The Gay Fixation
March 23, 2009
I like and respect Rod Dreher. We've known each other for a long time and gone through some spiritual trials together. And for the past few years I've read his Crunchy Con blog nearly every day, appreciating his honesty and learning from his fresh take on a wide range of social, cultural, and economic issues. But there's one thing about Rod -- and many other social conservatives -- that I just don't get.
Tnrtv: Cottle On Why Madoff's Guilty Plea Is Criminal
March 12, 2009
TNR senior editor Michelle Cottle reveals the loose ends that Bernard Madoff's guilty plea leaves unresolved, arguing that justice would be better served if the case went to trial. --Ben Eisler
The Progressive Truth Squad
February 28, 2009
This is getting a little ridiculous. For those who haven't been paying attention, conservative pundit George F. Will wrote a column for the Washington Post on February 15 in which he argued that contemporary concerns about global warming are greatly exaggerated. Will quoted several articles from the 1970s in order to demonstrate that at the time there was widespread concern about impending "global cooling" that never materialized.
Supposing Truth Is Ugly -- What Then?
February 07, 2009
The debate between orthodox religion and atheism goes on and on and on. In observing the argument, what strikes me more and more is not the deep divide separating the believers from the unbelievers -- not their radically incompatible views of truth -- but rather what they both share. Each side in the clash between reason and revelation follows Plato's Socrates in assuming that truth is good for human beings, and also that it is in some sense beautiful. Philosophers nearly always believe this, and so do modern scientists.
December 31, 2008
In December 2003, Brent Cambron gave himself his first injection of morphine. Save for the fact that he was sticking the needle into his own skin, the motion was familiar--almost rote. Over the course of the previous 17 months, as an anesthesia resident at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambron had given hundreds of injections. He would stick a syringe into a glass ampule of fentanyl or morphine or Dilaudid, pulling up the plunger to draw his dose. Then he'd inject the dose into his patient.
December 23, 2008
The Times nails down Hillary's deputy at State--and the news is that it's not one deputy but two: Mrs. Clinton is recruiting Jacob J. Lew, the budget director under President Bill Clinton, as one of two deputies, according to people close to the Obama transition team. Mr. Lew’s focus, they said, will be on increasing the share of financing that goes to the diplomatic corps. He and James B. Steinberg, a deputy national security adviser in the Clinton administration, are to be Mrs. Clinton’s chief lieutenants.
Gop Economics Explained--plus, Bonus Bush Pathos
December 21, 2008
Today's installment of the Times "Reckoning" series offers a useful and accurate (if not entirely comprehensive--they would have needed several thousand more words) take on the Bush administration's contribution to the financial crisis. The basic story is that, under Bush, the federal government aggressively pushed subprime borrowers into homes while at the same time hacking away regulations that might have sussed out the shakiest mortgages. As the Times sums it up: From his earliest days in office, Mr.
Sage Advice From Editorial Boards
December 03, 2008
The more (self-) evident it becomes that Israel has exactly zero to do with the horrors of Mumbai and the more evident it is that the terror unleashed there is a function of Islamic fanaticism generally and on the sub-continent particularly, the more the smug foreign policy establishment reverts to its old and discredited theme. Its favored theme: The Jewish state has to soften up. It comes in the guise of counsel to Hillary Clinton whose politics and policies they do not trust.
Memri Brings You Nice News
November 24, 2008
Well, not really. There is no real freedom of speech in Arab societies. So why is this ugly discourse permitted on Arab TV? Because the torture of homosexuals is intrinsic to the public discourse in the Islamic world. If it weren't...well, you know what I was abut to say. From the MEMRI TV Archives- Kuwaiti Islamist Sa'd Al-'Inzi: Homosexuals Should Be Tortured in Public Squares – Death is Too Good For Them Following are excerpts from an interview with Kuwaiti Islamist Dr.
Notes On Stevens And Prop. 8
November 05, 2008
-- In my (seemingly premature) goodbye to Ted Stevens last week, I did note that strategic Republicans who wanted to keep the seat in GOP hands might vote for Stevens anyway, figuring that if his conviction is upheld on appeal and he's forced out of the Senate, the seat will at least fall to a generic (or not-so-generic) Republican.