Today on the Dish, Andrew called out the NYT for its Sally Ride obit and cast her as an "absent heroine," while, later in the day, Ride's death reminded us how repugnantly sexist NASA once was. On the Aurora shooting front, Andrew underscored the role of testosterone in causing violence, stayed pessimistic on gun control, and defended yesterday's FOTD choice against reader charges of hypocrisy. Andrew also called out several stories on the sentencing of a Catholic priest who protected a child rapist, and mused on the geographics of new fundamentalism, while Tony Blair offered sage historical context on the Koran.
In politics, Sargent pointed out that Romney has no plans to fix the economic crisis while Kilgore argued that "vote suppression" grossly mischaracterized the Obama campaign's ad activity. On that note, the Bain attack ads appeared to be working. Weisberg dissected the "Chicago pol" epithet, Gershom Gorenberg explained how the GOP is the party of Sodom, and GOP hopeful Mindy Meyer marched to the beat of a different drummer – er, house mix. Douthat and Yglesias analyzed the politics of The Dark Knight Rises, and, on the ad war front, "you didn't build that" still had legs.
In Olympics news, a credentialed reader hobbled the cost-benefit argument for the Olympics. The opening ceremonies may be "magnificently bonkers," Reeves Wiedeman considered the less-sung athletes of the Olympic Games, and Boris Johnson got Cassetteboy-ed.
And in assorted commentary, Andrew pushed back against a reader comment on "The Real Housewives," Surowiecki and Salmon explained the inevitability of the LIBOR scandal and Keith Humphries praised the ACA's provisions for drug treatment. Bloggers argued that Assad is on the way out, and, while one post discussed how the Drug War has migrated to Africa, readers also noted the inanity of likening cannabis to a blood diamond. Jim Holt fielded the "darkest question of all," and an eccentric neuroscientist mapped his own brain. Alan Jacobs rescued Stephen King's books from literary snobbery, this post explored the economics of book-writing, and David A. Bell urged libraries to go digital. Chinese villagers mistook a double-headed sex toy for an ancient mushroom, a jellyfish was wrought of rat, and the truth about Gatorade's effectiveness trickled out. HBO made some glaring omissions in promoting "The Newsroom" and the VFYW contest elicited a Tina Fey classic. Adorable cheetah FOTD here, VFYW here, and headline of the day here.
(Photo: Sally Ride in June 1983, on the shuttle "Columbia." NASA / AP Photo)