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America isn’t easy: balancing competing moral claims in advanced citizenship societies

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America isn’t easy

Building and sustaining a diverse community is not easy.

What should we celebrate?

Celebrate: to perform (a sacrament or ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites; to honor by solemn ceremonies and refraining from ordinary business; to hold up or play for public notice.

What should we tolerate?

Tolerate: to endure or resist the action of without grave or lasting injury; to suffer to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction.

What should we not tolerate?

Freedom of Speech: speech as a celebratory, tolerable, or non-tolerable moral action

The right to free speech celebrates the toleration of alternative views and the expression of those views.

“Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write” – Voltaire (potential misattribution)

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Wōden’s Day Wake-up

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Wōden the Wanderer

Those of us who practice that “old-time religion” know that today was named for the Anglo-Saxon god Wōden. He is the pagan god of death, battle, wisdom, discoverer of the runes and leader the Wild Hunt.


Health Care Mandate Sparks Constitutional Debate
The requirement that everyone buy health insurance — a central element to President Obama’s health care plan — is flatly unconstitutional, legal experts argue.


It’s Crunch Time

The next couple of months will be crucial in determining the shape of the financial system for decades to come. And so far, the signs are not encouraging.

The Obama administration is trying to refocus our attention on regulation, beginning with the president’s speech in New York two weeks ago. The financial system, after all, brought us a near-catastrophic crisis that turned a mild recession into a painfully severe one. And Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says that he still plans to pass a regulatory reform bill before the end of the year.

But in a clear indication of trouble ahead, Frank signaled his intention last week to scale back the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, one of the pillars of the administration’s reform proposals.


Crist stands by prediction Obama could face massive defeat

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is standing by his recent prediction that President Obama may be headed for a massive electoral defeat similar to that which President Carter faced in 1980.

[It] may happen again,” Crist told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning Tuesday. “What I think has occurred is that in 1976 the people wanted a change…I think the same thing sort of happened last year in America.”


Oil, ideology keep China from joining Iran push
White House frustration grows as Beijing shows reluctance


American Samoa hit by tsunami after earthquake in Pacific

Tsunami sweeps into Pago Pago in American Samoa after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific – dozens of people killed.



Sarah Palin finishes memoir ahead of schedule

The former Alaska Governor’s “Going Rogue” is due in stores 17 November.


Adolf Hitler suicide story questioned after tests reveal skull is a woman’s

Adolf Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin bunker has been called into question after American researchers claimed that a bullet-punctured skull fragment long believed to belong to the Nazi dictator is, in fact, that of an unknown woman.


FBI: Bloody Silhouette of Child Found in Casey Anthony’s Trunk

The 23-year-old Orlando woman is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, hiding the child’s remains and lying to investigators about a baby sitter kidnapping her.


Red Sox clinch playoff berth

The SF Giants had a good run but the fat lady is about to sing.


Remember:

Today is the last day of the ninth month.  Tomorrow is October 1st.  Time to start getting ready for All Hallows Eve.


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