Thanks to a faithful reader for sending me this link to an article published at Brookings by Christopher Parker on why the House GOP won't pass immigration reform - and it has nothing to do with law and order concerns about border security.
Damien Thompson has an essay at the Spectator, where he is an associate editor, about Pope Francis, why he was elected and what the principal goal of his pontificate is. Thompson, who is a gifted writer, is a less gifted analyst. He correctly spies an often over-looked hermeneutical key to understanding Pope Francis – he is a Jesuit – but instead of hitting the nail on the head, Thompson hits his thumb.
At Christian Century,Tobias Winright on the need for a paradigm shift for police. And, can I say - is it just me, or have you all noticed that RC thinkers tend to frame the core issues more forthrightly, and accurately, and with less bias, because we have traditional intellectual frameworks with which we engage these issues?
The neo-confederate positions of some conservatives in Missouri politics is disturbing in its own right. But, at HuffPost, C.J. Reid shows how that backdrop frames the situation in Ferguson.
The right-wing media has its undergarments all knotted up because President Obama had the nerve to take a vacation. How dare he go to Martha’s Vineyard when there are troubles at home, such as in Ferguson, Missouri, and abroad, in Iraq and Gaza and Eastern Ukraine! And, if it was not bad enough to be away from the White House, he is vacationing, as he has done the last several years, at Martha’s Vineyard, summertime haunt of Harvard professors and East Coast media types. And, still worse, he golfs.
Over at Millennial, one of my favorite young writers, Robert Christian, has posted a review of a new book by one of my favorite young theologians, Meghan Clark.
In addition to the review, Christian has also posted an interview with Clark.
Both Clark and Christian continue to impress, providing us greying folks hope for the future.
James Foley, a U.S. photojournalist who had been working in Syria when he disappeared in 2012, was executed by Islamicist militants. He was beheaded. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video of the crime. Another journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, was also shown in the video. He is evidently next for the executioner.
This from Volume I, page 296 of Churchill's "Life of Marlborough":
Over at The New Republic, Danny Vinik looks at how Cincinnati responded to rioting in 2001 after a young black man was shot by police. Maybe we can't conquer original sin, but we can make things better.
Eugene Robinson has an important op-ed in this morning’s Washington Post. He looks at the deeper reasons for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and hits upon a theme that runs through our political life but one which is often ignored. The Civil Rights movement worked, but in working, it left many people behind.