*Ricky West has a nice tribute to his 23-year-old nephew. Go see why.
*Proof of a housing bubble – or a good omen for the future? Baghdad’s real estate market is booming.
*Some social conservatives balk at a new vaccine for cervical cancer because it might encourage underage sex:
Because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted virus, many conservatives oppose making it mandatory, citing fears that it could send a subtle message condoning sexual activity before marriage. Several leading groups that promote abstinence are meeting this week to formulate official policies on the vaccine.
Via MBOnline. Sorry fellas, I’m as opposed to teenagers having unmarried sex as you are, but this is where I get off the bus. This is cancer we’re talking about here (and who thinks STDs serve a useful purpose anyway?). Look, if you don’t want kids to be encouraged to have sex, don’t tell them what it’s for, or warn them it won’t stop them from getting pregnant, etc. But don’t stop the vaccine.
*Gerry Daly on vote fraud and abuse of the old and the feeble by Detroit Democrats.
*How British are you? A (British) citizenship quiz from the BBC. Via Oxblog. I got six of 14 right, which sounds about right for a semi-informed foreigner who’s never been there and hasn’t read the pamphlet.
*Also from Oxblog, David Adesnik’s one-step plan for Bush to survive Plamegate: “Win the war in Iraq. History will only rememeber Scootergate if America fails in Baghdad.”