Here are links to a few things you might have missed on the blog this week.
There was much to talk about in the blogosphere this week, but for me, the devastating story of 14-year old Jamey Rodemeyer was the only news that really mattered. The story of the gay teenager's suicide was horrific, and made all the more so because of the role bullying played in his death. For me though, what turned the news of Jamey's death from tragic to unrelentingly heartbreaking was the poignant insight we gained into Jamey's tender and compassionate soul, through the looking glass of the "It Gets Better" video he made to help other gay teens just a few months before he took his own life.
RIP Jamey, and for what it's worth, God bless.
Other news items that got blogging attention this week included former President Jimmy Carter's take on the creation of a Palestinian state, ex-NYC mayor Ed Koch's attempt to lead a Jewish revolution against Obama, and my thoughts on the ten-year anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan.
Distractions from our real national problems this week were provided by the Republican debate circus, which fortunately allowed enough air time for Michele Bachmann to to tighten her own political noose, and by Facebook, which essentially ruined all our lives forever by making minor changes to their interface.
Lastly, this week we said goodbye to indie rock pioneers R.E.M., and while we aren't lucky enough to be rid of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, the rock band Foo Fighters sent an extremely creative message to the reverend and his pathetic family of funeral picketers.