Novalis challenges some fuzzy-minded, pop psych notions of addiction and volition. Here is an excerpt:
The problem is that the very concept of addiction is controversial and
philosophically problematic, touching on great questions of free will,
emotion, and even spirituality. Most of this is beyond the scope of
this post (and, it must be said, beyond the scope of this amateur
philosopher), but it seems safe to say that addictions are never entirely chosen nor entirely
determined. They always hover somewhere in between, and it's hard to
get one's mind around that (sort of like the uncertainty principle of
quantum mechanics on a psychological level, perhaps).
A former Chicago police officer, turned mob lawyer, turned mob informant, Robert Cooley, says that in the late 1980s he told the FBI that Rod Blagojevich was running a gambling operation in the western suburbs of Chicago. Cooley says that Blagojevich paid a street tax to the Chicago mob.
Cooley, who gained local fame for his role as an FBI informant, helped the feds put 24 police officers, attorneys and Chicago judges behind bars.
WLS News reports that Cooley brought them the story during Blago's first gubernatorial campaign, but they did not report it at the time because Cooley was unwilling to be publicly identified as the source.
Arne's father, the late Starkey Duncan, Jr. was a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. Here is an excerpt from Starkey Duncan's obituary:
Duncan, the father of Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, studied the interactions between children and parents, said Howard Nusbaum, chair of the psychology department. The San Antonio native theorized that the simple “peekaboo” game that parents play with young children impacts how kids learn to interact in situations such as conversations. Duncan and a student had [at the time of his death] been researching the interactions between parents and children with autism.
The well known data-mining program THEME, which discovers hidden
sequences in data, is based on Duncan’s work. The academic world will
also cherish Duncan’s research on how and when people take turns
speaking during conversations, McNeill said.
The president-elect appears to be hiding the facts about contacts between his staff and advisors and Blagojevich, which leads to the conclusion that there is something to hide here. To end the speculation, the president-elect need only request that the United States Attorney release transcripts of all conversations taped between Blagojevich and and Obama staffer or advisor.
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in a statement on Monday that he had asked Mr. Obama to delay releasing the findings of the transition team’s legal review so investigators could conduct interviews in the corruption case involving Mr. Blagojevich.
I guess I can cut Hewitt some slack on this one. The time required to make a lot of stuff up to support the Obama-is-evil narrative leaves very little time to check into the facts.
One of the greatest Democratic tricks this past 8 years has been the Patriotism Dodge: their inexplicable ability to convince the press that
their patriotism was being attacked at every turn. Sadly, the press
rarely followed up the Democratic harumphing with a simple corrective: "However, nothing had been said about their patriotism." (H/T: Andrew Sullivan)
Henke pretends to know nothing about liberals being referred to as the "Hate America Crowd" or lapel pin tests or the slimy Otherizing of Obama with bogus challenges to his citizenship status. But we don't even need to consider all of that to expose the stunning disingenuousness of Henke's claim.
12 days earlier at The Next Right (yes, the same site that hosts Henke's post), Warner Todd Huston writes:
Some liberals really do imagine themselves
patriotic. But in what ever way liberals imagine they feel for their
country, it doesn't seem that patriotism is really what they feel. At
least not in the way that patriotism is properly defined. There has
been a spate of stories in the media since Obama's election that serve
to illustrate why liberals seem incapable of being patriotic.