Mark and “Marco”

Maureen Dowd is harsh but insightful: As in all great affairs, Mark Sanford fell in love simultaneously with a woman and himself — with the dashing new version of himself he saw in her molten eyes. [Read more...]

Facebook Trying To Outtwitter Twitter, Microsoft Style?

Dan is relaying tech news. Last fall, Facebook tried and failed to acquire Twitter for $500 million in Facebook stock.The deal blew up when Twitter learned Facebook valued itself somewhere around $8 billion while its stock was going for closer to $4 billion on the market. So what has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg done since? [Read More...]

Intimate Anecdotes About Michael Jackson

A rabbi friend mourns not just his death but his life, I would overcome my feelings of pity with a spirit of defiance. No, I will not cry. He hadn’t earned it.But then the news came that he had died. And I was devastated. Especially when I saw my children’s tears. Michael was accused of [Read More...]

Playing Sarkozy’s Advocate

Njustus has kindly accepted my gauntlet to readers to offer on the possibility of the French government outlawing women from publicly wearing burqas.  And his reply is a good one: From a Lockean ’social contract’ perspective, I believe the state should have the power to regulate the wearing of burqas if it can offer a [Read More...]

Taking The Unity of Truth Notion Seriously

Cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss on the incompatibility of God and science.  The whole piece is worth your time.  This succinct statement summing up the article, however, hits the nail on the head: My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel [Read More...]

France Considers Banning Burqas in Public and I Consider Haidt on Pluralism

France, which has already banned headscarves in schools, purportedly as an effort to separate church and state, is now considering banning the burqa in public since it represents servitude and indignity for women (according to Sarkozy).  Click here for the full story and links to perspectives on the option. Would the effects of this be [Read More...]

“The Curtain Has Been Pulled from the Islamist Wizard”

Andrew Sullivan isolates the essential result of the last two weeks in Iran: it seems totally clear to me that the curtain has been pulled from the Islamist Wizard. Theocratic regimes require some base level of reverence, and watching the old Supreme Leader lose it at Friday prayers a week ago, and the bare-faced martial [Read More...]

Actions

Box Turtle Bulletin highlights these stories: The Southern Baptist Convention has ousted Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas over the church’s acceptance of gays. Even though that church had sent their own gay-tolerant pastor packing over a controversy surrounding photos of same-sex couples in the church directory, it appears that what remained still wasn’t anti-gay enough [Read More...]

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

I can’t imagine a world without Thriller, an absolute favorite from my childhood. My immediate reaction upon hearing of his death was relief for his sake that his suffering is over. I’d say he’ll be missed, but he already has been for a long, long time. [Read more...]


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