The bad news is that free speech continues to be abused by haters such as president Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, who claims that “them Jews” are blocking his access to the White House. This, following the fatal shooting of Holocaust Museum security guard Stephen T. Johns, by Neo Nazi James von Brunn, points to the supreme irony of an African American pastor and a Neo Nazi being on the same page when it comes to “them Jews.” I wonder what Anne Frank, whose 80th. birthday the Holocaust Museum was about to commemorate on the day of the shooting, would have thought of this. What would she have thought of the reelection of Iranian Ahmadinejad, another Holocaust denying Jew hater? Would she continue to think, in face of apparently deathless bigotry, that “people are really good at heart”? Most probably. In the battle between light and darkness, light always prevails. Pathetic, frightened, narrow spirited people such von Brunn, Wright and Ahmadinejad end up as minor historical bleeps.The greatness of heart of Stephen T. Johns, and Anne Frank live on. This is the good news.
Hello Ryiad, Rabat, Barbastro, Jerusalem, Teheran, Mega, Rouen, Lisbon and Pawpaw! It is rainy and cool in little Macondo by the Potomac. Roses, irises, oriental poppies, spirea and sweet rocket are blooming, asparagus is ready to harvest and it is time to plant more strawberries. I am about to have a slice of freshly baked corn cheese bread and a cup of espresso. How about you? I am assuming that you also have breakfast, wherever you live and I hope that you have plenty to feed yourself and your family, plus a few extra pennies to blow on books, a box of chocolate, flowers, a bottle of good wine, music, movies, and whatever you like and your religious beliefs permit. Out there, in the big world of realpolitik, things are not so pretty. People are killing each other in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Darfur, and Sri Lanka, among other places.