Miley Cyrus, Syria and the Head of Saint John the Baptist

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A great deal has been written this week about 20 year-old Miley Cyrus and her maniacally over-the-top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. As Mark Shea points out, as the world stands on the brink of something dire and deadly the public seeks only bread and circuses, which the bottom-line-obsessed press serves up with such alacrity that satire cannot surmount it.The headlines are grim, but they're bare blips within our awareness. Who wants to read about constitutional ethics, war … [Read more...]

Our Future Will be Hunger Games USA

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The nation is already accustomed to watching "reality shows" where ordinary folk -- their foibles and failures -- are served up as entertainment. And we're already comfortable with an idea of separate standards for the elite folk who fly private jets to global warming conferences and the rest of us, who are meant to stay home and hang out the wash.So, these two headlines crawling across my twitter timeline, one right behind the other, did not surprise me at all:1) Most Literate City is … [Read more...]


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