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.
Melissa Boteach from the Center of American Progress looks at some key facts about poverty, especially the way people move in and out of poverty, that it is not the same 15% every year who live below the poverty line. The money quote:
Poverty is not a character flaw, nor is it a fixed set of characteristics that describes some malady suffered by others.
Pope Francis, speaking to a group of eighty Asian bishops, reminded them that the goal of evangelization is to bring people to Christ, not to bring them to me. Another home run talk that deserves a great deal of thought and reflection.
For the second time in as many months, the Washington Post has published an op-ed that unwittingly exposes the culture of death in all its ugliness. I say unwittingly because in both cases the authors of these articles seem blithely unaware of the moral implications of their arguments.
It turns out that next month I shall be in Bavaria with a few days to meander around, and the thought occurred that I should visit the battlefield at Blenheim. Up until the advent of air power in the 20th century, battles were often determined by geography, and visiting them always provides greater insight to what transpired. I have never mastered German, and have asked a friend to research whether or not there is much to see. But, this train of thought led me to pull Churchill's "Life of Marlborough" from the shelves of my library.