Monthly Archives: July 2012

Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 9: Energy and the Environment

I have four items for my write-up today on Newt Gingrich’s To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine.  Their focus is on the environment and/or energy. 1.  On page 240, Newt challenges the narrative that capitalism coincides with damage to … Continue reading

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Jay Gilbert on Chick-Fil-A, Boston, and Chicago

In an online discussion, Jay Gilbert made the following insightful comment about the Chick-Fil-A controversy and how government officials in Boston and Chicago are treating the business: “I fully support boycotting the restaurant (I have for years), but I think … Continue reading

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The Pivotal Catiline Conspiracy

For my write-up today on Helmut Koester’s History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age, I’ll use as a pivot the Catiline conspiracy.  You can read about the Catiline conspiracy here. Essentially, Catiline was a Roman politician who sought to … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 8: Medicare

In my latest reading of To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, Newt Gingrich talks about Medicare.  He laments that a lot of money on Medicare is wasted on account of such things as Medicare fraud, lack of coordination, paperwork, … Continue reading

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Local Deities? Mystery Cults and Osiris and Isis. Soul and Spirit.

I have three items for my write-up today on Helmut Koester’s History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age. 1.  On page 156, Koester says that “The old Greek religion was a religion of city gods”, in which gods were … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 7: Welfare Reform, Health Care

I have two items for my write-up today on Newt Gingrich’s To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine. 1.  I actually liked Newt’s discussion about welfare reform.  Newt refers to a proposal by Peter Ferrara, who was in the White … Continue reading

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Sherman Hemsley; Christian Bale in Aurora

1.  As many of you know, Sherman Hemsley has passed away.  I was watching on the news yesterday about how he was a trailblazer when it came to African-Americans in television.  That’s certainly cool, but, to be honest, I liked … Continue reading

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Divine King; Slavery in Antiquity

I started Helmut Koester’s History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age.  I have two items. 1.  In my last reading, Koester talked in a couple of places about the concept of a divine king.  According to Koester, Alexander the … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 6: Economic Rules?

In my latest reading of To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine, Newt Gingrich argues that tax cuts stimulate the economy, encourage economic mobility, and increase revenue.  Newt looks at the Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush II tax cuts, and … Continue reading

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Sally Ride on Touched by an Angel

Astronaut Sally Ride has passed on.  She appeared on a Touched by an Angel episode, and  here’s a summary of it, with pictures of Sally!

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