Friday Free-for-All: August 27

Time for some Friday morning links:

  • As movements are being made in Congress to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, Delia Lloyd at Politics Daily says now is a good time to consider “Ten Reasons to Lift the Cuba Embargo.”
  • CNN reports on a troubling trend in Nigeria: Children are increasingly becoming the targets of attacks for being “witches,” suffering torture, banishment, or even death for supposedly causing misfortunes like poverty and illness. A heartbreaking story.
  • US ambassador Doug Kmiec was in a car accident in Southern California on Wednesday that killed one passenger, 74-year-old Sister Mary Campbell. Kmiec and the other passenger, Msgr. John Sheridan, both underwent surgery but are in stable condition. Prayers for all three.
  • Taffy Brodesser-Aker believes that circumcision is mutilation — so why did she put her two sons through it? Where faith, fear, and “magical thinking” meet parenthood.
  • Mad Men design for Facebook — awesome “vintage” Internet ads.
  • Photographer and friend of IC Renata Grzan was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., yesterday for a mass and celebration in honor of Mother Teresa’s centenary. She was kind enough to share this great shot of a balloon launch in Mother Teresa’s colors; looks like it was a beautiful service. Check out Renata’s blog for more.


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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