And then, of course, there’s links

Google Reader is dead. All Things looks at the privacy issues that encouraged Google to axe it.
•Tom Tomorrow captures how being utterly wrong about the Iraq war doesn’t hurt anyone’s credibility as an expert on military/foreign policy (my related And column is here). Roy Edroso looks at right-bloggers trying to say something positive (or not) about the 10th anniversary of a war they all supported.
•Similarly, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Luke Russert remember the war without recollecting the network’s support for it (or their own). MSNBC, for example, pushed it’s top-rated host, Phil Donahue off the air, because he had too many anti-war guests for their taste.
•Bill O’Reilly demands we stop the War on Easter. However, Jews feeling their traditions are neglected or disfavored are “an affront to the majority … of a Christian nation.” As I’ve said elsewhere, O’Reilly is one of the Bitter White Men of the right.
•Glenn Greenwald asks if we’d have tolerated the War on Terror if it didn’t target an easy-to-discriminate-against minority. I agree with him the answer is no; I also think we wouldn’t even have tried. If the Mafia or the KKK had blown up the Twin Towers, nobody would suggest profiling all Southerners or spying on all Italian-Americans (FBI agents infiltrating churches, hanging out at the Knights of Columbus, for example). Heck, we have multiple terrorist killings by right-to-life extremists and we don’t subject them to the same level of scrutiny (or suggest, say, that they should keep churches away from anywhere Christians have committed terrorism).
I’ve known a fair number of right-wingers who insist that if they matched the profile of suspected terrorists, they’d be fine with being subjected to heightened scrutiny. I frankly don’t believe any of them would be if it happened—as witness the howls of indignation in response to anything I’ve written over the years that references right-wing terrorism.
•On a lighter (sort-of) note, the Law and the Multiverse blog ponders whether a mind-controller seducing someone with their powers has broken the law (their conclusion: Possibly not, and almost impossible to prove).


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