Today on the Dish, Chris tackled the News that everyone in the World is talking about, Downing Street suffered, and we wondered about the future of other British newspapers like the Times. We searched for a silver lining in an ugly jobs report, and expressed concern for the Euro, while the US could hock its assets to help the debt.
Bruce tracked anti-Semitism all over the world and by Egypt's top secular party vice-chairman, and refused to stay silent about anti-gay rhetoric in the Muslim world. Readers pushed back against an American education, Bruce reminded us of what traditional Biblical marriage entails, and a liberal Muslim fought against extreme laws in Pakistan. Yemen's president grasped at the remnants of his power, Arabic science hit a roadblock, and we snuck an ambassador into Syria to stand with the people.
Dan stressed forgiveness for the married who find monogamy hard, and opposition to same-sex marriage grew soft. Candidates may not need the independent vote to win, Bachmann wanted to ban all pornography and gayness, and America needed a "not proven" option for the not not guilty. MIT charted which states text and chat with other states, Indian call center workers listened patiently to America's problems, and obesity and divorce aren't contagious. Drones were so 2009, Canadians stepped up their war over the Arctic, a famine hit East Africa hard, and a better Mexico trade agreement could help our immigration problems.
Alexis opted for a more private social network, politicians stuck to their message to the extreme, and Cubs fans grew from a centrally located ballpark. We previewed Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, school reform had to reach beyond the classroom, and skateboarders made a spirograph.
Thursday on the Dish, we considered Iran's interest in delisting MEK as a terrorist organization, and many times it's the children of Muslim immigrants who become radicalized, not the parents. Americans practiced cultural terrorism by accepting Pakistani gays, but forgot to instill American values in our own children. Bruce parsed religion and tolerance in Western society, and Douthat and Dan Savage batted another couple rounds on marriage and monogamy. The average It Gets Better video helped the kid who isn't going to grow up to be Lady Gaga feel ok about it.
Anwar al-Awlaki was more of a thinker than a fighter, we wondered whether to worry over terrorist body bombs, and debated whether last week's raid on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul could be Afghanistan's Tet Offensive. We checked in on Libya's stalemate progress, fusion power could be around the corner, and the lack of diversity in our crops threatened the entire world's food supplies. Portugal was winning the war against drug addiction, Mexican immigrants still had an economic incentive to work here, and the lottery of asylum means lying on applications isn't that uncommon.
Felix Salmon feared Republicans would pull a debt ceiling stunt every year, and the red line may be Bush's tax cuts. Sacrificing short-term gains for long-term ruin wasn't new, Bachmann dreamed of a Romeny match-up, straw men don't hold up, and Nixon's pessimism could be making a comeback in the GOP.
UN peacekeepers could be held accountable for human rights abuses on their watch, children of the Holocaust were sent to Zionist group homes, and animal testing doesn't square with our scientific rationale. Crazies wrote letters to Casey Anthony, MRSA still scared me silly, and bad jobs need an upgrade. We wondered why Cubs fans stick around, new lightbulbs could last 20 years, and Americans needed subtitles for big words. Cool ad watch here, chart of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.
Wednesday on the Dish, Bruce picked apart Islamophobia and gay threats, Albert Mohler's "defense" of the Gospel, and Hamas and The Color Purple. We considered whether flexibility could make marriage stronger, a devoted parent defended gay adoptions, straight readers celebrated gay bars, and transsexuals waited for their turn. Bruce Bartlett corrected Thatcher's record on shrinking the government, and we resembled Han China more and more as the rich avoided taxes. Frum wanted Obama to play hardball with the debt, Reagan would take a deal, and Felix Salmon advised Obama not to ignore the debt ceiling. We tracked the invisible primary, and overvalued what we make.
Technically war is outlawed, which is why we call it nation building or otherwise, and the drug war dragged on. The Mujahedin-e Khalq lobbied to remove themselves off the terrorists list, we checked in on Israel's plans to bomb Iran, and Egyptian assassin reflected about social media, more protests bubbled up, and cell-phone videographers were shot in Syria, among other travesties.
The children of evangelical icons dishonored their parents' legacies, only the cute, white children became martyrs, and robots could solve our class issues. Cy Twombly passed away, more humans are hurt each year by Christmas ornaments than by sharks, and Nabokov dreamt up the emoticon. We glimpsed inside the world of shoplifting, slipped down the slope of marrying pets, and kept our eyes peeled for men with low index-to-ring finger ratios. Chart of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.
Hoboken, New Jersey, 2.12 pm