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Friday, October 31, 2008

Joe the Plumber...? Oh, please...!

You mean that guy who has done so well he can afford to buy a business that will pay him $250,000 a year? Explain to me why he should not pay more taxes than the fella who works for, say, $80,000 a year. No, don't bother... The point is, this is a non-issue, just another emotional trigger point to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco :a review & recommendation

came up in conversation in another blog, with Luz Briar. It is one of my favorites of all time, in fact two of my favorites, book and film. The movie is quite a different experience from the book, and stars Sean Connery, Christian Slater (maybe his first film? and in what was billed when first... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Here is a link to the post in which I first tackled this topic: http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/CLRedding/448949 For a still wider view on this whole thing, I suggest doing a Blogit search on 'not a Christian nation.' Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Speaking Truth to Power

It's a test of character and courage: can you, in the face of someone who holds your fate in their hand, tell them straight out the truth you see? In this election season, we, the People, the Voters, have the power. Who, if anyone, is willing and able to speak their truth to us? Who steps aside from... Sign in to see full entry.

"Mind the Gap!"

(This post began in response to Naut's wonderful and gratifying and most cogent comment in my next-previous post, which I do most appreciatively salute, regardless of any typos that might suggest otherwise.) "Mind the gap!" Yes, there is always that gap between Ideal and practice, and sometimes the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Clinging to Guns and Religion

Sometimes things need to be acknowledged aloud, whether it is polite or politic. And there will always be someone ready to pounce on phrases and words that push their buttons. Or that they can turn around and twist and spin, to push other people's buttons. The segment of society Obama referred to as... Sign in to see full entry.


a one-religion nation, and still be a nation of " Liberty and Justice for all." We cannot be a bigotted nation, and also be the Land of Opportunity to the millions here now, and the many more who are drawn from their homelands to share what they have of diversity and beauty, to enrich the American... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


America ’s European roots were the English Puritans in their austere black garb and the Holy Bible their shield against all misfortune and evil. Their definition of ‘evil’ was wide, encompassing just about everything beyond the confines of their own narrow world view. They were a self-righteous lot... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand'

Nautikos, in his comment to my previous post, mentioned this notion, and I did a little research to find out what it is. (My education, as my mom could tell you and occasionally has told me, lacks in anything comprehending economics: My dad showed me how to write a check, and left me to it.) Here it... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

When the Berlin Wall came down

and the Soviet Union fell apart, and Eastern Europe went through the tumult of revolution and re-ordering, it seemed as if the world was on the verge of a massive rebalancing, and I began to wonder if the events predicted in my college days, by those who were sure the end of the American Experiment... Sign in to see full entry.

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