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The Difficult Cloudy Middle of Abortion

By Dan Summers — I enjoyed Chris’s recent post about Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame.  With his indulgence, I will take his metaphor about side roads and interstates, and modify it for my own purposes.  Traveling through his post, I was distracted by the following exit sign, and from it I turned to the…

AQFTD

At a minimum, Obama seemed alive to the moral and legal ambiguities implied by the issue. Not so the former Vice-President, who chose to speak in a chilling code, in which methods of torture such as waterboarding became “enhanced interrogation,” in the way that death might be called “enhanced sleep.” –Jeffrey Toobin, in the New…

the ballad of RSM

Worried that conservatives will really make a roaring comeback? Read Robert Stacy McCain, and be assuaged. Joe, neither Dreher nor Frum is a professional talk-radio host, and I’m guessing neither one of them would last six months in the medium if they tried it. Something tells me Rod wouldn’t actually be too enamored of giving…

Sunday Poem Series

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (translated and modified by Edward Fitzgerald) 1 Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light. 2 Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in…

Crazy Church Story of the Day

So I’m working at my church today and there’s a wedding.  It’s all going more or less swimmingly (the bride was fashionably late as they say but whatever); it’s a beautiful day everybody’s dressed up. Until… not one prayer and one song into the service, one of the groomsmen passes out.  Bam.  Fortunately he got…

Quote o’ the Day

Even deciding where the two Qaeda suspects in Pakistani custody will be kept over the long term is “extremely, extremely sensitive right now,” a senior American military official said, adding, “They’re both bad dudes. The issue is: where do they get parked so they stay parked?” Via NyTimes Minus that colorful metaphor the article is…

Torture vs. Steroids

A cogent point from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Mark Madsen: When the congressional hearing of Jose Canseco vs. other MLB players created questions about steroid use, Congress acted quickly and decisively and spent the next several years with multiple Congressional hearings related to this important issue. I remember watching impassioned speeches by senators and Congresspeople talking…

Star Trek

By the way, I saw Star Trek this past weekend and it was great fun.  I’m not a big Trek fan – though I loved some of the old movies when I was a kid – but this movie was sheer entertainment and you didn’t really need to be a fan to appreciate it, though…

Where We Fight

Sonny Bunch responds to my earlier post, arguing that overseas military operations divert potential terrorists from domestic attacks. I think this is pretty unpersuasive: 1.) The most spectacular terrorist attack ever carried out -September 11th – was put together on the cheap. Why can’t a group that supposedly poses an existential threat to the United…

Get this man a blog

TAP’s Adam Serwer (emphasis mine): I don’t buy this framing. The fact is that there is no middle ground when it comes to due process. With his soaring and sincere rhetoric, the president has done an incredible job of selling his kinder, gentler War on Terror, and ultimately, the American people will likely have his…

Terror Talk

In the wake of another botched terror attack, it’s worth noting that the Islamists’ post-9/11 track record is pretty terrible (keep in mind this is in spite of the well-documented incompetence of Homeland Security). So: is it time to reconsider the threat posed by transnational terror networks? James Fallows has persuasively argued that we should…

Notes from a Vacation

My wife and I just returned from Belgium and Prague, where we took a wonderful vacation.  I’m not going to pretend that a few days in the home of the European Parliament or a few more days in a former Soviet bloc country-come-tourist trap gives me some special insight into these cultures.  This is especially true given that…

around the web on May 20th

Paul Romer envisions Hong Kong like city-states for developing countries. Stephen Walt discusses realism and tolerance, using DODT as a leaping point. Eric Brown and Darwin Catholic discuss bioethics, health care, and Catholic teaching at The American Catholic. Shafeen Chanaria wants kids to be exposed to the real world from a young age.

Born Fighting

The author of The Village Voice’s Terminator review must be a Jim Webb fan (emphasis mine): Moon Bloodgood‘s pilot is introduced shaking a luxuriant mane loose from her flight helmet, making a Jennifer Beals–in-Flashdance shocka out of something the preceding movies took for granted. She’ll later face an arbitrarily staged menace; her would-be rapists are…

the last word

“The last word” is the most dangerous of infernal machines; and husband and wife should no more fight to get it than they would struggle for the possession of a lighted bomb-shell.”  ~ Douglas William Jerrold, playwright and humorist (1803-1857)

a quote for a cloudy afternoon

“I gave up on post-theism in my 20’s. I worked through my post-post-theism in my early 30’s. I’m currently enjoying my post-post-post-theism too much to really contemplate post-post-post-post-theism, but, hey. Maybe someone will write a book about it that I can yell about and I’ll be a convert. Or, maybe, I’ll backslide and become a…

The Diversity Racket

There are more than a few compelling reasons to avoid a completely homogeneous workforce, but Matt Labash’s look at sclerotic diversity industry is still pretty damning (and hilarious): Indeed, Peggy Norris, a private-sector contract consultant who used to work on the government side in procurement, tells me that another consultant, after getting one of her…