Monthly Archives: December 2012

No Man is an Island: Conflict Poem by John Donne (1571-1632)

In this era of extreme individualism and contempt for society as a living whole, it is good to recall John Donne’s famous poem:  No Man Is An Island No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece … Continue reading

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Tipping Point for the NRA

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What! Grown Ups in Congress to Sort the Fiscal Cliff?

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‘The Worst are Full of Passionate Intensity’: the NRA and the New Town Murders

Today’s pretend ‘Press Conference’ (no questions were allowed) with the head of the US National Rifle Association aka NRA, Wayne LaPierre (1948-) brought to mind for me these lines of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) from his … Continue reading

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Always Remember to Thank a Teacher: Cartoon by Chan Lowe Sun Florida Sun Sentinal

I guess it is always hard for those inside a hate bubble to stop hating but maybe this cartoon will help. It was sub-titled, time to stop vilifying teachers….and I dedicate it to all my marvelous school and college teachers

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Fatal Child Abuse in the USA

In our continuing series of posts of conflict statistics, I found this one particularly horrifying in the run up to Christmas. In the mind of the gun folk, the threat to families comes from outside intruders, whereas in reality far … Continue reading

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Where Are the Moderate Republicans on the Gun Control Issue?

I think the real tragedy of America at the moment on the gun control issue, as on many other issues, is summed up in the question: ‘Where are the moderate Republicans?’ The Democrats in the main are in favor of … Continue reading

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