What are the beliefs that motivate extreme anti-abortion activists to murder the doctors that perform abortions? My friend and colleague Jon Shields provides careful answers to a question that usually provokes little more than partisan rhetoric. Jon, now a professor at Claremont McKenna, recounts the influence on the extremist movement of violent activist Michael Bray. [...]
From a man who knew his business, James Matheson of Jardine, Matheson & Co. — one of the original opium runners and hence founders of Hong Kong: “The Gazelle was unnecessarily delayed at Hong Kong in consequence of Captain Crocker’s repugnance to receiving opium on the Sabbath. We have every respect for persons entertaining strict [...]
I couldn’t have cared less when sinister revelations about Günter Grass surfaced a few years ago, but this is a bit queasy-making.
Daniel Larison has a characteristically insightful and thoughtful post up about the rush to double standards that the strong showing of Yisrael Beiteinu is provoking in people. Contra Greenwald, he argues that the real inconsistency is not that America won’t threaten to recall its ambassador to Israel if Avigdor Lieberman gets a cabinet post as it did to Vienna [...]
Chris Brose, reporting on/from the Munich security conference, writes a long post on Afghanistan. This part caught my eye: What I heard again and again is that we may have to settle for a counterterrorism-focused mission, but that should be an unfortunate option of last resort, not our going-in policy. Furthermore, we should not allow [...]
The Times has a grisly must-read today about Dr. Aribert Heim, an infamous Nazi war criminal who performed unspeakable experiments on Jewish prisoners and committed atrocities beyond any sane man’s imagination. Heim continued writing anti-Semitic screeds into old age, which he evidently planned to send (it’s hard not to laugh) to U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim [...]
The Tanenhaus reactions are coming in fast and furious. Here‘s Damon Linker. Here‘s a certain Dr. Russell Arben Fox, someone I’ve never read before, and someone I’ll be adding to my RSS feed today: The essence of Tanenhaus’s thesis, which plays out across an ideological history which most who have read anything about conservatism know the basics [...]
Today in the Things We Need Like a Hole in the Head department: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is looking into allegations the CIA station chief in Algeria raped at least two Muslim women after lacing their drinks with a drug, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. A report by ABC News said [...]
Elana Schor at the newly relaunched TPMDC writes about an LA Times article criticizing Obama’s pick of Cass Sunstein to head up OIRA. In her summary, she makes one truly egregious use of scare quotes: According to the CPR, Sunstein, a longtime friend of Obama’s, has supported the use of “cost-benefit analysis” in evaluating proposed regulations — a method that assigns [...]
(Here is a sneak peek at an op-ed I submitted. I’ll post an update if it makes it into print.) One day before Barack Obama’s inauguration, a masked gunman shot down human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov on the streets of Moscow. The gunman attacked Markelov in broad daylight, also killing journalist Anastasia Baburova, just moments [...]
President Obama visited a D.C. charitable organization called Martha’s Table to highlight the volunteer work of many furloughed government employees during the recent government shutdown. And yet, t. […]
Sixty-seven percent of Millenials support the end of marijuana prohibition, according to a recent Gallup poll. As our generation comes to dominate the voting population, we are sure to see a change in. […]
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