The Weekly Wrap

Today on the Dish, in response to Obama's incremental progress, Gingrich threatened another shutdown and Palin went nuttier. McCarthy denounced Petraeus, Confederate Yankee got kookier, and even Ellen was called un-American. Bloggers discussed the state of conservatism, Andrew Stuttaford took a principled stand on taxes, Sullivan pondered a revival of isolationism on the right, and Rauch elevated Frum.

Andrew circled back to the new abuse out of Canada. Thea Lim and Sheema Khan assailed Quebec's move against veils, Greece teetered on the brink, Justice John Paul Stevens made it official, and scientists discovered something new.

More on Catholic meditation here and Biblical celibacy here. Hugh Jackman was set to emulate Butters, Al Bundy got down, and we found an awesome caption here.


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Thursday on the Dish, Andrew laid out the vast Vatican corruption centered on Maciel while First Things sniped from the sidelines. More abuse cases surfaced in Memphis and Canada. Readers contributed more Episcopal stories and Catholic stories. Hans Küng cast a critical eye on celibacy and a reader doubted Christ's celibacy.

Across the Pond, Johann Hari sized up Cameron's relationship with the gays, Gideon Rachman explored the chasm between Conservative and Republicans, Massie sounded off, Cameron won Michael Caine's support, Brown pledged five more years, and a reader questioned Andrew's support of the Tories.

Kyrgyz commentary here and here. David Brooks and Gail Collins talked parenting, Richard Thaler defended soft paternalism, and Andrew endorsed meditation. Moore Award here, drunk history lesson here, and creepy ad here.

Wednesday on the Dish we rounded up several early reports of the Kyrgyzstan uprising and started to cover the British election. Andrew and others discussed the "success" of the Iraq surge, USA Today mirrored the Dish on settlements, Israel continued to alienate Turkey, and WaPo defended Karzai.

Bob McDonnell jumped the Confederate shark. Continetti began to come around on Palin, McWhorter deciphered Sarah-speak, and Bartlett and Andrew highlighted the disconnect between the party of Palin and the party of Reagan.

More personal accounts of abuse here, here, and here. Jonathan Zimmerman countered the anti-Catholic canard, Gerson kept his head in the sand, and Donohue rambled on. Episcopal contrast here and Presbyterian here. Heaven-blogging here and evil-blogging here.

Tuesday on the Dish we kept with the WikiLeaks controversy. Reax here. More Greenwald coverage here. Readers dissented with Andrew and offered their expert opinions here and here.

In Vatican coverage, reports of alleged abuse continued to flood in while readers continued to share their own experiences. Dreher and Andrew debated the bureaucracy of the Church, Mary Gordon defended her Catholicism, and NRO ended its silence by praising JPII.

Looking abroad, the Brown government announced the election and Massie disagreed with Andrew over Obama's Toryism. Iran rumbled with reformist activity, Avigdor Lieberman heightened his rhetoric, and TNC tackled Gettleman over his African war analysis.

In Palin talk, Andrew countered David Carr over her "authenticity," a reader backed him up, and Allahpundit proposed that she support pot.  Readers revolted over Doctorow's view of the iPad, challenged the "childless = green" argument, and discussed fast-food labeling. More CNN scrutiny here and a cannabis update here. Malkin here, End Of Gay Culture here, and guys with felines here.

POTUS got game.


On April 6, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan, Afizeh, 40, bears the scars from burns she inflicted on herself ten years ago. The issue of female self immolation is increasing in prevalence in the region close to the border with Iran, as tensions rise between the traditional subordinate role of women and the increased awareness of women's rights in the wider world. By Majid Saeedi/Getty Images.

Monday on the Dish, Andrew reacted to the latest "gossip" defense from the Vatican and addressed the fundamental question of the scandal in his Sunday column. A UN judge said that the pontiff can be charged. Yet another report of abuse here, more personal accounts of abuse here, here, and here, and a historical account here. Meanwhile, more silence from NRO.

Across the Pond, the Tories regained their footing. Kevin Sullivan marveled at the calm between Iraq and Iran, Scott Horton tried to stomach Karzai, and Jeffrey Gettleman explained why much of Africa never stops fighting. The Dish highlighted some unsettling footage of collateral damage in Iraq and an ex-military reader expressed outrage.

In pot coverage, Chris Good checked in on the legalization campaign in Cali, Friedersdorf talked taxes, and Pew found growing support nationwide. On the new iPad, Nick Carr saw a bright future while Cory Doctorow wanted to take it apart. Chait and Bartlett discussed the counterfactual of a Clinton presidency, Fallows scrutinized White House reporting, and Andrew offered a short journalism lesson. Rove watch here, Thiessen watch here, and Moore Award here. Cool ad here and cool app here.

-- C.B.