Monthly Archives: November 2013

Inside the World of Hasidic Judaism

A really great video showing the world of Hasidic Judaism, their customs, clothing and religion, holding strong to their religious values in a secular world.

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November 27, 2013 · 8:55 am

Pope Francis Makes Secular Media His Messenger

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November 21, 2013 · 8:09 pm

Massacring Christians in Pakistan – Who Cares?

Persecution of Christians in other countries is a serious issue that I wish more people were concerned about. This is a great blog on the subject by “theweeflea.”

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Massacring Christians – Who Cares?

 Last Sunday we had a wonderful Christian woman speak to us in St Peters who lives and works in Peshawar, Pakistan.   Her love for the Pashtun people and culture shone through, as did her love for Jesus.  They married together beautifully – so much so that the man leading the service was so moved he found it difficult to pray.  Leaving church yesterday morning I received a message from a British Pakistani Christian saying that two suicide bombers had killed over 50 people leaving a church in that very same city – Peshawar.  At first I found it difficult to believe – not least because when I want to check it on the BBC website it was not even mentioned.  In fact I responded to my informant by asking ‘are you sure?’  Sadly he was telling the truth. You can read about it here…

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The Necessary Contradictions Of A Conservative

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Sorry for missing the Best of the Dish Today deadline last night. I was giving a speech on conservatism at Eastern Michigan University, and the conversation didn’t stop.

I prepped by re-reading parts of my friend Jesse Norman’s terrific book on Edmund Burke: The First Conservative. I was reminded again of NPG 655,Edmund Burke,studio of Sir Joshua Reynoldshow routinely and extravagantly Burke was ridiculed and mocked in his time for his alleged contradictions: supporting the American colonists then unleashing a barrage of brio against the French revolution, a British MP defending the rights of Catholics in Ireland, a patriot obsessed with colonial abuses of power, and an enemy of empire .

He was not a reactionary and yet remained a skeptic of unbridled liberal aspirations to improve society. He was a conservative Whig, and a liberal conservative. It’s that prudential balance – partaking of both traditions in Anglo-American thought and practice, and tacking toward one…

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The Cheneys And The Republicans

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Dick Cheney Poses For A Family Photo

For quite a while now, the GOP has lived with a rather spectacular contradiction over homosexuality. It was perhaps best summed up by the split between George W Bush and Dick Cheney in 2004 over the federal marriage amendment. Bush backed the amendment – you can read my real-time response that day here – and Cheney didn’t. So on a major issue of social policy – one on which the 2004 election was waged in Ohio – the ticket was split. Well: not so split. Bush – we were led to believe – was not exactly energized on this subject. His wife and daughters all backed marriage equality. In his personal life, Bush wasn’t a hater or a man lacking in empathy. Far from it. But Rove knew the base, and knew what could deliver it. So, with the aid of his then-closeted campaign honcho, Ken Mehlman, Rove won…

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Our Neglect Of The Mentally Ill

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Austin Gus Deeds was unable to get the help he needed:

The day before he apparently stabbed his father at the family’s home in rural Bath County, the son of Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds underwent a psychiatric evaluation but was not admitted to a hospital, because no bed was available. Deeds was listed in fair condition late Tuesday after his son, Austin, stabbed him in the face and chest, then shot himself in what investigators suspect was an attempted murder and suicide.

Suzy Khimm puts this tragedy in context:

Across the country, the number of psychiatric beds has been steadily declining as hospitals moved away from institutionalizing patients and budget cuts have taken hold. The number of hospital beds in freestanding psychiatric hospitals has dropped 13% between 2002 and 2011, according to the American Hospital Association.

But the need hasn’t declined as quickly, and there haven’t been adequate alternatives to pick up the slack…

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A Couple New Signs I have Kids

A blog by Harsh Reality about having kids that I found hilarious:

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