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How Cheney Made America A Torture Nation
The ticking time bomb is now an ancient criterion.

"Radical Pacifists"
That's what Marc Thiessen labels people who oppose torture

Did Cheney Understand We Were At War?
How this utter failure gets to pontificate after his record is beyond me.

Sorry, Jonah, Conservatives Do Back Abu Ghraib
Will National Review run a correction for this untruth?

You Are Part Virus
I learned to love my HIV.

Lieberman And McCain Back Netanyahu Against Obama - In Israel
Are you surprised?

"Mentally Unstable"
The Palin selection was a farce; a joke; a disaster.

Ted Olson, A Conservative For Civil Rights
He reminds me why I should hold out hope for conservatism.

Have Gay Men Conquered The Crystal Menace?
Readers know I'm a libertarian on soft drugs, but this stuff is poison.

How Palin Responds To Factual Criticism
She doesn't.

Watching Beck And Palin
FNC is now the RNC.

Ailes' New Political-Media Party
More on the FNC-RNC hostile take-over.

Obama's Substantive First Year
A liberal pragmatist in politics and a conservative in his view of the presidency.

Three Corpes In Gitmo
The very worst seems true.

A Looming Landslide For Brown
This is a nihilist moment.

Both Sides Now
I have yet to see a single proposal from the right that would address the uninsured.

Now: Call The GOP's Bluff
Obama should agree to their healthcare compromise.

Now Fight!
The one huge mistake right now would be to surrender the Senate health reform bill.

The Fiscal Pivot
Obama should shift his attention to the deficit and the long-term debt.

How Natural Is Masturbation?
Now there's a topic for some interesting dialogue.

Live-Blogging The SOTU
"We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions."

Palin, Emanuel. Pot, Kettle
Did she really just call for Rahm to be fired because he allegedly said "fucking retarded"?

My John Edwards Failure
I displayed a double standard in my treatment of vice-presidential frauds.

Live-Blogging Palin's Tea Party Speech
"I will live and die for the people of America!"

The Latest From Leon
Let me grapple with his first claim, about my citation of Auden's letter to Niebuhr.

Something Much Sadder
Wieseltier attacked me as an anti-Semite without even the candor to say so.

Judis vs Walt
The case for Iraq was pushed most by neocons, Jewish and non-, and Israel was one factor.

The Silence Of The Bishops
On Thiessen's statements supporting torture on Catholic television.

Just The Catholic Church
I despair over its adoption decision in DC.

Joe Stack's Manifesto
Terrorism is terrorism whoever does it.

The OPR Report
It is the lynchpin for prosecuting war criminals.

On Chait
I'm overdue for the response I promised regarding Israel.

"May The Judgement Not Be Too Heavy Upon Us"
Thiessen's torture is not America.

*** Jan/Feb -- March/April

The Much-Delayed Response To Goldblog
I promised one to my friend over the Wieseltier piece.

The Walking Wounded
On the tormented gay men who came out in the press while I was on vacation.

The Death Of Conservatism
Ideology has infiltrated everything.

The Pope: Drowning, Not Waving
On the recent flurry of stories about sexual abuse

Sin Or Crime?
The Pope should resign and priestly celibacy should end.

Obama's Victory Of Persistence
Yes, he worked our last nerve to get the needed votes to pass healthcare.

The Pope's Defenders
It's very odd to see theocons dancing with moral relativism and cultural context.

How Long Has This Been Going On?
Douthat's obvious fallacy is conflating reported cases of abuse with actual cases.

It's The Gays' Fault
Or more specifically, the closet's. How many openly gay priests have abused minors?

The Vatican's Watergate
Follow the money to Maciel.

The Third Strike
Against Ratzinger - it's over now.

"A Half-Term Former Governor With A TV Show"
David Brooks wants everyone to stop talking about her.

The British Election Debate: The Chastening
Cameron narrowly won this.

Why I'm Passing On Tea
When they propose serious cuts to spending, I'll take the movement seriously.

Is Clegg A British Obama?

Live-Blogging The Second Brit Debate
It was a Clegg triumph.

"History Happened"
I'm with Brooks on how Obama was unwittingly forced into big government action.

The Old Parties Turn On Clegg
Why I'm against electoral reform.

"In Palinworld, Palin, By Definition, Speaks The Truth"
The conventional view in Washington that she's not running is dangerously wrong.

The Right-Wing Media-Industrial Complex
It has led to the rump dominating the discourse but a shift toward liberalism in actual policy.

Live-Blogging The Third British Debate
This was Cameron's night to my mind.

***March/April -- May/June


So Is She Gay?
It is not illegitimate to ask of Kagan.

The Morality Of Oil
Is there no point at which we can say: this is enough?

The Price Of Winning
This election is as phony as it is exciting.

Live-Blogging The Third British Debate
Cameron won this.

The Old Parties Turn On Clegg
I like clear, strong governments with clear mandates.

In Defense Of Rand Paul (Kinda)
Was the CRA in many respects an infringement of freedom? Of course it was.

They Still Don't Get It
To remain closeted requires a massive use of deception.

What Do Atheists Think Of Death?
To philosophize is to learn how to die.

"No Place In This Process"
Why is sexual orientation off the list when gender is on?

The Borking Of Kagan
This question is now closed on this blog.

Jesus And Christ
This intellectual sifting is hard and troubling to faith.

Noonan Unhinged
Her criticism of Obama is unrelated to the reality.

Why The Closet Must End In Public Life
Sexual orientation is a fact about people.

The Best Analysis Yet
I build on Noah Millman's take on the Israel dilemma.

Firing Gays Should Not Be Illegal
So says Benedict's church.

Israel Derangement Syndrome
Our conversation needs to be more open and honest.

Was Israel A Mistake?
Perhaps, but it should not be abandoned now.

Getting Shit Done
Obama's competence and long-term direction is showing.

Obama: Hostage To Petraeus
This war is a huge and metastasizing mistake.

McChrystal - And The Press's Failure
The Obama operation is at war with itself.

Why Does Trig Matter?
Because Palin has insisted that he matters.


In Breitbart's World
There is no hypocrisy in my record on Trig.

Michael Steele Was Right
This is now Obama's war - and one of his choosing.

Happy 4th
Blogs first gained traction in America for a good reason.

The Conservatism Of Same Sex Marriage
Once more with feeling.

The Iraq Tragedy
You couldn't make this up.

Mel Gibson And The Christianist Right
Will the cognitive dissonance ever break?

Back From A Breather
Weigel's Trig posts added nothing to the debate.

The Long Game And The Breitbart Implosion
It was an over-reach from hubris.

How To Rebuild Neoconservatism: Palestine
Or is it just about Israel?

The Partisan Tools At Journo-List And Trig
This is your liberal media, ladies and gentlemen.

The Unwinnable War
The Wikileaks monster-doc-dump told us little new.

Poz Face
HIV literally meant death for so long.

The Unique Quality Of "Lifelong Heterosexual Monogamy"
Douthat simply ignores the lives and dignity of gay people.

The Unique Quality Of "Lifelong Heterosexual Monogamy" Ctd
Ross responds to Serwer's objections, by citing Tushnet.

Does It Matter That Walker Is Gay?
Did it matter that Thurgood Marshall was black?

Stockman's Diagnosis: Still True
The roots of the GOP's fiscal abandon.

How To Rebuild Neoconservatism: Palestine
Or is it just about Israel?

The Pope Is Not Gay
Colm Toibin's essay is quite astounding.


Game On
The president's speech was a barn-stormer.

Humility And Humiliation
America's genius is not power. It is example.

"Heart Speaks To Heart"
Personal reflections on the Pope's visit.

Gays, The Battered Wife Of The Democratic Party
Readers dissent.

The NYT And Torture
The double standard deepens.

The View From My Window 2000 - 2010
I reflect on a decade of the Dish.

Homosexuals As "Victim Souls"
Gay misery supposedly gets them closer to God.

Yes, We Are At War
I respond to the shellacking from readers and Greenwald.

Answers For Glenn Greenwald
Yes, we are at war.

A Homophobic Dark Era To Come?
But the real goal is to get past politics to living.

Obama's Excruciating Trap On Civil Rights
When will he make a stand?

The Best Analysis Of Obama's Dilemma
It comes from Obama himself.

Taking The "Conserve" Out Of Conservatism
They should be stewards of the environment.

Change, Reaction, And Conservatism: Reading The Tea Leaves
They feel besieged by change.

The Juan Williams Case
He made a bigoted statement and gave it legitimacy.

Rick’s Left; My Right
Liberalism's weakness is its top-down nature.

The Iraq War: A Descent Into Hell
This war was, in many ways, a crime.

Juan Williams: Busted
He has an extreme double standard.

Debating Israel-Palestine I
Let me concede that Goldblog was right about Helen Thomas.

The Conflicted States Of America
The people want it both ways without sacrifice.

Debating Israel-Palestine II
The Israeli government is irrational and dangerous.

Moderation In The Defense Of Sanity Is No Vice. Most Of The Time.
The Stewart/Colbert rally gave me hope.

Debating Israel-Palestine III
I don't think Iran is the existential threat some Israelis say they fear.

The Simpson-Bowles Reax
My take and others' on the deficit proposals.

The Big Lie
This year has seen the triumph of untruth.

The Big Lie II
More debunking of myths against Obama.!
What is an online magazine? On the Beast/Newsweek merger.

The Pope And The Male HIV-Positive Prostitute
And so Pandora's box opens.

Obama: President; McConnell: Sucker
Obama has secured - with GOP backing - a big new stimulus.

DADT Repeal: Heads They Win; Tails We Lose
I've been leery of using the courts until now.

Obama's Long Game: 65 - 31
It was painstakingly slow but thereby much more entrenched.

The Arc Of History
Ending DADT enlarges the circle of freedom and shrinks victimhood.

The Long Game And Israel
Obama has not asserted; he has demonstrated.