Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Sullivan’

Afternoon Newsea

February 10, 2009
Like nausea, but from the news.

NYT Op-Ed in favor of repealing DODT; hard to argue with his larger point:

…six years of war have clarified priorities. The battlefield has its own values, starting with courage. Sexual orientation falls somewhere below musical taste. What a person chooses to do back stateside, off-duty, in his own apartment is irrelevant in a fight.

Guide to what’s hot on South Beach!  (you may now exhale)

The Catholic Church brings back plenary indulgences:

Its revival has been viewed as part of a conservative resurgence that has brought some quiet changes and some highly controversial ones, like Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to lift the excommunications of four schismatic bishops who reject the council’s reforms. (HatTip: Creedo)

Sullivan unpacks Neoconservatism a little:

…perhaps the case against this strain in neoconservatism is best expressed by the the worry that passionate support for Israel can become, if internalized too completely, a blinding and knee-jerk response, and a barrier to thinking more coolly about America’s regional options.

Philip Weiss waxes philosophic on Jews in neoconservatism and credits Sullivan for his clarity

A pipe-dream from Bibi the Secret Dove

A-Rod admits to the doping:

“I am guilty of being negligent, naïve, not asking all the right questions,” he said. (among other things)

It’s worth your click

Afternoon Linx!

January 16, 2009

Mother Jones has some excellent photo-essays that I like to chime in to occassionally.

Today I was provoked into thought by this one on The Evangelical Ivy League (ed: I have a vague, unprocessed notion that ‘they can’t do that’ when they talk of educating themselves on how to ‘bring the Lord to government/society’.  Am I the only one that wants to exclude superstition and disreason from the secular realm of government?)

This one is def one of my favorites: Phone Sex Operators  Make sure to read/listen to the captions whenever available!

THIS is the first one I ever saw, and probably still the most fascinating.  I find myself strangely drawn to this sort of nonjudgmental peak into the world of racists/white nationalists.  Not because I think they shouldn’t be judged, but I think I won’t ever understand them or know much about their world if I push them into a defensive crouch, hiding their real lifestyle.  Its kind of like looking back in time.  People on the wrong side of history (as I consider these and most gay-marriage opponents to be), provide me an eery experience akin to looking into a time capsule: Aryan Outfitters

Cool billboards from a fav blog of mine: Jay-You

Here are some awesome pictures from a Saudi Arabian feast: Goat Grab (HatTip to ‘TagSurfer’ from wordpress for aggregating cool shit for me, lol)

Vintage PhotoShoot; and, This dude likes the new Biggie movie. A lot.

On a more serious note, I wanna call attention to Paul Krugman’s op-ed in today’s NYT: Forgive and Forget?  My opinion on whether to prosecute the Bush Admin. has been somewhat unclear–I really, really want justice to be served, but I also am weighing those emotions and opinions toward the rule of law against the prospects of success and progress for Obama’s Administration.  I know that he risks losing the goodwill he is so deftly amassing (read: charm offensive on journalists) by going forward with a big investigation.  Yet, I can’t refute a single bit of the main points in Krugman’s piece.  This is one of those rare pieces of journalism/media that directly forms or changes my opinion (like Sullivan’s writing on Prop 8 or his important manifesto on why Obama matters: Goodbye to All That way back in ’06) with the sheer force of its reasoning or ethical calculus.

I no longer can reconcile “respecting the rule of law” and not investigating the Bush Admin. with the intent to prosecute criminal wrongdoing.  However, I do allow for Obama to present new argumentation or perspective as we go along.  My position has been nudged with enough force to now sit in the Krugman column, but it is still open to future nudging.



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