After listening to sources such as the BBC and NPR talk about how tight the polls were in the Israeli elections, it was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and find stories like this and this.
The root cause of terrorism lies not in grievances but in a disposition toward unbridled violence. This can be traced to a world view which asserts that certain ideological and religious goals justify, indeed demand, the shedding of all moral inhibitions.
Pinky: I think so, Brain … cartoons should stick together.
Brain: Oui, Pinky, nous sont Charlie!
The issue shown at the left got the offices of Charlie Hebdo firebombed in 2011. (Mohammed is saying, “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.”) Today, gunmen murdered a dozen members of the publications staff.
Barbarian thugs have struck a blow against the free expression of ideas.
They must not be allowed to win.
That’s the name of the Christmas carol that opens the Nine Lesson and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge, each Christmas Eve. Some archeologists have suggested that Kings David and Solomon as described in the Bible are more legend than fact. However, a group of bullae (clay seals used with ancient government documents) dating from the 10th century BC was recently found in Israel. The existence of such bullae suggests that a very organized and centralized government existed in Israel in that era, something which tends to confirm the Biblical record.
The competence of Jimmy Carter. The economics of Herbert Hoover. The transparency of Richard Nixon. And now, the wartime micromanagement of LBJ.
Refers to Bibi as “chickenshit.”OTOH, some of that choom was really great shit.