New York Times
Sister Mary Holy Water (aka Maureen Dowd) ticks off Liberalism’s theological indispensables just prior to John Paul II’s beatification or beautification or whatever:
As progressive as he was on those issues, he was disturbingly
regressive on social issues-contraception, women’s ordination,
priests’ celibacy, divorce and remarriage. And certainly, John Paul
forfeited his right to beatification [surely she means
beautification] when he failed to establish a legal standard to
remove pedophiles from the priesthood and simply turned away for
(April 24, 2011)
From the carbon hoofprint fanatics, gourmet notes fit for a McDonald’s near you:
Emmaus, Pa-The factory farms of the commercial livestock industry are a large contributor to greenhouse-gas production, not to mention antibiotic-resistant germs. Those are good reasons to shop around for tasty organic beef and chicken, and maybe make your diet a little less meat-centric.
But if you really want to do your part, consider chowing down on
some more sustainable, less conventional protein sources, namely,
edible insects. There’s new data suggesting that widespread use of
bugs for food would be a good move for the environment. A Dutch
study published in the Public Library of Science’s PLoS One journal
set out to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) production by several
species of edible insects, including mealworms, house crickets, and
migratory locusts. They found that the edible insects emitted
comparable or lower amounts of GHG per relative growth rate than
pigs, and much lower amounts than cattle.
(March 9, 2011)
The New Republic
Young Jonathan Chait, rather surprisingly, offers evidence that Paul Ryan’s cuts are mere piffles:
The new GOP budget unveiled by Paul Ryan is a wildly cruel
document. Yet pointing this out, as Democrats keep doing, seems
only to flatter Ryan’s self-conception as a serious man telling
hard truths. So let me instead concede Ryan’s moral premises.
(Throw tens of millions of people off health care? Why not! Slash
food stamps? It’ll just inspire the next Dickens!) Instead, let’s
judge Ryan by his own standards. Does his plan, however, cruel,
actually address our fiscal realities? No, it doesn’t.
(April 6, 2011)
Piers Morgan Tonight
Another semi-literate moment on the Piers Morgan show, this time with Miss Whoopi Goldberg performing the Goldberg Variations of a Drunk:
As a journalist, you know, twenty years ago, you know, you had
to back up what you said. You had to back up; you had to have the
facts. You couldn’t just write something, and leave it. Now,
because we have blogisphobic, blogisphures, blogis people, you
know; and we have the Internet, you know, which just goes around
and around and around, you know, in infinite. People can throw out
anything as fact, and they don’t have to check it; no one has to
check; no one has to prove anything and this to me is a terrible
disservice to the American people and to the Internet, man.
(April 13, 2011)
If you think the Japanese have it tough, peruse this chilling report from Amerika and the shocking vision of the poetess Miss Muriel Rukeyser, bedwetter:
As women, we are quiet about our personal lives, especially when
it comes to sex. We are quiet because there is a history of abuse
and violence and harm committed to those who tell the truth of
their lives. Marriages are shattered. Families are broken.
Judgments are rendered. The woman stands alone. Our stories live
underground. I think of the poet Muriel Rukeyser, who asked this
question: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her
life? The world would split open.”
New York Times
Dr. Paul Krugman provides evidence of the little voices that keep howling in his ears. In this case they are the “civility police,” and they are very importunate:
Last week, President Obama offered a spirited defense of his party’s values — in effect, of the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. Immediately, thereafter, as always happens when Democrats take a stand, the civility police came out in force. The president, we were told, was being too partisan; he needs to treat his opponents with respect; he should have lunch with them, and work out a consensus.
That’s a bad idea.
(April 18, 2011)
Woodrow Wilson Center
A summons to scholars to discuss the Soviets’ early good-natured attempts at Socialist Globalization, which is still stubbornly referred to as the Cold War by American Know-Nothings at Fox News, the Heritage Foundation, and other ultra-right haunts:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?