Catfood Futures, Anyone?

December 8th, 2010

The Catfood Commission is what they call the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform over at For those too young to remember life before Medicare, catfood is what a lot of seniors ate in order to pay their medical bills.

If we?re not careful, we could be headed back in that direction.

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Entitled? You Betcha!

November 10th, 2010

This post was published first in June 2010. Somehow it was deleted from the site, so I'm posting it again in the light of Peterson's most recent press conference.

Indulge with me in a fabulous fantasy: you have $1 billion to give away, and you want to put it where it will do the most good. How would you invest it? Medical research? Education? Fighting famine? Alternative energy sources? Maybe you?d want to spread it around, since $1 billion is a vast sum, a thousand times $1 million.

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Radically Religious

November 6th, 2010

Results of the mid-term elections were barely a day old when finally I heard a resounding response to Tea Party rhetoric. No, it didn?t come from President Obama or Harry Reid or Jon Stewart. It certainly didn?t come from Franklin Graham or Glenn Beck. Instead, it was delivered with undeniable moral authority by a mother of six who is not yet old enough to be president of the United States.

The oracle is a Liberian woman named Leymah Gbowee, and her message is simple: I see your humanity, will you see mine?

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A Life Worth Dying For

September 22nd, 2010

Liberal religion lost one of its most ardent and articulate champions when Forrest Church died September 24, 2009. The Rev. Dr. Church, who ministered more than thirty years at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, left a legacy that will be honored

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September Song

September 11th, 2010

September sparkles in New York City. In my neighborhood, Columbia and Barnard students have moved back into their dorms and fill the sidewalks, and the kids in my apartment building are wearing heavier back packs. In a city where so many people are Jewish or, as a friend says, Jewish-ish, the Jewish New Year is a further reminder to cast our bread upon the waters, ask forgiveness for our sins and begin anew.

For nine years now brilliant blue skies and balmy early autumn weather also have been a reminder of how things can go terrifyingly wrong in an instant.

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