- Yup, CPAC’s got them all – Birthers, Lincoln-haters, people who don’t think terrorism is real, secessionists; one Republican flat-out won’t vote for anyone who gave the JBS any credence, and I can’t say I blame him (h/t LGF)
- Vaughan Smith’s report from Helmand is excellent viewing: he’s with British troops as they lure the Taliban into an ambush, and films them as they help the Afghan government begin the process of rebuilding.
- In case you didn’t know the priorities of the present government of Iran, well, here they are (h/t David)
- Robbins vs. Lower Merion School District – School gives laptop to student. School turns on camera remotely while student is at home. Camera catches student in non-scholarly behavior. School punishes student. Student sues for violation of privacy. How many laws – and of what importance – did the school break?
- Mary Eberstadt, “Mothers in Combat Boots” (h/t aldaily) – military values have to be different from civilian values, and playing social experiments with the military in the name of equality has produced some ghastly effects.
I am a graduate student in political science at the University of Dallas who thinks the media is dumb for the most part, yet am immersed myself. I am looking to break my addiction, and this blog is part of the solution: Why not try to see what the past can tell us about the present, as opposed to seeing what the present has to say about the present only?
OK, I’m sold. What should I read here?
- Analysis of The Gettysburg Address: Is Democracy Feasible?
- Analysis of Lincoln's "Second Inaugural:" Where do American virtues lie?
- Commentary on the Book of Jonah
- On "Batman Begins"
- From Love to God: On Hopkins' "As Kingfishers Catch Fire"
- On Emily Dickinson's "These are the days when birds come back..."
- The Coming Age: Macbeth and the Birth of the Modern World
- On Polemarchus: Commentary on the Republic of Plato, 331d-336a
- A Reading of Plato's "Crito"
- Towards a Nietzschean Understanding of Politics: Notes on "The Case of Wagner"