On Faith, Science And The E-coli Bacteria In Infant Urine
October 06, 2008

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.

Andrew J. Bacevich On How America Will Change
October 01, 2008

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.

Today On (september 30, 2008)
September 30, 2008

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

A Tale Of Two Speeches
September 23, 2008

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.

Are Obama And Mccain Really Equally Dishonest?
September 19, 2008

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.

So Many Victim Cards, So Little Time
September 16, 2008

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.

Ahmadinejad Returns
September 13, 2008

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is coming to town again. This visit to New York, as last year's and the one the year before, is on the occasion of the annual convening of the United Nations General Assembly, to which meetings many heads-of-state come with enormous entourages eager to get out of their own countries.  New York is a special treat for the high politicians of poor countries. They can shop, screw up traffic, eat in the international style at enormous expense. It is also big business for the luxury hotels and the limousine services.

Palin And Pegler
September 13, 2008

Among the trite bromides delivered by Sarah Palin to the Republican National Convention was this: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honest and sincerity and dignity." Wow, these sure are powerful words, certainly not the verbiage of ordinary people or even ordinary speech writers. Palin certainly didn't write her speech, and even her distinctly dismal assembly of words in her ABC interview with Charles Gibson were probably not hers. Apropos the wisdom about small towns, her staff also did not trust themselves to do a sentence approximating the thought. So they went to...

Mark Cuban: What Obama Should Do Next
September 11, 2008

Barack Obama is slumping. Poll numbers are down. Enthusiasm is down. Democrats, once again, are freaking. So, we asked a few folks, from different walks of life, to offer their opinion on what Obama should do to improve his standing. Here's what Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote in response: Obama has fallen into the traditional campaign trap of, "Follow me, watch me, listen to me.

Lipstick Relativism
September 11, 2008

McCain's lipstick ad was topic A on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes" last night, which is always essential viewing for those wanting to witness the GOP id. The two conservative guests at the top of the show were National Review's Byron York and former Ohio Congressman John Kasich. Despite Hannity's best efforts, neither one would defend the lipstick ad as honest. York argued that Obama had made unfair attacks about McCain's houses, so...  And Kasich argued that we're in the heat of a campaign and Obama should have known how his remarks would be interpreted.