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The Housing Slump Has Salem On a Witch Hunt Again

The Housing Slump Has Salem On a Witch Hunt Again

Homeowners of various faiths have turned to different rituals—called house cleansings or space clearings—for centuries. Catholics and Hindus, for example, might ask a priest to bless a new home before moving in. Before their new year, the Chinese cleanse the home to sweep away any bad luck accumulated over the past twelve months.
By S. Mitra Kalita, Wall Street Journal….
Ms. Bruno’s process pulls from a few methods: Ringing bells, she says, breaks up the negative energy of a place.

Palin’s Persecution Complex Culminates With “Blood Libel” Accusation

Palin’s Persecution Complex Culminates With “Blood Libel” Accusation

By Anthea Butler, Religion Dispatches….
Palin’s typical pattern is that she takes a phrase from somebody (in this case, possibly Glenn Reynolds, writing in the Wall Street Journal), picks it up, and uses it for her own. In today’s debacle, referring to criticism of her “crosshairs” map as a “blood libel,” Palin shows that even if six people are killed, it’s still all about her. The strategic release of this video, before President Obama travels to Arizona today for a memorial service, shows her self-serving political ends. In addition to misuing the term blood libel — which historically refers to the accusation that Jews murder Christian babies — her additional reference to dueling shows that she will not retreat from any violence-laden speech.