Entries from February 2005

Peter's New Car

Has left Southampton! (The Madama Butterfly, with 2600 car capacity. Why they’d name a sea vessel after a suicidal opera heroine is beyond me. “sob I cannot take it anymore! glub glub glub“)

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Is Elvis Catholic?

Do bears s**t in the woods? Elvis Costello = Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus, from Wikipedia – Stage Names, via An Englishman’s Castle. It is Rita Hayworth. Her real name is Margarita Carmen Cansino, which was too “Mexican” apparently. I heard that story but I was never sure if it was her, or if I had […]

Categories: Entertainment

Cute Little Puppy!

Phantasmagoria – puppy awwww, lookit the little floppy ears!

Categories: People and Current Events

This Would Get Letters

Except Winston Churchill is already dead. Power Line quotes him: How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity […]

Categories: History


Perhaps not. Lileks: I don’t know why, but for some reason the term “German Expressionist” just looked amusingly contradictory, like “Prussian Eroticism.” Of course the Germans are very good at making expressive music, sometimes overly so. But you don’t think of them as an expressive people. Hence it comes out in adagios, or blitzkriegs. ninme […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Pope Back in Hospital

Pope readmitted to Rome hospital Pope John Paul II has returned to the Rome hospital where he was treated earlier this month for flu-related breathing problems. The Vatican said he had suffered a relapse of his flu condition. Not saying much more than that.

Categories: People and Current Events

Silly Stars

Natalie Portman’s in Jerusalem: The Israeli-born Portman, 23, has been studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in recent months. Remember when Madonna went to Jerusalem? And everyone was falling all over themselves that she could prove that it isn’t dangerous there, and isn’t she brave going, and lookit all the body guards she has? Well […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Hip Hip Hurray!

Yesterday I broke 500 visits a day with 501! And it gets better! I’m a Flappy Bird! I’ve been crawling or slimy since December, at least.

Categories: Wildcard

Afghanistan Update – Updated

Rush Limbaugh is in Afghanistan this week. Whether or not you like him (I do) it’s worth listening to the audio of his calls into his show. Tuesday<br/> Wednesday<br/> Friday Rush Recaps Afghanistan Trip: “Our Country Is Doing the Lord’s Work”<br/> What I Told Our Troops<br/> General Wardak and Dan Rather<br/> Why Terrorists Went to […]

Categories: War and Peace

Art In the White House

This is added to my list of I Love Laura Bush posts. Chicago Tribune – First Family of culture? By Robin Abcarian Laura Bush’s love of reading befits her background as a former librarian and teacher. Presidential biographers have recounted that on her first visit to the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, when her […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Peter and PomPoms

He just emailed me “OMG PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE” and linked to this article: Tivo rallies on talk Apple is eyeing co. as a buy NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Shares of digital video recording device maker TiVo rallied as much as 20 percent Wednesday after Inside Digital Media said that Apple Computer is considering buying TiVo. […]

Categories: Electronics

Steyn Blogging

Mark Steyn just called Canada a colony! hahaha He’s on Hugh Hewitt right now, and he also agrees completely with me on Hunter S. Thompson. Oh my god he just compared Kurdistan to Scotland! That’s what I said! Back in December! I think it would be so fun to corner Mark Steyn in a coffee […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Unexpected Consequences

Lebanon’s Liberation Approaches, by Daniel Pipes The fate of Syria was in good measure determined on January 21, 1994. That’s when, driving at a too-high speed to the Damascus airport for a skiing trip abroad, Basil Al-Assad crashed the Mercedes he was driving, killing himself and his passengers. The accident had great consequence because Basil, […]

Categories: War and Peace

Stupid Schools

Najma’s reading Oliver Twist. I never read Oliver Twist. She lives in Iraq, for crying out loud, in Mosul, for heavens sake, with bombs and terrorists and American strykers parked at her front door, yet she’s reading Oliver Twist. I don’t know whether to feel guilty and inadequate or mad at my teachers. Reading this, […]

Categories: People and Current Events


Engadget – How Paris Hilton got hacked? We may have an easy answer for how someonw was able to break into Paris Hilton’s Sidekick account and grab her address book and emails. Turns out they didn’t hack into the server or guess her password. Rather, they guessed (correctly) that she wasn’t quite savvy enough to […]

Categories: Entertainment