My Favorites From 2013

Below is a list of my favorite books, articles, and tweets from 2013. Not all of them were actually written in 2013, but I read them in 2013 and since this is my site, I get to make that kind of illogical decision. Enjoy!


A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Winner of a 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Samantha Power’s A Problem From Hell weaves through several cases of genocide in the 20th century and contends that America’s response to such mass killing was shockingly indifferent. Well-researched, insightful and painfully poignant, I found her arguments to be overwhelmingly convincing. Power was recently appointed as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, which was what prompted me to read the book, and this is a great way to introduce yourself to her and the point-of-view she brings to that position.

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Getting Started With Credit Card Reward Points

Credit cards. They’re usually associated with bad spending habits that lead to unnecessary debt saddled with exorbitant interest rates − and this is certainly a warranted reputation. But for my wife and I, credit cards have actually proved to be a reliable source of disposable income. Since 2011, we’ve received $2,600 in cash and services simply by making purchases with our credit cards and then taking advantage of their respective reward point programs. We haven’t paid a single penny in interest or hidden charges and we don’t pay annual fees. Below, I’d like to share our experience and give a road map for how you can start making use of the best reward programs out there.

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Evil in Syria

Ten days ago, over 1,400 people, including over 400 children, were killed via sarin gas attacks in Damascus, Syria. Additional napalm bombs were dropped in various locations, including a school yard (warning: content of video is graphic), that killed even more. I'm not sure what the correct response is, but I know that this is the definition of evil. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.


Arlington National Cemetery


White House

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