Monthly Archives: November 2015

Some late night thoughts on Paris, a comment by Political Observer

Roger Cohen at The New York Times engages in a measured even a well reasoned  Western indignation about the Paris attack, yet still expresses a newly invigorated War Fever, as a solution to the vexing problem of ISIS. Instead of … Continue reading

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At The Economist: ‘The day after the horror in Paris’, a comment by StephenKMackSD

The Oxbridgers here at The Economist have missed the most important point of the Paris attacks: The utter failure of the National Security State apparatus to detect and foil this terrorist attack. In the face of the anti-democratic imperatives and … Continue reading

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At The Daily Beast: Sonny Bunch on The Black List, Trumbo, Elia Kazan, Brian Cranston and others, a comment by Political Reporter

Not since Michael Moynihan’s January 29, 2014 obituary of Pete Seeger titled ‘The Death of ‘Stalin’s Songbird’ at The Daily Beast have I encountered such inquisitional hyperbole as Mr. Bunch’s review of Trumbo. Read the Moynihan obituary to acquaint yourself … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Edward Luce on the fourth Republican Debate, a comment by Political Reporter

The real point of the evening was that the ‘Debates’ need to be put back in the full control of The League of Women Voters, instead of the hands of the greedy Networks/Cable channels! I’m sorry to say Mr. Luce … Continue reading

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At The Economist: My reply to GreedIsGood

GreedIsGood, Three well argued even elegantly written replies, but you’ve missed this revelatory essay: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21677983-year-out-election-gop-looks-simultaneously-chaotic-and-enormously?spc=scode&spv=xm&ah=9d7f7ab945510a56fa6d37c30b6f1709 Title and subtitle explain much, but not all of this account, or better yet call it a long apology for The Republicans. The Oxbridgers employed … Continue reading

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At The Atlantic: Emma Green on Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer, a comment by Political Reporter

The title of ‘Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer’ gives the game away. Hate the sin and not the sinner? I recall that self-congratulatory old cliche from my Sunday School and Vacation Bible School days. I was forced to attend … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: John Cornwell reviews Robin Lane Fox’s ‘Augustine: Conversions and Confessions’, some thoughts by Critical Reader

I’ve read Mr. Cornwell’s Newman’s Unquiet Grave, a frank and sometimes startling account of Cardinal Newman and worthy of any readers time and attention. I’ve also read James J. O’Donnell’s Augustine: A New Biography, also a refreshingly frank, not to … Continue reading

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