Read Michael Totten’s account of the attack on Christopher Hitchens, Jonathan Foreman and himself in Beirut. A very close call for them all, and the sort of reporting that brings the crisis in Lebanon into better focus.
Details on President Obama’s plans for Iraq are leaking, and while it is good news that Speaker Pelosi thinks he is planning on too many troops in Iraq after August of 2010, the lack of commitment to the longer term stability of the region is very troubling.
I’ll discuss the Obama plan as well as the success of the surge with the Washington Post’s Thomas Ricks on today’s program. Ricks’ new The Gamble is a very detailed and riveting account of the turnaround in American policy in Iraq from 2006 through the 2008 election. I will tape two hours with him and play the first this week and the second the week of March 9.
After Ricks I will welcome into the studio longtime religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, William Lobdell, whose new book, Losing My Religion is receiving many great reviews and very strong sales. Though it may discomfit many of the Christians who read it, including me, it is a candid memoir that covers many of the major stories in American religion from the past dozen years.
If Lobdell’s account fills you with dread, be sure to take time throughout Lent to read Mark Roberts’ series on the season. (Roberts, btw, is a friend of Lobdell’s.) For every believer who loses their faith, there are thousands more every day who gain it. Thank God.
Eberstadt says two generations of “social science replete with studies, surveys and regression analyses galore” have produced clear findings: “The sexual revolution — meaning the widespread extension of sex outside of marriage and frequently outside commitment of any kind — has had negative effects on many people, chiefly the most vulnerable; and it has also had clear financial costs to society at large.”
In 1965, the Moynihan Report sounded an alarm about 23.6 percent of African American children born out of wedlock. Today the figure for the entire American population is 38.5 percent, and 70.7 percent for African Americans. To that, add AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and the unquantifiable coarsening of the culture and devaluing of personal intimacy.
UPDATE: Another CPSIA horror story:
Again, thanks so much for doing this story!!! I never thought of it from the health care angle, but that is sooooo true! Arg!
I am a small business owner, a work at home mom, and the wife of a PhD student. Money is tight in our house, so even with my full time job that I do at home, my two year old to take care of, and all of the household duties, I decided to start a business last summer to help us make ends meet.
I make safe teething toys from quilting cotton I buy from Jo-Ann fabrics and stuffing made from PLA fiber (which is basically corn made into a stuffing for toys that is not petroleum-based). Nothing in my toys are toxic, or even have the potential for being toxic. Cotton fabric is notoriously lead-free, and the stuffing has no phthalates in it because it is not plastic. Regardless, I will be required to test my toys for lead and phthalates. I just started up my business last year in June. From June to December, I sold my teething giraffes in 36 different fabric patterns. Under CPSIA I would be required to test each and every fabric pattern for lead and phthalates. The estimated cost for this testing would be around $90,000. I only brought in (before expenses) $4500 last year. I would be running a deficit of $85,500. Obviously, I wil be put out of business by this law.
I sell my giraffes wholesale to a few baby boutiques, but mostly on etsy.com. There are hundreds of thousands of shops on etsy and elsewhere that will be shut down by this law. I’ve been writing and calling and meeting with everyone I can think of, but I’m not sure the voice of the small business work at home moms will be heard over the voice of the leftist lobbiest groups that are for this law as-written.
Thank you so much!
Starbright Baby Teething Giraffes