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Posts from ‘December, 2008’

Dewey the Library Cat

Update January 1, 2009: The author was interviewed today on the Diane Rehm show on NPR. It was a very interesting interview and I found it interesting that the three men that called in didn’t talk about Dewey but all of the women did. At the end of the show, Diane informed her audience about […]

Kucinich and Decentralized Economics

It is fair to state that very few people in this country expected or even predicted the financial crisis that we are enveloped in. Over the years, I’ve read essays by people who claim that if we went back to the gold standard, our problems would be solved. These writers, usually influenced by Murray Rothbard […]

Are Progressives Anti-Progress?

The fact that conservatives have been attacking liberals for years because liberals are always fighting against progress, as defined by the conservatives, got me to thinking. Are progressives anti-progress? For a number of years, I have been more than a little confused about the meaning of the words ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’. I tackled this topic […]

Judgement, Mercy, and Cheap Grace

I found this post on Steve Kimes’ Radical Theologian site and have used it with his permission. During this Christmas season, I find his wise words comforting, particularly after witnessing the excesses of the recent presidential election campaign. Pondering Steve’s thoughts on judgement and cheap grace would be time well spent for everyone. • Judgment […]

Christmas In A Parallel Universe

I’ve read comments from many people who said they could only watch 30 seconds of this video. I watched the whole thing. All the way to the end. Pathetic. Lame. Goodbye and good riddance, Mr. Bush! With millions of Americans suffering financial hardship now, this is all that the Bush White House can come up […]

Realizing a Life’s Dream, Part 2

The driveway is finished. One of my neighbors took the following pictures: This view is from near the top of the hill, looking down towards the road. Quite a difference from the previous picture, huh?

A Cartoon For Our Times

I found this cartoon on Brad Shorr’s blog and thought it summed up our present sad state of affairs quite well: The gentleman on the left, putting money into the hat, is G. K. Chesterton, who, with Hilaire Belloc, promoted a socioeconomic philosophy called distributism. We live in interesting times. Senator Obama’s campaign for the […]

Bill Moyers on Obama, Revisited

On December 1, 2008, I posted a link to a video on YouTube that I thought was a very thoughtful commentary by Bill Moyers on President-Elect Obama. Several days after I posted the link, the video was removed from YouTube because the person who uploaded the video to YouTube violated the terms of use agreement […]

Re-Framing the Liberal Agenda

Not long ago, I read an essay that claimed that many prominent neo-conservatives were disenchanted liberals who broke off from the liberal movement in the mid to late 1960s. When I consulted the website Conservapedia, I found their definition of neo-conservative to agree with what I had read. To say that the idea that neo-conservatives […]

A Thoughtful Article in Tikkun Magazine

Tikkun Magazine offers thought-provoking articles every issue. I found this one to be particularly interesting, because I know many liberals who have an inordinate fear of religion. Can you blame us after what we witnessed in the last election campaign? However, I do think that we need to over-come this fear and realize that many […]