God gives us our free agency. He gives us the power to choose Satan.

I just ran into some friendly mormon missionaries out there in the barrio. They seemed like nice enough fellows, but not particularly well-informed about Mormonism. My extensive wikipedia

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Dear People Who Argue with Others on the Internet

Something I see very regularly on the internet is bothering me more and more. Two people get in some kind of argument. One of the parties commits an

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Those Amoral Folks in Bollywood!

If you’ve never seen a Bollywood film, you should. Every year Madrid celebrates a Bollywood festival in Lavapiés, with films shown in one of the Plazas. Last night’s

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When I was a young Buddhist

When I was a young Buddhist, I learned that the first noble truth of Buddhism was “All life is suffering.” Apparently, now that I’m a decrepit old Buddhist,

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My Students Are Awesome

Today I had two new students. 1) An architect who was working on a project for a university in Tripoli, until NATO invaded Libya and they evacuated everybody.

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Are You Showering in a Super Panda Shower?

You can be damn sure I am! There’s nothing like spending Easter Sunday trying to fix your shower. I can tell you all about it I spent much

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Now that I’m a Famous Internet Guy

Since I’m becoming something of a well-known figure in the online ESL world, I’m getting some strange emails. The other day I got one from a Spanish girl

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More About Dylan and Liberal Hypocrisy

A few days ago I read Maureen Dowd’s article from the New York Times in which she criticized Bob Dylan for playing in China. You know the story.

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Half My Life Listening to Nirvana

I bought my first copy of Nevermind after Kurt Cobain was already gone. I’m a little too young to be a Generation X slacker. I don’t even know

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My Downstaris Neighbor is the Next James Joyce

She’s about 85 years old and occasionally she hits me with these Abraham Simpson-style stream-of- consciousness rants. “You young people should work all you can now because with

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