Monthly Archives: February 2012

Separation of Church and State

When I was growing up, and following US Elections, I usually found that conservatives were well versed in the US Constitution when they wrote about politics. Now I notice Rick Santorum’s supporters, and indeed Rick Santorum himself when he said … Continue reading

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War Statistics: Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature’

Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature: the Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes ‘ relies heavily on statistics from the following source: The Correlates of War Project at: http://www.correlatesofwar.org/ And Matthew White founder of the … Continue reading

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Novels and the Decline in Violence: Steven Pinker’s (1954-) View

Some years ago, driving down to Big Sur in California, I heard an interview on National Public Radio with J.M. Coetzee (1940-), the great South African novelist. He told the story of how, after the South African peace process had … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum and the Ghosts of 1933

A number of my friends in Michigan have had calls from Democrats urging them to vote in the Republican Primary for Rick Santorum, because he would be a weaker candidate than Romney. Why is it that this reminds me of … Continue reading

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Republican Manners and the Democrat Party

This blog though it has its enthusiasms and gets a bit carried away, also tries to be civil and polite to those it disagrees with, though it also mocks extremists in all forms. I liked this little piece in The … Continue reading

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The Republican Candidates: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

I got so many hits on this image in another posting that I am posting it in its own right: Four Republican Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, and Paul aka: Fundy, Sleazy, Shallow and Nutty:

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Anna Ahkmatova (1889-1966): Conflict Poem: To the Londoners (1940)

The twenty-fourth drama of Shakespeare Time’s writing with its indifferent hand. We, selves, the guests of the awful Feast here, Better would read Hamlet, Caesar, and Lear Over the river, in heavy lead clad; Better – to bear, with singing … Continue reading

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