Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 1:51 pm
The news media are wrong, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell wants you to know. The state's Republican chief executive didn't retreat on the anti-abortion legislation that would have mandated that women seeking an abortion in the state have an invasive ultrasound.
He still wants them to have ultrasounds, but external ones, McDonnell said at a Friday forum hosted by and reported on by Politico.
Several years after he wrote his massive and existentially searching Second Symphony, Gustav Mahler withdrew the three separate sets of notes he had issued about it, on the grounds that the music should be able to stand on its own, its meaning instantly clear. And the poetry Mahler assigned to the chorus and vocal soloists in this sprawling work is incisive and illuminating. As Mahler wrote in his text for the concluding movement, "Sterben werd' ich, um zu leben!" (I will die, that I might live!).