Nothing wrong with Kansas that a new governor can't fix. At least that is the opinion of more than 100 Republican officeholders who have broken ranks and endorsed the Democratic candidate Paul Davis. Politico has the story. Kudos to these Republicans for stepping up and working to take back their party from the crazies. I note in passing that this week, Governor Sam Brownback had Sen. Rick Santorum in to campaign for him.
If a person – and a people - is not moved by the suffering of children, it is hard to imagine what will incite empathy. The crisis facing the nation at the moment regarding the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America is not an immigration crisis, it is a crisis of indifference.
Mark Silk, at RNS, always seems to find news items I miss which is why I check his website at least daily. Today, he writes about the great State of Alabama, where some conservatives are upset that the state's open carry law, allowing people to bring their guns to the polling places with them, cannot be applied to churches, some of which do double duty as polling places on election day. Here is a GOP conundrum of the first order: religious freedom versus Second Amendment.
This article at Politico dissects the political disconnect in North Carolina, which saw large numbers of people sign up for health insurance under the terms of Obamacare, but also seem disinclined to reward their state's incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan for supporting the law that made it possible. File this under "Nixon Won Twice" in the cabinet marked "Deep Reservations About Democracy."
The controversy over the theory of gravity continues. While most scientists have accepted the theory, a determined, vocal and well-funded group of politicians, armed with studies most scientists dismiss, argue that Newton got it wrong. Corporations that make hydraulic lifts and airplane manufacturers are concerned that the debate could affect their businesses. Journalists, abiding by their own standards, feel compelled to acknowledge both sides of the dispute. The general public, unable to ascertain the veracity of the rival claims, seem inclined to sit this debate out.
Social science, especially psychology, never tells us all we need to know, nor even the most important things to know, but this new research into the behavior of rich people rings true to me, and it is not pretty.
With virtually every politician looking for political cover instead of a real solution to the humanitarian crisis on the border, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has risked the ire of President Obama by reminding everyone that we are talking about children. O'Malley said:
I know, I know. The Revolution did not turn out so well for Catholics. But, it did yield the best national anthem of all time. Difficult to choose among the many fine renditions from the great, baroque Berlioz treatment, to the memorable performance of Jessye Norman, wrapped in a giant tricoleur of a dress, singing it at the French bicentennial celebration. (It says a lot about French commitment to culture that they thought nothing of choosing the most statuesque singer of the day, even though she was an American, for a moment that required such stature.
Last week, I looked at five books all of which, in different ways, had significant bearing on the relationship of religion to the American founding. Too often, secularists have ignored the influence of religion in late colonial and early Republican America. Too often, Christians have sought to claim the founding as a Christian event. Both efforts have a grain of truth but a pound of falsehood. What are the takeaways from the book we surveyed?
Pope Francis has translated Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki from Berlin to Cologne. The latter archdiocese is one of the most important assignments in Germany in part because of the enormous financial resources of the archdiocese of Cologne, which have underwritten, along with US contributions, much of the Church's work in poorer countries.