Notes from all over.

May 23, 2008 | 16 comments

Here’s your chance to discuss this week’s links.

-22nd May 2008 @ 8 PM

Texas appellate court condemns cohab kiddy raids
-22nd May 2008 @ 2 PM

Space pilgrims
-22nd May 2008 @ 11 AM

The New Atlantis gets a redesign
-21st May 2008 @ 11 AM

Update on the Texas cohab child raid
-20th May 2008 @ 10 AM

How to properly dispose of prescription drugs. (Not a joke.)
-19th May 2008 @ 7 PM

Us New Mexicans have no personality
-19th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Gays Defend Marriage, an awesomely contrarian website
-19th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Women don’t want to be nerds
-19th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Its about declarative sentences, you know?
-19th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Supreme Court upholds child porn law against constitutional challenge by 7-2 margin
-19th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Mankiw — Pro-baby
-19th May 2008 @ 10 AM

Marriage and legitimacy indifference by state
-16th May 2008 @ 6 PM

How do you love an unrepentant sinner?
-16th May 2008 @ 11 AM

Ah youth, when numbering was fun.
-16th May 2008 @ 10 AM

Point of no return for the space shuttle
-16th May 2008 @ 10 AM


16 Responses to Notes from all over.

  1. MikeInWeHo on May 23, 2008 at 10:48 am

    This is a really cool selection of blogs, Adam. Thanks for putting them up.

  2. Frank McIntyre on May 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Adam, that numbering link was pretty funny.

  3. Dave on May 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Nice feature, Adam. The Saudi numbering link was cute, although “religious police” reminds the reader life isn’t really so funny there. And it’s nice the Texas appellate court brought some legal sanity back to Texas. Seriously, I wonder who cares less about due process, the Saudi religious police or Texas trial courts? It’s kind of a toss-up at this point.

  4. Adam Greenwood on May 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    The odd thing is that the appellate court didn’t order the children released, at least from the news accounts, so I really wonder what the actual effect of the opinion is and why the court even bothered. I’ll have to see if I can track down the opinion.

  5. M.Z. Forrest on May 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    The opinion sent it back to the district judge to implement.

    The district court is directed to vacate its temporary orders granting sole managing conservatorship of the children of the Relators to the Department. The writ will issue only if the district court fails to comply with this opinion.

    The full opinion is available here:

  6. Bored in Vernal on May 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I have had young men in cars buzz past me screaming, and it is very scary and threatening. I’m always wondering why they are so excited about a 48 year old woman in a black abaya but then I realize that I carry a cool handbag and wear sneakers so they probably think I am much younger. :) In the 8 months I have been here I have seen some major changes in the city of Riyadh. There are many foreigners and the religious police are losing control. Girls are starting to go around without covering heads, and there is much mingling of the sexes in coffee shops and inside the compounds.

  7. Adam Greenwood on May 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks, M.Z. Forrest. Its a pretty good opinion. Based on it, I would say that the lower court, in conscience, should (1) return all pre-pubescent children, (2) return all male children, (3) require Texas CPS to make an individualized showing with respect to each female adolescent about the likelihood that her parents will try to facilitate her having sex with an older man.

    This is sound.

  8. sg on May 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I know this is extremely vague but do any of you remember an article or post (probably over a year old at this point) in which a sister discussed how the gospel has provided a means by which members and family had gathered around to bless her at various times in her life (circle of priesthood holders blessing a child sticks out). I know this could be one of a thousand posts on this site but would appreciate any help.

  9. clark on May 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    So what do you think about New Atlantis? I had never seen it before and liked the articles based upon titles and summaries. Then I started reading… Ugh. Not very well thought out.

    Regarding the FLDS situation check out the Volokh post on it. Dependent upon what evidence may get surpressed I think a lot of charges are still coming.

  10. Adam Greenwood on May 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I like the New Atlantis a lot. It doesn’t aim to be academic, its more or less on the level of, say, a First Things or a New Republic, but with a focus on technology and biotech ethics.

  11. Edje on May 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    sg (8): I think you’re looking for Margaret Young’s “To the Pastor” at ByCommonConsent, 2007 May 03.

  12. MikeInWeHo on May 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    That is one odd gay guy. The post where he describes his married female rabbi offering him sex is just weird weird weird.

  13. clark on May 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Adam, my complaint was that it was just bad writing. Take that article science and the left. Now part of me eagerly awaits Obama’s expected win this fall simply so I don’t have to keep being presumed to defend stupid GOP actions towards science. It’ll be fun to gripe about the Democrats for a change. I expected this to be a good article on expected tensions. But it wasn’t really beyond some vague generalities of where the GOP wasn’t as bad (missing the major swaths where they were) and just suggesting science and environmentalism are a problem. It may be – that’s where Democratic problems in the past often have been. But the author then takes this weird swerve to the history of the enlightenment and optimism. Then there’s are a few asides at some rather radical environmentalists – but those don’t make up a significant portion of the movement and there’s no indication they’d have much voice in an Obama Presidency or the expected significant majority in the Congress. Now there may be some tension between environmental aims and geopolitical goods but what does that have to do with science?

    Overall it was just a weird and ultimately pointless article.

    There were a few other articles but they tended to be that most annoying of articles – addressing ones opponents without actually engaging with their strongest arguments. I hate when folks do that (on either side). The ethanol article was an example.

    Overall I was just disappointed. I really, really wanted to like it. I just couldn’t.

  14. sjl on May 24, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Wow, that piece about Alice Walker by her daughter is devastating. It made me think about complaining, even jokingly, about the difficulties of raising children, especially in the presence of my children. Great link.

  15. sjl on May 24, 2008 at 10:11 am

    For those interested, the link to the Walker piece isn’t included in this post but is on the side bar.

  16. Adam Greenwood on May 25, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    SJL, it will be up next week.


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