Entries from August 2006

This Dude Really Wanted a Child Bride

The Times – ‘We miss you so much, Molly, we just want you back home’ By Shirley English, Jwad Naeem in Islamabad and David Lister in Tong<br/> Mother issues tearful plea after her daughter is abducted from Scottish island and taken to Pakistan by estranged husband Four days after Molly, aged 12, was allegedly abducted […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Land of Hope and Glory, Etc

Hahaha! You scored as British and the Commonwealth. Your army is the British and the Commonwealth (Canada, ANZAC, India). You want to serve under good generals and use good equipment in defense of the western form of life.In which World War 2 army you should have fought?created with QuizFarm.com And are we really surprised? Curtsy: […]

Categories: War and Peace

Sniffle XXIII

Not only do they get it over there, but they say something about it! And read blogs! The Australian – Downer accuses media of Lebanon hoax In particular, he singled out the London-based Reuters news agency over an incident in which a photographer deliberately manipulated a digital image so that the effects of an Israeli […]

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXX

That smile is so mega-watt the pounds are just falling off of her as she stands there! Media Bistro – Katie’s Extreme Makeover? Update (8.30): snigger FOXnews – Katie Couric Altered to Look Thinner in CBS Promotional Photo And what kind of message is CBS and Katie Couric sending to our young girls about their […]

Categories: Business & Media

Content Crisis

So, I’m having a crisis, and I need advice. It’s about my cable. And since my cable is your ninme, who better to ask for the advice. I have a man coming to crawl around beneath my desk again today. Because the modem has to be power-cycled every single time one steps away from the […]

Categories: Wildcard

Curious Claims: More Adventures in Journalism

JPost – Column One: Terrorist theater tricks Sunday afternoon released hostages and Fox News journalists Steven Centanni and Olaf Wiig spoke before the cameras. The fact of their release and their statements were reported by more than 1,000 news organizations throughout the world. At the press conference, Centanni and Wiig, who were forced by their […]

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXIX

CDR Salamander – Marines with too much time at sea Johnny Cash would be proud.

Categories: War and Peace

I Have Found the Most Interesting Wiki Entry Ever

Wikipedia – List of meanings of countries’ names I am such a dweeb. Update: ‘Ere’s another one: Wikipedia – Longest word in English (Psst: antidisestablishmentarianism (which, I’ll have you know, I used in conversation last week) makes an appearance) Update II: English is a language which permits the legitimate extension of existing words to serve […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Well-Made Point of the Day

Ugh. Mere Rhetoric responding to the NYT: Two journalists kidnapped in Gaza were released unharmed today after being forced at gunpoint to say on a videotape that they had converted to Islam. … You idiot! You total blistering idiot! Being forced to convert is a harm. It might be the oldest harm short of death […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Royal Horsey News

The Times – Queen of the world<br/> The talent that has taken Zara Phillips to the top A brilliant young rider won gold for Britain in one of the world’s most dangerous sports yesterday. Displaying great nerve, exceptional skill and physical courage that only those who have been dwarfed by proximity to a cross-country fence […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

No One Cares About a Bunch of Silly Foreigners

I mean, who can be bothered about a bunch of Turks? Even if there were 10 Britons hurt. What would 10 Britons be doing in a foreign place like Turkey anyway? LGF – Turkey Terror Update UPDATE at 8/27/06 6:44:16 pm: Can’t help noticing the media’s incredibly blasé reaction to what appears to be a […]

Categories: War and Peace

The Exquisite Reassurance of EU "Security Measures"

The Telegraph – Arrested thinking We are even seeing the creation of a new category of crimes that would be tried, not under any national law, but under the direct authority of the Union – rather as, in the US, there are state and federal offences. All this is being done in the name of […]

Categories: War and Peace

It's Easy If You Try

Telegraph – Imagine the bombs had gone off: how would Britain have changed? By Niall Ferguson Five years ago, the world reacted with astounding unanimity. True, Osama bin Laden and his confederates exulted. So did a rent-a-mob of America-hating pseudo-intellectuals. Most people, however, were simply horrified by the loss of innocent life. There was almost […]

Categories: War and Peace

Here Baby, There Mama, Everywhere Daddy Daddy

Suggested to us by Half: Hair Through the Ages There are those who believe history to be the march of kings and generals, the migration of peoples, the clash of cultures. Some believe history to be tales from the shadows, intrigues and plots, illuminati and secret societies. Others believe history is the march of technology, […]

Categories: History

Crossed Into Israel

FOXnews – Captors Release Two FOX News Journalists Kidnapped in Gaza Aug. 14 Two FOX News journalists were released by their kidnappers Sunday, nearly two weeks after they were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip. Steve Centanni, 60, and Olaf Wiig, 36, left Gaza and have since crossed into Israel after their release. Well, they’ve […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs