I kind of in a blogging mood. Or maybe it’s a blahgging mood. But I don’t really have much to say. I have a couple of post ideas kicking around, but some I need to do some more reading for, and some (book reviews), I just don’t feel like doing now. Plus, I’m not having that great a week otherwise. So let’s call this an OPEN THREAD/ALL-REQUEST post. What’s on your mind? What would you like me to blog about? I’m all yours. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Archive for May, 2008
Here’s one of those “If English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us!” quotes I love to see. Sue Everhart, the Chair of the Georgia State Republican Party said of Sen. John McCain, “John McCain is kind of like Jesus Christ on the cross. He never denounced God, either.”
Her “point” was that McCain did not “denounce” the United States when he was a prisoner of war. (Does that make the U.S. God? This metaphor has derailed.) But the problem with this little passion play is that…he did.
Now, of course, that was a “confession” coerced by torture. Although McCain is ashamed of being broken, there’s nothing morally blameworthy about his actions in captivity, and he certainly shouldn’t be held to his denunciation of his country. But it’s not quite accurate to say McCain never denounced America. And moreover, depending on the interpretation one puts on the word “forsaken,” it might not be accurate to say that Jesus didn’t denounce God, too.
Anyway, Everhart’s statement is a moronic one, historically, theologically, and politically. I expect McCain to denounce it swiftly.
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik. (Amazon, B&N, Powell’s) I don’t have a lot to say about this one. It was fine. Firlik is a neurosurgeon, and writes about her practice. Her book is a pretty good overview of the types of things neurosurgeons do, complete with a few suitably gory tales. There’s some discussion of the ethical dilemmas of her work, but I didn’t find it to be a particularly deep book. Perhaps I’m just not as interested in neurosurgery, but I didn’t find Frontal Lobe as interesting or thought-provoking as, say, Complications by the general surgeon Atul Gawande. It was entertaining enough, though, and Firlik is a smooth writer, so it wasn’t a bad read. Certainly recommended if you’re interested in neurosurgery, or thinking about going to medical school, but I’d say it’s not compulsory for anyone else.