Friday on the Dish, Andrew slammed Peggy Noonan’s latest column, parsed public opinion on the IRS and Benghazi, and recalled Rumsfeld’s shut-down argument style. He encouraged consenting adults to let their freak flags fly and dove deep on the meaning of IQ scores. In political coverage, Politico looked to Cheney for guidance as scandals continued to dominate the news, Shafer explained the significance of the leaks that prompted the AP investigation, and readers filled in the tax policy details relevant for the IRS scandal while we looked into why it was important.
Elsewhere, American agricultural workers were less likely to stick around, trans troops made strides, civil unions crept into the mainstream, and David Drake tried to get to the core of the gay rights movement. Abroad, Mohsen Milani prepared us for Iran’s upcoming election, which took some unexpected turns, while we struggled to quantify violence in Syria and a reader provided some on-the-ground perspective from the Syrian border.
In other miscellanea, Razib Khan defended the connection between race and genetics, while readers added their views on tolerance around the world and Mike Kinsley discouraged stigmatization. Chinese cities employed the sincerest form of flattery, Barry Brook and Ben Heard touted the benefits of nuclear power, and the “debate” over global warming was settled among scientists, while climate change chased fish away from home. Venezuela was left with a bit of a mess on their hands after running out of TP, Martin Lewis worried that slowing birth rates were slipping under the media’s radar, and the NTSB considered lowering the bar for a DUI. Jon Lee Anderson examined YouTube as a tool for terrorists, Jeff Saginor worried about Google’s relationship with journalists and John McWhorter found that ending sentences with a proposition was something he could put up with.
As Tom Shone traced Richard Linklater’s work from sun-up to sun-down and Beckham explored the full range of ‘dos, Dr. Dre embodied conservative values, “discussing Uganda” lost its innocence, and the Office reached its expiration date. We surveyed readers about the Wrap, put out a last request for Dishterns, and a reader detailed his slipping self-identification as a dog-person. The MHB garnered multiple “gesundheits” and we spied Stockholm in the VFYW, while the VFYWW took us around the world and a vampire channeled Bachmann in the FOTD.
The rest of the week after the jump: