2. But the reason we shouldn’t eat dogs is related to the same reason it is more heinous and hateful to burn a synagogue than a community center, or that it is more of a violation to burn down a man’s home than the two rental properties he owns of an equivalent dollar value. The spaces, objects, and even animals we sanctify with our respect, friendship, and time really do enter into different moral categories. It is not inherently evil to smash a picture, but it is a gesture of hatred to tear a beloved family photo.

    Why you shouldn’t eat dog. Not even once.

    It may be irrational to object to dog-eating. But when rationalism is divorced from human feeling, it becomes crude and vulgar.


  3. At Cannes, director pitches a movie about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    In news that is sure to thrill CNN, Indian filmmaker Rupesh Paul took to the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend to pitch The Vanishing Act, a movie based on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


  4. This was a rough week for John McCain. On Thursday, the Arizona senator and former GOP presidential nominee missed a classified briefing on the Benghazi consulate attack because he was busy holding a press conference about the lack of information about that very consulate attack. Pressed to comment on the mix-up by a CNN reporter, McCain snapped. "I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media," he told CNN's Ted Barrett. “I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?” 

    Of course, McCain has a long history of losing his cool in public. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and reflect on four of the Maverick’s sassiest moments


  5. These women and their hormones! I’m alarmed that they can find their way to their binders in the morning. I would go on, but I have to go turn into a werewolf now. That is what women do, yes? It is so weird that we can hold jobs and own property… I sure hope the election falls at a time of the month when I feel unattractive, so that I don’t have to worry: Did I really want to vote for Gary Johnson? Maybe I just wanted to eat a lot of chocolate. Shoes! Slim leg! Cathy! Pinterest!

    —Alexandra Petri,The Washington Post

    CNN’s ‘hormonal women voters’ article: 6 outraged reactions


  6. Mia Love, the Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, gave a much-anticipated speech at the GOP convention Tuesday, but MSNBC didn’t broadcast it — nor did it air several other addresses by minority speakers. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

    No one could have predicted that racial controversies would become a dominant storyline at the GOP convention, particularly since economic issues are expected to determine the election. Here, a look at four of the GOP convention’s flare-ups over race:

    1. Two attendees heckle a black CNN camerawoman 
      In a remarkably ugly incident on Tuesday, two attendees were thrown out of the convention for "throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, ‘This is how we feed animals,’" says David Taintor at Talking Points Memo. Convention officials distanced themselves from the two individuals, saying their behavior was “deplorable.” However, that hasn’t stopped some from seeing the incident as reflective of a virulent streak of racism that runs through part of the conservative base. Others gave the rest of the attendees the benefit of the doubt: The Democratic Party “continually talks about what terrible racist savages Republicans are, yet 99.9 percent of the convention managed to avoid assaulting a lady just because she was black,” says Jesse Taylor at Wonkette.
    2. MSNBC edits out minority speakers 
      Conservative media outlets are accusing left-leaning MSNBC of cutting minority speakers from its live convention coverage. “If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage,” you might believe liberal assertions that the GOP is “the party of old white people, devoid of diversity, and probably racist,” says Jeff Poor at The Daily Caller. MSNBC viewers were not able to see speeches by Ted Cruz, Artur Davis, or Mia Love, all of whom had been placed front and center to help show the diversity of the GOP’s elected officials. 

    4 racial controversies at the GOP convention


  7. Thanks to Flickr photo snapped by Guek Hock Ping, a new insect species has been discovered by an entomologist.


    Maternal instincts
    A German Shepherd mix pulls her ten-day-old puppies from a burning house one by one and deposits them safely on a fire truck. [Gawker]

    Flickr finds
    An amateur photographer helps discover a new insect species after a entomologist identifies the strange bug in one of his photographs. [Daily Dot]

    Girl power
    CNN announces that Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years. [The Frisky]


    Confusing life and the movies
    An NBC announcer mistakes Jesse Eisenberg, who played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, for the Facebook founder at the Olympics. [Business Insider]

    Team Romney’s social-media-savvy
    Mitt Romney’s “Mitt’s VP” app, whose entire purpose was to alert supporters to the candidate’s veep pick, is 7 hours late in making the announcement. [Tecca]

    Touting your accomplishments
    A plastic surgeon puts X-rated before-and-after photos of her clients’ breast augmentations online without their consent. [Jezebel]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. Philadelphia will be distinguished by a pizza museum, while thrill-seekers get stuck atop a roller coaster — and more winners and losers of today’s news cycle

    Second thoughts
    A divorced couple makes amends and re-marries after 50 years apart. [Death & Taxes]

    Raising some dough
    Philadelphia is set to open a pizza museum thanks to a successful crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign. [Tecca]

    Ursine fertility
    A panda gives birth to her sixth cub at the San Diego Zoo, setting a record for most pandas born to one mother outside of the endangered species’ native China. [Los Angeles Times]


    Riders on the new Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster at Six Flags in northern California get stuck, anticlimactically, at the very top of the coaster for two hours. [Newser]

    Mom & Pop stores
    The world’s longest-operating general store closes its doors in Adamsville, R.I., after 224 years in business. [Gawker]

    The most trusted name in news
    CNN apologizes after playing Pink’s “Stupid Girls” right before airing a segment about Sarah Palin. [HyperVocal]  

    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. However, that was not the whole of the Court’s ruling. CNN regrets that it didn’t wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error.
    — CNN statement on erroneous report regarding SCOTUS individual mandate ruling 


    TV-loving foodies
    Culinary superstar and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain gets a Sunday primetime show on CNN. [Death & Taxes]

    Outsmarting Sir Isaac
    A 16-year-old boy solves a 350-year-old math problem that had been deemed unsolvable by Sir Isaac Newton. [Discovery News]

    An ironic photobomb
    Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan turn up in the background of a Chinese TV documentary — though many Chinese may not recognize them, since Facebook is banned in China. [AP]


    Bovine party fouls
    A herd of cows escape their farm and crash a Massachusetts resident’s backyard barbecue, knocking over a table and drinking the spilled beer. [TIME]

    Suffering for your “art”
    Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca receives death threats after she destroys a $100,000 Hermès Birkin bag with a chainsaw for an artsy photoshoot. [Newser]

    A healthy breakfast
    Taco Bell introduces its latest morning beverage, “Mtn Dew A.M.,” which is a mixture of Mountain Dew and orange juice sold only before 11 a.m. as a “breakfast drink.” [Consumerist]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. There is no question that inequality has been rising in the United States and that it raises numerous issues concerning what is a fair distribution of income and wealth, what taxes we ought to raise, and how to prevent those who acquire great economic power from also gaining excessive political power (through campaign contributions).

    I share these social justice concerns. However, I cannot help but note that there is a world of difference between putting something on the front pages of the newspapers for a few weeks and achieving changes in laws and, above all, in the distribution of wealth.

    Given that Occupy Wall Street has not advocated any specific ways to reduce inequality and does not have the political organization to back up such an agenda, either others will have to find ways to curb inequality or we will see little progress on this front in the great budget battles to come shortly after the 2012 election.


    Amitai Etzioni at CNN.

    Is Occupy Wall Street dead?


  12. Tonight may well be the season finale of this year’s great American reality TV show: The Republican presidential debates. CNN canceled a scheduled March 1 debate in Atlanta after Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul pulled out, leaving Wednesday’s CNN-sponsored debate in Mesa, Ariz., the 20th of the campaign, as the final debate on the calendar. How will each candidate perform? Here, some predictions:   

    • All eyes will be on Santorum
      Santorum is, for the moment, “the de facto frontrunner” in the GOP field, and how he handles his “first appearance on the hot seat” could determine his electoral hopes, says Maggie Haberman at PoliticoHe’ll face attacks from Romney and hard-hitting questions on his socially conservative views from moderator John King. In past debates, “Santorum has proven how hard he can hit back,” and he could win over Wednesday’s GOP crowd by attacking King and the media as anti-conservative. “Umbrage at the moderator worked for Newt,” says The Daily Beast's Kurtz. Let's see if Santorum can pull off the same stunt.         
    • Mitt will go after his new top rival
      Romney needs to stop Santorum’s surge, and take him down a peg, says Alan Schroeder at The Huffington Post. By highlighting Santorum’s broadly unpopular views on hot-button social issues, Mitt can make voters see his rival as “a pious village elder of 17th century Salem in his tall Puritan hat and black robes.” But more than that, says Politico's Haberman, Romney needs to “demonstrate some sense of passion, and an ability to connect with the working class.” The problem: The more passionate Romney gets, “the more hollow and phony he sounds,” says Robert Robb at The Arizona Republic. “Romney probably has no choice but to systematically dismantle Santorum the way he dismantled Newt Gingrich.”
    • Ron Paul will just be Ron Paul
      Unlike his rivals, “Paul has not chosen to make the debates his proving grounds this cycle,” says Politico's Haberman. The Texan is likely to continue his attacks on Santorum over his Bush-era fiscal record, lending an assist to Paul’s friend Romney. And remember, Paul has already done much to “increase the market share of libertarian views in Republican politics,” says The Arizona Republic's Robb. On Wednesday, he should "advocate his non-interventionism" in an attempt to woo those independents and the “reasonably large swath of Republican voters” who don’t like “the bellicosity of Republican political leaders on foreign policy.” 

    More predictions for tonight’s GOP debate


  13. He’s in a villa, a nice comfortable villa in Pakistan, not a cave.
    — In October 2008, Christiane Amanpour, then the chief international correspondent for CNN, correctly predicted bin Laden’s whereabouts, as revealed in a newly unearthed conversation on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Before Amanpour could say more, the conversation moved on to a topic that apparently offered more opportunities for political punchlines — Sarah Palin.