Monthly Archives: July 2012

Passion and Purpose

Joan Chittester Is this all there is?  Nothing disquiets the soul more than a feeling of being unfinished, adrift, rudderless at the same time. There is something more we’re meant to do in life, we’re sure, but no way, apparently, … Continue reading

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Aleppo, A Great City Besieged — Hassad’s Last Stand

Michael Collins 7/27/2012 — Middle East Institute Aleppo’s Citadel The Citadel of Aleppo stands on a hill dominating the old town in the midst of Syria’s great northern city. The place has been occupied for millennia; the city is mentioned … Continue reading

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American apologists owe Syria’s people an apology

As often part of what Bret Stephens calls “conventional liberal opinion” I was given pause by his piece in The Wall Street Journal July 23. A reader of last week’s column on Hillary Clinton chided me for failing to mention … Continue reading

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BBC on 20 World Religions and Beliefs (with links)

Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a … Continue reading

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David Brooks (liberals’ favorite conservative): Romney’s a “Modern Capitalist.” He’s Right.

Huffington Post – July 18, 2012 – Richard Eskow David Brooks says Obama’s attacks on Romney’s business record are “about capitalism.” That’s like saying an arrest for vehicular homicide is “about driving.” Our economic “roads” are jammed with destructive drivers like Romney. … Continue reading

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Exploring the Limits of Liberalism

The Guardian UK – July 23, 2012 Letter from Paul Brownsey, Glasgow University “Choice is the only moral currency they [liberals] acknowledge,” says Giles Fraser (Loose canon: No, I am not a liberal, 21 July). This is about as accurate a characterisation of … Continue reading

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1 – Video Game Statistics: 67% households, average age 34, 40% women

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2 – Video Gamers: site taking on racism, sexism repeatedly taken down

New Statesman By Helen Lewis – July 24, 2012 A site which opposed racist, sexist language in online multiplayer is repeatedly taken down by hackers. Gamers Against Bigotry: the restored site. Today’s instalment of “you can’t have anything nice” comes courtesy … Continue reading

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Lonely

I am always so surprised when people talk about how lonely they are, when there is so much that needs to be done to improve the world we live in. How about taking the first step [then others] to volunteer … Continue reading

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Courage to Compromise

The Christian Century – Jun 26, 2012 by John M. Buchanan On a steamy summer afternoon in the 1970s, Richard Lugar came to Hanover College in southern Indiana to speak at a synod meeting about politics as a sacred calling and … Continue reading

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