Steven White

Steven White is a former TAP Online intern. He blogs at stevenwhite.typepad.com.

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FRED THOMPSON IS A VERY MANLY GUY.

FRED THOMPSON IS A VERY MANLY GUY. And Michael M. Rosen is a very hackish writer. His op-ed in yesterday's Politico is mind-numbing in its sheer pseudo-serious inanity. Read it and learn why: Conservatives should like Thompson for his manliness In his book on manliness, a topic on which he's widely recognized as the national expert, Harvard's Harvey Mansfield wrote that "a manly man asserts himself so that he and the justice he demands are not overlooked." This textured understanding of masculinity -- i.e., that men (in the true sense of the term) act, but act for justice and on principle -- can aptly be used to understand the phenomenon that is potential Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson. The former senator from Tennessee conveys a certain seriousness of purpose married to an authentic and thoughtful expression of principle that has rapidly become appealing to many conservatives. Thompson is actually an intellectual heavyweight Contrary to his depiction in the media as...

OBAMA AND ISLAMIC TERRORISM.

OBAMA AND ISLAMIC TERRORISM. The Washington Post 's headline for Barack Obama 's foreign policy speech today is "Obama Pledges Aggressive War on Islamic Extremists." Except, actually, he didn't. He certainly called for aggressive action to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But what's really notable about his speech is the careful way Obama uses the term "Islam": "The threat is from violent extremists who are a small minority of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, but the threat is real. They distort Islam." "They say we are at war with Islam…We are not at war with Islam." "We will open 'America Houses' in cities across the Islamic world, with Internet, libraries, English lessons, stories of America's Muslims and the strength they add to our country, and vocational programs." "In the first 100 days of my Administration, I will travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle. I will make clear that we are not at war with Islam." This places Obama...

IN DEFENSE OF EDWARDS (AGAIN).

IN DEFENSE OF EDWARDS (AGAIN). The main point of Dana 's post -- that John Edwards is hiding behind Elizabeth on certain controversial issues -- is certainly true. He shouldn't get a pass on bad positions just because his wife is more progressive. But the examples Dana uses to critique John are slightly unfair, as some commenters have pointed out. First, Dana writes, " Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made it to the Planned Parenthood conference. John didn't -- he sent Elizabeth." As I've written here before , Senators Clinton and Obama were working down the street from where the conference was taking place, whereas Edwards was traveling through poor rural regions discussing poverty. This is not a question of whether reproductive health or poverty is the more important issue (they're obviously inextricably tied together in many, many ways), but a question of why Edwards should be criticized for not attending a conference when he was doing something else that was also important and...

THE OTHER DIRTY SOUTH.

THE OTHER DIRTY SOUTH. Via Sue Sturgis : The Environmental Integrity Project recently released a report about the most polluting power plants in the country. As Sturgis summarizes: Of the 50 U.S. power plants emitting the largest amount of all the pollutants considered, the majority -- 31 facilities in all -- are located in the South. In fact, all of the nation's 11 top polluting power plants are located in just two Southern states: Alabama and Arkansas. Reading this just reminds me of all the other measures in which the South fares poorly: Children in poverty : Mississippi (50th), followed by Louisiana (49th), Alabama (44th), Arkansas (44th), South Carolina (42), North Carolina (39th), Tennessee (39th), Georgia (36th). Infant mortality rates : Louisiana (50th), Mississippi (49th), South Carolina (48th), North Carolina (46th), Alabama (45th), Tennessee (43rd), Georgia (42nd), Arkansas (40th). Teen motherhood : Missisippi (50th), Arkansas (45th), Alabama (45th), Louisiana (45th),...

THE KIDS ARE ALL LEFT.

THE KIDS ARE ALL LEFT. As a final note to today's blogging about sex and religion ( here , here , and here ), an interesting new survey shows that 25% of young people describe their religious affiliation as "none," compared to only 11% of the general population. The survey (in .pdf form here ) was done by Democracy Corp/Greenberg Quinlan Rosen, and has some other nice numbers as well: Young people think Democrats can do a better job on youth issues (+39 net margin), the environment (+38), healthcare (+35), Iraq (+33), energy independence (+32), the federal budget (+25), the economy and jobs (+24), the war on terrorism (+21), values (+15), taxes (+13), and guns (+4). No issue polled was thought to be better handled by the GOP. 52% of young people support gay marriage. 67% believe "same sex couples trying to get married are courageous in facing opposition and really committed to building happy lives together." 61% think global warming is an immediate threat. 60% believe religion should...

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