Around the Blogosphere 4-6-05

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How people arrived here this past week:

what's the meaning of patricia williams
Now was that supposed to be like "What is the meaning of this?!?!?" or like "What does this this expression mean?"

facts about spongebob no one knows
If no one knows them, then why are you searching for them as if someone out there knows them?

bad negative sinful emotions
As opposed to positive sinful emotions?

"islam is not real"
I'm not sure what this person was looking for, but not one of the hits involved anyone even discussing the strange thought that Islam is not real. Some had to do with the God of Islam not being real, others of someone's Islam not being real, one about Islam not being real big on revolutionary thinking, and one about the Nation of Islam not being real Islam. Whatever they were looking for is not on the internet anywhere.

any thing on Romans
Wouldn't it be easier and more effective just to search for "Romans"?

saddam's justification for invading iraq
I'm not even sure what to say about that one.

The 64th Christian Carnival is at Proverbs Daily.

Philosophers' Carnival XII is coming up at Inessentialism. The submissions page is here.

If you're interested in the philosophical contributions of John Paul II, whose training of course is as a philosopher, you should read this excellent treatment. At some point, Right Reason is going to have an interview with Richard John Neuhaus about the same topic. [Hat tip: Matthew]

Ron Moore, the man behind the new Battlestar Galactica, has a nice post at his blog on how the show deals with political issues. He's interested in raising questions that need to be raised, and he makes it pretty clear that he disagrees with much of what characters on the show might do, even the ones who are generally good people. I probably disagree with Moore quite a bit when it comes to substantial political issues, but I've always liked his writing when it involves hard ethical or political issues. His stuff with Star Trek, both on The Next Generation and in Deep Space Nine, was at the top of the heap, and much of what he's brought out on this series is at least as good as the best stuff from those.

For some reason I haven't read Left2Right in a while, so I've got a number of posts to highlight. Gerald Dworkin responds to the independent investigation of CBS Memogate scandal, and I agree with almost everything he says. As usual, most of what I find good on that site is by David Velleman, and three of his posts seemed to me to be highly worth noting, but I've already posted on one of them separately. He wonders why we have any justification for using public funds for PBS and NPR. He discusses the recent move in the blogosphere to wonder why there aren't as many women bloggers, with some choice quotes:

Why should we care about the representation of women in the blogosphere unless there is some interesting difference between women and men that would manifest itself in their blogging? And if there is such a difference, why shouldn't we expect it to result in a difference in the rate at which they blog? If women differ from men in their inclination toward an activity so bizarre as blogging, isn't that the sort of difference without which we wouldn't care about their representation in the blogosphere?

Siris has a nice post on the Constitution's assumption of the Articles of Confederation as relevant to whether the Constitution assumes the existence of God. In the process, he argues that it's a false false dichotomy to say that Justice Scalia made a blooper by saying that the nation derives its authority from God given his view that the nation derives its authority from the people (which as an originalist he better believe, since the Constitution says that). Scalia does in fact believe both, as the founders did, and as I do. If you believe in multiple levels of explanation, divine and otherwise, then it's pretty hard to deny the possibility that both are true. Christians better believe in both, because the Bible says the census David instituted was initiated by both Satan and God, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas was inspired by Satan, God, and Judas, etc.


This edition of "Around the Blogosphere" is more amusing than usual. I keep chuckling about Saddam invading Iraq.

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