Archive | March, 2014

Vladimir Putin and strict pacifism’s false comfort

March 25, 2014

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It’s suddenly clear. We now see why Eastern European countries hustled in their NATO applications after the Berlin Wall tumbled: Mother Russia is a brooding matriarch coveting the children she once kidnapped, and Vladimir Putin stands in the tsarist lineage of thuggish, self-appointed successors of the Byzantine Caesars. Bare your chest and steal Crimea — and throw in that 97 percent vote as homage to yesteryear’s Soviet elections.

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Saint Patrick would be proud

March 16, 2014

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Many will celebrate the great Saint Patrick on March 17, which is tomorrow as of this writing. My heritage primarily lies with the Anglo Saxons, who oppressed the Irish for centuries, but I plead my Americanism: We sympathize with the Irish despite our ancestors. In that spirit, here are two videos — one of Ireland’s president in 2008. She greets all Irish the world over. The second is presents a nun saying the Lord’s Prayer in Irish Gaelic.

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