Le Corbusier on the Bosphorus

 

I borrowed that headline. To the person from whom I borrowed it: I would give you credit, but I know you cherish your privacy.

In any event, in my dream world, this is what all journalism from Turkey would be like, and indeed what all foreign correspondence would be like. I don’t always agree with Alexander Christie-Miller, and don’t necessarily even agree with everything he’s written here, but he’s writing about a real Turkey, not a caricature; he’s careful to say what he does and doesn’t know; there are no cliches here, and he’s asking a hugely important question about the social effects of mass housing projects:

Some Sanity on the GOP Presidential Race

 

The further we get into the Republican presidential race, the more I’m struck by a sensation I’ve never experienced during primary season before: the feeling of being an observer at a spectator sport where I’m not truly invested in either of the teams.

That’s one of the reasons I think the following, from today’s edition of Jim Geraghty’s “Morning Jolt” newsletter at NRO (subscribe here, if you haven’t already — it’s mandatory reading), is so sound:

Member Post

 

Is the TLC reality series All-American Muslims still on the air?   I’ve never seen the thing, but I was just wondering if they ever got to an episode about honor killing.  If not, the screenwriters might find this story helpful: A Muslim family, admitted to Canada under a program for wealthy Afghans, slaughters their […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

President Obama and the First Amendment

 

I realize that a little below this, Emily has an excellent post covering the HHS mandate that now has many of the Catholic bishops telling their flocks that the Obama Administration has declared war on their church. In my mind, however, one of the most frustrating aspects of this story is precisely that it is reported as a story about contraception. It really has little to do with contraception, and everything to do with the First Amendment and the free exercise of faith.

It is one reason that even liberal Catholics such as E.J. Dionne are now criticizing the administration. Plainly the administration reckoned that contraception is less controversial than abortion, that American Catholics largely ignore their church on this issue, and that the bishops have lost a great deal of credibility with their flocks for a host of reasons. All this is correct. The mistake is this: while abortion doesn’t affect the church or its bishops directly, this mandate does: it means the federal government telling them how to run their own institutions. Hence the reaction, and hence the great miscalculation.

School Choice Victory in Arizona

 

Last week, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge upheld Arizona’s Empowerment Account Program as constitutional under the Arizona State Constitution.  The program allows parents of special needs children to apply for state funds that the parents can use for a wide variety of educational expenses, including tutoring and private school tuition, required textbooks and savings for college expenses. That’s obviously a dangerous program (if you let parents decide how to spend their tax dollars, where does it all end?) so the Arizona teachers union did its civic duty and sued to block the law.

Round I, at least, goes to the forces of school choice. Judge Maria del Mar Verdin ruled that, unlike other voucher programs that have been struck down in Arizona, “The monies are earmarked for a student’s educational needs as a parent may deem fit—not endorsed directly to a private institution in an all or nothing fashion.”  This is a critical point, unfortunately, because of the bogus constitutional argument that school voucher programs violate the First Amendment because taxpayer dollars will end up going to some religious schools.  When SCOTUS upheld an Ohio voucher program in 2002, then-Justice John Paul Stevens wailed that democracy is threatened “[w]henever we remove a brick from the wall that was designed to separate religion and government.”

Member Post

 

An Oakland, California couple has been murdered by their 15-year-old foster son. The money quote from the San Francisco Chronicle: “Co-workers said Poff and Kamin were having some arguments with their son, some of it having to do with him spending too much time in the Occupy Oakland encampment, but nothing that sounded beyond the […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

As George Will said on Sunday, “we’re at the horrid stage with Newt Gingrich.”  Gingrich’s most unattractive attribute is his tendency to whine when things don’t go his way.  Despite his victory in South Carolina, Gingrich has been in “full whine mode” the past week or so.  He complained that the audience at the first […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

I get so sick of posted stuff like this with no context. I noticed in the bottom right corner there is an address  www.giveneyestosee.com. Further search led to this page. Something doesn’t seem right to me. She has donate buttons all over the place. Lives with some guy “Love”, and never mentions parents/family. She says […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

It was dark in the stone tower, but a single candle rebuked the night’s gloom so that one might just observe the magisterially robed and bearded figure seated before a writing desk at a window overlooking the town of Salon-de-Provence. The old one shut his eyes, inhaled deeply from a pot of burning–what, exactly? Incense?–and […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

The year was 1994. I was about 11 years old. My father, as he was wont to do, was watching his favorite weekly news program, The McLaughlin Group. As I sat and tried desperately to understand what was being said on the television screen about the 1994 mid-term elections, a journalist from US News & […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

Rumor has it there is an effort underway to return Orrin Hatch to the private sector. Ricochet’s own John Yoo makes a compelling argument for Hatch on NRO today. He states that Hatch has a 100% American Conservative Union voting record in 2010. More importantly, he details Sen. Hatch’s work on the confirmation of Renquist as […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

Yesterday Peter Robinson pointed to an article in the New York Times Magazine on that putative airstrike on Iran that never quite seems to happen. Remember that American political commentators predicted that President George W. Bush would launch a strike on Iran before he left office. The two most prominent, John and Norman Podhoretz, issued these pronouncements in […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.