IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN...: Jim Henley comments on my Santa-bashing posts from a couple years ago. He says Santa is, indeed, training in "skepticism" a.k.a. dissing God, but that the whole Santa thing is helping him see that kids all develop at their own pace. Also a nice note on Santa and taking joy in your kids' joy. The only thing I'd say to that second post is that from the kid's perspective it does look different: If my parents got me gifts, I want to be grateful to them, and happy in part … [Read more...]

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WHO IS ATTACKING US? Profiling Al Qaeda. Really interesting. Via Unqualified Offerings. … [Read more...]

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GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN THE ARAB WORLD: Fareed Zakaria. Um, more glimmer-y than hope-y, but it's a low bar. Via Oxblog. … [Read more...]

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EVERYONE HAS REASONS: This is a disorganized list of things I commonly hear at the pregnancy center for which I think I need better responses. I'm putting it here both so I can think more systematically and so that you all can send me any thoughts you might have. This is in approximate order of frequency. 1. God wants me to be rich and successful. Not said quite that bluntly, of course. But "doing what God wants" is construed exclusively in terms of education, job, housing, etc.--not in terms … [Read more...]

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NEW FBI FILES DESCRIBE ABUSE OF IRAQ INMATES: F.B.I. memorandums portray abuse of prisoners by American military personnel in Iraq that included detainees' being beaten and choked and having lit cigarettes placed in their ears, according to newly released government documents.The documents, released Monday in connection with a lawsuit accusing the government of being complicit in torture, also include accounts by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who said they had seen detainees in … [Read more...]

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NEW FREEDOM HOUSE REPORT. Russia downgraded to "Not Free" for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union; modest gains in the Middle East and North Africa; more. Via The Corner. … [Read more...]

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APPARENTLY THE WARRANTY JUST RAN OUT ON MY LIFE: Computer crashed in a fashion so exotic I saw screens I'd never seen before. (Fixed now--thank you, Old Oligarch.) Sink and bathtub both need a fixin'. Fluorescent lights over sink, i.e. the lights I can't fix myself, burnt out. (Fixed now, at a cost of $6.) The ol' ratty jeans with a hole at the knee are now my "good pants." DVD/CD player broke.And my neck hurts.I mean, not like, "Oh, my neck hurts." That was yesterday. Today is more like, A … [Read more...]

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