Religion

I was walking up Park Avenue today and, as I usually do when I'm close to St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, crossed over to the east side of the street to be in its shadows. Situated just north of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it is a sumptuous church, so also the site of many society weddings. I don't know but I assume that it is on the "correct" side of the theological dispute that is splitting the Anglican communion apart. The correct side being latitudinarian. Laissez-faire, one might say. More liberal on sexual matters and rather left-wing on economic and foreign policy matters.

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 I realize that at this point it's ridiculous to treat Bill Kristol as anything other than an intellectually dishonest apologist for his pal John McCain. Still, he is a prominent pundit who is presumably still taken seriously by someone somewhere, and so I feel compelled to take issue with his remarks in Mo Dowd's column today. Asked about his increasingly lonely cheerleading of Sarah Palin, Kristol snipped: Conservative eggheads are my friends, but politically they're a contrarian indicator.

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Some people fear for their livelihoods. Other people fear for their lives.Of course, sometimes livelihood is life.The world has a terrible record in salvaging either one if the threat to them is a mass phenomenon.

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 I always enjoy the missives I receive from GOPUSA, where the nuttiest of wingnuts go for affirmation. Today's featured piece is a broadside by freelance columnist Doug Patton against Timesman David Brooks' Friday column on how Sarah Palin is but the latest front in Republicians' burgeoning war against ideas.

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If you don't see this yourself you might think I made it up: on faith, science and the e-coli bacteria in infant urine. This was posted by a group called MEMRI, the extraordinary resource for significant translations from the Arab and Islamic world: Hamas TV's Koranic Scientist Dr. Ahmad Al-Muzain: No Scientific Necessity to Wash Off the Urine of Male Infants Following are excerpts from a program featuring Dr. Ahmad Al-Muzain, a Palestinian expert on Koranic science, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on September 3, 2008: Dr.

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In an effort to start making sense of what is an indisputably confusing situation, we asked some of the most thoughtful people we know the question: How will America change as a result of the economic downturn? Here's Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor at Boston University and the author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. We can now finally chuck overboard all of the bloated and self-congratulatory language of the post-Cold War era: the claims made of a Sole Superpower serving as the Indispensable Nation during a Unipolar Moment at the End of History.

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  Time For A Do-Over: How The Democrats Can Finally Show Leadership On The Economy, By John B.

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A Tale Of Two Speeches

Today in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad is giving a big speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Yesterday, Sarah Palin didn't speak at a rally organized in protest of that speech. What's the deal? At 11:45 yesterday morning, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations held a rally outside the U.N. to protest Ahmadinejad's continued defiance of that very body's demands regarding the perpetuation of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

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There's been a big upsurge of conservative commentary lashing Barack Obama for his Spanish-language television spot tying John McCain to offensive statements by Rush Limbaugh.

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When I wrote about the sad whipping feminism has taken this election, I thought (hoped) that maybe I was being a bit grim about what Sarah Palin's candidacy would mean. Instead, I've spent the subsequent couple of weeks watching Team McCain drag the entire GOP down into a spiral of whining, victimology, and grievance politics that makes Hillary dead-enders look almost reasonable. The Carly Fiorina clip Jason posted is a particularly laughable example.

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