talked about mass shootings recently. On August 3rd there was a shooting in El Paso, Texas at a food festival that killed 22 people and injured 24 others. The very next day there was another shooting, this one took place at a Dayton, Ohio Wal-Mart and claimed the lives of…

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    Blessings Abound, Even In Injury

    A family member of mine has been experiencing back problems recently. This person has been in intense pain and discomfort for a couple of weeks now. As if that weren’t enough, they have been unable to go about their daily routine as they normally would. That is a big challenge, as this family member prefers to stay active, busy, and…