The Honest Skepticism of George Orwell

"Do you believe in God, Winston?" "No." "Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?" "I don't know. The spirit of Man." "And do you consider yourself a man?" "Yes." "If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man. Your … [Read more...]

A Very Short Discourse on the Glories of Bacon

It is told by sages how the men of old once set fires to their own houses in order to roast the tender flesh of the pig. Thus by fire and trial was born the manliest of meats – bacon. What other foodstuff has so dear a beginning? Bacon is … [Read more...]

Dark Rainbow

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a trilogy. For background on this story, first read Power Spike, the first story in this series. Northern Virginia was usually a pleasant place, but the southern suburbs of D.C. were particularly … [Read more...]

Society and the Soul

Editor's Note: The author referenced Plato's famous chariot analogy, but told a different version of the chariot allegory than Plato used. In the original version, the charioteer of the soul drives two horses - one representing reason, the other … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby and the Magic Pill

Editors Note: I wrote this piece when the Hobby Lobby decision came out, but deliberately waited before posting it. For there was a small chance that a backlash to the decision might induce a law or an executive mandate countering it, and it is … [Read more...]

Lying by the Numbers

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.” - Mark Twain, quoting Benjamin Disraeli Among other pursuits, I teach high school mathematics - a rewarding (if dying) art. One of the first lessons that I teach in my statistics … [Read more...]

Power Spike

“She’s going insane, right, Doctor?” “Most women are.” Dr. Brett Gallicho’s stony visage twisted upwards in what was meant to be a smile. But Grant Mitchell was in no mood for banter – certainly not when his girlfriend’s life was on the … [Read more...]

Political Philosophy

If you ever wanted a short and simple explanation of how politics works - here you go. Political Philosophy We're not so different, you and I. You stretch the truth, I tell a lie. Your code may be more straight than mine, But why? What … [Read more...]

Pining for a World That Never Was

Considering my frequent denunciations of the evils of modern world (there is an insane overusage of the phrase "the modern age" in my writing), one might think that I share the nostalgia of many Catholics for the glories of bygone Christian … [Read more...]

A Steady Hand, A Strong Father

We humans tend to measure greatness by spectacular deeds, since visible greatness is obvious. The firefighter running into a burning building to save a couple kids, the soldier diving on a grenade to protect his fellows, the boyfriend guarding … [Read more...]