March 22, 2005

Catching Up

Browsing the web after surviving for four full days without Internet access surfaced several articles and blog posts that I thought I would combine into one "items of interest" post.

*** Ace Iraq correspondent for the N.Y. Times, John Burns reports from Baghdad that the tide may be turning in one dangerous neighborhood. Burns is another journalist who is Pulitzer-worthy, IMHO.

*** Charles Krauthammer's article "What's Left? Shame looks at the wave of soul-searching on the left in the face of budding freedom movements in the Middle East.

*** Victor Davis Hanson deconstructs "the Hitlerian slur" as it is applied to George W. Bush by intellectual midgets and other silly, small people.

*** Here's more good stuff from Mark Steyn on the appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N.

*** In the course of a critique of George Will's column, Paul Mirengoff, Power Line's "deacon", makes a brief but persuasive case for the legitimacy of changing the Senate rules to prohibit filibusters of judicial nominees if Democrats continue their recent tactics.

*** And finally an item from The Scrapbook at The Daily Standard:

Guy Stuff

An international team of 250 scientists, conducting research first reported last Thursday in the British journal Nature, has completed a full map of the X or "female" chromosome which helps determine sex in human beings. The researchers found much greater genetic variation between the sexes than they had expected. All told, as the Los Angeles Times described the team's conclusions, "men and women may differ by as much as 2 percent of their entire genetic inheritance, greater than the hereditary gap between humankind and its closest relative--the chimpanzee." Huntington Willard of Duke University, one of the key researchers participating in this latest effort, told the Chicago Tribune that by now "any of us over the age of two realizes there are plenty of differences between males and females that are characteristic of the two sexes."

Alas, however, scientists have yet to discover an explanation for the inability of Harvard University faculty members to discuss this subject like grownups.

Posted by dan at March 22, 2005 1:34 AM