SATIRE: a composition, in verse, artistic expression, music or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

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Numerous articles have been published over the past week concerning the atrocious murder of the cartoonists who published the weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.  Many of those articles refer to the magazine as a work in satire and the journalists and cartoonists as satirists.   My suspicion is that a lot of people who have […]

CREMATE [KREE-meyt]: to reduce a dead body to ashes by fire


A question which is before people as they age is their desire regarding the care of their body after death.   Some would say it’s a ghoulish conversation, but for family members who have to make decisions, it’s a very practical matter.  If death is sudden, without any indication of its imminence, and there is no […]

ISIS: terrorists pretending to represent orthodox Islam


Last night I had the privilege of hearing a briefing on the Isis movement at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport.  The speaker was Professor Hayat Alvi, Ph.D.  Dr. Alvi  is on the faculty of the War College and is one of the leading scholars in the area of Middle Eastern issues.   I saw […]

BIBLIOMANCY [BIB-lee-oh-man-see]: the act of opening a book at random and seeking knowledge at random on the page revealed


People have been fascinated with the future for many centuries.  At some point in the past humans began to understand that there was such a thing as the future.  After all,it is a complex thought, and it took the human brain some level of development before such a complex idea could take shape. But once […]

FITNA: a state of trouble or chaos


I read a full-page letter/advertisement from the nation of Turkey in the New York Times the other day in which the writers were committing themselves to continuing friendship and support for the people of Syria.  In the midst of the letter the authors used the word fitna as if to say that this support would exist […]

MISANTHROPE [MIS-uhn-throhp]: a hater of humankind


Given the atrocities we observe in places like Syria, is it any wonder that we have to ask the question about motivation? Specifically, what is the motivation for a national leader who seemingly willingly slaughters his people without regard for their relationships,ages, or circumstances. I can only come to the conclusion that Syrian President Bashar […]