Here are some posts that caught my eye (and captured my thinking) out in the blogosphere this morning:
Eugene Volokh writes about a neighborhood publicly distancing itself from the views of a new family, and the comments to his post are thought-provoking. I’ve written about Prussian Blue before, and I’m not at all sorry to read that they’re having trouble finding “a fit”, philosophically.
Sideways Mencken (who has written a number of excellent posts recently imho), has some suggestions for our MidEast problems. Among other things, he proposes a “rip the band-aid off” timetable for Iraq:
Three months to make a deal. If they have a deal we stay and build their army. If they can’t reach a deal then they can’t be saved and we might as well bail out sooner rather than later.
Such an approach would likely distract Iran more than any amount of threats or sanctions. I once described it as door number 3…
Mark Folse links to the first video from the highly-hyped (and controversial) New Orleans Truth project, and notices something disturbing in the FEMA-contracted demolition patterns between the Ninth Ward and Lakeview:
At about minute 6:24 into the first video, an unidentified person takes the cameraman on a tour of a demolished home in the Ninth Ward and one in Lakeview, and points out an important difference: in Lakeview slabs are removed and utilities are pulled back to the street, and lots are filled and graded and ready to build.
Not so in the Ninth Ward, says the unidentified man on camera. Utilities are left in place and so are slabs, and the lots in the Ninth are not filled and graded. The Lakeview lot “is ready to build,” says the unidentified person speaking, implying those in the Ninth Ward are not. “That’s what happens when you have money.”
There are very serious implications to this.
And finally — Glenn Greenwald discovers a bit of myopic outrage. Goose and gander and all that.