Monthly Archives: March 2011

Big Government in South Dakota

Time reports on a new law from South Dakota: In an ongoing effort to push legislation to reduce abortion rates — in part by restricting women’s access to the procedure — South Dakota’s Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, signed into … Continue reading

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Wisdom of the East

SuperSnail asks: Hey Razib, could you compile a list of Chinese and Indian religious history/philosophy books? I’ve actually made the call for books on Indian religion and philosophy elsewhere. My knowledge set in this domain is very thin, so I … Continue reading

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End of Faith … Here and There

“Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says.”  Thus the headline on the Beeb News website.  And those nine nations would be which?  Lemme see if I can guess:  Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Thailand, Israel, . . .  Am I getting … Continue reading

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Utah’s Immigration Mess

I posted last night over on the Corner on the topic of Utah’s immigration mess. Full post here, but basically the nub is well set out in this paragraph from a LA Times report: Gov. Gary Herbert last week signed … Continue reading

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No perfect solution

We Would Lose an Arms Race with the Whole World: What seems so striking to me, though, from the perspective of being in Paris and London, is the default belief among so many in the U.S. that America needs to … Continue reading

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The Egyptian evolution

Egyptian Voters Approve Constitutional Changes: Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on constitutional changes on Sunday that will usher in rapid elections, with the results underscoring the strength of established political organizations, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and the weakness of … Continue reading

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The Archbishop and the Governor

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is greatly relieved that the pesky matter of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unCatholic (at least for now) lifestyle is finally behind us.  The divorced Catholic governor has been very publicly living with his girlfriend … Continue reading

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History Lesson

Brie foe, Chablis fighter and Creationist Tim Pawlenty tries his hand at history: We need to remember as others try to push out or marginalise people of faith—we need to remember this and always remember it—the constitution was designed to … Continue reading

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The Rush for Judgment

The tragedy in Japan has produced a grimly familiar response. Here’s Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara: The identity of the Japanese people is greed. This tsunami represents a good opportunity to cleanse this greed, and one we must avail ourselves of. … Continue reading

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Giving More Power To The IRS

This story comes from Mother Jones, and it comes with plenty of ‘coulds’, so some caution is called for. Nevertheless it doesn’t make pretty reading. Here’s a key extract: Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of … Continue reading

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