ALLEGATIONS OF UN BRIBERY/OIL-FOR-FOOD SCAM: Stolen with love from Oxblog--everything that follows is their words (but you should really read all the links--there's esp. important stuff in the Christian Science Monitor link, including corruption in the Iraqi Governing Council as well):BRIBE-TAKING SCANDAL AT THE UN: Reports have surfaced that three principal UN officials, including the undersecretary general, accepted millions of dollars' worth of bribes from Saddam between 1997 and 2002, in … [Read more...]

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...]