June 16, 2006
Argentina played an extraordinary game today against Serbia-Montenegro, winning 6-0. The game included the best two goals I've seen in this year's World Cup, so far, especially this heel-back pass from Hernan Crespo to Esteben Cambiasso which you can watch here (31st minute). Pictured above is Lionel Messi, who is only 18, comes in for the last 6 minutes of play and scores a goal.
So Argentina advances to the round of 16 along with the Netherlands. Those two great teams still square off next Wednesday, though in what for me is a bit of a grudge match. The only World Cup match I've ever been to was the heartbreaker '98 quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands, in Marseille, which Argentina lost 2-1. And now that my brother and his family live in Holland, there is a lot of emotion riding on this next one.
June 8, 2006
The following is an editorial published in my hometown paper by Jeffrey Nielsen. Though I had already read and appreciated it, during a recent visit to Salt Lake, my mother had clipped it out of the paper to save because she thought it was so good. Unsurprisingly, the article resulted in his being dismissed as a part time philosophy professor at BYU…. Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2006
Other people’s thinking…
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate in the Washington Post, March 12, 2006… Read the rest of this entry »
February 15, 2006
Other people’s thinking…
E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post, March 15, 2006, on the much discussed political divide in the country
February 10, 2006
I know we're at war, and I'm actually one who feels that government's primary purpose is to defend its citizenry. It's what government fundamentally does best. I also recognize that it is politically very difficult to call for defense spending cuts while at war and while undere the threat of terrorism. It would be politically crazy for Democrats to call for massive defense cuts. But looking Read the rest of this entry »
January 15, 2006
Below is a letter I wrote to Steve Farrell in response to his article “Gay Marriage and Fear” published online in Meridian Magazine. You can read the original article here: http://www.meridianmagazine.com/ideas&society/farrell/homosexualmarriage
Dear Mr. Farrell,
I read with considerable interest your article “Gay Marriage and Fear,” published on the Meridian Magazine website. It is my wish not to attack it or you, as I suspect some may have done in response, but rather to engage in a dialogue with you about this topic, which we appear to see quite differently. To that end, I would very much appreciate a response.
In your discussion of religion, I’m troubled by what seems to be your assumption that gay people are by definition irreligious. Read the rest of this entry »