Right Angles

Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fred Phelps, who identifies himself as a Baptist “Reverend,” is known for protesting around the country against, well, several things but mostly homosexuality. I’d heard of him before but dismissed him as some wrongheaded guy with an axe to grind until recently, when two things occurred to me: His words hurt people, especially gays, and Since he calls himself a Baptist “Reverend,” he’s claiming to speak for Christianity. And that’s a big… Read More

“Band of Brothers,” a 2001 ten-part miniseries based on the book of the same name, follows a group of WWII paratroopers, E Company (“Easy Company”), through basic training, the D-Day invasion at Normandy, into occupied France and finally into Germany. Author Stephen Ambrose based his narrative on interviews with Easy Company veterans. In the ninth episode, “Why We Fight,” the soldiers encounter a whole new realm of evil. It’s April 1945, the… Read More

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” “Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.” “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” “Government’s view of the economy could be… Read More