Around The ‘Sphere

Our occassional and highly popular linkfest giving you posts from all over the Internet. These are NOT RESTRICTED to one political viewpoint — but reflect many views which do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Moderate Voice or his highly independent Guest Bloggers.



NBC’S Meet The Press Had A Round Table On Faith In America….and Atrios is right: what’s wrong with this picture?



THE ARAB LEAGUE HELD A SUMMIT AND DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL REFORM POLLED BIG IN THE ARAB WORLD AS CONCERNS so the Arab League was receptive ot the concepts, right? NOT! Joseph Braude who has been writing some excellent stuff in The New Republic (one of TMV’s favorites — in fact, he subscribes to the the paper copy of this magazine, which his grandfather used to read regularly as well) does it again with a super analysis. Braude details how the Arab League shoved its political anchor back to 2002…with Hamas having more influence then ever.



THE FEC IS THINKING OF CLAMPING DOWN ON BLOGGERS and Sortapundit (based in England) has this idea to help U.S. bloggers out if there is a clampdown (so far he hasn’t had many takers).



YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOWARDS WOMEN BUT THERE’S ALSO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO MEN and a group that specializes in that is trying to raise money.



DEMOCRACY IS IN BLOOM
and people are falling all over themselves to find new terms for it (Cedar Revolution). Pennywit has some ideas.



IS THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT ACTING LIKE THE DEMOCRATS IN THE 2000 ELECTIONS? Non-Bill-Clinton Fan Gus Van Horn thinks so. Read his post in full (after you click on the link scroll down since he is remodelling). A small taste:



The Terri Schiavo case is the 2000 recount of the religious right. In 2000, Al Gore and the Democrats attempted to misuse the judicial branch to overturn an election. In 2005, the religious right is trying to misuse the executive and legislative branches to overturn a legal decision that has been effectively upheld by the very court the Republicans were thankful for in 2000. In the 2000 case and in this one (so far), a political faction lusting after power has been thwarted by the foresight of our Founding Fathers, who split the power of our government into three competing branches. Our government was designed to get in its own way for a very good reason: to prevent any one man from being able to accumulate (and abuse) too much power. A crucial part of how this works is that those in positions of power act responsibly, especially in the executive branch — the one that enforces the law.





THE BABY BOOMERS HAVE NOT BEEN AS GOOD AS THEY THINK THEY HAVE BEEN FOR OUR CULTURE according to university student Steven Donahue (one of MANY excellent and stylistically creative posts on his new site). A tiny execerpt 4 U:



Whatever. It seems like everything our generation attempts to accomplish, regardless of how screwed up the goals, will be compared to our parents. “You call this a protest? I remember during Vietnam…” It’s my opinion that a lot of the cultural “icons” of the late 50s, 60s, and 70s- the Beatles, Elvis, and the God-awful television shows like The Brady Bunch- would have been relegated to the place of trivia if not for the boom in population. Instead, the “country” grew up with these phenoms, and now I must suffer the consequences. Yes, I realize how important it was to you the first time you saw John and George and Paul and Ringo. And if they would have existed 10 years before they did, the Beatles would be nothing but a trivia question.



The problem is that the baby boom generation has emptied America of its culture. A case in point- the popularization of the Beatles, and Elvis, and other rock music led our musical culture down the wrong path. Until the 1950s, more meaningful, heartfelt, and talented forms of music were being produced, and they still retained popularity. Jazz was still alive, innovative, and largely possible. Composers still wrote tremendously popular pieces for orchestra (and NOT just film scores- although Prokofiev and Shostakovich did write scores for various Eisenstadt movies). But then the demographics turned. The new generation- and its inherent numerical importance- turned towards simple three minute songs about love and peace. The need for jazz and classical music to retain a popular appeal ended, and they were left to self-destruct in their own academic ramblings. Quick- what’s the last orchestral piece written that is guaranteed to fill even their relatively-small auditoriums? Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto (1959)? Strauss’ Four Last Songs (1948)?



Read it all and his other interesting posts. I’m always struck by the fact that there is so much TALENT on weblogs, and many of them don’t get the readership they deserve…but I’m quite sure Donahue’s will the more people read it (because they will visit it again and again).



THERE’S GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ
and Arthur Chrenkoff has a ton of it.



A JAILED EDITOR IN YEMEN HAS BEEN SPRUNG PARTLY DUE TO THE EFFORTS OF BLOGS but really spearheaded by one very determined and dedicated blogger — Jane of Armies of Liberation.





SOLDIERS FACE A NEW PROBLEM: GETTING PROTECTION FROM CREDITORS
and the government is doing little to help them.





A BIG SUPREME COURT RULING IS COMING UP
on file swapping. (A ruling on wife swapping would make for a livelier post).



A MEDLY OF MADCAP PHOTO DEFINITIONS put together by Jeff at A Little More To The Right had TMV laughing loudly — and guiltily — out loud. This is a MUST READ…unless you are offended by some very adult humor. His site is a conservative site but he always maintains an irreverent sense of humor so its one of the most enjoyable sites to visit on the Internet. This list he put together is truly a howl and you will hate yourself for laughing at some of them. But you’ll also copy it and send the link onto all of your (non clergy and non minor) friends.



JOHN KERRY IS CAMPAIGNING AND ACTING AS IF HE NEVER LOST THE ELECTIONS and Blogs For Bush is amazed:



It was all just a fluke, you see? Kerry should be President; if only a few more of us hadn’t been so obtuse. I guess it hasn’t occured to him that his Global Test, unwillingness to reveal his military record, fake memories of Cambodia, northeastern liberal elitism and his insufferable personality might have had something to do with his loss; neither does it occur to him that he was beaten by a better man with a better plan.



Have at it, Kerry; we’ve beaten you once, and we can beat you again



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They listed quite a few factors there…but we would say “insufferable personality” had something to do with it. We found very few people during the campaign who LIKED Kerry. He was the candidate by default…and then he had that albatross around his neck (named Bob Shrum).





EASTER MAKES YOU THINK and the thoughts can often be bittersweet.



THE DEATH OF A 6 YEAR OLD TAKEN OFF A MACHINE DUE TO A LAW SIGNED BY THEN GOVERNOR GEORGE BUSH
is looked at by Jerry Brown, a new blogger who has an unusual background (California governor, presidential candidate and presently Mayor of Oakland). He has a GREAT WEBSITE — good for its concise posts and is worth visiting for its content, not because he’s famous.



GEORGE BUSH WRESTLING WITH TERRI SCHIAVO (not literally) is explored by Kevin Drumm with some interesting links and tidbits.





MEXICAN SOCCER FANS HAVE A NEW TAUNT WHEN THEY WATCH THE US IN THE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AND GUESS WHAT IT IS? “Osama.” Isn’t that sweet and respectful of our 3,000 dead?

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