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Blogworthies LXVIII

Because The Blog from the Core simply can't cover everything.

Noteworthy entries @ Power Line, Silflay Hraka, Vox Baby, The Remedy, JunkYardBlog, The Corner, ProfessorBainbridge.com, Rightwingsparkle, Michelle Malkin, Armavirumque, Envoy Encore, Hoystory.com, Discriminations, Captain's Quarters, No Left Turns, ut unum sint, Mystery Achievement, Anchor Rising, The Mudville Gazette, cut on the bias, Varifrank, Belmont Club, Power Line (again), Off the Record, and A Straight Shot of Politics.


An odious comparison turns into mush @ Power Line:

Rutgers professor Alex Hinton has published an irate letter in the Weekly Standard which responds to a piece I wrote there. My piece used Hinton's absurd comparison between the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror and our current prosecution of the war on terror as a springboard for showing how many on the left seem incapable of arguing against U.S. policy, and thus resort to half-baked metaphors and analogies.
The most noteworthy thing about Hinton's letter is that, under cover of whining about my alleged "distortions and inaccuracies," he backs away from his original rhetoric and, to some extent it seems, from his analogy. In his first piece Hinton wrote of the Khmer Rouge, "in their path to evil we catch reflections of ourselves." In his letter, he says, more vaguely, that "we catch reflections of ourselves in the past." This is part of a process wherein Hinton portrays his original piece as nothing more than a "why can't we all just get along" plea, and then accuses me of taking the position that "critiquing desensitization and the dehumanizing use of stereotypes and euphemisms is a bad thing." I took no such position. In fact, in my Standard piece, I acknowledged that the war on terror itself "has given rise to many arguably valid objections." My complaint was that instead of making the objections through argumentation, people like Hinton hide behind metaphor. Hinton's letter reinforces this criticism, failing to offer any evidence that the war on terror has resulted in greater desensitization or more dehumanizing use of stereotypes and euphemisms. For all Hinton shows, the real story of the war on terror is how tolerant and solicitous we have remained toward the religion and culture that is associated with the terrorism we have been forced to combat....


Nukular Options and the Ministry of Truth @ Silflay Hraka:

Now that we've settled the judicial filibuster issue once and for all (hah...) it's time to ask the questions: Where did the phrase "nuclear option" come from? How did it come to get used in the Senate debates over judicial nominees? There has been some controversy over this, because it sounds patently ridiculous, completely over the top, and somewhat unhinged. It's a debate over a senate procedural rule, fergoshsakes.
So, where'd it come from? The conventional wisdom, oft-repeated in the media, is that it came from Republican senators discussing methods of dealing with the nomination of U.S. District Court Judge Pickering for an appellate seat.
To find out, I hit up the Nexis database. I ran a search for ("senate" and "republican" and "judicial" and "nuclear option") in the "allnews" database. The results that came back, were interesting....


A Kibbutz Hooked up to an ATM @ Vox Baby:

I should have my head examined for getting into this discussion, but I suppose New York Times columnists are supposed to be provocative. In his column yesterday, Paul Krugman discusses why "registered Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives make up only a small minority of professors at elite universities." ....


More on Judges @ The Remedy:

Some thoughts on the filibuster deal, since such things seem to be mandatory for all bloggers this morning. These are initial reactions — Iíd be interested to hear what others think.
In general, of course, this deal is a bad thing. But, letís face it, most of us knew, deep down, that it was coming. In spite of the 2004 election returns, there are still plenty of weasels (see DeWine, Graham) and egomaniacs (see McCain) in the Senate....


Foleygate Update: Still Hiding @ JunkYardBlog:

Linda Foley, head of the Newspaper Guild and CWA union who recently accused American troops of targeting and killing journalists in Iraq, has as of this writing not answered either of the emails I've sent her. Other than her "clarification" to Editor & Publisher last week, she has made no public statements. She has also refused requests for interviews with MSM outlets.
She is, in short, hiding. But she can't hide forever.
Thomas Lipscomb of the Chicago Sun-Times is trying to flush her out....


7 Of 14 And All That @ The Corner:

From a reader:
Dear Jonah:
Your 7 of 14 reference was brilliant, on levels you may not even realize. You could start referring to all politicians based on the relative power they hold in their reference group. For instance, John McCain would be "7 of 14". Hereís an example of how the system could work, in a political analysis piece: ....


More on the Filibuster: Responding to My Critics @ ProfessorBainbridge.com:

Lots of email about my filibuster deal posts (lots of trackbacks too). Here's one of the nice ones: ....


I'm going to repost some stuff from my early blogging for new commenters.... @ Rightwingsparkle:

.... Some things need to be repeated. This one is from Nov. 15th, 2004....


Mommy, What's a Rainbow Party? @ Michelle Malkin:

My new column on a just-published children's book called "Rainbow Party" is up. USA Today's coverage of the book — aimed at 14-year-olds — is here.
So, what's a rainbow party? Here's the column intro: ....


Newsweek's other scandal (one of them, anyway) @ Armavirumque:

"Insert Mainstream Media Credibility Here": that's what the cover of the June 6, 2005 National Review advises, with a helpful black arrow pointing down into an open toilet. I know what they mean. Dan Rather. Jayson Blair. Just about everything the BBC broadcasts. Newsweek.
Wait — isn't Newsweek old news now?...


Speaking Protestantese @ Envoy Encore:

My next piece was supposed to be on how Catholics can state that they are indeed "saved", "born again", and confident of heaven (in the biblical sense of these words), but for the past few weeks I've been busy living this Catholic/Protestant struggle rather than writing about it. Before we talk about the words we can say to Protestants, there are some dynamics of this situation that we have to be frank about.
In a perfect world, Mary says the right things that communicate to Ashley the truth of the Catholic faith and plants seeds that eventually lead Ashley to give the matter further study with the hope that she will return to the Catholic faith. That is what we all pray for. But it doesn't always work that way. In fact, the matter is much more difficult in situations where a family was originally protestant and then someone converts to the Catholic faith. In that situation, everyone's background and perspective is Protestant. The language barrier becomes total....


Oh, I'm going to miss this @ Hoystory.com:

Unbowed, or more likely ignorant, of their previous fisking, The New York Times editorial writers continue to demostrate that I am overqualified for an editorial writing job at the nation's "paper of record." ....


Nuclear Fallout @ Discriminations:

Presumably by this time tomorrow [Tue. May 24] we'll be suffering from the effects of nuclear fallout, or its absence.
I've written a number of times that, in my opinion, this whole debate has been overheated, that the republic will not survive or fall because a minority of Senators are, or are not, allowed to talk things to death....


Drinks Are On Me @ Captain's Quarters:

Today [Tue. May 24], our family will celebrate my son's 21st birthday, and I thought I'd take an opportunity to tell you a little about my only child....


Senate deal on judicial nominations @ No Left Turns (quoted ellipsis in original):

.... Everyone in the Senate is, of course, spinning, but the ability of the Democrats to filibuster judicial nominees hasnít been definitively broken. They regard themselves as the winners: "We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message ... the abuse of power will not be tolerated."
If I were doing the spinning on the Republican side, hereís some of what Iíd say....


My own observations on Hecker @ ut unum sint:

.... Throughout the first half of the 19th-century parish missions remained truly "parochial." Not only did they remain Catholic events (though a few Protestants might attend), but they were restricted to Catholic ethnic minorities such as the Germans, the French, or the Irish. It was not until 1851 that the first parish mission was preached in English, and not until 1857 would a priest think of directly targeting non-Catholics. And that attempt to expand the evangelistic horizon would produce as much pain and discord as St. Paulís mission to the Gentiles had eighteen hundred years before.
The central figure in this controversy was one of the more creative, daring, colorful individuals in 19th-century American Catholicism. Isaac Thomas Hecker (1819-1888), founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, was a thorough-going American in a church of European immigrants, a convert via transcendentalism in a church of authority and tradition, an ecumenist in an era of Ultramontanism, one who trusted in the universal indwelling Spirit at a time when Papal infallibility was being defined. His story has been told in many places, so only those things pertaining to missions will be touched on here....


The Roots of Our Roots @ Mystery Achievement:

.... The occasion for Cella's post is a review of Bat Ye'or's Eurabia by David Warren. Cella quotes some suggestive excerpts from the interview, followed by a hair-raising account from The Weekly Standard of a group of French students being attacked by "bands of black and Arab youths" during the course of a peaceful demonstration.
If you were to have read Cella's post up to that point, you might think he had cited the WS article as corroborating evidence of the point that Ye'or and Warren were trying to make: that one of the consequences of the political construct known as "Eurabia" is the eventual take over and domination of Europe by her Muslim guests — and that by violence, if necessary. But you would be wrong. Instead, breaking with the train of his own thought, Cella inexplicably (from the point of view of the text itself) veers off into what I can only describe as a mini-jeremiad against America. And the reason? We're not doing our duty, which is to save Europe from itself: ....


An Open Letter to Sen. Lincoln Chafee @ Anchor Rising:

I sent this off to Sen. Chafee's office this morning....


The "Bloodless" War? @ The Mudville Gazette:

Today's LA Times bemoans the lack of photos of corpses of American soldiers in Iraq: ....


On photographing death and tragedy @ cut on the bias:

Greyhawk has an excellent post about the journalists and newspapers trying (and at times succeeding) in photographing the deaths of US military in Iraq. It's worth your time and thoughtful consideration.
The question of how to react in the face of injury or death was one I struggled with in my four years as a journalist. It was one of the reasons I decided to leave the field. I don't think it's wrong in all situations, but I do think that journalists should be humans first, historians second and business people a distant third. Let me tell you of my own experiences....


I got your desecration right here pal @ Varifrank:

Hello, my name is Fabrizio Quattrocchi. I was captured by Muslim holy warriors and tortured before cameras, just for their sport. In the end, they set aside of any respect for international law common, human decency or even the restraint of their own religious doctrine and beheaded me. I shouldnít have expected any special treatment as this is a common act that they perform even among their own people. However, you wonít see the video of my beheading because I died like a man rather than the sniveling coward they wanted me to be....


The High Hand @ Belmont Club:

Glenn Reynolds notes that the New York Times coverage of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan may not really be about prisoner abuse or even Afghanistan, but about maintaining the prestige of Newsweek. He calls it "circling the wagons", the idea being to teach press critics an object lesson in how expensive it is to humiliate the mass media by catching them at sloppy reporting by flooding the zone with stories similar to the one which was discredited . That may or may not be the case, but it is nearly undeniable that the effect of the media's coverage of American misdeeds has been to make the slightest infraction against enemy combatants ruinously expensive. Not only the treatment of the enemy combatants themselves, but their articles of religious worship have become the subject of such scrutiny that Korans must handled with actual gloves in a ceremonial fashion, a fact that must be triumph for the jihadi cause in and of itself. While nothing is wrong with ensuring the proper treatment of enemy prisoners, the implicit moral superiority that has been accorded America's enemy and his effects recalls Rudyard Kipling's The Grave of the Hundred Dead....


Newsweek erred, let's attack the bloggers @ Power Line:

Journalism professor Chris Hanson begins his piece in the Washington Post by taking Newsweek to task for its handling of the Koran-gate story. However, he quickly shifts his criticism to conservative blogs, and then implies that Drudge (which he calls a blog of sorts) is the real cause of Newsweek's error....


Ice Age: the Evolution & Extinction of Thought @ Off the Record:

.... Boy and girls, let's do a little progressive paleontology, so as to track the spectacular development of Catholic intellectual life from its tender beginnings to its zenith, the better to see the lethal consequences of the Ratzinger Effect at the dawn of the doctrinal Ice Age (warning: have at least two hankies at the ready): ....


This Is An Emergency Post @ A Straight Shot of Politics:

I have at least four separate essays in various states of completion on the political topics of the day. However something in my e-mail from a fellow Buddhist has made it imperative that I drop all of them.
There is a malignant story involving Buddhism and Hinduism spreading all over the Net. Moreover, it is a false libel of Pope Benedict XVI. It is intellectually dishonest and base rumor mongering, in the form of a supposed presentation of the Pope's views about Buddhism and Hinduism, expressed when he was Cardinal Ratzinger....


Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sat. 05/28/05 02:28:43 PM
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