Category Archives: Torture

Embracing the Dark Recent Past

For a time the Catholic Church had decided to align itself with the Republican Party – ten years ago it was refusing communion to American Catholic politicians who held that abortion was legal, and that the right to choose abortion … Continue reading

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Same Difference

Admit it – when you were a teenager, worried about who you were, and more importantly, who other people thought you were, and trying to figure out what you were supposed to do with your life, as college, or something … Continue reading

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When It Should Be Simple

Political disputes in America seem to be about telling the other guy he’s worried about the wrong things. Everyone is worried about the economy that refuses to come back from the dead. Corporate profits are soaring again – even if … Continue reading

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Our Cult of the Dim-Witted Inerrant Leader

Growing up it was always fun to tease your Catholic friends – the devout ones who took things quite seriously, as only adolescents can do – about the Pope being infallible. But they were serious – by action of the … Continue reading

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Our Island of Lost Souls

Out here in Hollywood the studio executives know how to make money when all the earnest and thoughtful quality films – the ones that win Oscars for this and that – have bombed at the box office. Those are the … Continue reading

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Laying Down the Law

When an angry parent or frustrated teacher says they’re going to lay down the law, well, they don’t really mean it, or they mean only part of it. Yep, there will be rules, and you’ll follow them – or you’ll … Continue reading

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The General

The general in question is David Petraeus – born in Cornwall-on-Hudson just up the river from Manhattan, and just five miles north of West Point. And he went to West Point of course, and in 1974 graduated in the top … Continue reading

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