Brian Ulrich at Brian's Study Breaks has an interesting post up on Bernard Lewis, Edward Said, and the western development of middle eastern studies.
The blogosphere continues to morph. Ed Cohn at Mildly Malevolent has joined a new group blog of University of Chicago graduate students, Gnostical Turpitude, where he's doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Invisible Adjunct appears to be back at her keyboard after a well earned two week sabbatical. Or, maybe not. (Trolls, your sins are not forgiven. Anonymous trolls, your sins are not anonymous. G_d knows your IPS # and she is really pissed off!) Now, if only Moby Lives would get itself together ...
At The Right Christians, Allen Brill suggests that conservative Christians who wish to write New Testament teaching about marriage into state and federal statutes and/or state and federal constitutions might begin where the New Testament is quite unambiguous: with a ban on marriage after a divorce. It won't happen, of course. Too many leaders of said Christians are already in violation of the biblical teaching.
Troubles bubble for the Bush administration. The UPI's Richard Sale says that the FBI has tracked leaks in the Valerie Plame affair to high sources in Vice President Cheney's office. Kevin Drum, here, here and here, has a close look at the"torn document" which is key evidence about G. W. Bush's service in the National Guard 30 years ago. [It's just a shot across the bow, of course, should Republicans decide to paint John Kerry as the unpatriot. But if you believe this story, I've got a torn document which shows that I was tenured in a history department 30 years ago. I just don't have the pay stubs to back it up, which may be why neither George nor I will release our service files.] Meanwhile, just when American credibility abroad is at its lowest ebb internationally because of the failure to find WMDs in Iraq, President Bush will appear on"Meet the Press" Sunday. It isn't at all unprecedented, but we'll see how Tim Russert lives up to his reputation as a tough questioner.