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Our idols and ourselves…

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Go here  for the Kathryn Jean Lopez interview of Elizabeth Scalia ( yes,  she is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) on  her remarkable new book,   Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life.

You need not be Catholic,  or even particularly religious,  to benefit from the interview or to enjoy the book,  both of which I found thought-provoking.

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September 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

9/11 after 13 years…

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If you don’t remember  this Budweiser  ad,  shown only once during the 2002 Super Bowl,  remind yourself.   If you don’t think you’ll make it to the memorial museum,  here’s a look at some of   the art  in its collection.   There are  other sorts  of treasures not at the museum.

Do you remember the  two combat pilots  in the air on 9/11 who were essentially given a suicide mission and went anyway?   Other heroes  brought down  another plane at the cost of their own lives.   There were other  brave souls  as well.

Did you turn away from the few scenes American TV showed of  Muslims celebrating  the terrorist act?   Then it’s past time for you to realize that 9/11 was  about Islam,  whether His Oneness is willing to admit it or not.   Islamic terror is  more like  13 centuries old,  not 13 years.   Are we  safer now  than we were September 10,  2001?   In some respects,  we probably are.   In others,  not so much.   Norman Ornstein brings up the matter of presidential succession.

There are still  9/11 truthers  around,  interfering with any discussion of government incompetence by accusations of malevolence.   Some of them  work for big-name media.

His Oneness has changed a day of remembrance into a  day of service,  lest We the People attach an unhealthy interpretation and importance to it,  but  I doubt that stuffing backpacks for a group  named KaBoom!  provided the best optics available.

The rest of us have a  duty to remember.   The Obama Administration  isn’t helping.













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September 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

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