"Of course there is a poignancy to the Graham family deciding that they can no longer maintain the Post. The Grahams were superb proprietors but the losses were mounting and their confidence was clearly undone. They retained Allen and Company to find a buyer, in itself, an extraordinary concession. But Jeff Bezos, from all we know about him, is not an opportunistic acquirer out to make his fortune. That is clearly secure. He is a man of vast ambitions and apparently, even Amazon, for all its scale and range, isn’t fulfilling them all. We can all hope that he will invest in the paper (and the smaller entities) with money and know-how in this digital age. I certainly don’t think he will choose to diminish it but we’ll need to monitor his patience and his choice of how to exercise his ownership influence.
“As for the book business, I don’t see any particular impact, certainly in the short term. This is Bezos on his own and the emphasis has been that the Post will not be part of Amazon. I’m guessing that it will not in any way distract him from his limitless aspirations to be a dominant–perhaps the dominant–figure in our industry. Jeff Bezos has already demonstrated what he can do with his commitment to build a behemoth. For the sake of journalism, I hope he will give the Post the resources it needs and secure its place as an indispensable asset to the public’s need for quality news and information.”
”—Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs, and former reporter and editor for the Washington Post, on the sale of the Post to Jeff Bezos
[T]he Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Christian denomination save the Catholic Church, passed a resolution calling on its 16 million members to get involved, whether that meant taking in children themselves, donating to adoptive families, or supporting the hundreds of adoption ministries that were springing up around the country to raise money and spread the word. Neo-Pentecostal leader Lou Engle also called for mega-churches to take on the cause, which would give them “moral authority in this nation.”
The movement spawned numerous conferences and books built around the idea that adopting a needy child is a form of missionary work. “The ultimate purpose of human adoption by Christians,” author Dan Cruver wrote in his 2011 book, Reclaiming Adoption, “is not to give orphans parents, as important as that is. It is to place them in a Christian home that they might be positioned to receive the gospel.” At an adoption summit hosted by the Christian Alliance for Orphans at Southern California’s Saddleback Church, pastor Rick Warren told followers, “What God does to us spiritually, he expects us to do to orphans physically: be born again and adopted.”
“People are horrified and there are expressions of dismay. And then nothing happens and we have another [shooting]. And what you need is to keep the conversation going. What should we do to make these things less likely? Is there anything we can do? If there is, we ought to talk about it.”—Craig R. Whitney, author of Living With Guns, on NPR’s Weekend Edition
“Writing this book brought home to me again the fact that history is not some separate thing, unfolding over there while our individual lives flow forward over here. It’s nothing but the strands of our innumerable lives weaving and interweaving. And when I think about my own life twined into the history of my family, and the story of my family woven into the warp and woof of the Afghan epic, I realize that the Afghan saga is itself just one strand in a larger tapestry wrapped around the world: a story in which — for better or for worse — everything is connected to everything else.”—Tamim Ansary, author of GAMES WITHOUT RULES, on the PowellsBooks.blog
"It seems overwhelmingly likely that if Lincoln had been in the White House on 9/11 his response would have resembled that of President George W. Bush… Lincoln recognized that the laws of war are different from the laws that apply in ordinary circumstances. Different rules are essential in the midst of a national emergency. Lincoln recognized the threat to national security that would result if insurrectionists were not tried and convicted for their actions. In Lincoln’s mind, a weakened Union army was a substantial threat to national security. For similar reasons, Lincoln would surely have defended the use of military commissions by President Bush (and later President Obama) to try those accused of terrorism."