It’s five days to KrampusNacht, that traditional European holiday on which the Krampus beast roams the streets patting the two well-behaved children on the head and running after the remainder with birch switches.
How can you encourage respect for that Old-Time Religion (it’s good enough for you!) among the youth of today?
Make them a [...]
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Is it any wonder that Americans overwhelmingly reject libertarian politics, when libertarians suggest that we move to the Armenian model? [...]
Whereas the participants in Pamplona are seeking to create a display of their physical and mental toughness, the people participating in the bull ritual in Ujjain are seeking forgiveness through submission. Instead of running away from the bulls, they wait for them. [...]
Ramdev’s yoga cures homosexuality and treats AIDS, but some people may experience moral hypocrisy and tax evasion as a side effect. [...]
And listen well!
(“Winston Churchill” by Oscar Nemon on the grounds of the Halifax Memorial Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The morning is rising over Kadikoy, a neighborhood of Istanbul that sits on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In this photograph you can see the “iskelesi,” the ferry terminal that allows commuters to cross to all points on the European side.
At about 1 pm today Istanbul time, demonstrators will line up along [...]
This morning, I passed by a rally against “NATO/Israeli Imperialism” and for “friendship with Syria.” Earlier this morning, I read an editorial asking me to “stand with President Obama” during this “time of crisis.”
I too would like to rally or stand, but I want to know where I’m standing and who I’m rallying with.
I’m writing today from Istanbul, where I’ve been talking to a friend of mine who has been an active participant in the recent wave of demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. “I never thought this could happen,” he told me. “The square was not one place filled with demonstrators of one mind. So many people [...]