The US is not a Christian nation by official founding proclamation, and religious freedom was wisely important to the founders of the country. In this sense, the US is unlike many countries in the Middle East whose constitutions proclaim them to be Islamic nations bound by strict religious (Sharia’h) law.
Nevertheless, there are countless US […]
I had a bit of a health scare last week — and survived it, thanks to the wisdom of two doctors who are also friends. Other doctors were involved in supporting roles; I appreciate them as well. I’d been feeling bad for a while; the loss of my Lady and other factors had wrecked my digestion. Ten days ago (Thursday April 18), I had blood tests done. The results came back Monday, when the lab calling me to say that I needed to do the tests over again, they could not trust the results. I was feeling worse, and suspected that the anomalous results were not wrong. […]
Is it a requirement that the home show patriotic posters and books. No. That would have been nice, and of course unsurprising in the home of someone on the Bush or Reagan teams. But the absence of this would not have been a problem. Had Carney’s walls and bookshelves been decorated with anything else, French paintings to European classical works, this whole situation would have been unremarkable. […]
I am not particularly familiar with The Christian Science Monitor. It does not appear to be connected to “mainstream” Christianity — and is instead evidently another Obama administration support organ, like MSNBC, but with a religious slant. […]
Two aspects of this article about former NY mayor Bloomberg struck me: First, he asserts (and the news media blithely accepts) that you build a “grassroots movement” by spending tens of millions of dollars to finance it. Second, his relationship with God is discussed. (There’s a nice write-up of the article at The Truth About Guns.) […]
A brief follow-up on that lead image from the Washingtonian Mom section on Jay Carney and Claire Shipman I wrote about this morning. It is somewhat ironic that Shipman’s new book stresses the importance of confidence over competence. The resulting article seems to be a result of lack of competence, boldly proclaimed. […]
There’s a bit of tittering, and Twittering, on the Internet about a Washington “power couple” and the photographs of their home in a piece in the Washington puff-magazine called the Washingtonian. Most are treating the pictures as unintentionally hilarious, and I can see that — the Photoshop work is crude indeed. But something else struck me… […]
It has been a long, dark weekend, punctuated by visits from family and friends, and generously sprinkled with your comments and condolences here. Thank you, friends. It helped.
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I have friends, some very close and some distant, who have been part of my blogging experience for twelve-plus years I’ve been doing it. Some of them, I see, are talking about what happened yesterday, and others are wondering. The love of my life, my lifemate for decades the Lady Anne, passed away yesterday of a massive heart attack. We had enjoyed a very nice dinner at a local restaurant Wednesday evening, but later that night she seemed clobbered by food poisoning. Even 36 hours later, she was still struggling with it, and by this time massively dehydrated and weakened by not have eaten in that time. She was in her sitting room upstairs, and called down asking for her iPad to be brought up. I did, and sat with her a little while worried at her continued struggle with something that is usually over in a day or less. […]
There are several pieces of information being held — and not disclosed — by most news services. In other cases, the news appeared and then was rushed off the stage as too big to ignore but too embarrassing to talk about. The Abortion of News There was a conviction of an abortion clinic operation for Medicare fraud and other offenses. The clinic’s building is co-owned by a gynecologist … who happens to be the “First Lady of Justice,” the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder. She was not charged — but unquestionably, as the landlord of the operation, she and her husband (and sister) received proceeds from the operation’s fraud. Had she been a Republican, this connection would be in the news night and day. But being an abortion clinic, it’s a darling of the Left, and being a close connection to Left-anointed figures, means that this is not a news item. When Tyrone Cecil Malloy’s conviction is mentioned locally, the clinic’s landlords are not mentioned. […]