Breakfast Links for 11/19/12 – Death Calculator, Loving Lincoln, Christ and Quixote


Rebecca Hamilton, Patheos/Public Catholic: “These twists and turns of ordinary language are not just an attempt to hide the truth of killing, they are also a form of justification. Thus, legalized medical murder becomes “death with dignity,” abortion becomes a “choice,” and embryonic stem cell research is the only hope for “miracle cures.””

Michael Tanner, New York Post: How Obamacare Will Keep Unemployment High

Leah Libresco, Patheos/Unequally Yoked: “Only Heaven knows how glory goes, What each of us was meant to be.  In the starlight, that is what we are, I can see so far.”

Jonathan Gurwitz, San Antonio Express News: What Else Doesn’t Obama Know – and Why?

Joe Carter, Patheos/Joe Carter’s Commonplace: ““While the actual average lifespan changes quite a bit from country to country and from animal to animal, the same general rule that ‘your probability of dying doubles every X years’ holds true.”

Michael Goodwin, New York Post: Now We Know the Truth Obama Tried to Hide

Mark D. Roberts, Patheos/Mark D. Roberts: “After seeing Schindler’s List and after seeing Lincoln, I hated the evil in the world. I marveled at the courage of people who stand up for good. And I wanted to be one of those people.

Joel J. Miller, Patheos/Joel J. Miller: Jesus for president? “Would we vote for Jesus for president?” asked pastor Robert Gelinas in a recent sermon. “I think every party would want him. The Republicans would want him. The Democrats would want him. Until he opened his mouth.’”

John Mark Reynolds, Patheos/Eidos: “We know that poor kids are not being helped, but have been taught to mock authority, Church, and look to their hearts. The ancient wisdom would suggest that they are following their passions too much and counsel teaching moderation.”

Karen Spears Zacharias, Patheos/Karen Spears Zacharias: “It seems to me that the miracle of birth isn’t just about the creating of something new, but  about holding fast to that which is too quickly passing — the secret ways of our mothers and our fathers and their mothers and fathers. These, after all, are our people. The swarm to which we will always belong.”

Leah Libresco, Patheos/Unequally Yoked: “Christ calls us Dulcinea already, and rebukes us for clinging to ‘Aldonza’ in our fear.   We’ve already been offered the power to be what we ought to be, but, moment by moment, we decline to exercise it or acknowledge it.”

Elizabeth Duffy, Patheos/Elizabeth Duffy: “Gifts of true value, like a baby, like the indwelling of God in our soul, we can only receive with humility and the passage of ample time as we wait for the gift, or for our souls, to mature.”

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  • Kubrick’s Rube

    I’m glad to see so much positive and impassioned regard for Lincoln. I still haven’t seen War Horse, which I remember you championing last year, but my favorite Spielberg film since Schindler’s List is Munich, which shares its screenwriter with Lincoln. I’m very psyched to see this.

    • Timothy Dalrymple

      I really enjoyed Lincoln. Saw it last Friday night. An inspiring film, and the craftsmanship behind the film is impeccable. There are places where I thought it might have been more dramatic. It had a pretty even keel. The way they handled the end of the movie was interesting, and I might have done it differently. But it was educational, entertaining, and inspiring.

      • Kubrick’s Rube

        I saw it Wednesday night and thought it was excellent. The amazing scene early on where Lincoln explains the complicated logical, legal and practical issues behind the Emancipation Proclamation set up the rest of the film as a moving and meditative exploration of the nature of power within democracy. And the sense of the tight-rope Lincoln had to walk to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed and the costs- both to himself and the country- inherent in whatever course he pursued were so well conveyed. I might have done the ending differently too- once the amendment is passed there’s a bit of a Lord of the Rings thing happening where it keeps seeming like it should end but nope here’s another scene. And I also thought the opening scene was a bit much given how restrained the rest of the film is. But those are quibbles and the middle two-plus hours are fantastic.

  • John Haas

    New York Post? Aren’t we getting awfully sophisticated?