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H L Mencken, you scamp.
 
H. L Mencken, "The Declaration of Independence in American" (1921):

WHEN THINGS get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody.

All we got to say on this proposition is this: first, me and you is as good as anybody else, and maybe a damn sight better; second, nobody ain't got no right to take away none of our rights; third, every man has got a right to live, to come and go as he pleases, and to have a good time whichever way he likes, so long as he don't interfere with nobody else. That any government that don't give a man them rights ain't worth a damn; also, people ought to choose the kind of government they want themselves, and nobody else ought to have no say in the matter. That whenever any government don't do this, then the people have got a right to give it the bum's rush and put in one that will take care of their interests. Of course, that don't mean having a revolution every day like them South American yellow-bellies, or every time some jobholder goes to work and does something he ain't got no business to do. It is better to stand a little graft, etc., than to have revolutions all the time, like them coons, and any man that wasn't a anarchist or one of them I.W.W.'s would say the same. But when things get so bad that a man ain't hardly got no rights at all no more, but you might almost call him a slave, then everybody ought to get together and throw the grafters out, and put in new ones who won't carry on so high and steal so much, and then watch them. This is the proposition the people of these Colonies is up against, and they have got tired of it, and won't stand it no more. The administration of the present King, George III, has been rotten from the start, and when anybody kicked about it he always tried to get away with it by strong-arm work. Here is some of the rough stuff he has pulled:

He vetoed bills in the Legislature that everybody was in favor of, and hardly nobody was against.

He wouldn't allow no law to be passed without it was first put up to him, and then he stuck it in his pocket and let on he forgot about it, and didn't pay no attention to no kicks.

When people went to work and gone to him and asked him to put through a law about this or that, he give them their choice: either they had to shut down the Legislature and let him pass it all by himself, or they couldn't have it at all.

He made the Legislature meet at one-horse tank-towns, so that hardly nobody could get there and most of the leaders would stay home and let him go to work and do things like he wanted.

He give the Legislature the air, and sent the members home every time they stood up to him and give him a call-down or bawled him out.

When a Legislature was busted up he wouldn't allow no new one to be elected, so that there wasn't nobody left to run things, but anybody could walk in and do whatever they pleased.

He tried to scare people outen moving into these States, and made it so hard for a wop or one of these here kikes to get his papers that he would rather stay home and not try it, and then, when he come in, he wouldn't let him have no land, and so he either went home again or never come.

He monkeyed with the courts, and didn't hire enough judges to do the work, and so a person had to wait so long for his case to come up that he got sick of waiting, and went home, and so never got what was coming to him.

He got the judges under his thumb by turning them out when they done anything he didn't like, or by holding up their salaries, so that they had to knuckle down or not get no money.

He made a lot of new jobs, and give them to loafers that nobody knowed nothing about, and the poor people had to pay the bill, whether they could or not.

Without no war going on, he kept an army loafing around the country, no matter how much people kicked about it.

He let the army run things to suit theirself and never paid no attention whatsoever to nobody which didn't wear no uniform.

He let grafters run loose, from God knows where, and give them the say in everything, and let them put over such things as the following:

Making poor people board and lodge a lot of soldiers they ain't got no use for, and don't want to see loafing around.

When the soldiers kill a man, framing it up so that they would get off.

Interfering with business.

Making us pay taxes without asking us whether we thought the things we had to pay taxes for was something that was worth paying taxes for or not.

When a man was arrested and asked for a jury trial, not letting him have no jury trial.

Chasing men out of the country, without being guilty of nothing, and trying them somewheres else for what they done here.

In countries that border on us, he put in bum governments, and then tried to spread them out, so that by and by they would take in this country too, or make our own government as bum as they was.

He never paid no attention whatever to the Constitution, but he went to work and repealed laws that everybody was satisfied with and hardly nobody was against, and tried to fix the government so that he could do whatever he pleased.

He busted up the Legislatures and let on he could do all the work better by himself.

Now he washes his hands of us and even goes to work and declares war on us, so we don't owe him nothing, and whatever authority he ever had he ain't got no more.

He has burned down towns, shot down people like dogs, and raised hell against us out on the ocean.

He hired whole regiments of Dutch, etc., to fight us, and told them they could have anything they wanted if they could take it away from us, and sicked these Dutch, etc., on us.

He grabbed our own people when he found them in ships on the ocean, and shoved guns into their hands, and made them fight against us, no matter how much they didn't want to.

He stirred up the Indians, and give them arms and ammunition, and told them to go to it, and they have killed men, women and children, and don't care which.

Every time he has went to work and pulled any of these things, we have went to work and put in a kick, but every time we have went to work and put in a kick he has went to work and did it again. When a man keeps on handing out such rough stuff all the time, all you can say is that he ain't got no class and ain't fitten to have no authority over people who have got any rights, and he ought to be kicked out.

When we complained to the English we didn't get no more satisfaction. Almost every day we give them plenty of warning that the politicians over there was doing things to us that they didn't have no right to do. We kept on reminding them who we was, and what we was doing here, and how we come to come here. We asked them to get us a square deal, and told them that if this thing kept on we'd have to do something about it and maybe they wouldn't like it. But the more we talked, the more they didn't pay no attention to us. Therefore, if they ain't for us they must be agin us, and we are ready to give them the fight of their lives, or to shake hands when it is over.

Therefore be it resolved, That we, the representatives of the people of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, hereby declare as follows: That the United States, which was the United Colonies in former times, is now a free country, and ought to be; that we have throwed out the English King and don't want to have nothing to do with him no more, and are not taking no more English orders no more; and that, being as we are now a free country, we can do anything that free countries can do, especially declare war, make peace, sign treaties, go into business, etc. And we swear on the Bible on this proposition, one and all, and agree to stick to it no matter what happens, whether we win or we lose, and whether we get away with it or get the worst of it, no matter whether we lose all our property by it or even get hung for it.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/decind.html
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Can secular communities emulate what religious communities do well?

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Doesn't the Episcopal Church in America meet this criteria?
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An interesting assortment of candidates this year! And I'll be at Gen Con for the party where they announce the winner.
 
This year’s Diana Jones Awards nominees: College of Wizardry, Designers & Dragons, Guide to Glorantha, Mysterium, Torchbearer: 
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Embrace diversity.
 
The Birds: Pete is down with Shirley's gender activism: 
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The escalation die, ported from d20-rolling action to dice-pool skullduggery.
 
How to adapt 13th Age's escalation die for GUMSHOE: http://bit.ly/1KnyxzM
This article offers a way you can use the 13th Age Escalation Die in your GUMSHOE games. GUMSHOE games and 13th Age manage the narrative flow of combat - the emotional upbeats and downbeats - very ...
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Third Base!
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Go, Robin! Pretty nice assortment of nominees this time around, and I'll be at Gen Con for the Ennies this year.
 
Thanks to ENnie judges for nominating Dreamhounds of Paris & Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: http://bit.ly/1CEl6Ff
Congratulations to all of the 2015 ENnie Award Nominees and to all of the 2015 Judges' Spotlight winners! Click the badges below to download a larger version to
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Happy birthday, America! The Constitution is really our claim to fame, but the Declaration of Independence sure has its moments. All of us are created equal, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. With the recent Supreme Court rulings, it's an especially "equal" sort of 4th.
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Guide to Glorantha is nominated for an elite award. At Gen Con we find out if it won.
 
This year’s Diana Jones Awards nominees: College of Wizardry, Designers & Dragons, Guide to Glorantha, Mysterium, Torchbearer: 
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+Shannon Appelcline's "Designers & Dragons" 2nd edition is such a great product & the other contenders seem fantastic as well. The competition is tough for our beloved GtG!
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+Rob Heinsoo and I will be guests at Gamehole Con, November 6-8 in Madison! We'll be talking about and running +13th Age and more. Lots of guests. Badges on sale now at http://www.gameholecon.com
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Here's Rob's latest blog post. Rob's been working on various rules for summoning for a long time, and now he's done cleric and wizard summoning for 13th Age Monthly.
 
Summoning Spells!
We've just cast a Summoning Spells installment of the 13th Age Monthly into subscribers' download accounts. I had fun writing this one because I've been thinking a lot about how summoning works in 13th Age while working on 13th Age in Glorantha . Wizard and...
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In 2008, a conservative killed two people and wounded seven others in a gay-friendly Unitarian church. With gay marriage now the law of the land, I wouldn't be surprised to see a repeat of this attack.

The media reported the shooter's motives as politics and hate, not mental illness. Not all white shooters are labeled as mentally ill.
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We did it. You did it! We got orders for the books that the nonprofits want for their education programs.
 
Thank you! We got pre-orders for all 13 books in less than a day. The nonprofits want more books if I can provide them, so I'll leave the sale on all week like I planned. Thanks again!

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Pre-order Grandmother Fish: a child’s first book of Evolution on BackerKit - “Grandmother Fish” teaches preschoolers to love the idea that we are descended from animals. Can you wiggle like a fish?
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Pro game designer, humanist Sunday school teacher, Burning Man devotee, lifelong evolution fan.

Children's science book
Grandmother Fish. Illustrated by Karen Lewis. In development. Funded on Kickstarter 2013.

Tabletop roleplaying games
13th Age. Co-designer with Rob Heinsoo. 2013.
Omega World. 2002.
D&D 3rd Ed. Lead designer with Monte Cook and Skip Williams. 2000.
Everway. 1995
Over the Edge. With Robin D. Laws. 1992.
Ars Magica. Co-designer with Mark Rein*Hagen
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Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame. Steven Pinker says Grandmother Fish is "a lovely contribution to scientific literacy."
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    Help me bring to life Grandmother Fish, a book that teaches evolution to toddlers. Raising needed funds on Kickstarter starting in June. See www.grandmotherfish.com.
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