Entries from July 2005

I Love Lauren Bacall

Drudge again: New York — Lauren Bacall tells TIME Tom Cruise is not a great actor. “When you talk about a great actor, you’re not talking about Tom Cruise,” Bacall says. “His whole behavior is so shocking. It’s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I […]

Categories: Entertainment

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the President But Were Afraid To Ask

From Drudge: BUSH EXERCISES 6X A WEEK; ‘MOST-FIT’ PRESIDENT IN HISTORY President Bush turned 59 years old this month and his health is in the “superior” fitness category for men his age — greater than 99% percentile for 55-59 year-old men! The latest health results make Bush the “most-fit” president in modern history. He has […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

How Could a Man This Smart Be This Happy?

This is no Lisa Simpson, people. So I’m reading the Introduction To Christianity by Pope Benedict XVI when he was still Father Ratzinger, and good lord it’s dense. I’m still in the first chapter, and I read and I struggle and I get to the end of the section and all of a sudden he […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXI

Wheat & Weeds is on a roll. First this: Wife of the Week Is So Easy I have little incentive to improve the weaknesses that cheese my husband off all week when my full glory in his eyes can be restored with two words: steak dinner. Combined with this: The Real Difference Between Men & […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Ghost In the Shell of the Bureaucracy

Times Online – Finger points to British intelligence as al-Qaeda websites are wiped out Over the past fortnight Israeli intelligence agents have noticed something distinctly odd happening on the internet. One by one, Al-Qaeda’s affiliated websites have vanished until only a handful remain, write Uzi Mahnaimi and Alex Pell. Someone has cut the line of […]

Categories: War and Peace

So What Was the Point of the Past 60 Years?

Watch ninme fight for the Have-Nots. Sunday Telegraph – Are women falling out of love with work? By Emma Duncan Not many people share my enthusiasm for statistics. That’s fine by me: it means that I and a few like-minded wonks get early warning of how the world’s changing. Those who have not yet read […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Dark Secrets Indeed

This is really funny: Sunday Telegraph – Elementary, my dear Miss Austen. By Oliver Pritchett For those of you like Peter in reading habits, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” is the opening line from Pride and Prejudice.

Categories: Art and Literature

Sour As a Quince!

(I’ve rather severely edited this if one is interested in reading the whole thing.) Sunday Telegraph – How the republicans are out to get Charles. By Quentin Letts That stately galleon Sir Peter Tapsell MP, whose deck timbers were surely hewn from the same oak as Nelson’s Victory, has been known to say that “ad […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Our Heathens

Well, I have nothing to add to this: Sunday Telegraph – Heaven knows how we’ll rekindle our religion, but I believe we must. By Niall Ferguson There was a time when Europe would justly refer to itself as “Christendom”. Europeans built the continent’s loveliest edifices to accommodate their acts of worship. They quarrelled bitterly over […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Information Secondarily Sourced

The other day I read, Of course, Blunt is not the first pop star to have done time in the armed forces. Elvis Presley served as an army GI in Germany, Jimi Hendrix was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division and the reggae artist Shaggy drove a tank during the first Gulf war. But […]

Categories: Entertainment

A Man After My Own Heart

This is why I love history. And historians. WaPo – Past perfect political. By Victor Davis Hanson History is evoked more and more these days, even as fewer of us read it. That apathy explains why when public figures turn to false historical analogies for political purposes, they often get a free pass to exaggerate […]

Categories: History

The Weirdest NonStory In My Lifetime

The story isn’t weird, the nonstory is. It has all the hallmarks of a great story. My theory? Georgia is too far away, no one speaks Georgian in Washington, the hotels aren’t nice enough and the lazy press corps finds it just as satisfying tearing into Karl Rove or John Roberts. Power Line – This […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Cheap Sucks

Times Online – What is … ‘Proletarian drift’? By James Harkin WHO WOULD have imagined that sleek stretch limos could hurtle their way so quickly through the class system? Not very long ago they were associated with the outrageously well heeled. Now they are chiefly populated by gaggles of girls on hen nights, tanked up […]

Categories: Business & Media

The Unexpected Relevance of … Books

I can’t imagine how anyone would be surprised by this, but hey. Times Online – Real life is unfolding like fiction, by Helen Rumbelow<br/> If you want to follow the twists and turns of what is happening on Britain’s streets, turn to these novelists And again in 2003, Brick Lane by Monica Ali was published. […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Getting an Ozymandian Head of Steam Going

Times Online – Look on this white elephant of a station, ye mighty, and despair, by Matthew Parris OUTSIDE the international railway station at Canfranc in Spain, deep in the high Pyrenees in Aragon, two men are on hunger strike. Their home-made banner reads: “NATIONAL SHAME”. Their campaign does not concern human rights or animal […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs