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Maybe Obama’s Serving a Different, and Bigger, Faith

President Obama has rattled some liberal critics by affirming his version of a link between state and religion.  He opens his public rallies with invocations that have been commissioned and vetted by his people, and set up an “Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships” as a 25-voice council.  These words from one of his […]
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All the Pretty Stolen Horses

The kind of scam represented by AIG and so many others was its own kind of Ponzi scheme, with an insulting little flip added. There were all these valuable horses kept in elite stables, out of reach of the smudgy masses who – well, what do the masses know about good horses, anyway?  It’s not […]
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Stewart vs. Cramer’s Sponsors

The Jon Stewart-Jim Cramer battle was a heavyweight fight with what seemed like a clear winner.  In religious terms – which nobody used – it was about what we’re serving, whether gods or idols.  That’s really too simple, though.  It seems like a cloudier picture. Gods, as theologians define them, are those values and ideals […]
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Saved by Our DNA

We need to start listening to better animal stories. The other day there was an article about a chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo who hoards stones and pebbles to throw at visitors, referred to as “ammunition” caches. And since we share over 98% of our DNA with chimps (I know people who share even more), […]
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The Flying Saucers Aren’t Coming

What a show — the Republican Party and its operatives, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, staging righteous rants against All Things Obama. Limbaugh praying our President fails, and one of Glen Beck’s guests actually referring to the present administration as “a tyranny of incompetence”? And all this after the failures of a president destined to […]
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The Hope That Might Save Us

So much hopeful rhetoric is flying around. Since Obama’s campaign, “the audacity of hope” has inflamed millions of Americans – not since the days of JKF, many say. To have a leader this bright, this charismatic, and with such an apparently strong moral center to boot. No wonder people are hopeful that maybe this one […]
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