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Noteworthy entries @ Testosterhome, OxBlog, Bettnet.com, cut on the bias, JunkYardBlog, Dyspeptic Mutterings, Democracy Project, Eutychus Fell: Becoming Catholic, Tapscott's Copy Desk, Armavirumque, Midwest Conservative Journal, relapsed catholic, Hoystory.com, Lex Communis, Tim Blair, IowaHawk, HerbEly, The Belgravia Dispatch, The Remedy, The Paragraph Farmer, Turnabout, ScrappleFace, The Daily Demarche, and The Diplomad.


I'm always surprised by how many people... @ Testosterhome:

... approach my family when we're out in public. This is brought on, in part, by our stepping-stone boys (aged 2, 4, 6 and 8), which tends to elicit fun questions such as "Are they all yours?," "When are you going to have your girl?" and my personal favorite, "Do they all have the same father?" ....


From the Cutting Floor @ OxBlog:

I pitched this op-ed to a well-known paper but they said that the inaugural address is already old news. But OxBlog is a big fan of old news, so here's what I wrote: ....


Making of a monster @ Bettnet.com:

It’s common for us to refer to those who commit the most heinous acts, whether it’s genocide or child molesting, as monsters. But does it serve us, them, or society well to do so?...


Changes @ cut on the bias:

Do you play the game of "what if"?...


Illinois Ends Religious Freedom @ JunkYardBlog:

We predicted churches would soon be victims of gay rights laws, and unfortunately we were right. Here is what I wrote on November 18, 2003, in the wake of the Massachusetts gay marriage decision: ....


Thirty Two Years. @ Dyspeptic Mutterings:

And counting....


An Open Letter to Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers @ Democracy Project:

Dear President Summers,
My sympathies were with you, initially. It seems clear you have been treated unfairly by women who agreed to a private, off-the-record meeting, but who, when you raised ideas with which they disagreed, betrayed your trust, behaved rudely, and tried to silence even the suggestion of dissent. These women behaved very badly, indeed.
But you, sir, behaved worse....


A Tree Grows in Phoenix @ Eutychus Fell: Becoming Catholic:

I was reading about the two suspended Phoenix, AZ priests over at Amy Welborn's site. (Where does she find the energy?) Over time, I've lived through some congregational splits over pastors and over change. I've also been on the sidelines for other splits over building projects, behavior, growth, money, etc. There's no end to the causes that can split a parish or a congregation....


Harvard Conference Highlights Need for New Definition of "Journalist" @ Tapscott's Copy Desk:

Discussion and reaction continues in some quarters from the Harvard conference last week on bloggers, journalism and credibility. Robert Cox, managing editor of The National Debate blog, director of the Media Bloggers Association and a participant in the conference, has a number of "what now" suggestions for much-needed initiatives....


Victor Davis Hanson: Why Matthew Parris is wrong @ Armavirumque:

Readers of the London Times will have have noticed that, once again, the commentator Matthew Parris has his knickers in a twist. His January 22 column screamed, "Ignore the vanity of the Bushites, America's might is draining away." Oh dear. I asked Victor Davis Hanson to respond. Here is what he had to say: ....


Frankly Speaking @ Midwest Conservative Journal:

Following the recent ECUSA House of Bishops meeting in Salt Lake City, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly asked several attendees for their reactions. Frank Griswold, of course, had a great deal to say. What was the purpose of this meeting, Frank?...


My latest Catholic Register column @ relapsed catholic:

The enigma of Flannery O'Connor....


Deep in denial @ Hoystory.com:

I keep going to PoynterOnline's MediaNews feature hoping to see some sort of serious discussion of CBS's fradulent memos story. It hasn't happened — and probably will never happen.
Why?
I think the two big questions that the independent report left unanswered — the authenticity of the documents and whether political bias was the reason for the "rushed" report — are obvious to even the most liberal journalist. It's an issue that none of them really want to ponder....


Thomas Aquinas and the Simplicity of God. @ Lex Communis:

Last Thursday [Jan. 20], our Communio group considered Question 3 of the First Part of the Summa Theologica — on the Simplicity of God. Parsing St. Thomas' prose quickly led to mass confusion on our part. St. Thomas' language and assumptions simply aren't ours....


The Night the Soldiers Came @ Tim Blair: (first ellipsis in original)

The Washington Post's Jackie Spinner meets a calm and reasonable Baghdad resident who turned against the US after ... well, you'll find out soon enough....


I Thought I Would Die of Embarrassment @ IowaHawk (brackets in original):

[ed. — Jackie Spinner of the Washington Post covers the most poignant story to arise from the Iraq quagmire: Iraqi resistors humiliated into militant rage, as U.S. soldiers search their girlymag stashes. Right in front of their moms. Our Washington correspondent did some digging in a K Street dumpster and found more tragic stories of embarrassment cut from the original story....]


Bush's Second Inaugural: the Question of Vital Interest and Competent Authority @ HerbEly:

Religious commentators are busy writing about the religious code language in Bush’s address. Little attention has been paid to the national security code language. The phrase “vital interest” contains some national security code language. This language should be compared with moral doctrines on the decision to go to war. Unfortunately, religiously literate people are likely to miss the point of Bush’s national security language. Their comparisons will be off base and ill-informed....


Laphamization Watch @ The Belgravia Dispatch (first ellipsis in original):

... a fine example here (for a definition of Laphamization, go here).
Clearly the folks at the Nation are chomping at the bit to declare the Iraqi elections a failure. In this vein, the editorial is comical, to a fashion....


Our Top Story Tonight @ The Remedy:

ABC News....


Reverse Midas touch, part two @ The Paragraph Farmer:

I've said before that abortion corrupts everything it touches. It's not an original thought, but it's worth revisiting in light of the fact that tomorrow [Sat. Jan. 22] marks the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade....


Is the EU the consummation of Christendom? @ Turnabout:

There is a strain of right-wing thought, especially in Europe, that holds Christianity responsible for the collapse of the West into rationalized egalitarian mass society. Christian monotheism and emphasis on the equality of souls before God, it is said, undercuts particularity, diversity, and hierarchy. And in the absence of some admixture of those things all you can have is social and moral chaos ordered at most by some combination of force, fraud and money.
The implications of such claims aren't altogether clear. It's as if someone said it's been bad for my character to have the ancestry and upbringing I do. What sense can that make, when so little remains of me apart from those things...


White House Releases 'Cliffs Notes' of Inaugural Speech @ ScrappleFace:

As critics began their dissection of President George Bush's second inaugural address, the White House today released a "more direct" version of the speech, stripped of the soaring poetic highlights of the original, "so that the average public school graduate, journalist and pundit can understand what the president means." ....


Inauguration Day and the world. @ The Daily Demarche:

Inauguration Day. This is a day every American should take pride in, whether or not his or her candidate won or lost. Today is the embodiment of what America has meant from the moment of her founding and throughout her history. This particular inauguration may be the culmination of the re-affirmation by the majority of Americans for the President, but many other inaugurations have seen the peaceful transition of power from one party to another. Even the much maligned election of 2000 ended with the solemn ceremony of a new President being sworn in. There were no armed mobs in the streets, no military junta seized control. There will, of course, be protesters out in force today, despite the cold and snow. This too is a proud legacy for America. No storm-troopers will break up the protests, no dissidents will be dragged from their beds, and no families will fear a knock on the door in the dark of the night.
Tomorrow there will be reactions to the President’s address, and to the commentary from the faithful opposition, from around the world. The global pres is already covering the inauguration, of course — their favorite themes are the protestors and the cost. Here is a sampling of the global coverage: ....


Our Favorite Ten Lies @ The Diplomad:

We are bureaucrats. We like things tidy. We like options clearly laid out — and we don't want too many of them. Above all, we like lists; we love top ten lists. We're not too good at math so we restrict ourselves to lists with ten things. Re Math: Don't forget that according to our personnel evaluation reports in the Foreign Service 90% of us are ranked in the top 10%.
Our Acting Principal Deputy Vice Chief Diplomad for Coordination of Coordinating Coordinators and List Making has sent us his top "ten mistaken ideas people hold." We are sure our intrepid readers can come up with more candidates for the list, but for what it's worth we present ours for your consideration.
In no particular order our list is as follows....


Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sat. 01/29/05 08:20:24 AM
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