Thoughts on Style, Dignity, and Virtuous Self-Formation

David Brooks’s recent NY Times article is rather eloquent on our first president’s attempts to shape his inner man through adherence to a rigid code for outward behavior.  I personally in general inclined to interpret moralities most fundamentally as codes of discipline, whether they be culturally enforced or personally adopted as a deliberate tool for [Read More…]

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What Species Are The Italians and The Irish?

PZ Myers watches FOX and Friends so we don’t have to: Brian Kilmeade is, for some unknown reason, trying to dismiss a study that found that married people were at a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. his reasons for dismissing its applicability to Americans are bizarre. BRIAN KILMEADE: We keep marrying other species and other [Read More…]

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What About Him?

A couple clips of Rebecca Walker’s article on meeting Michael Jackson at 14, on experiencing life to his soundtrack, on gawking at his sordid personal implosion, and, finally, on responding to his death: Why Michael approached me in a room full of superstars after the show I will never know. Perhaps because I was the [Read More…]

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Infidelity

In response to all the cheating in the news, Christian Progressive Liberal investigates: Well, I googled the word “infidelity” and I feared that my computer might crash from the results.  I mean, there are damned WEBSITES devoted to infidelity – how to get your respective swerves on outside your marriage; providing blueprints for cheating, etc.  [Read More…]

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From Economic Desperation To Romantic

With less money to keep them warm at night, people more desperate for love apparently: “They’re looking for something that’s genuine in a world that isn’t very secure,” said Bathsheba Birman, co-founder of the Chicago dating event Nerds at Heart. “With headlines full of why you can’t trust established institutions that you thought you could [Read More…]

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“On Blogging” Or “The Internet As Phonelike, Not TV-like”

Over at Salon, Scott Rosenberg has a really thought-provoking and illuminating piece worth reading in full.  Just two of the many salient insights: The most significant choice we have been making, collectively, ever since the popularization of Internet access in the mid-1990s, has been to favor two-way interpersonal communication over the passive reception of broadcast-style [Read More…]

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Vlad Artazov Nails The Human Experience

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the heads up to these and a few dozen more cool photographs like them from photographer Vlad Artazov. [Read more…]

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Judge This: Rep. King Calls Michael Jackson A “Pervert” And A “Lowlife” Michael Jackson

NY Congressman Peter King repeatedly calls Michael Jackson a pervert and a child molester and says the media has disgraced itself and there is “nothing good about this guy.”  We argues instead of honoring Michael Jackson we should glorify the men and women in the armed forces, those working with dying cancer patients and in [Read More…]

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Mark Steyn Comes Impassioned To Palin’s Defense

Steyn empathizes with Palin: suddenly you get the call from Washington. You know it’ll mean Secret Service, and speechwriters, and minders vetting your wardrobe. But nobody said it would mean a mainstream network comedy host doing statutory rape gags about your 14-year old daughter. You’ve got a special-needs kid and a son in Iraq and [Read More…]

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