Brendan Eich, Refusenik to an Idea cum Idol *UPDATED

Some great stuff over at OSV this week, particularly this and this, but I wanted to link a piece I contributed on the Brendan Eich story, wherein I flesh out my first thoughts, shared here.A mere two weeks after taking over as CEO of Mozilla, tech-prodigy and Javascript inventor Brendan Eich was released from his contract. No one had disputed either his leadership or creative abilities, and there was nothing in Eich’s management history that even hinted at unfairness or discriminatory p … [Read more...]

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Constitutional Crisis: Freedom of Religion is Fundamental

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Over at Patheos' "Public Square" page, they're asking whether religious freedom is under threat in America.Not as many takers on the offer to opine on this topic as I had supposed, but some of the essays may (or may not) surprise you.Indianapolis' Bishop Christopher Coyne is a participant and he points out that "Freedom of Worship" is not "Freedom of Religion":[Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq] issued a very clear warning to the gathered American bishops on what he saw … [Read more...]

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No Black Opera Singers, No White Kid in a Gi, No Kabab in UK!

I hope Randa Jarrar will break the news to Zaineb Abdul-Nabi, the young, female student-filmmaker featured among a group of six talented young people at last week's Oscar telecast, that Zaineb cannot make movies because they didn't originate within her culture.Hey, it's not my call. I'm all for a young Arab-American woman becoming a cinematographer, if she wants, but Jarrar says, no -- that people have no business "appropriating" artforms outside their culture. Because purity or something … [Read more...]

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Go and Learn What this Means: “Cognitive Dissonance”

So, you know all this brouhaha, all these hysterics about how bakers, and photographers, and other service-providers who routinely work for gay clientele (but draw a line at serving gay weddings because they feel it imperils their souls) are horrible people?And you know the whole "if you think that way, then you're a bigot," thing, because governments and pundits have taken it into their heads that it is their job to define "sin" to another person?And you know that whole, "refusing to … [Read more...]

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Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things.As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

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Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED

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It's only taken seven years, but a member of the mainstream media is finally asking "what are they thinking?"That would be the formerly "respectable" Howard Kurtz, the Columbia J-school grad who wrote for the Washington Post and worked for CNN and the Daily Beast, before he fell from grace and landed at Fox News, where he writes: What on earth is the FCC thinking?The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the … [Read more...]

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Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me.Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]

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Fourth Financier Suicide After Brutal Self-Torture

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Yes, the headline sounds appalling and weird, because the story is appalling and weird.On Tuesday, the lifeless body of Richard Talley, 57, the CEO of American Title Services was found in his Centennial, Colorado home.Talley's death was a strange one indeed. The Denver Post reported:A coroner's spokeswoman Thursday said Talley was found in his garage by a family member who called authorities. They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired … [Read more...]

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Seinfeld’s stuff seems antithesis of racism to me

So, apparently a couple of days ago CBS This Morning asked Jerry Seinfeld why his web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” features so many white men, and Seinfeld replied that race, gender, all of that is irrelevant to him, “Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested."For the record, in the only episode I've seen, Tina Fey was the guest, so no rampant "white male-ing" was going on there, (whew!) but apparently the race-and-g … [Read more...]

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Kid President Innocently Echos Benedict XVI

This is just unbelievably adorable, but it's also so very wise:"We're really glad you're here." It reminds me so much of Pope Benedict's exhortation that people need to hear "it is good that you exist!"It's an enthusiastic message of love, mercy, forgiveness. It's just great. And I love how self-possessed this kid is. And corndogs rule!“Just treat everybody like it’s their birthday. Even if they don’t deserve it sometimes. Because we all mess up sometimes. The biggest mess up? N … [Read more...]

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