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."
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."
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.
THE OTHER DIRTY SOUTH.ViaSue 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:
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.