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Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship," Essays, 1841

Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves. ~Author Unknown

[Warning: You’re probably going to find the following discussion unpleasant at some level no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. I just think it needs to be said.]

A controversy seems to have erupted over comments by Senator Sam Brownback to the effect that even fetuses conceived via a rape should not be aborted, along with efforts by one of his staffers to defend said statements. There’s been hemming and hawing over as dKos and, apparently, an influx of offended women over at Redstate.

Tariq Ramadan in the Guardian

Pity to read this article by Ramadan, who has sounded fairly progressive and shown some facility for engaging Muslims + non-Muslim Europeans in dialogue. He's known to many as a moderate Muslim who's denounced suicide bombings, terrorism, and violence generally, while encouraging an expanded role for women in religious life + civil society.

Ramadan recently earned an unfavorable article authored by Paul Berman of Terror and Liberalism fame. i didn't think Berman's article had much going for it, but Ramadan here provides grounds for Berman's conclusions, even if Berman never found 'em.

And the Great Forvm War II continues ...

(No, no, this isn't a diary about catchy's attempted coup d'etat - I wish!)

For the sake of our participants, and those who want to snipe from the sidelines, I bring you our latest map:

Poor Austria hangs on (with a little Italian help), confusion still reigns in the west - surely somebody can make sense of the French and British situations, but it ain't me! - while Germany & Italy square off with Russia and Turkey. The comparison between the two sets of allies - one keeping to their respective spheres of influence, the other interpenetrating seemingly without regard to separate interests - should prove instructive.

All Hail the new Moderators!

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Congratulations to the new mods! The final results are in, and they are:

Harley - 34
tomsyl - 33
Traveller - 29

Open Thread - Changing of the Guard edition 6/15/07

HankP's picture

For all you kids who say I link to too much old stuff - Green Day!


This is my last open thread diary, so I've tried to include excessive linkiness for everyone.

So much for Kentucky being a red state.

Herding Rabid Cats

At the moment the main goal of the U.S. is to extricate itself from Iraq and leave behind a state. It's a bit far from the original goal of pluralism, religious freedom, and liberal democracy, but an Iraq that manages to not become a Salafi state and not fall to a reinvigorated Ba'ath party may yet count as a non-loss as far as things are concerned.

But even this modest goal may be a bit difficult.

After all, the latest Iraq sitrep is that:

Summer History Reading for Boys

Its that time of year again, where every decent Middle School and High School posts its summer reading lists, some optional, some required. Typically these lists are full of worthwhile literature, that is going to go entirely unappreciated by any but a tiny minority. My problem with them is that they usually seem entirely tone-deaf to the interests and nature of boys. You will not sneakily convert a boy into a life-long self-educating reader if you hand them something by Toni Morrison.

And then there is the matter of history - the schools, as far as I can see, do a positively dreadful job of teaching history, and the only way out of that is self-education.

Open Thread: The Fading Days Of Spring

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Translation of the panicky gender feminists noted by Dr. Helen here: "Waaaah! He's not looking at MEEEEEE like that--and he might winnnnn!"

Having thrown that across the threshold, have at it.

A while back someone asked a

question which apparently wasn't answered (er, there was no update). Here is the answer.

Some might ask why now?

The simple retort is, why not?

Is this the "progress" we have been hearing about?

I just cannot see how this development can be spun in any positive way:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq early Wednesday to chase Kurdish guerrillas who attack Turkey from bases there, three Turkish security officials said. Turkey's foreign minister denied its troops had entered Iraq.

The senior security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, characterized the raid as a "hot pursuit" raid that was limited in scope. They told The Associated Press it did not constitute the kind of large incursion that Turkish leaders have been discussing in recent weeks.

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