Andrew

The Downside of Rick Warren's Important Speech
December 10, 2009

From Bloomberg: Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti- gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said. Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country. The Ugandan government supports the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” Buturo said.

The Movie Review: Turkey Day Roundup
November 25, 2009

The biggest film of the year opens this week, though you may be forgiven if you haven’t heard about it, as it has committed the unpardonable sin of being in Chinese. John Woo’s historical epic Red Cliff is the most expensive and highest-grossing film ever made in China, and that nation’s most emphatic statement to date that it intends to compete with Hollywood and Bollywood for a share of the global cinema market.

A Sabotage of Justice: Our Inert Response to Libya's Terrorist Pep Rally
August 24, 2009

This was a matter of American interest. More than that: it was actually an American matter. And the contempt that Great Britain, particularly Scotland, and Libya have shown the United States in it is a fact with which we must conjure, lest this drama in four parts otherwise define, delimit and demean our very position in world affairs. This is a choice that neither Russia nor China ever seem to face. That is, they never stand down (or seem even to contemplate standing down) from what they deem to be core.

A Sabotage of Justice
August 24, 2009

This was a matter of American interest. More than that: it was actually an American matter. And the contempt that Great Britain, particularly Scotland, and Libya have shown the United States in it is a fact with which we must conjure, lest this drama in four parts otherwise define, delimit and demean our very position in world affairs. This is a choice that neither Russia nor China ever seem to face. That is, they never stand down (or seem even to contemplate standing down) from what they deem to be core.

Twitter Vindicated?
June 17, 2009

Andrew responds to my complaint, citing Joshua Kucera's fact-checking, about Twitter's accuracy. Score a point for Andrew/Twitter on the specific example about crowd sizes, although I'm still a Twitter skeptic. (My sense is that many other tweets have generated a lot more smoke than light--including one I saw a couple of days ago confidently predicting a phony assassination attempt on Ahmadinejad.) I suppose that so long as people take these reports with a grain of salt there's no great harm done.

Blog Triumphalism Watch
June 12, 2009

Andrew pats himself on the back for all the attention he's been paying to the Iranian elections and takes a shot at the New York Times:  Meanwhile, the NYT has also suddenly discovered the following story: In Iran, a Real Race, and Talk of a Sea Change The Dish keeps you informed - a just a little bit ahead of the New York Times. Of course, much of what Andrew (and the rest of us, for that matter) know about the Iranian elections comes from reading The New York Times--which has been doing a terrific job of chronicling the campaign there.

Lights On
March 04, 2009

Baghdad, Iraq In December 2007, the Alpha Company of the 4-64 Armor Battalion of the Fourth Brigade, Third Infantry Division, arrived in the neighborhood of Saidiyah in southwest Baghdad. More than half of the onceupscale, religiously mixed neighborhood's 60,000 residents had fled to Jordan, Syria, or other parts of Iraq. Those who stayed rarely ventured out of their homes. Up until a few months earlier, human corpses had littered the street, where stray dogs feasted on them.

Wither Conservatism Or Whither Conservatism?
February 04, 2009

  If you haven't yet checked out Damon Linker's TNR blog, take a look.

Nicely Done
December 17, 2008

I completely understand why Andrew is upset by Obama's choice to have Rick Warren deliver the inaugural invocation. As Andrew points out, Warren sides with Christian orthodoxy in opposing gay marriage, and he has refrained from condemning the Bush administration's policy on torture. Both of those are major issues for Andrew. But Obama's a politician, and the Warren pick is just the latest sign that he's an exceedingly shrewd one (as Andrew concedes).

The Coffee Vote
May 02, 2008

I'd like to second Dayo's idea about the political upside of Obama smoking--especially since it would help offset his politically troubling* preference for juice over coffee. *--Perhaps the most unintentionally funny commentary of the campaign (H/t Andrew).  --Jason Zengerle 

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