An historical primer on Krampus, the spirit of Yule Misrule, and some Krampus goodies. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
King Charles the Fifth of the Netherlands outlawed heresy, leading to 43 years of religious violence, in which over 1,300 “heretics” were killed. The justification for the killings was the desire for unity. [...]
For those who say that everything’s getting worse and nothing can get better as long as the corporate moneygrubbing duopoly maintain their tight grip on the neck of the American political la dee da dee da, so we might as well do nothing, Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe has a strong rejoinder. Under a [...]
The greater massacre of Lublin Jews by Nazis during World War II was an historical echo of the earlier genocide that took place 355 years ago today. [...]
A very short Constitution quiz to celebrate Constitution Day. [...]
Oh, there’s been a big international hue and cry about Florida Terry Jones declaring he would burn a Quran on September 11 before declaring he wouldn’t. Islamic and Christian and Buddhist leaders from around the world and government leaders from the President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and White House Press Secretary all the [...]
Violence took place 821 years ago today should remind us that those who launch attacks against Muslims are likely to enjoy violence against Jews as well. [...]
Just as Muslim extremists insist that the greatness of the old Muslim empire was based upon sharia law, Christian extremists insist that the United States is special because its laws were founded upon the Ten Commandments. [...]
Today, we ought to remember that in 1492, Columbus wasn’t the only one sailing the ocean blue. Jews were doing it too – looking for a new home, on pain of death. [...]
If we fear for the well-being of genuine Haitian orphans, and not just a group of kids that a church group out of its depth thinks would be better off in the Bible Belt of the USA, then we can send our support through solid organizations, such as Oxfam, which are helping to rebuild Haitian infrastructure. [...]
“Let’s bring back an old-fashioned Christmas”, reads the headline from the Desert Valley Times newspaper editorial this morning.
Still, I’m left wanting specifics. Which kind of “old-fashioned Christmas” is the writer talking about?
The kind of old-fashioned Christmas that was marked with drunken brawls in the streets?
The kind of old-fashioned Christmas that was [...]
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