Category: Culture

Trans-Siberian Highway

 It was too good to be true… I found out that the short curved section in the middle of the Trans-Siberian Highway is just an urban legend, probably based on a similar tale about the Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway.  Here’s the real story: Nicholas I is involved in a common misconception about the railroad from Moscow …

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Hey Joe

 Would you please… …just SHUUUT UP for a few minutes and let the other people on your show talk?  Last week was really bad.  You had the two females sitting across from you — one was a famous blogger now moved on to Time Magazine — but we rarely heard anything they had to say because …

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Kefta

 I made kefta tonight!  Sure brought back memories…  We went to the farmer’s market Saturday morning and I bought a pound of ground lamb from a man who has a farm on Petit Jean Mountain.  He told me most American farmers raise a different kind of lamb, but that his was the same kind I …

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Børre demands an explanation

 Europeans, and perhaps most Americans along the two coasts, have been more or less secular for so long that they probably can’t understand the depth or political clout of the religious mythology surrounding Israel.  It has completely trumped rational thought.  It is bad theology and it’s definitely bad foreign policy, but this bizarre love affair …

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A frenzy of flummery

 Dear editor, There is a frenzy of flummery about Islam in this newspaper, on radio and television, and even from pulpits across America.  I suspect most of it comes from people who never actually met a Muslim.  We Americans used to be a people who challenged ignorance and prejudice, but perhaps that noble sentiment died …

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Abracadabra

 Thanks.  Very interesting.  Finally, a few Americans are starting to get a clue how dangerously wacky this premillennial stuff is.  Kinda funny when it’s a bunch of hillbillies playing with snakes.  Not so funny when it dictates foreign policy and kills hundreds of thousands and dispossesses millions more. Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:37 PM …

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Arkansas stories

  Note that the camera makes me look MUCH fatter than I really am!  Two stories: At the DC reunion, we ran into Helen Thomas at Mama Ayesha’s.  Good thing, because we had swilled too many Almazas and were hell-bent on brawling with the class of 77, if we could only find out where they …

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