Archive | November, 2010

Holy Amnesia and Thanksgiving: They go together. Of course.

November 24, 2010

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This week, our nation will again heed President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 call: “It has seemed to me fit and proper that we should solemnly, reverently, and gratefully stuff ourselves to the gills with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, pecan pie – and more turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin and pecan pie – and thence park ourselves before a television like dead cement trucks and look upon the forever hopeful Detroit Lions through closed eyelids, which will open only if someone turns it off, whereupon we shall scream: ‘I was watching that! What’s the score ..?’”

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Extra-Extra: Responsible, Reasonable, Rational Republican Found Alive!

November 22, 2010

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Believe it or not, there was a time when conservatives were, well, conservative – and “conservative” was synonymous with “cool-headed,” “reasonable,” and “sensible.” They wanted facts, data, and options before rendering decisions. Think of Everett Dirksen, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Gerald Ford. They easily worked with the Republican Party’s moderates (remember them?) and (gasp!) liberals: Thomas Dewey (New York’s innovative governor and defeated presidential candidate), Charles Percy of Illinois, Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, and Mark Hatfield of Oregon.

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No Such Thing as a “Muslim World”

November 18, 2010

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The phrase “the Muslim world” inaccurately implies that Muslims are in some separate location and that they are a monolith. Muslims, however, are not segregated in one part of the globe. Muslims live in many different communities, including right here in America. In America Muslims are part and parcel of my town, owners of businesses where I shop, colleagues at work, public servants in government, members of the military which protects us.

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Integrity Shines: Aung San Suu Kyi and the heart of true leadership

November 15, 2010

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A living parable walked into freedom in Burma/Myanmar on Saturday. Aung San Suu Kyi is among those who awaken our stagnant conscience: “I should be like them. Everyone should.” They’re the true norm. Saint Francis is one of those parables. So is Solzhenitsyn. Gandhi is a third and Mother Theresa is a fourth – and then there’s Mandela. Hollywood’s glitz and glitter dims and sinks into now-insipid tinsel and sequins. Our frilly celebrities become pale, and we see our newly-elected tough-guy leaders for the thugs they are. We feel shame. We reward the attack ads. We elected those people.

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John Green uncovers the real story: the factual facts, the reality behind the face

November 9, 2010

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One member of the YouTube VlogBrother duo dug deep and emerged with the tell-all answer to the perenial question: “Is the president a Muslim?” He gave us the inside scoop on the issue that won’t go away — primarily because people want to believe what they believe despite all evidence. Here he is, in full, with no commercial breaks.

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When the leviathans salivate over the city …

November 4, 2010

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NEW YORK: Panic-stricken, screaming crowds are fleeing knots of giant, merciless, bus-flinging pundits in the wake of Tuesday’s Republican Congressional landslide. Bonneted Mothers wearing pleated dresses madly push strollers filled with wailing babies. Some women, also adhering to an unspoken dress code mandating impractical attire, have tripped over sidewalk cracks and sit there, shrieking, apparently unable to walk in the face of the on-coming monsters.

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