In his recent American Prospect Online article, "Attack of the Metaphors," Matthew Nisbet lucidly explains why even though it shouldn't, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will inevitably come to shape this nation's ongoing political debate about cloning. George Lucas's take on this technology, Nisbet argues, resonates with themes from Brave New World, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and other influential texts concerned with misuses of science, from The Island of Dr. Moreau to Jurassic Park.
It always happens around this time of year, when early May thunderstorms ring in the so-called National Day of Prayer. Numerous falsehoods, and even more numerous half-truths, start getting aired concerning the role of religion -- the implication is almost always Christianity -- in the founding of the United States.
Idea Log tends to enjoy Peter Beinart's columns in The New Republic, but his latest item on the Catholic Church scandal is rather puzzling. On the magazine's Web site the piece is framed as an article on "What not to say about the pedophilia scandal." But a far more accurate title would have been, "Don't say anything about the pedophilia scandal -- unless you're Catholic."
As I'm sure you've noticed, since the beginning of April The American Prospect Online has been running a new daily feature called "Tapped." Compiled by staff, this is a link-intensive collection of musings, ramblings, opinions, and other assorted posting on the news and policy developments of the day -- from political gossip about whether David Brock lied on Crossfire to the latest skinny on the energy bill. And over the last two weeks, we've also started to update "Tapped" daily, in real time.
On a recent show, Rush Limbaugh once again swatted at The American Prospect. As he put it on his Web site, TAP had succumbed to something he termed "The Raspberry Effect" (links added):
For those of you who don't recall, the great columnist for the Washington Post, William Raspberry, wrote a 1993 column extremely critical of my program. He then heard from polite Dittohead readers disagreeing, and suggested he listen to my show, which he hadn't done.