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Nov. 8 2002 3:53 PM

The New Harry Potter Is Here!

Plus, readers give the Democrats advice.

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Elbo Ruum sees the net even less accurate than TV news, which has an additional advantage here:

[I]t requires less muscular effort to click a TV remote, than to type "Lie to me" into a search engine. At least you can avoid carpal tunnel syndrome while you have your political inclinations pandered to.


As the blogger turns: Keep a Clear Eye suggests that one consequence of an unlikely Democratic sweep of both houses would be that Mickey Kaus would join the GOP! The thread, with KaCE, Publius, and W.V. Micko, ponders the future of democratic centrism and some eerie Nixonian parallels. ...

Safety stance:Chatterbox notes the absence of issue-oriented details on Mondale's Web site. Most Fraysters say "Give Fritz a break, the campaign is young! (He's bound to have something up by this afternoon. ... " Joe says Chatterbox didn't look hard enough and provides substantive quotes here. ...

Early returns: Amber asks Fraysters to visit Mondale's Web page give their first impressions here. Their impressions are not what the candidate would wish. ...

Results are in: In lieu of other major announcements, we have major Sneetch news. Stars to (in alpha order): Adam Morgan (whose star leaked out; for Mangar-like range from biology to sports to politics, and for the honest questions), Carolyn (for, among other things, the interchange with Judith Harris) doodahman (for his 2 cents and for inspiring Steve Chapman's admiration (little did dood know)), GimmeCoffee (for Dear Prudence service and Kaddish), Omnivorous Reader (for this, among others), pollymath (see the recent posts to Jurisprudence for just one reason), persephone (for meritorious service and a terrific entry in my political nursery rhymes contest here), socalchango (especially for Ad Report Card wisdom, but here is a great Sopranos post). Drop by Best of the Fray Fray to pick them up. … 8:10 a.m.


Monday, Nov. 4, 2002  

Line up: No sentence in Michael Kinsley's latest Readme provoked more Fray than this: "An embryo has no feelings, no self-awareness, nothing that would give anyone a concern about its welfare except for its potential to develop into something we recognize as human." The Bell thinksthe bright line between embro and fetus is Kinsley's ad hockery:

That President Bush engages in apparently contradictory positions on matters regarding prenatal care and stem cell research are not really what has Mr. Kinsley's dander up but rather that Bush refuses to see things the same way Kinsley does and with the same self-assurance in his own correctness that allows infinite shades of grey to be resolved into a sharply resolved line. Mr. Kinsley would like to damn the President's moral agonizing as "random symbolic thrusts" because if Bush's views can be portrayed as one-sided and obsessive as Kinsley's own, they provide a clear sense of enmity around which both Bush critics and pro-life critics could rally.

The New Snobbery defends Kinsley's line here, saying it

doesn't solve the problem, but it leaves us with two camps: those that believe that very significant changes (in terms of moral responsibilities) occur between conception and birth, and those that don't believe there are any moral changes at all. ...

The problem is, Bush probably is in the first group. But the real debate will only occur when the folks who can't distinguish between genetic heritage and personhood are relegated to the sidelines. This wouldn't be that urgent if there weren't sick people waiting for a cure.


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