Creativity . . . without the woo

As part of the December 5th Winterfest, I’ll be talking creativity without the woo along with fellow bloggers from The Bolingbrook Babbler and From the Ashes of Faith.  And speaking of the Ashes blog, check out Megan Rahm’s new collection: “My poetry book is now available for pre-order on Amazon“!

The talk will be posted on my shiny new YouTube channel, which is also Freethinking Ahead.  There’s a quick intro post in which I introduce myself, talk briefly about creativity without the woo, flash a bunch of books on the screen (mine and others’), and geek out a bit about poetry, radio, and poetry on the radio.   Also, I really need to figure out the “blue light on the glasses” thing.

If you have any questions about fostering your creativity without relying on the magical thinking so many guides frame it in, please leave a comment here, over at YouTube, or send me an email at  And stay tuned for the talk on December 5th!

In a Desperate Search for Voter Fraud, TX Lt. Gov. Offers a Million Dollar Reward

Another day, another round of Texas in the news….  From The Texas Tribune, There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud, but Dan Patrick is encouraging people to report it with up to a $1 million reward“:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday he is offering up to $1 million to “incentivize, encourage and reward” people for reports of voter fraud in Texas, even as there’s been no evidence of mass voter fraud and experts say it’s rare.

The Republican state leader’s crusade for proof of election problems in Texas comes as members of his own party dominated up and down the ballot.

So, the Democrats just managed to orchestrate fraud at the top?

More news on this from CBS and The Hill.

I have to wonder if this is meant to distract from the fact that Texas recently surpassed 1 million COVID cases.

Also, if this keeps up, I’m going to have to make a category for “Texas 2020 Election: GOP vs. Reality” or something like that.

Biden/Harris Won, but the Chair of the Texas GOP wants “a permanent asterisk by their names”

In “nasty things coming out of Texas” news for today, the chair of the state Republican Party, LTC Allen B. West, had this to say, which I’ve quoted in full if you don’t want to click the link:

The news has been announced that the Democrat Socialists have found and counted enough votes to declare Joe Biden the 46th President.

Biden and Harris will be similar to Barry Bonds and have a permanent asterisk by their names. Americans don’t like cheaters, and the perception of such lends itself to reality, just ask Tom Brady about Deflate=Gate.

Regardless, a Harris-Biden presidential administration serves to make my position easy. As well, Kamala and Joe will solidify the fact that Texas will only grow redder and stronger as America’s leading conservative state. If the progressive socialist left believes for one minute that Texas will acquiesce to their collectivism and tyranny, they are delusional.

Texas was born because rugged men and women fought, alone, against tyranny. We will do so again, and lead America to do so, as well. And, in two years, Texas will lead America in delivering a resounding midterm defeat to the Marxist, Socialist, Antifa-loving left.

What happened to the Democrats in Texas this election cycle is only the beginning. It’s time to “cowboy up” y’all.

I’m not going to begin to untangle all the falsehoods in this post.  But I have written postcards, so if you’re a Texan and would like to press your Republican elected officials to call Mr. West out on this one, they’re here: (Scroll up that page for printing instructions.)