#1 I don't often have the feeling of being "proud to be an American"--in fact, I feel compelled to put that phrase in quotation marks, just to create some ironic distance. Yet (blush) I am proud to be an American, when I think about the fact that the head of the IMF was charged with rape and other crimes on the word of a hotel housekeeper--a single mother, a widow, an Islamic immigrant, a woman of color, no less. With liberty and justice for all - HURRAY! It was consensual, his lawyer says. Ohhhh, I see. (Nauseating footnote--he had lunch with his daughter afterwards!)
#2 The Synthese business. I have trouble getting on board with the claim that the Editors-in-Chief owe the philosophy world an abject apology, because of their disclaimer (long story--some of it told here). While the disclaimer was an awkward fix, it does seem to me that there was a problem. The special issue on intelligent design did involve a level of personal invective that is seldom seen in philosophy journals.
#3 Dear Arnie, I'm very disappointed in you. I'm glad you're just an ass, and not a rapist (see above), but still.