Monthly Archives: December 2010

The next war in the Middle East coming soon to your home theater

The United States, Israel and the Arabs: Please, not again | The Economist For all their many horrors, the Lebanon war of 2006 and the Gaza war of 2009 were limited affairs. On the Israeli side, in particular, civilian casualties

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How can anyone defend Andrew Breitbart?

Conor Friedersdorf After publishing videos of Vera that made him look like a sex trafficker and costing the man his job, did Breitbart explain how the mistake happened, apologize and correct the record? Did he alert his readers to the

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Tucker Carlson sez Michael Vick shoulda been “executed”

Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick should have been executed | ProFootballTalk “I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Carlson said. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And

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Barbarism and its Discontents

[amazon-product]0981709125[/amazon-product]In The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature, Curtis White deploys for ideological battle in a literary academic’s full panoply, and there is pleasure in seeing so much wit and erudition put to such radical ends, but

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My internet’s back…

…and you’re gonna be in trouble. Actually, have had it back since y-day morning, but had stuff to catch up on…

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What If Israel Ceases to be a Democracy?

What If Israel Ceases to be a Democracy? – Jeffrey Goldberg – International – The Atlantic I’ve had a couple of conversations this week with people, in Jerusalem and out of Jerusalem, that suggest to me that democracy is something

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The Fading Dream of Europe

The Fading Dream of Europe by Orhan Pamuk | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books As the economic crisis deepens and spreads, Europe may be able, by turning in on itself, to postpone its struggle to preserve the

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Peretz in Exile

How Former ‘New Republic’ Editor-in-Chief Marty Peretz Has Found Peace in Israel — New York Magazine   The fight, for Peretz, has always been about Israel first, and it has become particularly wrenching recently. As the Palestinian Authority began its

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OMG Juan Williams said a no-no re Palin v Obama

Juan Williams: Palin can’t stand on the same intellectual stage as Obama Palin, like Williams, is a Fox News contributor. And when Williams was fired by National Public Radio this year after saying he felt nervous when he sees Muslims

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Real World for Xmas?

Am connecting now on a friend’s laptop, off a weak WiFi signal stolen from a neighbor’s router. Time Warner Cable’s left helping hand doesn’t know what its right helping hand is doing – and seems to possess and to be

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