When the presidential campaign gets down to the wire every four years, it seems that voters are stuck with an unappealing “choice” between two major-party candidates who differ little on core issues — their rhetoric notwithstanding. This year's choice between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is no different.

This has not happened by accident.

The two killers at Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were excellent readers and writers. They were intelligent, clever, and self-motivated. Yet, lacking a foundation in biblical studies, or moral ethics of any kind, the moral absolutes of the Bible had no meaning for them.

Paul Ryan may be the conservative’s conservative, but understand what that means: He’s out to save the welfare/warfare state from its own intrinsic unsustainability. He’s no small-government man.

By way of comparing Superman with Christ, I show how, his critics assertion to the contrary aside, Superman's selfless use of his awesome power enhances his humanity and makes him that much more worthy a moral exemplar.  

Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me — my favorite being When Harlem Was in Vogue by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply Harlem by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history — going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

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