Now George Will Knows the Barack Obama is “an Ivy League Huey Long”

Took him long enough to figure it out: In August our ubiquitous president became the nation's elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper. And now, as Congress returns to resume wrestling with health care reform, we shall see if he continues his August project of proving that …

If You’re Going to Take the Land, Take It

Originally posted July 2005.  Since that time we've had a war in Gaza, so my optimism about relinquishing that may have been premature.  But the whole system of settlements and how the State of Israel administers the West Bank continues to be a source of difficulty in its own right. Back in the late 1970's, …

He is Prepared to Sign Anything

One of the most complicated transactions I have ever been involved in was the purchase of the rights for a Russian concrete pile cutter (shown at left.) The patent had around a dozen inventors and two research institutes, spread out from Moscow to Vladivostok. The sheer logistics of getting everyone to agree to this, to …

The Episcopal Church Cuts Their Budget, Too. Well, Most of It.

Working for a church which is undergoing budgetary contraction, I cannot be triumphalistic about this, even though the agenda is frequently distasteful: Recently, the church's Office of Government Relations (OGR) announced that Washington, D.C.-based Episcopal lobbyist Maureen Shea will retire at the end of the month. Similarly, New York-based Director of Advocacy Rev. Canon Brian …

Half a Million Roubles. Is it Enough?

In early 1994 I went to Russia for the purpose of visiting a factory in Bryansk, which is located at the meeting point of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. This was not a factory producing high tech military hardware, but something more prosaic but important for our modern world: diesel pile driving equipment, used in the …

The American Work Ethic Heads South

Steven Malanga is certainly right about this change in our culture: The breakup of this 300-year-old consensus on the work ethic began with the cultural protests of the 1960s, which questioned and discarded many traditional American virtues. The roots of this breakup lay in what Daniel Bell described in The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism as …

Community of the Cross: Outpouring

Outpouring (Community Of The Cross) 1979 When I was first introduced to "Jesus Music" in the 1970's, one of the first frustrations I encountered is that too much of it sounded alike. (The fact that some of it had a C&W sound didn't help either!) It took some time but I found that there was …

Letter from Maj. Henry Winslow, aide-de-camp to Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk, Shortly After Polk’s Death

Marietta, June 19th Morning Dear Son = On yesterday all day we had heavy fighting on the left. Walker’s (Maj Genl William Henry Talbot Walker, KIA Atlanta July 22, ’64)) division suffered a good deal the 53 & 54 Geo had a good many killed wounded but none from Fort Valley. Mrs Mims had a …

A Time for Everything

One of the centrepieces of the spiritual life of the Texas A&M Newman Association was its "New Cor" retreats, held once every semester. These were usually held at the Fort Parker State Park near Mexia, Texas. Although the park wasn't that far from the campus, to make transportation easier the Association would secure a school …

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