On the Female Suicide Bomber

Salon has an interesting article on the psyche and the social conditioning of the female suicide bomber. It’s quite a piece, and I wish it were longer — but it’s well-written, and I’ll have to pick up Anne Marie Oliver’s…

Geddit? GEDDIT?

Kevin linked this statement from UBUNTU, and I’m just gonna highlight this part: A priest, a rabbi, and a nun walk into a bar. They sit down and the bartender tells them that the best joke gets a beer on…

The “Ghetto Tax”

The Brookings Institution has issued a report documenting what people who live in the “ghetto” already know: it’s expensive to be one of the urban poor: Drivers from low-income neighborhoods of New York, Hartford and Baltimore, insuring identical cars and…

The Mommy Diaries

What happens when New York City women go online and create their own mommy-centered community? A lot of rage, frustration and class warfare. My feelings echo Rebecca Traister’s: There is so much to say about Emily Nussbaum’s New York magazine…

Because He’s the Decider, That’s Why

Lovely. Mr. Gonzales also told the senators that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal inquiry into the administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program. “The president of the United States makes the decision,” Mr. Gonzales said, by way…