Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Pleasant Surprise

Born in 1965 in San Antonio, Texas, Scott Harding is an American artist who works in oil, watercolor, pastel, and pencil. Harding is especially adept at painting the human form, and while his style is generally realistic, it is complicated … Continue reading

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Confronting the Actualities

21 January 1983 – American writer Anthony Hecht wins the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. Hecht, a schoolmate of Jack Kerouac in New York, became interested in poetry while attending Bard College. However, the defining moments for his life and art … Continue reading

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We’ve Been Warned

Died 21 January 1950 – George Orwell, an English author who wrote, “All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the … Continue reading

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Thalia, The Muse of Comedy, Is Smiling Today

Born 18 January 1892 – Oliver Hardy, an American comic actor who was, along with Stan Laurel, a member of the famous Laurel and Hardy team. Ollie and Stan were among the few movie stars to make a successful transition … Continue reading

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Born At The Wrong Time

Born 17 January 1899 – Al Capone, a notably successful American entrepreneur, who once said, “I don’t even know what street Canada is on.” It’s a shame that Mr. Capone isn’t alive today, because with his wealth of practical business … Continue reading

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A Message From The (New) Chosen One

An Important Service Announcement: I Am The New Prophet Of Professional Football And Everything Else. The false prophet Tim Tebow has fallen from grace, but fear not, for I have received a sign from the heavens that I am the … Continue reading

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A Grateful Tribute

Born 15 January 1929 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American religious leader and civil rights activist. Given the frequently benighted state of religion and politics in America today, one quote from Dr. King should be better known: “Nothing in … Continue reading

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Since The Universe Is Obviously Governed By Evil . . .

Pagan Patriots – 45 Biblical Broncos – 10 Since so many evangelicals have insisted on viewing Tim Tebow as an actor in a cosmic morality play and the Dark Side has prevailed, I hope that they will now have enough … Continue reading

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Heeding the Call

Born 12 January 1876 – Jack London, American author, journalist, and social activist. I concede that there is some merit in the criticism that London was not especially adept at handling long narratives, such as the novel, but in his … Continue reading

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What is a “Conservative”?

Born 12 January 1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. Though the noun “conservative” in American political usage has generally become synonymous with “religious zealot,” “ideological extremist,” and “corporate shill,” Edmund Burke was the genuine article. … Continue reading

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