Thursday, September 05, 2013

Daily Links 9-5-13

A story of honor, the dangers of cohabitating, partisan journalism, and advice to teenage girls using social media in this morning's links.


The most amazing books we have ever read as a family were the Winnie the Pooh books. The best thing about them is that they are chock full of life lessons.


This is an amazing story of honor from World War I:

Captain Robert Campbell, aged 29, was captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914.
But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death.
He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time.
Incredibly the German leader granted the request allowing the professional office two weeks leave - as long as he returned.
The only bond he placed on the leave was Capt Campbell's ‘word' as an army officer.
He returned to his family home in Gravesend Kent in December 1916 and spent a week with his cancer-stricken mother.
He then kept his promise by returning to his German prison - where he stayed until the war ended in 1918.

Thanks to my lovely bride for the tip.


It would seem logical to live together before getting married. But it isn't. Eric Metaxas explains.


Jake Tapper is by far one of the best reporters on television. The Washington Post Magazine recently published an interview that is well worth reading. An excerpt:

I’d like to think that people on both the left and the right think that I’m fair. The media keeps evolving in this way, where television channels and anchors and reporters pick sides. And that’s not healthy. One of the problems with the media landscape today is that there is a reluctance to get people who will ask tough questions even if they are fair, even if they are smart and serious and substantive questions. That’s why certain politicians from certain parties favor certain channels or reporters.
Believe me, there is nothing wrong with partisan journalism. That’s how journalism started; I’m not criticizing it for existing — it should exist. The issue is when it’s presented as, These are just the facts. That blurring of opinion and more factual journalism that doesn’t pick sides. It can be challenging if you are not in the business of reaffirming the worldview of more ideological viewers. But I think there is an audience of viewers and journalists and politicians who respect the need for anchors who you don’t know who they voted for for president.
Hat tip: Get Religion


 Some wise words for teenage girls using social media.

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