Entries from December 2006

A Little Knowledge Can be a Dangerous Thing

These are the people we’re dealing with. Tim Blair – ADVANCES SHUNNED Research-minded lefty Rex Ringschott states quite categorically: A 40-year-old VW Beetle produces far fewer pollutants per kilometre than a modern Ferrari. Rex—I’m guessing he isn’t a car guy, or a guy who pays much attention to legislative and technical change—bases his finding on [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Worst PR Firm Ever

LGF – State Dept Document Admits Arafat Ordered Killings of US Diplomats The State Department has declassified a document that finally admits Yasser Arafat personally ordered the killings of Cleo Noel, the American ambassador to the Sudan, his deputy, George Moore, and a Belgian diplomat, Guy Eid, during a 1973 terrorist takeover of the Saudi [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Schoolhouse Rock is LAME

This is hilarious. A bit too weird to be the funniest item, though. And, well, it’s educational, isn’t it. (SFW; in Japanese but well-subtitled in kana, romaji, and English. The beginning’s a little, well, weird, but get past that and the music starts.) (Mini Moni is from Morning Musume, the source of many diverting YouTube [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

It's Amazing, the Things You Learn, When the Obituaries are Written

I’m quoting myself, but this, too, it fascinating. Times Online – Obituary: Gerald Ford<br/> July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006<br/> The 38th US President played key role in picking up the pieces in the wake Watergate First of all, I didn’t notice a lot of mention of Keynesian economics in the American obits (hey, [...]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CLXXXVI

“Who knew we had combat artists?” Who knew indeed. He gets another one today cuz this is so cool. Sketchpad Warrior Kristopher Battles<br/> I am a landscape and portrait painter of the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I paint the world around me. I am one of three combat [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Peter Recommends CLXXXV

As chestnuts go, it’s an old one, but always a laugh: Divert Your Course This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10-95.

Categories: War and Peace

2006 in Cheerful Review

The Times – A new year’s resolution for the chattering classes, by Dean Godson (research director of the Policy Exchange think-tank)<br/> We shouldn’t fall for pessimistic propaganda on Iraq That conventional wisdom holds that Tony Blair and George Bush made the world a much more dangerous place by invading Iraq. That we’re losing badly in [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Sure Thing, Bucko

Times Online – Saddam: ‘Make me a martyr’ [cough] Times Online – Saddam ready for ‘sacrifice’ as Baathists vow revenge “I sacrifice myself. If God wills it, he will place me among the true men and martyrs,” he wrote. “O faithful people, I bid you farewell as my soul goes to God the compassionate…Long live [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Ethiopia Kicking Ass

This is fun. And we don’t have to deal with any of the crap had we been doing it. And you know if they lose a helicopter they’re not going to freak out and have to redeploy for national crisis counseling. Telegraph – Islamists flee Ethiopian onslaught in Somalia Ethiopian troops routed Islamist forces in [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Gerald Ford Died

Aww… FOXnews – Former U.S. President Gerald Ford Dies at 93 Best blog announcement goes to Bubblehead. That’s a cool picture. Plus, it always tears me up when he uses that line. I always liked him, but for personal reasons having to do with him always being there the whole time I’ve been alive, so [...]

Categories: Politics

MSM Leaps to Support the War

LGF – Grim Milestone Watch Mainstream media is full of stories this morning trumpeting the “grim milestone:” U.S. Troop Deaths In Iraq Exceed 9/11 Toll, 6 More GI Deaths Put Military Past Grim Milestone As 36 Iraqis Die In Other Attacks. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks claimed 2,973 victims in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. [...]

Categories: War and Peace

And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

Times Online – Saddam to hang within 30 days (The FOXnews headline: “Saddam’s Noose Tightens“, which I took to be another article on the legal process, so I skipped right over it. Went to the Times website and “Woah, really?” Why do they have to be cute? Why can’t they just write the bloody news [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Happy Christmas Dinners!

Christmas Eve dinner: And Christmas dinner: …is in the oven. St Stephen’s Day Update: Okay, American food just doesn’t photograph well. Even the most superior piece of beef just looks like a lump of brown sitting on a platter. (Unless I was going to slice it open and watch it cool as I arrange it [...]

Categories: Food

The Stories I'm Ignoring Because It's Christmas Eve

John Kerry writes an op-ed column. The Sunday Times – Bush ponders £10bn New Deal to create jobs in Iraq The Observer – Channel tunnel is terror target The Sunday Times – UN imposes nuclear sanctions on angry Iran FOXnews – Ehud Olmert Makes Goodwill Moves After Meeting With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Reuters [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

And You Didn't Even Have to Queue in the Chapel Common for 32 Hours

For those of us who can’t make it, and don’t get up in time for a live broadcast at 1500 GST, here it is: Radio 4 – Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols<br/> Live from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, the traditional service that for many people all over the world marks the beginning [...]

Categories: Art and Literature