The American Taliban Redux

July 18, 2010

A few years ago in an earlier version of my blog I wrote a long essay called The American Taliban: The Closing Down of America. I had hoped that things had improved since then. However, with a centre-right administration in power producing desperate disappointments on a weekly basis, and with the rise of the Tea-baggers, it is hard to see any progress.

This week we had a fine example of what the Taliban essay was talking about. Mississippi has banned NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” because someone talked about sex on the air. This apparently meets the criteria of “inappropriate content.”

If only these morons would simply give up sex entirely, we could just wait for them to fade out.

Happy 92nd Birthday!

July 18, 2010

Today is a day to celebrate one of the great men of our time, Nelson Mandela, who is 92 years old.  “Today is an opportunity for millions of people around the world to look inside themselves and find those beautiful qualities as any human being has and say: ‘I am able to make a difference to my neighbour, to someone underprivileged, I can extend my goodness to other people,’” Mandela’s wife Graca Machel said Sunday.

Buddha At The Gate

July 18, 2010

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