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Cream of the Cool

"We shed a lot of blood for this country; we are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ball point pen fight with a gun?"

- President Robert Mugabe, 14 June 2008

2008 saw Zimbabwe hold harmonized elections (council, senatorial, parliamentary, and presidential elections at once) on March, 29th. Independent since 1980, the country had recently been plagued by…

(Vacation goals: church, ocean, sleep)


Saturday arrival through intermittent rain, heavy at times. My husband kept reading aloud all the signs along the Garden State Parkway, insistent we should have taken The Turnpike. I gave him the task of counting coins for the tolls. Stressful and unsuccessful.

We would be staying in the lower half of a duplex, my daughter's crew upstairs, also designated the video gaming area,…

There's an angel in the jar above my grandma's refrigerator.

It's a porcelain jar with red swirly vines painted on it, and it has a swirled sort of top that has a rubber stopper that pops open. It used to be on the coffee table, but when I was younger I kept trying to get into it. I don't remember that now, but she said I used to say it was humming at me. After that, she moved it to the fireplace mantle, but when my little brother Scotty and I…

Bulverism is a form of fallacious argument in which one distracts from the task of looking for a correct answer by means of explaining why one's opponent is wrong.

"If I can give a reason why my opponent is wrong I do not have to explain how he is wrong."

C. S. Lewis described this type of fallacy in 1941, eventually publishing an essay on it in The Socratic Digest under the title Bulverism: