Category Archives: Culture

On the Hotness of Their Women

It can be challenging to pick out individual threads from the tapestry of jaw-dropping nuttiness that constitutes the right-wing of the current Republican base. Watching the incoherent, but violent, tempest that was the teabag protest inspired feelings of despair. Here, it seemed, were a mass of people wholly uninterested in fact, in dialogue, who were […]

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Science and Religion Misused

There is an amazing column over at the Washington Post right now, by Richard Cohen, called Culture of Intellectual Corruption. You should go read the whole thing. Mr. Cohen concisely summarizes the many intellectual failings of the current administration. Things like stem cell research: The Bush administration is intellectually corrupt. Some of this corruption is […]

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Catholictown USA

Reading this CNN article, at first it all seemed a little too silly to make a big deal of: During a speech last year at a Catholic men’s gathering in Boston, Monaghan said that in his community, stores will not sell pornographic magazines, pharmacies will not carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television […]

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A Museum Shows the Way

I visited the American Museum of Natural History today, and, as usual, I was amazed at the depth and breadth of the exhibits there. It being the Sunday of a holiday weekend, the place was full to bursting, especially with children begging for astronaut ice cream or a stuffed Tyrannosaurus Rex. The museum taught me […]

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Hertzberg’s SotU Thoughts

In this week’s New Yorker Hendrik Hertzberg makes two interesting points regarding the language of W’s State of the Union Speech. First, the requisite description of the inherent silliness of a term like “War on Terror:” “War on Terror” has always been problematic, at both ends. The word “war” has the requisite urgency, and it […]

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