The No Kool-Aid Zone Blog

I Don't drink the Kool-Aid. For anyone.

On Monuments

June 29, 2020

I didn’t use to call this blog “The No Kool-Aid Zone”. In fact, it wasn’t even me who changed it. “The No Kool-Aid Zone” used to be the subtitle, I guess you would call it, but one day I came to the blog and found that WebbieDude Paul, in doing some refreshing of my blog,…

I Quit Responding “All Lives Matter”–Because I Believe the Bible

June 3, 2020

All lives matter. I believe that with every fiber of my being. I believe it because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and as a follower of Jesus, I am obligated to believe that the Bible is completely true, and that its precepts are binding on me. And the Bible teaches it, plain and…

It’s Not a Coup

November 20, 2019

So stop saying it. The impeachment proceedings may be ill-advised, and end up being a political windfall for the Republicans. Time will tell. But it’s not a coup. The Democrats have certainly demonstrated that they want to remove this president from office; this has seemed to be their intent, one way or another, essentially from…

It’s Not my Pleasure to Write This

November 19, 2019

I’m pretty sure Chick-fil-A sold fewer sandwiches today than it did last Tuesday. Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you are likely aware of the new, blockbuster controversy, in which Chick-fil-A, after donating to the Christian organizations Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The Salvation Army, announced that the company, having fulfilled its stated…

Oyler Sandbox

September 10, 2019

Testing site.

Four Questions Richard Cohen Won’t Answer

February 9, 2019

Richard Cohen of the Washington Post wrote a February 4 column calling the Pences “bigots” because of their belief that homosexual behavior is morally wrong (a position held, of course, not only vice-presidents, but by evangelical Christians, but by Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews, etc.), claiming that “it is simply wrong to foster a belief that…

A midterm soliloquy.

Clarity: 7 Stanzas at Midterm

By Byron / November 16, 2022 /

Hail! The midterms are here; Let us greet them with cheer, As we suffer this national frump. We’ve got problems galore, Folks in pain, and what’s more, The Dems run D.C.; one big clump! ___ The border, inflation, Too much crime in our nation; The voters will know who to dump: Pelosi, and Schumer, And…

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Conservative? Yes, I’m 62 and Unequivocally Still a Conservative*

By Byron / July 1, 2022 /

Conservative Politics Silence I have not had a lot to say about political things recently. Oh, sure, there’ve been a few cultural issues (which have political implications) upon which I’ve weighed in, but when it comes to partisan politics, I’ve been pretty silent. Get used to it. Politics occupies way too large a place in…

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Leaving the Church over Roe?

By Byron / June 30, 2022 /

A friend recently shared with me a piece of correspondence he had had with a young lady whom he had known since childhood. In her note to him, she shared her anger and frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, and one of the things she said and reiterated is something I’ve heard…

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On Roe and Motives

By Byron / June 27, 2022 /

Roe v. Wade has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, and predictably, there are people who are thankful and happy that this has happened–I am among that number–and others who decry the decision. We knew this was coming, and so it’s no surprise to anyone. Some who support the decision have reacted inappropriately; I…

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What Can we Do?

By Byron / June 3, 2022 /

I haven’t had anything yet to say on the recent spate of horrific mass shootings, the most recent being the killing of four in a doctor’s office in Tulsa. One main reason is that I’ve decided that since the “hot take” is often the WRONG take (which doesn’t stop many from insisting on speaking, often…

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