Fluffy White Dog Sociology

Religion, Sociology and the Lived Experience Back in 2009, for the first time in my life, I had the aweful experience of having to put a dog to sleep. Her name was Nilla. She was my dog through marriage. I never thought I would have a fluffy white dog, let alone a little dog as... Continue Reading →

Scalia’s Legacy was Awful

BY ANY STANDARDS OF ENLIGHTENED CIVILIZATION First, I want to be clear that this post is not an ad hominem attack against the deceased. Those looking for a good, ol' fashioned character assassination or a raunchy, left-wing celebration of the death of an arch-conservative will be disappointed. No death should be celebrated. Justice Scalia was, first... Continue Reading →

Sociology is Hard

ON A NONLINEAR SCIENCE When I'm introducing my discipline to college students I often quip that if sociology were easy, physicists would do it. After all, physics is guided by natural laws that do not deviate, for which there are no exceptions. A particle, being accelerated around a huge magnetic ring until collided with another... Continue Reading →

A Progressive vs. a Socialist?

UM...NOT REALLY All right, so I wanted to elaborate on another bit of information that can be discerned from the Political Compass graphic shown in my last post. This time, however, it has to do with the Democratic nominees. As mentioned in the last post, the Political Compass, which according to the website looks at... Continue Reading →

The Iowa Creature Feature

IS THERE AN ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE AROUND TO SAVE US? So, the long awaited Iowa Raucus is over and Ted Cruz received one whole delegate more than the reigning righty, Donald Trump. Yay! Cruz won. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Donald is not unstoppable! The Donald has a weakness. Perhaps his... Continue Reading →

Mature Liberalism

AND CHILDISH CONSERVATISM "If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart.  If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain."  --Winston Churchill? Actually, no. Winston Churchill never made the above statement. Regardless, it is universally attributed to him and is a foundational quote in support of... Continue Reading →

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