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  • Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

    On the happily few occasions when callers to my radio show make a particularly foolish comment, I ask them what graduate school they attended. When they ask why I assume they attended graduate school, I respond, “Only someone who went to graduate school would say something that foolish.” Because it…

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  • Latin Tuesday

    Today's Latin Tuesday lesson via David Wilezol concerning the origin and nature of the Crusades: Balderic of Dol's account of Pope Urban II's Speech at Clermont, 1095: Audivimus et audivistis, carissimi, quod non possumus meminisse sine lacrimis: dolore multo supplicoque fratres Christianes, membros Christos, Hierosolimae et Antiochae et ceteris urbibus…

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  • President Compares Islam to Christianity

    In his National Prayer Breakfast speech last week, President Barack Obama said: “And lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home…

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  • Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    According to popular misconceptions, traditional Judaism treats women like chattel (property) if not outright like cattle (beasts, obviously). That's not true, of course, and it's why people are asking for my mother's Hebrew name for prayer, not my dad's. Whenever you pray for mercy, for a special kindness from God,…

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  • Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two bad habits whenever they talk about immigration and those ticks damage the GOP and cripple our credibility. First, we almost inevitably discuss illegal immigration in the context of winning Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound…

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  • TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two credibility crippling bad habits when they talk about immigration. First, they discuss illegal immigration in the context of Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound policy and ethical problem for millions. Additionally, Republicans should stay away…

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  • ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    Super Bowl ads are sometimes memorable and original but one of the oddest this year came from Chrysler's Jeep Renegade. It used “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land,” with the original lyrics, but from the second verse on they dropped familiar American imagery and substituted gauzy…

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