Unsurprisingly they span the gamut of issues ranging from personal reflections on my wedding day, to thoughts on growing the GOP. For fun, I’ve also added a ‘best of’ category under each, and included a snippet of commentary, and images/videos/links where appropriate.
Thanks for making 2009 a great year around these parts. It has been a heckuva ride. Enjoy!
1. Thoughts on My Wedding Day
"My vantage from the small window in the alcove of the church shows an absolutely perfect day with only wisps of clouds in the sky. A crane of the neck looks out at a field of green behind the church. The warmth of the sun feels a lot like the Father smiling down, and feeling pleased. It's the kind of day made for beginning life anew."
2. Is the Recession Bankrupting Faith?
"Ms. Zoll also goes to great lengths to paint any change in religious practice as a substantive deviation from the spiritual norm. Ms. Zoll's much touted "profound effect on how people practice their faith...and how they pass their beliefs on to their children" would have occurred regardless of whether "The Great Recession" ensued or not. Simply put, religious practices have changed since the inception of every single world religion. We Christians no longer stone witches for example, and the Muslims no longer wage jihad en masse (except in Afghanistan). And even the Jews have changed their religious practices, no longer condoning marriage and its attendant sexual relationship with children - although this point was lost somehow on Roman Polanski."
3. Obama's Fanny Follies
4. Reasoning With the Unreasonable
"Simply put, bringing peace to the Congo will require the commitment of a significant force, from an international community that seems more interested in bemoaning the atrocity than actually doing anything about it."
5. Parsing Hoffman’s Loss
"For starters, Sozzafava’s withdrawal from the race, left the GOP saddled with easily the most the conservative candidate in the race - for a seat in a moderate district to boot. Because Hoffman’s positions were unappealing to the district’s voters, he lost. Shocking, I know."
6. When Stuffed Animal Dog Shows Go Awry...
7. Russia's Energy Oops
"Perhaps the onset of finals has made me jaded at life. But, for whatever reason, the video below is both hilarious, and maliciously addictive."
Funniest News Piece
"Really? Russia called a joint venture with a Sub-Saharan African Nation, NIGAZ? Wow."
8. Ditching Reagan
"The title is a bit of an oversimplification, but I'm encouraged to see that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush understands the GOP's need to move beyond the ghost of Ronald Reagan."
9. Thoughts on American Mobility
"My simple point in this now unwieldy post is that traveling to other parts of the country necessarily exposes people to perspectives that are in direct conflict with their own. (Take a look at the latest break down of red/blue states for more evidence). As a result, our views are either made stronger, or they fall away depending upon their original strength. Bottom line: in a time such as this, Americans need more interaction. Not less."
10. The Politics of Marriage in Iran
"At any rate, frustration with the housing situation and Iran's plummeting marriage rate has led to a stronger than anticipated lurch toward President Ahmadinejad's political opposition. As Iranian government officials have concluded, "The sexual bomb we face is more dangerous than the bombs and missiles of the enemy." Tom Jones couldn't agree more."