1. 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.
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    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.

     

  2. Washington Post columnist calls rape victimhood a ‘coveted status’

    The White House’s efforts to target campus rape have produced a  number of disheartening responses, and the latest is from Washington Post op-ed columnist George Will, who says that colleges have “become the victims of progressivism.”

     


  3. Let me be clear: I’m all in favor of treating animals decently, with special sensitivity to their pain and suffering. By all means, let’s pass stricter regulation of factory farming and laboratory experimentation.

    But the basis of these reforms should not be any quality we presume the animals themselves possess. It should grow out of an expansion of the sphere of human concern and sympathy, along the lines of the old aristocratic ideal of noblesse oblige — the notion that one’s superiority obliges one to act nobly toward commoners. In other words, we should treat animals decently not because they’re just like human beings, but rather because they’re not.

    — Damon Linker, in No, Animals don’t have rights
     

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  13. Is John Boehner happy with outside conservative groups interfering with  the House GOP agenda?

    Um, no.

    How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party