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Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 10 2011

The Goddess On The Beach

The other day, I swear I sawA Goddess on the beachAn apparition, lovely to behold! But Hindus used the force of lawTo keep her out of reachThose swimsuits are no longer being sold! The images of LakshmiHave effectively been bannedNon-believers like myself, of course, may scoff Though there’s nothing there that shocks meIf I see …

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May 10 2011

Run, Newt, Run!

So Newt is about to announce? How wonderful! He and The Donald can race for the moral high ground in debates! Newt takes hypocrisy to an art form; he is a gift to us all. Case in point: the New York Times is running an article on Callista Gingrich (wife #3, with whom Newt cheated …

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May 09 2011

The Vanishing Hillary

Yesterday—I thought it weird—I saw two women, disappearedReligious censorship held swayOh, how I wish it’d go away When first I saw the photographTwo women numbered in the staffBut when the censor photoshoppedThe both of them were simply dropped Go away, go away, from the situation room!Go away, go away, or the censor will fume Yesterday—I …

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May 08 2011

Secular Studies At Pitzer

Hooray, Pitzer College! The first to acknowledgeThe worth of the secular studiesWhich will offer a few new alternatives toA theology class with your buddies And now if a student considers it prudentIt’s there as a major or minorIn an oddly strange quirk, it is clearly the workOf a truly intelligent designer Of course, that intelligent …

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May 07 2011

Have No Fear–Underdog Is Here!

One of the many useful featuresOf social creatures Is the ability to band together to do what cannot be doneBy one It doesn’t take a Confucian To see that if you have enough people working together, it doesn’t matter if they are small, tiny, or downright Lilliputian So long as each does their bitAnd does …

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May 07 2011

They Will Be Leaving

The rapture is coming on May Twenty-FirstAnd the man with the sign is expecting the worstHe gave me a pamphlet that tells me I’m cursedAnd I’m shocked at the news I’m receivingThe earthquakes are coming; the dams will be burstThe believers, they will be leaving It’s a tale of God’s glory, and a tale of …

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May 06 2011

Not Just A Good Idea…

…It’s The Law It was not my intention, but I like the way it sounds: “the law of the predictable comment“. My little verse, referred to as canon. Well, internet canon. I approve. In fact, I encourage one and all to police comment threads for similar malcontents, ne’er-do-wells, and trolls, and to slap their wrists …

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May 05 2011

Emergence Of Mind

“The emergence of mind” is a devilish question;The way that it’s phrased is a trick in itself.We’re looking for something that’s somehow “emerging”Not merely complex, but a difference in kind So take a step back, is my humble suggestion,From dualist analyses filling the shelfThe hidden assumptions could use a good purgingThat lay in the phrase …

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May 04 2011

Right All Along

From the simple gut reaction that’s dependent on your faction(Everybody wears their heart upon their sleeve)We can see, with no confusion, how you came to your conclusion:What is true depends on what you first believe Chorus:And it’s hip, hip, hoorayFor the thing I learned today!That convinced me I was always right     and you were …

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May 02 2011

The Sandwich Less Traveled

Two buns diverged from a breaded mass,And sorry I could not, like a snake,Unhinge my jaw to let it passTook one small bite, affecting class,And thought it likely a mistake. Then took another, as just a teaseAnd knowing I could not eat it all—The deep-fried patty, stuffed with cheese—I gobbled up with seeming easeUntil the …

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