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What you say on Twitter, stays on Twitter

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — plus a quick followup to my post on Political candidates and religion ]
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Also of interest:

to which Sarah Posner responded:

This just might be my Favorite Party Political Poster of All Time

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — at least for the moment ]
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— since I am a Brit, Arthurian, a child of Albion, a lover of poetry and myth..

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.. and partial to Python:

Political candidates and religion

Monday, February 1st, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — responding properly to Tim Furnish ]
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Political candidates and religion is not quite the same as church and state — an issue on which, as a Brit living in the States, I am profoundly impressed both ways. However, religion in politics very much interests me, and in my news scan early this morning I noted this tweet:

To which I responded:

Tim Furnish picked up on this, and tweeted:

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From my point of view, I think that’s both a fair question and a great DoubleQuotes opportunity, so I followed Tim’s lead to the NYT piece he was refering to, and the result, phrased in headlines, is as follows:

Cruz Clinton

Sources:

  • AP, Now deeply Christian, Cruz’s religion once wasn’t so obvious
  • NYT, Hillary Clinton Gets Personal on Christ and Her Faith
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    For myself, I’m glad that Hillary Clinton “rarely talks about faith on the campaign trail” and that Ted Cruz‘s religion “once wasn’t so obvious”. Tithing as an obligation isn’t anything I worry about — the widow’s mite story gets to the heart of things, I think — and I’m a fan of reticence in matters of faith in any case:

    Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee

    pretty much puts the kybosh on publicity, methinks, as does:

    when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret..

    Similary, the second of MaimonidesEight levels of charity is this:

    to give to the poor without knowing to whom one gives, and without the recipient knowing from who he received. For this is performing a mitzvah solely for the sake of Heaven.

    And the Qur’an, Sura 76. 8-9, suggests:

    They give food, for the love of Him, to the needy, the orphan, the captive: “’We feed you only for the Face of God; we desire no recompense from you, no thankfulness..”

    I’m not dogmatically tied to these views, Tim, but I admire them greatly — IMO, there’s simply so much beauty in such advice!

    Double No Trumps?

    Friday, January 29th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — silly fun.. ]
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    I’d say that here Kim Jong-Un

    would easily Trump, ahem, Vladimir Putin

    if he’d had access toi a camera and Photoshop.

    A simian (ethological) glance at the Republican presidential race

    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — just one photo among many, or a defining display of power? ]
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    My friend Tom Parsons made what I thought was an insightful comment on the photo above:

    the serious hit was seeing the accompanying picture of Trump again showing simian dominance as the alpha male, and getting a submissive smile and pose from Jeb. That’s scary because I’m not finding online discussion of the simian dominance game that seems so clearly to me to be the foundation stone of Trump’s campaign.

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    Tom’s not exactly right about there being no discussion of the Trump / Bush body language, as these two headlines [1, 2] show:

    SPEC wimp

    — but “wimp” is pretty mild pop-psych for “simian submission”, and Tom’s language emphasizes the biological roots of Trump’s apparent dominance.

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    See what I mean?

    SPEC trump

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    When you come down to it, ain’t biology everything?

    There’s the height factor to consider, too. Hey, in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury has one of his characters claim:

    You just don’t go running a little short man like that against a tall man.

    — and Abraham Lincoln stood tall at six foot four.


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