When I travel outside the U.S., I am motivated to read a book related to that country. To try and immerse myself into the culture. To get into the mood. A recent trip to Italy led me to a recently published history of Rome called SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. This excellent book covers the period from the founding of Rome around 800 BC to about 200 AD. That alone is amazing: a 1000 years of history. The Roman Empire finally dissolved in the 1400’s when it fell to the Ottoman Empire. America? We have been around for less than about 300 years. Adolescents compared to the Roman Empire. Continue reading “We Are All Romans”
Many Catholics including me appreciate what Pope Francis is doing for the Catholic Church. He certainly appeals to the more moderate voices within the Church, which has endeared him to the liberal media. His message is also attractive to millennials, which is important for the future of the Church. Of course the more conservative Catholics do not agree with some of his stances. Change comes slowly in the Church. It is one reason I respect the institution, though those outside the Church condemn it for the same reason. Continue reading “Pope Francis and American Presidential Politics”
September 8, 2017
Rose Garden, White House
Good morning. I would like to first make a statement, then will take a couple questions.
As you are all well aware, I have press conferences infrequently but felt obliged on this somber occasion. It is with a heavy heart that I come to you today. Unfortunately, this past holiday weekend, we saw another vicious attack using a truck to plow through a group of innocent bystanders at a Labor Day event in Chicago. Our sympathies go out to the families. Continue reading “Hillary’s First Presidential Press Conference”
So much in the news this past week about the chance meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on a runway in Phoenix. Just seems to be so much noise about nothing! I find it hard to understand why all those Trump supporters are in such a state of distress. You would think that, well, we were maybe 20 trillion in debt, or maybe concerned that Iran this week bragged how they have 100,000 missiles pointed at Israel despite our close relationship, or that hundreds around the world have been murdered by ISIS in the last couple weeks. Continue reading “When Bill Met Loretta”
Post-Orlando, there are three groups attempting to use the tragedy to further political agendas. Two of the three groups believe they understand what motivated the killer. And the third group want to blame it entirely on the ease of getting guns. The reality is that each group, is partially right. Continue reading “What the Debate About the 2nd Amendment is Really About”
Want a simple way to differentiate between Christians and radical Islamist’s? You need look no further than what passes for art at the Rutgers Library.
This illustrates a fundamental difference between the religions. For Christians, this “art” is outrageous but accepted as an expression of free speech. The university is no doubt being ridiculed for this, but no one is setting off bombs. No one is shooting anyone. No one is maiming innocent bystanders. No one is issuing “hits” on the so-called artists. Continue reading “A Simple Illustration of the Difference Between Christianity and Radical Islam”
I recently saw the “The Big Short”. This movie chronicles the role of the banking and financial industry leading up to the financial crisis of 2008. While the movie does an admirable job explaining this complex issue, it misses half the story. Continue reading ““The Big Short”: Only Half the Story”