Archive for February, 2007

Open Everything

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in News

A very interesting article by Cass Sunstein on wikis in the Washington Post is available here. Tweet

February 24th, 2007 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Is Rudy The New Straight Talker?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections

He’s not backing down from his pro-choice stance, and it may be winning him regard in conservative circles as a man who puts principles above pandering. From the Telegraph: Whereas his rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney are engaged in attempts to disavow previous statements and recast themselves as social conservatives, Mr Giuliani’s pitch is […]

February 23rd, 2007 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Arming to the Teeth

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in Iran, News, War

“We believe there is a need for power to protect peace, and strong people with the capability to respond are the real protectors of peace. That is why we are keen to maintain the efficiency of our armed forces.â€Â? – Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of the […]

February 23rd, 2007 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

IAEA: Iran in Breach

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in Iran, News, United Nations

Today, the IAEA reported that Iran, in open defiance of the UN, is steadily expanding â€â€? rather than freezing â€â€? its efforts to enrich uranium. Worse still, according to David Albright (a former inspector who is now president of the Institute for Science and International Security), they are installing centrifuges “faster than was commonly expected.â€Â? […]

February 22nd, 2007 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

What’s with the pantsuit metaphors?

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Gender, General Politics, Media, News, Partisan Hacks, Quotes

Suddenly, they’re everywhere. Tweet

February 21st, 2007 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Let Legal Immigrants Vote?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Immigration

I know, it sounds like a fairly odd proposal, but wait till you find out an interesting piece of trivia later on…as if that’s not a big giveway. From the New York Post: February 20, 2007 — Immigrant-rights activists yesterday renewed their push to allow legal noncitizens to vote in the Big Apple. A bill […]

February 20th, 2007 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

The genetics of altruism

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Ideas, News, Religion, Science

Are humans innately good, or innately selfish? That’s a fundamental question when it comes to discussing morality, law and society. If humans are innately selfish, then the only way society functions is by the majority forcing everyone to behave, through tools of social control like government, religion and culture. Without such control, the argument goes, […]

February 20th, 2007 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Remember Prince Bandar bin Sultan?

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in Iran

For 22 years — until 2005 — he was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington. Since then, he’s been out of the picture. Until recently, says Jackson Diehl at the Washington Post: In the past month Bandar has held three meetings with the Iranian national security chief, Ali Larijani, most recently last Wednesday in Riyadh. He’s […]

February 19th, 2007 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Her War Vote

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in News

A cheer for Senator Clinton. From the New York Times: . . . yesterday morning Mrs. Clinton rolled out a new response to those demanding contrition: She said she was willing to lose support from voters rather than make an apology she did not believe in. “If the most important thing to any of you […]

February 18th, 2007 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Who Is The Fairest Conservative Of Them All?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections

Well, according to Red State, not Mitt Romney… I think I’m done with the campaign of Willard Mitt Romney. I’m tired of it. His campaign and the potential for his nomination has jumped the shark. No Republican candidate for President has ever more deserved the title “Multiple Choice Mitt.” [...] I’m tired of running into […]

February 18th, 2007 | Permalink| 2 Comments »