Category Archives: Current Events

Quote for the Day: Omar Khayyám on religious fundamentalists

And do you think that unto such as you a maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew God gave the Secret, and denied it me? Well, well, what matters it! Believe that too. – from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám I liked it so much, selections … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Ivan Karamazov on the irreconcilable suffering of the innocent

Can you understand why a little creature, who can’t even understand what’s done to her, should beat her little aching heart with her tiny fist in the dark and the cold, and weep her meek unresentful tears to dear, kind … Continue reading

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Santorum and me

I haven’t quite ignored the GOP primary as it’s gone through it’s desperate, jumbled array of front runners. But my ears really perked up in early February when Rick Santorum began to move ahead in the polls and rack up … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Christopher Hitchens on his one consistency

I have one consistency, which is [being] against the totalitarian – on the left and on the right. The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy – the one that’s absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your … Continue reading

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The History of a Subway Shop Revealed

The Springfield News-Leader has a nice History Revealed interactive feature up on their website showing several buildings around Springfield, Missouri as they are now and as they appeared some time in the past. This Subway shop and former service station is … Continue reading

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A Eulogy for Borders

When I heard the news that Borders bookstore is going out of business, the first thing that I thought of is Kanye West’s song “All of the Lights.” A new footnote is required for future generations. Public visitation/ We met … Continue reading

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“You just kinda wasted my precious time”…R.I.P, Suze Rotolo

Bob Dylan later admitted he was ashamed of a song he wrote, “Ballad in Plain D.” He is right to be embarrassed by the song. He was angry when he wrote it, and lashing out. He had just lost his lover and … Continue reading

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