Around the Horn – 01.13.11

January 13, 2011

Intern Stays By Gabrielle Giffords’ Side
Daniel Hernandez had been U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ intern for five days when she was shot Saturday outside Tucson.

The Tucson Tragedy and God’s Gift of Moral Language
Most of you know all about the political jabs going back and forth whether this attack was made more likely because of a “climate of hate” (to use Paul Krugman’s phrase describing the rhetoric of the right) or whether those who posit such theories (like Krugman on the left) are themselves the indecent ones. Personally I think Ross Douthat’s op-ed piece in the New York Times gets it just about right: “Chances are that [Jared] Loughner’s motives will prove as irreducibly complex as those of most of his predecessors in assassination.” And later, “There is no faction in American politics that actually wants its opponents dead.” Thankfully this is true.

Genesis Allows Readers to Be Realistic About World’s Tragic State
From Jane Williams:  By the end of Genesis 11, the world is in disarray, but God has made a promise to Noah not to undo creation, and allow the waters of destruction to obliterate the mess that human beings have made of the creation. So another solution must be found.  The authors of Genesis describe the problem in all kinds of ways. There is the jealousy between Cain and Abel that leads to violence and the first death recorded in this story.

Support for the Tea Party from an Academic
From BU Today: The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It grew out of an article Codevilla wrote for The American Spectator. The book argues that an elite, bipartisan “Ruling Class”—comprising Democratic politicians and voters, Republican political leaders, and government bureaucrats—has overtaxed, overregulated, and scorned the “Country Class” or “Country Party,” Codevilla’s term for all those who dissent from the Ruling Class’ views. Rather than serve the common good, he writes, modern government programs serve well-connected special interests.

Preachers Wearing Too Much Make-up
What do Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Jerry Brown and John Boehner have in common? It’s not just that they are all rising political stars; it’s that their ascent has been fueled by refusing to use the usual exaggerated vocabulary and soaring oratory of political “stars.”

See Your Universe: Behold the High Def, Trillion Pixel Image of the Universe
I love this kind of stuff: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), an ambitious project to create multi-color images of space, has released its third and final set of data: a stunning digital view of our universe that, at more than a trillion pixels, supposedly would take a half a million high-definition TVs to view at its full resolution. Astronomers say the image contains a half a billion objects, a quarter of a billion stars and a quarter of a billion galaxies.

3 responses to Around the Horn – 01.13.11

  1. Yeah, I’m kind of wondering of Daniel Hernandez was an angel in disguise. I’ve been following the updates on Ms. Giffords, and I think her progress and the lack of brain swelling has been nothing short of a miracle. Thank you, Lord!

  2. “wondering if”…sorry about that.

  3. Really gotta admire Sarah Palin – the lady is a real powder keg at times