Today on the Dish, we live-blogged the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We gathered sources from around the web, readers marveled at Japan's preparations (compared to Katrina and Haiti), and we resolved whether there are more major earthquakes today. Alan Taylor curated the photography as it came in, and Juan Cole urged humans to unite around the disaster. Ackerman deconstructed the no-fly zone, Douthat opposed one, we rounded up opinions on US policy towards Libya. Andrew Exum unearthed stats on Iraq's Libyan insurgents, Anderson Cooper tracked Qaddafi, and Leon Wieseltier mounted his high horse to blame Obama. We stayed on top of Iran, and these are the hearings King should have held. Andrew prayed for David Kuo and saluted a soldier and his dog.

Palin and Huck could sit out 2012, Obama death-hugged Huntsman, and Bristol kept it classy. Andrew Sprung reformed the budget by fiat, Ezra Klein called Boehner out on taxes, and a reader schooled Limbaugh on drunks on disability. Teacher pay peaked late, a SWAT raid killed grandpa, and the more educated a Republican the less likely they are to believe in climate change. Jay Rosen played doctor to NPR's wounds, Heather Mac Donald was underwhelmed by the scandal, and a reader pestered them to relinquish their federal funds. The drug war is real and deadly serious even outside the Wire, players kept feeding arcade machines, and advice for economists continued coming. We tracked gay marriage in Maryland, readers blasted a non-monogamous confession, and penises can be weapons. Flying cars exist, Cassidy drove his car against bike line traffic, and Andrew hugged it out.

Charts of the day here and here, Yglesias awards here and here, poseur alert here, comment of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

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Thursday on the Dish, Andrew clarified his position on indefinite detention and torture to Greenwald, a reader gave the military their due, and a new paper revealed the conditions that make states stop torturing. Andrew countered Fareed on supplying arms to Libya, Graeme Wood humbled the US, Steven Cook urged us to have a light touch in Egypt, and we parsed Khamenei's continuing purge. Andrew backed Bagehot in treasuring others' right to offend, we tracked King's crusade, Tyler Cowen glimpsed the fiscal endgame, and the US was slowly becoming Greece. We rounded up Wisconsin reax, and Nate Silver predicted a backlash.

Massie prodded Romney's robot exterior, we poked his plastic veneer, and wondered if Limbaugh could back him. John Phillips ordered the Palin Caramel Macchiato, Bernstein un-victimized her, and Eminem could challenge her. Ezra Klein made the case for bike lanes as pro-car, Republicans prevented ex-felon votes based on partisanship, and Andrew wondered whether James O'Keefe was a journalist or a prankster with a knack for entrapment. Wilkinson brutalized Brooks, Limbaugh discovered unemployment benefits and didn't approve, and even bloggers on the right don't read many right-leaning voices. Steve Cheney rebelled against Facebook comments, industrial agriculture danced with nature American Beauty style, and Arnold Kling advised economists.

Brigham Young professors had to remind students to shave, beards don't mix well with fire-breathing, and lost and found is fun. A reader confessed his own marriage infidelities, another wanted NPR to embrace their bias, and we remembered David Broder. Eve Conant updated us on the final death throes of DADT, Andrew picked American Idol favorites, Goldblog made love to America, James Franco's brother gay-dueled, and straight men made out for celery. Yglesias award here, creepy ad watch here, hand-drawn New York here, chart of the day here,  yesterday's chart reconfigured here, history of science fiction here, VFYW here, FOTD here, and MHB here.

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Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew rebuked Hitchens and his "Do Something" brigade on Libya, Leslie Gelb made the case for staying out, Lexington and Scoblete considered America's Iraq Syndrome, and food aid was on its way. J. Dana Stuster warned of nuclear war between India and Pakistan, Issandr El Amrani wanted an Egyptian truth commission on crimes, a former Iraqi PM laid the truth down, and Ackerman kept tabs on the steady number of Afghan insurgents. The torture that sustained Gitmo in the Bush era ended, but that didn't solve the question of the remaining prisoners.

Andrew explained why NPR's liberal bias is different than FNC's on the right, and Peter King dug himself deeper. Palin fans didn't like Newt, but it was more about the arrogance than the infidelity. Steve Kornacki eyed Romney's chances, Douthat awarded him the win by default, and Limbaugh's second caricature of Obama contradicted his first. Bernstein countered Ezra Klein on whether Republicans need their own healthcare plan, readers shared their own views of American inequality, and the economy doesn't always represent how much (or what) people consume online. Prison rape could be prevented, but Balko wasn't impressed with government efforts to do so. A new paper questioned the emotional and economic rewards of having children, and Andrew engaged Dan Savage on his conservatism and the human capacity for monogamy

Dish readers gave the beard nod, the Sullivan nod helped sell wine, Andrew studied up on a scientific approach to beards, and Jesus was probably clean-shaven. Seattle could have shared Detroit's fate, Angry Birds saved a company, cycling was the new parcour, and bicyclists weren't to blame for traffic. The great debate over rural versus urban continued, and the only way to stop humming Britney Spears is to come to terms with it. We meditated on Lent, Andrew allowed for forgivness for Newt's sins, a reader gave up the Dish, and a four-year old answered all of life's questions.

Chart of the day here, email of the day here, dissents of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

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Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew rebutted a reader on military intervention in Libya, while others assessed what's in it for the U.S. Qaddafi attempted to starve rebel strongholds, threatened the Guardian's Peter Beaumont with death, and ramped up attacks. Roger Cohen viewed American intervention with pessimism, a Muslim cleric argued extremism was a reaction to the violence of the state, and Anderson Cooper was on Qaddafi's trail of his lies. Issandr El Amrani laid out press lessons from Tunisia and Egypt, Egyptians stormed the secret police HQ with cell-phone cameras, and Peter Beinart called out homeland security for singling out Muslim Americans for terror. Obama reversed his Guantanamo decision, John Yoo took advantage, and Bradley Manning's torture depressed Alex Knapp.

Andrew reveled in 18 minutes of pure Palin and made her enemy list, while the rest of the blogosphere placed their 2012 bets. Josh Green went with darkhorse Santorum, Romney puzzled everyone, Frum had second thoughts on Pawlenty, and Mitch Daniels resembled the President's barber. Drezner downplayed the Tea Party's foreign policy, and a journalist duked it out with a cabinet member on rural interests. Andrew urged Obama to bring back the Reagan era tax rates to make heads explode and Limbaugh's staff laughed at him. Brigham Young outlawed beards for Mormons, mostly because of the hippies and Matt Zwolinski contemplated legal prostitution. Andrew defended the libertarian plan for healthcare reform, and a Republican state senator came out in favor of civil unions. Andrew gave some ground on marital monogamy and those who wait, Andrew Stuttaford cheered Christians for not reading the bible, and a pastor outed Dan Savage as a reality-based conservative. Arcades didn't last even with Canada's loonie, poison squads used to keep America's food safe, and we examined urinal cakes and the economy. Bieber calculated his YouTube persona, no one can mention love at a congressional hearing, and NPR is run by liberals.

Map of the day here, quote for the day here, dissent of the day here, Malkin award here, chart of the day here, parliamentary jamming here, freelancer's invoice here, Sully bait here, Douthat bait here, tatooed story here, MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and contest winner #40 here.

Monday on the Dish, Andrew reengaged Palin on her life as a redacted "open book." Andrew deconstructed the empty GOP field for 2012 (read: blame shameless Fox and Palin), and, with the help of Aristotle, denounced inequality in America and the right.  Andrew offered support for Bailey's libertarian healthcare mandate, and Tom Coburn stood up to Hewitt on housing and the deficit. Andrew sided with Gates against Kristol's cheap shots, Obama gained ground over Walker, and Doug Elmendorf revealed the advantages to tackling the debt now. Glenn Reynolds preferred a syphilitic camel over Obama, the GOP lusted after styrofoam cups and pulled a Charlie Sheen in #winning. Mickey Kaus defended John Edwards, David Brooks got a blog, and gay marriage mattered less to black voters. Ross categorized everyone's sex lives into two camps, readers responded with their own tales of premature monogamy, Saletan inquired about lesbian anal, and Mike Huckabee vibrated.

Andrew urged caution in the face of John McCain and John Kerry's calls for a no-fly zone and Arab regimes realized the status quo cannot be maintained. Black African migrants were rounded up and forced to be mercenaries in Libya, and food shortages affected rebel forces. We charted the timeline of psychology and torture, and former Guantanamo prosecutor Morris Davis called out Obama for standing on a rocky pedestal, re: Libya. Afghanistan's mission to protect wasn't clear cut, and Saudi Arabia turned ripe for revolution. Some countries will always lead the world, gays wore plaid, and a blind man could see your crappy parking job. Arcades died without dollar coins, the era of cheap food ended, and humans liked avatars the more they look like us. James Parker unpacked Bieber's appeal, and an artist ordered flowers for all the mental health patients who never received them.

MHB here, VFYW here, FOTD here, chart of the day here, quotes for the day here and here, and dissents of the day here.

--Z.P.

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