Entries from April 2006

Somebody Saw United 93!

(Yesterday I was listening to Hugh Hewitt and Emmitt of the Unblinking Eye do the movie reviews, and Emmitt said that anyone in America involved with anyone will say “Will you come see United 93 with me?” And the other person will say “Are you crazy? There’s no way I’m seeing that movie!” and then […]

Categories: Entertainment

I'm Sold

The Times – The man who plans to turn the world green – with tea<br/> Soft drinks maker’s mission is to make Japanese bottled green tea overtake Coca-Cola worldwide I expect full cooperation from you people.

Categories: Food


Times Online – Bombing of Guernica: original Times report from 1937<br/> This article by George Steer of The Times brought to the world news of the massacre by German pilots of more than 1,000 civilians in the Basque town. The outrage inspired Pablo Picasso’s masterwork, and Steer has now been honoured for the piece THE […]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXXVII

I heard rumours (exciting rumours!) about this a while back: Autoblog – Fiat Abarth 500 makes a comeback! They could have made it just a teensy bit cuter… It does look rather… Well, like all those Japanese cars, really. But hey, I’ll still buy it.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Go Pam

Opinion Journal – No Way to Treat a Relative: Chimps shouldn’t be forced to live like me. BY PAMELA ANDERSON Now, I’m no fan of PETA, but this is really quite good.

Categories: Entertainment

Crime, Punishment, and Statistics

City Journal – It’s This Bad, by Theodore Dalrymple I’ll skip all the gory details (because you’ll be reading them yourselves in mere moments) but put in two broad points: It is not difficult to guess the reason for the senior policeman’s anger. My wife had forced his men to record a crime that they […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Comeuppance For Plowing Under All Those Homes

Telegraph – ‘John is John’ – which is the best one can say of the oaf, by Tom Utley Most of us just think that our sex-drives make idiots of us all. There is a terrible cruelty in adultery, but we all understand completely why people do it. Mr Prescott’s affair is a matter entirely […]

Categories: Politics

It Ain't Bringing Down the New York Skyline, But What Can Y'Do?

LGF – Hosting Matters Attacked I’ve received quite a few emails this morning from people having trouble getting to blogs like Power Line and Captain’s Quarters. The reason for the problem: Hosting Matters is experiencing a Denial of Service attack. They’re working to block it now. … UPDATE at 4/28/06 9:27:25 am: The attack reportedly […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Foaming in Solidarity

Wheat & Weeds – Pardon The Mouth Foam The confusion of the possessive “its” (no apostrophe) with the contractive “it’s” (with apostrophe) is an unequivocal signal of illiteracy and sets off a simple Pavlovian “kill” response in the average stickler. The rule is: the word “it’s” (with apostrophe) stands for “it is” or “it has.” […]

Categories: Wildcard

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXCVIII

I can’t tell you how rare it is to have two days in a row devoted to the same subject. This must be a first. Times Online – How I cracked the Smithy code (with a little help from the judge) By Ben Hoyle of The Times ‘If you can’t solve it now, you should […]

Categories: Art and Literature

And, Action!

FOXnews – U.S. Calls for Action After Iran Defies Security Council What, clucking tongues?

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Boris Sounds Jetlagged

I can just see him getting off his plane from China, opening his newspapers, and being very cranky. Telegraph – Labour’s law – just squawk loudly and take no action Labour’s new measures against civil protest mean that you cannot use a loudhailer. As we all saw at the Labour Party conference, you can’t heckle […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

We're Much Better at Keeping Out of Politics Now

Wheat & Weeds – Petering Out Apparently Anglicanism is dying, and RC2′s already sharpening the steak knives for the fatted calf dinner. Personally, I thought they had the Archdruid to act as a sort non-Roman pope, and if not, they could certainly look to the queen, couldn’t they? If they’re that desperate? I have nothing […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXCVII

BBC – Judge creates own Da Vinci code The judge who presided over the failed Da Vinci Code plagiarism case at London’s High Court hid his own secret code in his written judgement. Seemingly random italicised letters were included in the 71-page judgement given by Mr Justice Peter Smith, which apparently spell out a message. […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Island Experiments

Do you ever wish we could, just once and for all, designate two islands a test case: One can be run by the Conservatives/Republicans/Laissez-faire-low-taxes-sparse-government types, and the other can be run by the Labour/Liberal/Socialist types and we’ll see who comes out on top to prove once and for all who’s right? Then you realize it’s […]

Categories: Politics