Monthly Archives: August 2010

“Death of A Valentine”

Finally read the latest Hamish MacBeth. Always good to get back to Lochdubh. But in reading what would otherwise be a good old fashioned British murder mystery, elements of the times creep in. A few things that stood out: * … Continue reading

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How to help the victims of the Pakistan floods

I’ve been asked recently how folks can help. The magnitude of the disaster is immense. The organizations below are well respected. I highly recommend The Citizens Foundation, USA. https://www.tcfusa.org/donation-checkout.php Save the Children http://www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia/pakistan-floods-2010/index.html?WT.mc_id=0810_hp_fb_pak10   Americares https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6536&6536.donation=form1   Acumen Fund-Recommended Organizations … Continue reading

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Profiles in Courage on the Cordoba House/Park51 issue

Keith Olbermann Jon Stewart John Oliver Chris Hayes (and I suspect Rachel Maddow) Governor Crist President Obama* Senator Feingold Joe Sestak Ted Olsen And of course Mayor Michael Bloomberg * some restrictions may apply 🙂 Senator Feingold particularly because he … Continue reading

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Obama’s courage

It’s becoming abundantly clear how much Obama took on in supporting the First Amendment rights of Muslim Americans. Not a single comment thread anywhere supports the decision. Most denounce him, his party, and Muslim Americans in harsh terms. Like I … Continue reading

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Obama and religious freedom

Obama did the right thing and spoke in favor of the project at the White House Iftar tonight. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg for taking the lead on this. A true profile in courage. As for the president, better late than … Continue reading

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Akbar S. Ahmed on The Daily Show

Great appearance. One wishes there were more like him. Plenty that I certainly didn’t know. Particularly the (positive) views of the Founding Fathers (Adams, Franklin, even Washington) on Islam. Makes for a nice change from the usual hirsute firebreathers usually … Continue reading

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On the “Cordoba House” controversy

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read some opponent of the project insist that First Amendment protections don’t apply – perhaps because they believe that either the project sponsors or the people who would worship there are … Continue reading

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