More thread for those who would like to discuss Newt Gingrich

Mark Kleiman offers an optimistic angle on the recent South Carolina Republican primary: In a Southern Republican primary, adultery turned out to be less of a burden for a candidate than Cayman Islands bank accounts. That reflects a clearer moral sense than I would have credited Southern Republicans with. You may recall that Newt Gingrich [Read More…]

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‘Because it will change your life’

The Finance Guy asks a simple, but important, question: “Is Being an Ideologue a Contributor to Stupidity?” The simple, but important, answer is Yes. Being an ideologue is a contributor to stupidity — not to innate stupidity, but to chosen, voluntary, assumed stupidity. The good news: Because it is not innate, this assumed stupidity can [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the [Read More…]

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‘Nor ever done any one the slightest good’

I’ve just begun reading Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the first book purchased for the Kindle I got for Christmas. The Kindle tells me I’m just 7 percent along, but so far it’s delightful and engrossing. The opening chapters introduce us to the Learned Society of York Magicians. I’m not sure Clarke [Read More…]

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‘That sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank’

John C. Holbert writes of “A Prophet Gone Bad” and offers a fine summary of one of my favorite books of the Bible. And now we can see just who Jonah is: he is that sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank who hates anyone who is not just like him. I fear that he too often is us [Read More…]

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Avoiding the always-disastrous last resort of war

Juan Cole shares a guest post from Thomas J. Buonomo that I want to recommend as smart, wise and good. Buonomo suggests a promising alternative approach to the current situation between the United States and Iran. And, more broadly, Buonomo demonstrates the kind of creativity and wisdom that ought to inform our thinking in general [Read More…]

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Fox News: Trust, distrust and control

Kevin Drum highlights an extreme, but unsurprising, result from a recent Public Policy Polling survey on trust and TV news: Among Republicans, as [this] chart shows, the shape of the river is simple: they don’t trust anyone except Fox News, who they adore. These numbers are spreads, with NBC, for example, garnering 17-percent trust vs. [Read More…]

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Happy Dolly-Buffy Day

God made me for a reason and nothing is in vain Redemption comes in many shapes with many kinds of pain Oh sweet Jesus if you’re listening, keep me ever close to you As I’m stumblin’, tumblin’, wonderin’, as I’m travelin’ thru — Dolly Parton, “Travelin’ Thru“ Today is Dolly Parton’s birthday. It’s also the [Read More…]

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