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Sex and the Second Amendment

Sex and the Second Amendment

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This "Skeptic's Collection" column was first published in October of 2014. But in light of the recent mass shootings in, e.g., Las Vegas, NV, Sutherland Springs, TX, and Parkland, FL, it seems appropriate to reprint it now, especially given that the bravery, eloquence, and conscience of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the latter city seem to have eventuated -- at least so we may hope -- a kind of moral conversion of the public debate on gun control. This column may well also be published as an essay in the Be-Zine, the other e-periodical for which I write. That is quite all right. To quote Mao Zedong:  "Let a hundred flowers bloom". I want to add my modest impetus to the newly "woke" consciousness regarding the Second Amendment. A well-regulated militia,
Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

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I hate exercise. In fact, I hate fitness. Well ... wait a minute … OK ... let’s back up a couple of steps. I do not hate fitness per se. What I hate is the contemporary American de facto religion of "Fitness-ianity", which is determinedly and relentlessly and remorselessly "Arminian" in its insistence that fitness is ... dammit all! ... a choice equally available to all and pristinely independent of one's genetics, physical limitations, aptitudes, and circumstances, per omnia saecula saeculorum, “Here endeth the lesson,” world without end, amen ... and while you're at it, gimme another toke offa that bong! I disagree. Based on my own life-experience, my family history, my (congenital utter lack of) athleticism, and my heredity, I am a confirmed hard-shell Calvinist. Why?  Because I know b