Odds and Ends

Too much stuff attracting my attention as I get caught up on reading and web site visits. That leads to this brain dump-type of entry.

  • I don’t know about you but there’s just something about conspiracy theories that kind of flips my trigger. I think that’s true for a lot of people. I understand that even some of our state universities have offered classes or seminars in conspiracy theory. In any event, Mike Ward has a interesting column at AlterNet on the Top 10 Conspiracy Theories of 2003-2004.
  • And didn’t this lede in a Knight-Ridder article give you a warm and fuzzy feeling: “The U.S. Army is scraping up soldiers for duty in Iraq wherever it can find them, and that includes places and people long considered off-limits.”
  • A Colorado blogger has reaction to the pastoral letter discussed below regarding denying communion to Catholics who vote for pro-choice candidates. (Via Atrios). And John Nichols of the Nation expands on another issue I raised:

    But what about politicians, like President Bush, who violate church teachings with regards to launching preemptive wars and imposing the death penalty? Should conservative Catholic politicians who back the president and his war be denied the Eucharist? Should their supporters [be] sanctioned?

  • The Village Voice has an almost frightening article on how the fundamentalist right holds sway in the Bush White House. Also, check out Juan Cole’s excellent comments (from whence the link comes) as well as this somewhat related opinion piece in the Guardian last month.
  • IsThatLegal? notes that the concerns about the Solicitor General possibly misleading the Supreme Court in the Guantanamo arguments (noted below) is evidently attracting more attention. It appears the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary committee has now asked for an investigation into this question.

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