A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Buddhist Posts

This blog has been around long enough to acquire many categories of posts. The packaging states that politics is its main subject, but the fact that I am a Buddhist has, from time to time, generated interesting posts of its own. So I thought I'd compile them here and place a link on my blogroll. I'll update this from time to time as new posts accumulate. May all beings benefit.

A Buddhist Christmas

One Thousand Dead People and the Bodhisattva Ideal

The Story of a Tulku

The Thankful Way

The Quest for Peace

Clinging To The Pot

Benedict and Me--Part II: One Truth, Four Truths, Two Truths

Pope Benedict And Me, Part I: The Sleep Of Reason

Humming Activity--Peace and Quiet

The Mountain Will Not Come To Joe Claus...

Karma, Merit, Buddhist Vows, and the Spiritual Friend

A New Buddhist Post

This Is An Emergency Post


A Death In The Sangha

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Death, Terri Schiavo, Rationality, and Faith

Thinking about Death yet again

The Way Things Really Are

Letting Go Of Fear

There are Cyber-Retreats and then there are Cyber-Retreats

A Vision of Long Ago and My Religious Friends

When Pleasures Slip Into Larger Spaces Than The Mind

The Power of Prayer

Since the Anchoress Asks, I'll Answer

The Buddhist View Of Original Sin

On Being Liberal and Religious, Part 3

On Being Liberal and Religious, Part 2

On Being Liberal and Religious, Part 1

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