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Obama vulnerable in November because of liberal policies

“The one thing that will keep Obama's appeal from translating into widespread support among Republicans is that he is, on almost every issue, a conventional liberal... politics is finally and fundamentally about ideas and philosophy… If he wanted to demonstrate his independence from liberal orthodoxy he could come out in favor of school choice for low-income families, which would both help poor families and demonstrate support for some of the best faith-based institutions in America: urban parochial schools. If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee and fails to take steps such as this, his liberal views will be his greatest vulnerability.” READ MORE >

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Why liberal bloggers don’t love Obama

“Obama is, in some respects, the ideal candidate of the Yearly Kos contingent--an insurgent who opposed the Iraq war, generated grassroots enthusiasm, and built a massive online fund-raising apparatus. But the bloggers who champion these things have not all rallied around Obama… Obama's readiness to embrace conservatives and chastise his allies on the left have caused many bloggers to wonder how strongly he would fight for liberal priorities as president.” READ MORE >

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Griefers are the Sociopaths of the Virtual World

"Broadly speaking, a griefer is an online version of the spoilsport — someone who takes pleasure in shattering the world of play itself... Griefing, as a term, dates to the late 1990s, when it was used to describe the willfully antisocial behaviors seen in early massively multiplayer games… No longer just an isolated pathology, griefing has developed a full-fledged culture… Amid the complex alchemy of seriousness and play that makes online games so uniquely compelling, the griefer is the one player whose fun depends on finding that elusive edge where online levity starts to take on real-life weight…" READ MORE >


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Catholic Media Should Avoid Fundamentalism, says Vatican

"Archbishop Celli cautioned that ‘Catholic mass media cannot dispense with the ethical problem faced by all the media, because it is undeniable that everything that affects man as man should be a point of reference… they don't exist only for - or are directed only to - people who already belong to the Church, rather they should also give careful attention to what exists in the soul of man, in his heart, where sometimes there can be distance from God, or many times, a deep nostalgia for God.’ Our media, he summarized, ‘should search, and help in the search.’” READ MORE >

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Financial Scandal Reveals French Paradox on Capitalism

"…the SocGen drama encapsulates the contradictions of France's attitude to capitalism: on the one hand, there is widespread suspicion of the markets; on the other, world-class financial skills… In a 2006 poll, only 36% agreed that the free market was the best system available, compared with 71% of Americans and 66% of the British… This week, Mr Sarkozy once again declared: ‘We want a capitalism of entrepreneurs, not a capitalism of speculators.'" READ MORE >

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Is Political Bias Backfiring on Fox News?

"Fox News continues to embarrass itself with a type of journalism that nobody else in the industry would dare call professional… An all-out Fox News marketing blitz to label Giuliani ‘America's Mayor’ never got traction… In the meantime, the rise of Sen. John McCain and especially Mike Huckabee, with his populist streak, has caused all sorts of consternation at Fox News… And don't even mention Ron Paul's name to the folks at Fox News, who have stepped outside their role as journalists to try to kneecap the antiwar GOP candidate." READ MORE >

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News > TV

Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on the Dignity of Labor

"Dirty Jobs is an homage to George Plimpton, with a nod to Studs Terkel--an introduction, Rowe says, to the 'men and women who do the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.' Watching Rowe struggle with a forklift or wade through raw sewage is good, nasty fun. But for all the bathroom humor, his real curiosity about and respect for his subjects telegraphs a powerful message: There's dignity in hard work, expertise in unexpected places, and deep satisfaction in tackling and finishing a tough job." READ MORE >


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Anti-Aging Drugs Could Change the Nature of Death

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News > Culture

Scholar sees a Catholic in the Bard

Scholar sees a Catholic in the Bard Another book arguing that Shakespeare’s plays were written from a Catholic perspective. It’s too bad, but until there’s hard evidence that Shakespeare was a practicing Catholic, the literary establishment will keep ignoring these books. The best one so far is Claire Asquith’s Shadowplay. READ MORE >

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News > Science/Tech

Taking Science on Faith

Taking Science on Faith Unlike biologists, who get tarred with the brush of Creationism at the slightest mention of the G-word, physicists have been free to bring God into their speculation. Here, physicist Paul Davies explains the obvious: that both religion and science are confronted with mysteries that can’t be reduced to theories or empirical investigation.… READ MORE >

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Why Benedict XVI Is So Cautious with the Letter of the 138 Muslims

Why Benedict XVI Is So Cautious with the Letter of the 138 Muslims Few observers are more hardnosed and skeptical about dialogue with Islam than Sandro Magister. Sometimes he goes overboard, but here he’s probably right to contrast the fawning response by 300 Christian scholars to the Muslim “letter of the 138” to the Pope’s more toughminded, nuanced stance. How many apologies for… READ MORE >


Magazine > Culture

Beauty Goes Underground

Beauty Goes Underground Would St. Augustine ever have experienced his conversion sitting in a pew being subjected to an off-key rendering of “On Eagle’s Wings”? READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    balthasar | beauty | joshua bell

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