Friday, August 21, 2009

HOT5 Daily 8/21/2009

1. "Obama would like you to see government as religion." Ridiculous religious references are ok as long as a liberal Democrat is using them -- otherwise we are in danger of theocracy.

Representative Sample: Bearing false witness? Breaking the 9th Commandment? So his opponents are sinners. I'm trying to imagine the separation-of-church-and-state freakout if George Bush had taken this approach to arguing for one of his policies.

2. "The Health Care Debate We’re Not Having" It's not much of a debate when one major perspective is entirely excluded.

Representative Sample: no serious debate about the subject can be had using the status quo as a starting point. The programs already in existence distort the health care market such that no determination can be made as to its effectiveness. Moreover, the assumption that these bloated, wasteful programs must continue to exist and grow must not go unchallenged in any serious debate.

3. "Kaplan on Sri Lanka" Long but interesting article from a first-hand observer.

Representative Sample: Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected in 2005 to win the war outright, and he succeeded in the most brutal fashion: by abducting or killing journalists and lawyers to silence the media, even as he conducted a counterinsurgency campaign that had no moral qualms about the deaths of the thousands of Tamil civilians that the Tamil Tigers were using as human shields

4. "The Ultimate Atheism F.A.Q." Answering numerous questions about atheism and atheists.

Representative Sample:{2.02} You must hate God, right? ... Could you hate Odin? It’s hard to hate someone you don’t believe exists. Then again, you might hate the idea of Odin, and many atheists hate the idea of Yahweh, an insecure, cosmic dictator who convicts us of thoughtcrime.

5. "Counterterrorism in Obama's Washington" Incoherence & weakness, as outlined in John Brennan's speech.

Representative Sample: We learn that Obama considers nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists to be "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security." Fine. But how does he respond? With three feeble and nearly irrelevant steps: "leading the effort for a stronger global nonproliferation regime, launching an international effort to secure the world's vulnerable nuclear material …, and hosting a global nuclear summit."

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