Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Caliphate

I don’t think anyone is satisfied with President Obama’s recent Oval Office lecture. Both Democrats and Republicans are railing our Commander in Chief, mostly for what he didn’t say. After sufficient coaxing, some have asked what I wish he’d said. Here’s what I tell them.

I wish President Obama would have acknowledged that the world is at war with a newly energized sect of radical Muslims bent on creating a worldwide Caliphate. We’re not at war with Muslims in general or any particular Muslim country. In fact, our allies in this war include those Muslims who are not part of… Continue reading

Climate Crap Trap (Economics)

The U.N.’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, says openly that the aim of the talks is “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Let’s take a look at what has and what has not happened during the so-called ‘reign’ of the current economic development model and the projected consequence of climate saving proposals.

In the past 150 years; life expectancy has more than doubled from 30 in 1870 to 71 in 2013, it’s estimated that 75% lived in extreme poverty and the world bank estimates that less than … Continue reading

Preferential Assent – Again

I read an article that got me to thinking. Getting me to thinking is a bit like starting an old diesel engine in the dead of winter; it takes a bit of coaxing. But just like a diesel, once I commence to thinkin’ it’s nearly impossible for me to stop.

The article went the long way around in saying that so many of our beliefs are based on notions rather than facts. It said that we tend to shape our beliefs based on choice, rather than sound argument. I thought about that for a while and decided – dang if… Continue reading

Climate Change

At the risk of losing all of my blog followers I’m respectfully sharing a couple of provocative thoughts on climate change. It’s possible that climate change will eclipse terrorism as the world’s most divisive issue. We all need to give the subject considerable thought.

For the purposes of a discussion of this magnitude, one must first decide if they believe in a deity. And then there’s the question of God. For those who profess a belief in God, the following hopefully provokes further research in an effort to reach an informed conclusion. For those who don’t believe in God, I… Continue reading

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