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The Armor Of Light | Reflections

July 13, 2018


The Armor Of Light, 2015 [PG-13] I was reminded of this film because of Rob Schenck’s new book Costly Grace that was featured on a recent NPR broadcast, Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it […]

What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

June 29, 2018


Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of long-term virtues, valuing ignorance, disdaining wisdom, and embracing the blindness of mutual contempt. Our public […]

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

June 9, 2018


Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus It is important to note the “narrow scope” of this particular ruling, that in essence, […]

The Final Year | Review

March 26, 2018


The Final Year. Magnolia Pictures, 2017 “History doesn’t move in a straight line. It zigs and zags. Sometimes goes forward, sometimes moves back. Sideways.” – Barack Obama REVIEW Overall, not a great documentary. I didn’t find it terribly “compelling” or “irresistible” or “deeply moving.” There was considerable attention given to the Obama Administration’s foreign policies […]

The 10 Toughest Questions We Get, By Bill and Melinda Gates | Letter & Reflections

February 13, 2018


Our 2018 Annual Letter: The 10 Toughest Questions We Get February 13, 2018 By Bill Gates and Melinda Gates We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day brings a different story of political division, violence, or natural disaster [or […]

Command and Control | Reflections & Transcript

February 12, 2018


Command and Control: THE LONG-HIDDEN STORY OF THE DAY OUR LUCK ALMOST RAN OUT. April 25, 2017 REFLECTIONS We quite literally and poetically hold the stars in our hands. There are 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence, globally. If they were all detonated, it would be quite literally the end of life on planet earth, if […]

Able Works Forum: American Dreamers: Creating An Immigration System That Works For All | Notes & Reflections

February 1, 2018


ABLE:WORKS Forum. NOTES Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas. DOCUMENTED [film] White People, MTV Full Documentary: The keynote began with the question, How do you define “American?” Vargas’s use of data was excellent, all of which can be found at, and CA is about 2.5 million immigrants. That means, nearly 1 out of every 10 immigrants […]