Category Archives: Politics

Cancel Culture Is Nothing New

I’ve noticed a bit of hand-wringing about cancel culture, as it works in most of the public eye today. Maybe conservatives are fussing a bit over their public stances on important issues. I know some writers and thinkers are concerned … Continue reading

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Memorials Up, Down, and Going Down

Over at the Steel Magnificat (a fine and recommended blog) is an intriguing suggestion that balances the desire to remember history, but also to remember the full truth about famous people of the Americas from Christopher Columbus to the last … Continue reading

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Thoroughly

My wife asked me tonight that besides disgusted, how was I feeling today. I said, “Thoroughly disgusted.” This news item, of course. File it under: just when you thought American law enforcement couldn’t get more stupid and incompetent. Talking about biting … Continue reading

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A Psalm For Today: “Do Not Let The Foot Of The Arrogant Tread On Me”

I’m familiar with the 36th for its inner passage about the goodness of God. It came up in today’s 2020 pilgrimage of lectio divina through the Psalter. Maybe I’m a few days behind the “foot of the arrogant,” but it seems more … Continue reading

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On Jane Roe

Or, Norma McCorvey, her given Christian name. Apparently, there’s a documentary coming out today that is generating fuss and foment among the two political halves of the abortion divide. I went down the rabbit hole on another social media platform … Continue reading

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Qualities of Grief

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross has a finger on the covid-19 pulse. Not that she’s still alive, or that viruses have active circulatory systems. All of her qualities of her famous model seem to be in evidence among the people I know and … Continue reading

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The Rich Bail; Their Sycophants Complain

I was ready to join a social media friend (who shall go anonymous, for his own benefit) who was outraged that Rhode Island authorities were going driveway-to-driveway to ferret out Big Apple refugees. Why, some poor ragtag New Yorkers had … Continue reading

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First Serve

Can you imagine Mike Bloomberg serving on a board of education? Donald Trump as a city clerk? Andrew Yang taking time to be a sheriff? One reason why I think rich celebrities in office are a bad idea is the … Continue reading

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Caucus Of Iowa

From afar, the amount of humor directed at last night’s politics in Iowa seems well-deserved. My wife and I participated in 2000. She wanted to leave early, suggesting to me sotto voce that these people needed a good dose of … Continue reading

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The Fox Chooses

Many of my pro-life friends on social media are lamenting that a pro-life ad didn’t make the cut for the Super Bowl broadcast. Is there a bit of envy that other ads made the cut? There’s only a limited number … Continue reading

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The Latest In Cultural Appropriation

Another outbreak of cultural appropriation here, though I read it’s complex because of connected issues of exploiting the pain of others. (Like video games, I guess.) Plus corporations and other rich people making money. People of color, making far less, … Continue reading

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Happier Holidays

I saw this proposal to expand holidays from work time, and I would naturally agree. Before capitalism, we had feudalism. And in feudal Christian Europe, there were multiple feast days–remember that the original dozen or so holy days of obligation … Continue reading

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On Snipers, The Social Media Version

I noticed Greta Thunberg is traveling to my former state. I also picked up on a piece of social-media-crazy posted by a teacher–a science teacher!–of all people. Story here from a community in which my wife and I used to live. … Continue reading

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Ruth For The Present Day

Before I began my research on the book of Ruth for my parish’s Bible Study, I was well aware of the title character’s status as an immigrant. My completed musical draws on relevant passages from the Torah to underscore the … Continue reading

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Restorative Justice

A facebook friend highlighted the case of a homeless woman of color who tried to park her van to optimize the education possibilities for her five-year-old son. The result? Five years-plus in prison. There were other anti-extenuating circumstances, but you … Continue reading

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