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Sometimes I can't get things off my mind and they keep me up at night. Here are some things I've wanted to stop thinking about....

Squid Game’s Hidden Slam of Christianity, Uncovered

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The counter-Christian game within the counter-capitalist game … Note: Spoilers out the wazoo The 2021 Korean mini-series Squid Game may be the most pointed critique of capitalism this century has yet produced. It’s certainly the most popular. In the squidverse, a handful of pointlessly wealthy, cartoonishly decadent patriarchs lord it over a caste of faceless […]

Why We Must Forgive Racism

By Paul Thomas Zenki

If we deny redemption, we’re all damned … You may have heard of Daryl Davis. He’s a black guy who hangs out with Klansmen. Not because he’s sympathetic to the Klan, but because he believes at least some of them can change their ways. He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their […]

The Real Secret to Non-Stick Cast Iron

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Think 2 words: hot and thin … Both my grandmothers lived into their early nineties and cooked with cast iron into their eighties. My mother still uses her pans in her eighties. My father did until he couldn’t get around the kitchen anymore. I inherited three cast iron pans from my grandparents  —  a flat […]

Keith Richards Called Sgt. Pepper’s “a Mishmash of Rubbish” — He Was Right

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Sgt. Pepper’s is still iconic, but Keith has a point … Perhaps it was the North Carolina summer heat that loosened him up. It certainly wasn’t the marijuana. June 30th, 2015, was a real paint-peeler in Durham, NC. Thermometers pegged out at 91° (33°C) and the humidity outside was an equally oppressive 91% as Rolling […]

Florida Man Explains Why Florida Is Bat**** Insane

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s not the heat, it’s not the humidity, it’s the people … Back around 1990, some friends and I had a habit of strolling over to the Red Lion pool hall to watch America’s Most Wanted and count how often our state came up. If the number was ever zero, I don’t recall it. Yes, […]

Yes, Opting Out of Vaccines Should Cost You Your “Rights”

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Fairness demands that anti-vaxxers be ostracized … Go around telling people you are all that matters and they don’t, and you can expect to be a social pariah. Because you chose to be. Yet millions of Americans are now telling their compatriots that their own comfort and convenience matter more than everyone else’s health and […]

The Vaccines Are Working Just Fine… Seriously

By Paul Thomas Zenki

They weren’t designed to stop you from catching the virus … Today I read a breathless, almost panicky article by a popular writer on Medium, spreading paranoia about failing vaccines. The vaccines are not failing. People are freaking out because vaccinated people are testing positive for COVID-19. So please, be aware, the SARS-Cov-2 vaccines were […]

How the Trump Insurrection Echoes Confederate Treason

By Paul Thomas Zenki

They say history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Well, on January 6th, 2021, Trump and his insurrectionists were singing Dixie loud and clear. Old times there, it seems, are indeed not forgotten. It’s one thing to remember past evils so as not to repeat them. It’s quite another to give them CPR. And make […]

The Confederate “Stars & Bars” Is Still the Flag of One US State

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s not just ON the flag, it IS the flag … Last summer I heard a radio journalist say Mississippi was the last US state with a Confederate emblem on its flag. That flag has since been retired, but the reporter was wrong. The Confederate “Stars & Bars” still flies over one US state to […]

The American Civil War Was and Wasn’t “Over Slavery”

By Paul Thomas Zenki

North and South have each spun their protective mythologies … At half past seven on a chilly spring evening in 1861, Confederate Vice President Alexander “Little Alec” Stevens pronounced from the stage of the Savannah Theatre, to the raucus enthusiasm of the crowd spilling out onto Chippewa Square, the central doctrine of the newly formed […]