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Christian Apologetics and Modern Atheism

In probably what is an annual Christmas spread, The New York Times published an interview: “Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?” by their Pulitzer …

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The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

Sardonic and hilarious conservative novelist, screenwriter, columnist, and commentator Andrew Klavan has written an autobiographical account of his intellectual life. The Great Good Thing covers only those aspects of Klavan’s life that relate to his me… . . . → Read More: The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

Happy New Year Fellow Deplorables

I certainly cannot predict what 2017 will be like but I know for sure 2016 was one of the best years of my life. The …

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Happy New Year 2017!

Tales wishes everyone a safe and great New Years Eve tonight and a very blessed, healthy Happy New Year 2017! 2017I happen to be playing ‘Words With Friends’ with this lady from Australia and last night [Dec. 30 at 10 pm here in Houston] she sent me th… . . . → Read More: Happy New Year 2017!

The Best and Worst News of 2016

There was some genuinely good news in 2016, which is more than I can say for 2015 (my “best” development for that year was some polling data, followed by some small-ball tinkering). Though the good news for 2016 was mostly overseas. Here are the four things from around the world that made me happy this […]

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New Years Eve Sock Hop Saturday

Hey there’s a party today On your way, don’t forget to drive carefully, or Dead Man’s Curve will get you I think even more than Carrie, I miss her mom, Debbie Reynolds. But you had best know how to dance, we don’t allow wallflowers We got time for a bit of dreaming, of course What […]

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Bravo To Maestro Zubin Mehta As He Announces His Retirement

This announcement from Haaretz on December 26, 2016: “Legendary Maestro Zubin Mehta Announces Retirement From Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” – “After over three decades at its helm, the Indian-born conductor will leave in October 2018

Maestro Zubin Mehta [born April 29, 1936] – Bravo! to excellence

This from the Zubin Mehta biography page:  “Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay [India] and received his first musical education under his father’s Mehli Mehta’s guidance who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.”

By 1961 he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and has recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles.”

Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is a co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music. The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv develops young talent in Israel and is closely related to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as is a new project of teaching young Arab Israelis in the cities of Shwaram and Nazareth with local teachers and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.”

The Tales wishes Maestro Mehta congratulations for his upcoming retirement in 2018 and all the best blessings.

Thanks to Rachel Ramon You Tube for this video of a surprise birthday celebration for Maestro Mehta in Tel Aviv on his 80th Birthday in April of this year, 2016:


On 24th December 2011, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv.  Here is Maestro Mehta leading the orchestra in Chopin’s beautiful piano concerto #1, with virtuoso pianist, Israeli-Russian, Evgeny Kissin as the soloist.

Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto #1 in E minor:


Listen to this wonderful interpretation of the final movement of Beethoven’s mesmerizing “Pastoral” 6th Symphony by Zubin Mehta as he leads the Israeli Philharmonic in one of my favorite symphonies.

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F Major, “Pastoral”, Movement 5, Allegretto:  


Now here is Maestro Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv in 2004 in Beethoven’s pensive Piano Concerto #4 with pianist supreme, Mitsuko Uchida, the soloist. 

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Major: [note, Mitsuko Uchida also plays an encore – Mozart’s piano sonata in 
C Major, “semplice”, Andante movement]:


In this final video tribute to Maestro Mehta, please turn up the volume and enjoy this live recording from 1988 in Tel Aviv at the 40 year celebration of the state of Israel, where Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel’s National Anthem, Hatikva, the ‘Hope’.

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Bravo and best wishes, Maestro Zubin Mehta!


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Gov. Dayton, BLM vs. Miners

Gov. Dayton is the gift that keeps giving fantastic quotes to Minnesota’s bloggers. This article provides another such gift. The second paragraph of the article says “In an interview with The Associated Press, Dayton said he expects Twin Metals Minnesota and its supporters to try their hardest to persuade President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to reverse […]

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A Self-Governing Chinese Catholic Church: Conflating Statecraft and Religious Authority

In late December, 2016, as the Chinese government was negotiating a deal to improve relations with the Vatican, Yu Zhengsheng, a senior Communist Party leader, “endorsed the notion of a self-governed Chinese Catholic church.”[1] The key point, I submit, hinges on governance. In what sense does governance apply rightfully (or fittingly) to a religious organization? This is a question to be put both to the Chinese government and the Vatican.

Yu Zhengsheng meeting Chinese Catholic religious authorities (Source: Yao Dawei/Xinhua)

The complete essay is at “A Self-Governing Chinese Catholic Church.”


1. Javier C. Hernandez, “Catholic Churches in China Should Be Independent of Vatican, Official Says,” The New York Times, December 30, 2016.

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Minnesota’s Story of the Year

Minnesota’s story of the year is simple. In fact, the top 2 stories of the year are intertwined. When Gov. Dayton stated that “the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable” to growing numbers of Minnesotans, jaws dropped because they knew he’d just issued a death sentence to DFL legislators in November’s elections. Though he […]

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Why the media missed the Story of the Year

Salena Zito’s article turns the spotlight on the MSM, aka the Agenda Media, to highlight why the media got this election badly wrong. Early in the article, Salena wrote about the NY Times, saying “Take The New York Times’ public editor’s laudable call for more diversity in the newsroom. ‘The executive editor, Dean Baquet, is […]

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A new Trump Tower?

I’m still buried under a mountain of stuff, but shoveling as fast as I can to clean up a field in Louisiana (if you understand that joke, we share a taste in movies). But this is rather important. It was a feckless and reckless move on the part of Obama, by now that should surprise no […]

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Montreal Learned the Wrong Lesson from Ayn Rand

I’ve always viewed Ayn Rand’s most famous novel, Atlas Shrugged, as a warning about the dangers of over-regulation, over-taxation, and excessive redistribution. I won’t spoil the plot for those who haven’t yet read the book, but it’s basically a story about what happens to a society when the people pulling the wagon decide that’s no […]

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2017 Resolutions: Hold GOP and Trump accountable! Save the Constitution!

With 2016 in the rear-view mirror, and the road ahead pointing us to 2017, it’s healthy to reflect on the past year as we make preparations for the new year. While I’m sure that there are some things that didn’t…

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E.J. Dionne on drugs?

After reading just a couple paragraphs of E.J. Dionne’s latest humorfest, it’s difficult to take the left seriously anymore. I can’t say that Mr. Dionne’s opinions are representative of the left’s worldview. Unfortunately, I can’t say that they aren’t commonplace, either. For instance, Dionne wrote that “It is this spirit that began to take hold […]

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Passengers

Augustine wrote that Christians are ideally in the world but not of it. The fallen world is not the Christian’s true home. For the 5000 (plus crew) prospective colonists hibernating aboard a mammoth spaceship in the film, Passengers (2016), the planet Earth was presumably not their true home—or maybe that home was becoming climatically rather untenable and the 5000 were lucky souls heading for a new, unspoiled home.


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Trump, Entitlements, and America’s Potential Greek Future

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (or like Donald Sutherland in Animal House), I’m going to repeat myself for the umpteenth time and state that the United States has a big long-run problem. To be specific, the burden of government spending will inexorably climb in the absence of big reforms. This isn’t […]

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Kerry’s award-winning speech

Lost in all of the criticism of John Kerry’s long-winded speech yesterday is ‘praise’ he received from Alan Dershowitz. In an interview on Fox News’ Kelly File, Prof. Dershowitz said “this speech should win an Academy Award for best fictional presentation.” The interview started with Sandra Smith asking Prof. Dershowitz “Do you think there was […]

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Rachel weeping

I’m back, but it was a late night and I’ve nothing prepared, so mostly this will be one more of Jessica’s, but not a happy one. It is also a day after our churches celebrate the Slaughter of the Innocents. Some of those churches, it must be said, with their eyes tight closed to what they […]

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Hillary’s Wisconsin decision

It isn’t a secret that Hillary Clinton made a mistake by not campaigning in Wisconsin. People of all political persuasions have criticized her. IMO, those criticisms are justified … to a point. Let’s first stipulate that Hillary campaigning there would’ve helped. The question remaining is how much it would’ve helped. After spending this past weekend […]

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