- Via Megan McArdle, two links to pictures of ATM card skimmers – devices used to steal your credit card number and PIN that not many people know much about: The Consumerist | Krebs on Security
- Doug Schoen, “Obama Policies Turning Off Voters” – from the article: The Benenson survey shows that the administration’s approach is fundamentally at variance with the one voters desire. Voters favor tax cuts over government investment by a clear majority and are looking for candidates and parties that champion fiscal discipline, limited government, deficit reduction, a free market, pro-growth agenda, and comprehensive plans to create employment opportunities, enable entrepreneurship, and aid business creation.
- LGF, “Cordoba House Imam: ‘I am a Jew, I Have Always Been One’” – from the article (Jeffrey Goldberg quoted): That any Muslim imam who stands before a Jewish congregation and says, “I am a Jew,” is placing his life in danger. Remember, Islamists hate the people they consider apostates even more than they hate Christians and Jews. In other words, the man many commentators on the right assert is a terrorist-sympathizer placed himself in mortal peril in order to identify himself with Christians and Jews, and specifically with the most famous Jewish victim of Islamism.
- Greg Sandow, “Still in the Clouds” – Heather Mac Donald of City Journal wrote a piece claiming that we live in a new “golden age” (her term) of classical music. The implications of this idiocy are staggering – saved in my drafts folder is a rant discussing how only in the age of Breitbart, where conservatives and libertarians must be right about everything and the establishment must be wrong, could this be possible. Sandow’s numbers should frighten you: we’re talking about classical album sales in the hundreds and thousands over a period of months, not days or weeks. There are some very positive developments for classical music, don’t get me wrong. I could see a rebirth of interest in our lifetime. But this is mainly here to warn you: some right now will say anything to convince you they can win the war of ideas. Those of us who work on ideas full time will call out those who are full of it, even if they’re on our side of the aisle.
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"