Notes from Exile

Iraq, Part of the Wallpaper?

By David Irby on Jul 16, 2006 - 7:04:00 PM
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I ‘spose Canyon News readers may think I’m a broken record, the way I keep going on about Iraq.  Indeed, I begin to wonder if there is much of anyone who pays much attention to the plight of that poor country any more. 


  Zarkowi is Dead But the Worst Terrorist Still Remains

By David Irby on Jun 18, 2006 - 7:31:00 PM
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As I've mentioned before, I have to submit my Canyon News articles more than a week before publication, and that makes it difficult to stay topical. As I write right now, the big international news is the killing in Iraq, of a major sleaze bucket named "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi", while the big California news is the June Primary and especially the Congressional election in North San Diego.

Crazier and Crazier!

By David Irby on May 21, 2006 - 6:57:00 PM
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That George W. Bush and his administration is “intelligence/Intelligence challenged”, is hardly news by now.  And a lack of intelligence with a small “i”, leads quite naturally to an inability to process the kind of Intelligence which is spelled with a big “I”; the kind that the spooks in the CIA and other such agencies gather. 

  The Terrible Beauty! Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, its World Significance

By David Irby on Apr 23, 2006 - 6:09:00 PM
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As I write, Ireland is celebrating its equivalent of the 4th of July, the Easter Rebellion of 1916.  But this is the first time in years for large-scale official celebrations, because the government has feared that these might fuel conflict in the northern part of this country.

How St Patrick Saved Civilization

By David Irby on Mar 12, 2006 - 12:00:00 PM
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Again its fun time! “Green Hats, Green Beer, Green Gills” time!  But for me, Patrick’s Day is also always a time to seriously contemplate the Saint.  I suppose such ideas are a “hard sell” for Canyon News readers; “The patron Saint of a small, but charming country!  We wouldn’t care about it at all if not for all the fun!” 

  A Hypocritical “Requiem” for Coretta King --And Other Lies

By David Irby on Feb 19, 2006 - 7:03:00 PM
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A year ago George W. Bush stood by the bier of Rosa Parks and this year he stood by that of Coretta Scott King, in each instance, full of praise for these two great ladies of the Civil Rights Movement.  Never mind that Bush built his career by opposing nearly everything that these noble ladies stood for, and never mind that he continues this with his recent appointment of the subtly racist Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court! 

Judge Alito and Clarence Ray Allen (Support the Moratorium!)

By David Irby on Jan 22, 2006 - 7:34:00 PM
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There is an interval of about a week from the time I must post this column to its publication and last month I predicted that, by the time it would be read, that Stanley “Tookie” Williams would have already been executed.  Sadly, I was correct, and it is even more certain that, by the time that anyone reads this, that Clarence Ray Allen will have also been executed. 

  Goodwill to All! But What About Those on Death Row?

By David Irby on Dec 18, 2005 - 7:15:00 PM
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I hear that some in the USA want to ban civic-sponsored Crèches on, “No Establishment of Religion” grounds.  But I think that’s sad because, while the Crèche is undeniably Christian, it is also a trans-religious symbol, which really should be unifying.  After all, nearly all of the people represented; Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the Child Jesus, of course; were Jews. 

Of Fundamentalists and Historical Re-Writes

By David Irby on Nov 20, 2005 - 7:02:00 PM
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Opinion polls consistently show that American majorities continue to believe that a “literalist” understanding of Genesis, describes the way that the world and human beings came to be.  And campaigners on what is supposed to be “both sides” of “the issue”, from the loony preacher, Pat Robertson to Atheist propagandists each insist that something, about which both are mistaken in terms of philosophical categories, “proves” his case, either “for” or “against” God.

  The Spirit of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

By David Irby on Oct 16, 2005 - 6:58:00 PM
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Bush is ?god? Himself!

By David Irby on Jun 26, 2005 - 7:23:00 PM
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 Created in His image: Bush??

  Bush is ?god? Himself!

By David Irby on Jun 26, 2005 - 7:23:00 PM
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 Created in His image: Bush??

Ratzinger Writ Large, Viva Benedicto!

By David Irby on May 22, 2005 - 7:59:00 PM
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I must respond to the distorted way that some writers apply such words as “conservative” to our beloved John Paul II and also to Joseph Ratzinger who has long been my favorite theologian, and who is now (praise God!) Benedict XVI.

  Ratzinger Writ Large, Viva Benedicto!

By David Irby on May 22, 2005 - 7:59:00 PM
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I must respond to the distorted way that some writers apply such words as “conservative” to our beloved John Paul II and also to Joseph Ratzinger who has long been my favorite theologian, and who is now (praise God!) Benedict XVI.

John Paul’s Passover of the Threshold of Hope, Above the Right and the Left

By David Irby on Apr 17, 2005 - 7:40:00 PM
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His timing was always perfect, and even to the last.  Eastertide is the high point of the Christian year, the Feast of the “Passover” of Jesus Christ. 

  John Paul’s Passover of the Threshold of Hope, Above the Right and the Left

By David Irby on Apr 17, 2005 - 7:40:00 PM
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His timing was always perfect, and even to the last.  Eastertide is the high point of the Christian year, the Feast of the “Passover” of Jesus Christ. 

Saint Patrick’s “Jewish” Message

By David Irby on Mar 20, 2005 - 7:30:00 PM
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St Patrick’s Day is big in the USA because it is a day when everyone likes to become “a little bit Irish”.  This includes a lot of good-natured silliness; raucous parades, shamrocks, Leprechauns green hats, green hair and faces, and even green beer.  And needless to say, often a pretty “green gills” from all of that on the following morning

  Saint Patrick’s “Jewish” Message

By David Irby on Mar 20, 2005 - 7:30:00 PM
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St Patrick’s Day is big in the USA because it is a day when everyone likes to become “a little bit Irish”.  This includes a lot of good-natured silliness; raucous parades, shamrocks, Leprechauns green hats, green hair and faces, and even green beer.  And needless to say, often a pretty “green gills” from all of that on the following morning

Schwerner, Goodman, Chaney --And Me

By David Irby on Feb 13, 2005 - 7:17:00 PM
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Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, were three Civil Rights Workers, who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964, and it has taken all of this time, to prosecute the person who has always been known to have been that murder’s ringleader, a “Bible Preacher” and KKK leader, Edgar Ray Killen (who is now 80).  “Justice at last?”  We can only hope!

  Schwerner, Goodman, Chaney --And Me

By David Irby on Feb 13, 2005 - 7:17:00 PM
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Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, were three Civil Rights Workers, who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964, and it has taken all of this time, to prosecute the person who has always been known to have been that murder’s ringleader, a “Bible Preacher” and KKK leader, Edgar Ray Killen (who is now 80).  “Justice at last?”  We can only hope!

Another Tsunami for the Democrats? Let's Avoid It!

By David Irby on Jan 16, 2005 - 7:20:00 PM
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Another ?Tsunami? may be headed toward the Democratic Party, which has been hit by enough of those lately.  This time it?s the possibility that former presidential candidate, Howard Dean may be elected as the new Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
 


  Another Tsunami for the Democrats? Let's Avoid It!

By David Irby on Jan 16, 2005 - 7:20:00 PM
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Another ?Tsunami? may be headed toward the Democratic Party, which has been hit by enough of those lately.  This time it?s the possibility that former presidential candidate, Howard Dean may be elected as the new Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
 


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