STOIC NEWS. For all your Stoic news needs.Via Dappled Things. … [Read more...]

USA TODAY ON IRAQI BLOGS: ..."We suffered for years under Saddam Hussein, not being able to speak out," says Omar Fadhil, 24, a dentist. "Now, you can make your voice heard around the world." ...Fadhil's blog,, tells of his life and the lives of his two brothers. One brother also is a dentist, and the other is a pediatrician. "We wanted to help bridge the gap, not just between the U.S. and Iraq, but with the entire Islamic world," says Ali Fadhil, 34, the … [Read more...]

"As it happens, I experience my homosexuality as a (mild) disability. If I could have designed myself in the womb, I would have chosen to be heterosexual, because I feel I am missing out on something special and irreplaceable by not being able to conceive and raise a child with the partner I love. On the other hand, I say the disability is mild because most people need to do without some important opportunity. Life is like that. We play the hand we're dealt." --Jonathan Rauch, Gay Marriage; … [Read more...]

BLOGGERS IN SAUDI ARABIA AND EGYPT. Via Oxblog. … [Read more...]

PRO-LIFE TEACHERS VS. THE NEA. I forget where I found this--maybe Mark Shea? … [Read more...]

"The marriage certificate is a kind of currency, like paper money. We value it because others do." --Jonathan Rauch, Gay Marriage. Still quoting bits I like.RauchWatch 2004: In chapter three, we at last get sex! And it's really well-done. (Yes, I do feel like a thirteen-year-old skimming Ulysses looking for the "good parts.") But it's immediately followed with, and possibly supported by (I need to think about how heavily Rauch's claims about sex rest on this historical/psychological account), … [Read more...]

DEATH, TAXES, AND CHILDBIRTH: Jonathan Eason writes: Margaret Mitchell once wrote, "Death, taxes and childbirth . . .there's not a convenient time for any of them."Fortunately we filed our taxes through, which I heartily recommend (only $29.95 even if you have complicated Sched C, etc.), and our state gummint allows us to file State taxes online at no charge. But the main thing is this:Keep EVERY receipt from EVERYTHING you buy, even food, and keep up with them, even if … [Read more...]