Seems a mea culpa – Latin for “Oops!” – is in order. Who knew our prodigal practitioner could issue a challenge and then dictate rules of engagement for any who dared? My last ramble apparently strayed far afield from doctor’s orders.
Oops! #2 – my last letter left the impression that China’s “Great Wall” was something of a success. It was not. Like Sam Cooke’s song, don’t know much about history. Especially sixteenth century Ming Dynasty history. It is … [more]
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January 21, 2019
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
By Michelle Alexander, Jan. 19, 2019
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed … [more]
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George Bernard Shaw is credited with this bit of wisdom: “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you.” John Naisbitt, American author and speaker, was perhaps following that sage advice when he wrote “leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”
If you’re looking for a parade to get out in front of, there’s a ridiculous one right under your noses. Day after day, and … [more]
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The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah
By Michael David Lukas, Dec. 1, 2018
It’s the question that Jewish parents instinctively dread.
A few months ago, I was sitting on the couch with my 3-year-old daughter, watching YouTube videos about animals in space, when out of nowhere she looked up at me and asked:
“Dada, can we celebrate Christmas?”
“We don’t celebrate Christmas,” I told her, putting on my serious voice. “We celebrate Hanukkah.”
Like generations of Jewish parents before me, I … [more]
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In U.S. Media, Israel Is Untouchable
By Gideon Levy, Dec 02, 2018 4:01 AM
Marc Lamont Hill is an American writer and lecturer in communications at Temple University in Philadelphia, and also an analyst with CNN. In a speech last week at a United Nations conference he called for “international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
In a matter of hours, the skies collapsed … [more]
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Selections from a recent Facebook conversation. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, the willfully ignorant, the woefully beguiled, and the morally repugnant (see fundie #5). Due to the branching nature of such conversations on social media, this is stitched together from various, sometimes parallel/simultaneous narratives and is therefore only a linear approximation of a non-linear medium. Grammar and spelling have been only rarely altered so as to preserve the intellectual intensity and profundity (and inanity) of the comments … [more]
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A wonderful time of year
Monsieur d’Nalgar: Mr. Lindholm informed me of several corrections that are now reflected herein. These corrections were made via social media after the letter was published in the Sentinel Record… The comments that follow were also harvested from social media. Vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à l’ère commune. Joyeux Noël à tous!
It’s a wonderful time of the year.
The world is captivated by the story of the birth of Jesus. It is a … [more]
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