Here, there and all over the place...
The G-Rod Chronicles:
A former top FBI official backed up FBI informant Robert Cooley's claim that, back the late 1980s, he told his government handlers about a mobbed-up gambling operation run by Rod Blagojevich. That was before Blago entered politics. Meantime, Blagojevich told a press conference that he has "done nothing wrong," and that he will not resign. Blago says that the truth is on his side. heh
Kennedys and Fitzgeralds:
I like Caroline Kennedy, but this week, not so much.
In Illinois, Christopher Kennedy might be a more justifiable choice, although I'm queasy, in general, about Kennedys being appointed to office. Radley Balko suggested former Illinois senator Peter Fitzgerald to fill the Obama vacancy. I've been thinking the same thing since the election. But, Balko is right. It will never happen. Powerful politicians from both sides of the aisle dislike Fitzgerald. I would add that I will always be grateful to Peter Fitzgerald for giving us Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation). Politicians don't much like either Fitzgerald.
The Lucifer Effect:
Philip Zimbardo discusses Iraq torture and culpability.
Dr. Bliss comments on a discussion between a psychiatric resident and her supervisor. The resident reported a mutual romantic attraction to a patient. The supervisor never heard of such a thing. I share Dr. Bliss's surprise and dismay with the supervisor's reaction.
All I Want For Christmas:
Lotus has some wonderful Christmas gift ideas. Is the Ryan-Blago inmate license plate signed?
Rick Warren, Romeo, Juliet, Tony, Maria and Jesus:
I'm not jumping into the fray on this one, except to note that I am reminded, again, of Obama's appointment of conservatives to The Harvard Law Review. At the time, many of his liberal and progressive friends felt betrayed. And, if endings really are found in beginnings, we should also remember that Obama's life began in a socially disapproved relationship.
Tangentially related: Warren was interviewed by Ann Curry last night on Dateline. Speaking about abortion, Warren said that a society is judged by how well it protects its weakest members. Both liberals and conservatives are given to invoking some form of this moral maxim when it suits them. I would just add that the demand on Christians is greater than simply loving and doing good to the weakest. Christians are called to love their enemies. Loving and doing good to one's enemies is far more challenging than loving the weak or loving those who love us back. Plastering a smile over hate and smiling while persecuting don't count.
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