Speaking of Voting Rights–

Georgia voters will not be required to produce photo ID: A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, writing in his decision, “This cannot be.” Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford…

Sweet as Syrup

I said, Madam, Can it be You trying to make a Pack-horse out of me? She opened her mouth She cried, Oh, no! You know, Alberta, I love you so! –Langston Hughes, “Madam and Her Madam,” First of all, I’m…

Behold Manliness

Jessica brings us this quote from Harvey Mansfield’s book Manliness: “To resist rape a woman needs more than martial arts and more than the police; she needs a certain ladylike modesty enabling her to take offense at unwanted encroachment.” Because…

Clinton Global Initiative

I’m there right now, watching the fantastic Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf speak in a panel discussion. Thomas Friedman, who I also saw in a debate about globalization last night (more on that later) is moderating, and Pakistani President Perves Musharraf is up…

Sharia Law: A Primer

This semester I’m taking a class on Sharia law, and am finding it incredibly interesting. After I get a little more into the class I’m hoping to post more about it. Until then, check out this primer on Sharia law.…

Conservatives and Hypocrisy

David Horowitz and his “dangerous academics” scare-mongering is indeed McCarthyism lite. And Rosa Brooks sticks it to him good: A typical Horowitz cause celebre: a Colorado student whose professor allegedly gave her an F when she refused to agree that…

The Pope and Hypocrisy

I’ve said before that although I usually disagree with Christopher Hitchens, I think he’s brilliant. And today he’s gone and hit the nail on the head about the Pope/Islam controversy: After the most perfunctory introduction, Ratzinger goes straight to his…