Friday, November 21, 2008

The Reaction in Review (Nov. 21, 2008)

A week's Reactions that deserve a second look:


By LindaBeth: "Social institutionalization of heteronormative families" -- our resident scholar explores our culture's promotion of certain kinds of families as "normal;" favoring them, while disfavoring other types that somehow do not qualify.

By Creature: "Hillary says yes" -- (Perhaps) Creature's opinion is probably similar to several of us who blog here, a bit mixed but generally positive.


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "You are what you blog" -- link to a fun website that claims, according to Andrew Sullivan, to be able to analyze a blog and determine its (Myers-Briggs) type.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Waxman takes over key House chairmanship from Dingell" -- This post lays out several reasons why this change in Committee leadership is such a positive development.

By Carl: "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right" -- Carl confronts the Left's upset with the potential appointment of a national security team that is not absolutely anti-war.


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Al Qaeda, Obama, and "House Negroes" -- Michael's important post on this subject is a very thoughtful and incisive read on the release of al-Zawahiri's video statement.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "BREAKING NEWS: Tom Daschle to be both Health Czar and Health and Human Services Secretary" -- Good piece that helps explain why Daschle's complex cabinet arrangement will be advantageous for U.S. health care reform.

By Carl: "Remembrances" -- Carl's beautiful, moving and rather personal piece, about the naming of NYC's Triborough Bridge after the late Robert F. Kennedy, is a must read.

By Capt. Fogg: "Past imperfect" -- Fogg gives us a brilliantly written rebuttal on the subject of Carl Rove's argument for imposing conservative dogma, with a dubious claim it "should absolutely never be compromised." (Read the comments).


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Obama picks Eric Holder as attorney general (maybe)" -- The pros and cons of the possible appointment, from Michael's and other bloggers' viewpoints.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "BREAKING NEWS: Dems vote to let Lieberman keep committee chair" -- To quote,"Lieberman should have been given the boot . . . simply more trouble, and poses more risk, than he's worth."

By Mustang Bobby: "Jonestown" -- On the occasion 30th anniversary of the Massacre at Jonestown, Guyana, Bobby writes movingly, with sensitivity and out of his own experience of covering the story.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "British newspaper reports Hillary will be secretary of state" -- Michael's well-reasoned arguments for the Clinton appointment draw on his experience with parliamentary governance pairing rivals.


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Genocide and chaos in the Congo" -- As Michael concluded, "We all need to pay more attention to Africa and to what's going on in the Congo (it's not just Darfur that's suffering).

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Vetting Bill, considering Hillary" -- Michael opens this week's discussion of whether Hillary?, with a look at how the major players on the team might feel about her as Secretary of State.

Special Bonus/series update by Michael J.W. Stickings: "The failures of Krazy Kristol; or, why he should be fired from the NYT" -- If you've loved Michael on Karzy Kristol, you'll love his argument for why Kristol's contract for (poorly written) newspaper columns should be dropped.

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