The Religion of Extreme Surveillance in America

Dostoevsky predicted The Religion of the Surveillance State

Julian Assange said in a recent interview (below) that the state of extreme surveillance has become the new religion in the U.S.Oxford Dictionary defines religion:  noun [mass noun]: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, such as: "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"; [as a count noun] a particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions; a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion, such as … [Read more...]

Stones Kill Everybody

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One of the most confounding and at the same time consoling passages in the New Testament is that of Jesus' encounter with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:4 to 11). Some scholars assert that this short portion of the gospel of John was not contained in the original text  since it is missing from some of the earliest manuscripts. Others demur. Regardless the episode clearly represents and is consistent with everything Jesus did and taught in his earthly ministry. 4 "Teacher," they said to J … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Granny Di!

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The world is aflutter with the glorious news that Will and Kate have had a baby. Thank you, God! Life is blooming in a happy way for dear William, whose head hung low as young man of 15 when he and his brother buried his mother.Now, in the wake of this happy event, may the public, royal watchers, the news agencies and related entities please get this straight: Charles and Camilla are not the new baby's "grandparents." Charles is the baby's grandfather and Diana is the baby's grandmother. … [Read more...]

The Sanctity of the Airport

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 Only in an airport are human beings compatriots in a netherworld of suspension, neither here nor there. They are on the way. An airport is the in-between space where an eccentric confluence of human specimens are reduced to a common ilk, though traveling methodologies could not be more diverse. I stood in a check-in line recently behind a large woman in a kaleidoscope sarong, her hair braided tightly and effusively about her crown, with painted fingernails grown so long they curled … [Read more...]

The Intimacy of a Tragedy

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Rolling Stone magazine has put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their August issue and it has been received badly. Tsarnaev is  the young man currently being held for the Boston Marathon bombing, which unfolded horrifically on April 15 and kept the city riveted and squirrelly until his capture on April 19. Three people were killed in the bombing and more than 260 wounded by the two pressure-cooker bombs Tsarnaev and his older brother planted in the crowd near the finish line. A fourth man was ki … [Read more...]

Unceremoniously Insulted

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I have been working these past weeks on a Bible study guide (details forthcoming) and it has been a helpful and vexing exercise. It is difficult to assume the position of spiritual guide (being the author) when you are afflicted with uncertainties of your own and contending with common struggles that have been known to men and women throughout all time. Inevitably, I would be put to the test regarding whatever virtue I was exploring at that point. For example, on a day when I was writing about … [Read more...]

June “Lunatic of the Month” ~ Stephen Colbert

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You have to love a man who loves his mother. Political satirist and wildly popular television host Stephen Colbert broke character in the aftermath of his mother's death to pay a moving tribute to her. Because the courage, grit, humility and sincerity this superstar brought to this moment, Poets & Lunatics has made Stephen Colbert June's Lunatic of the Month. Colbert's words speak for themselves. I add here, as a prelude, only a portion of the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt … [Read more...]


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