Entries from January 2007

Blooming Charities

The Sunday Times – Let us have fudge, hope and charity, by Minette Marrin Let a hundred flowers bloom, Chairman Mao once said to China’s repressed intellectuals, inviting diverse ideas. Sure enough, when the intellectuals obliged, Mao ruthlessly mowed them all down. Our rulers do not believe in diversity either, although they are constantly nagging […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Athletic Elephants

The Sunday Times – We can still win the Olympics … by hacking it back to size Simon Jenkins Good for reflecting upon why one should never ask the government to do anything. There’s some kerfuffle going on here about the Key Arena, where the basketball team, the Sonics, play, at the Seattle Center, which […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Community Killing Commuting

The Times – Squashed, stressed, weary. Twice a day. Why? by Janice Turner<br/> The absurdity of commuting There is something heroic about commuters, their stoicism, sacrifice and lack of complaint, as they scrape ice off the windscreen on a dark morning and leave the town they barely know, where they have few friends, because they […]

Categories: People and Current Events

More Teddy Stories!

The Times – Dire echoes of a right Royal gaffe. History Notebook by Graham Stewart Ségolène Royal, the French Socialist presidential candidate, has been forced to clarify what she meant after appearing to call for Quebec’s “freedom”. Understandably taken aback, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has reminded her that it is “highly inappropriate […]

Categories: History

Someday I'd Like You People To Write Like This About Me

LGF – BBC Update: Entire LGF Thread Now Closed Damn.

Categories: Business & Media

Master Philo's Debut

The Select Society – Knitting together So wee!

Categories: People and Current Events

Little Lump of Malignity

Telegraph – Coleridge’s daughter hid her poetic passions A British academic has discovered 120 unknown poems by Sara Coleridge at a university in Texas which, he says, rank her as a significant poet. Though Dr Peter Swaab does not make extravagent claims for the Lake Poet’s daughter – he ranks her as “an important minor […]

Categories: Art and Literature

The UN Finds a Use For the Jooos

LGF – UN Approves Resolution Condemning Holocaust Denial The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution condemning Holocaust denial. Unanimously except for Iran, of course. (Although I’d wager that several other OIC countries would have objected too, if they thought they could avoid the political fallout.) Hell, denying the Holocaust denies the UN’s […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Once Again, the Brits Demonstrate That the Americans Have a Real Problem &c

Telegraph – White teenagers guilty of racist murder Mohammad Parvaiz, 42, [father of three,] was stoned and battered to death when he inadvertently became caught up in a dispute between neighbours. He was lured to an isolated dead-end where he was dragged from his cab and set upon by the gang who were armed with […]

Categories: People and Current Events

History: The Balm for All (Political) Ills

The Telegraph – Teach history, and good citizenship will follow There is a simpler mechanism at hand. The teaching of history in our schools is, unaccountably, not compulsory after the age of 14. If it was, there would be no need for extra instruction in citizenship. It is through the teaching of history that citizens […]

Categories: History

The CofE's Renewed Devotion to Fasting, Abstinence, and Penance in Commemoration of Christ's Forty Days in the Wilderness

Times2 – Let there be low-energy light during Lent, by Jane Shilling So what do the Archbishops propose as their Lenten initiative? Well, from this week, you can text the word “Lent” to 64343 and receive a daily suggestion for a Good Deed, beginning on February 19, until Easter Monday, April 9. Sample suggestions include […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Diodes …Gone

That was my best nail. It’s in a bandage. Looking like it might be a bit grizzly, in there. Still numb. I picked up my drugs, got an egg bagel at Starbucks, Peter dropped me off at home, checked the news and blogs, and took a nap. Now for some more tea, some Safeway sushi, […]

Categories: War and Peace

Please Permit Me This Little Vanity

Tomorrow begins three days of vicodin.

Categories: Wildcard

This Ain't Your Richard Gere's Buddhism

Telegraph – Burma ‘orders Christians to be wiped out’ The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled “Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma”, the incendiary memo contains point by point […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Troop Overload

Wheat & Weeds – There’s Nothing We Can Do About Defeatism …but the thing that sticks in my craw so badly is the point Gen. Keane makes: On the “Charlie Rose Show” this month, former Army vice chief of staff Gen. Jack Keane, who supports the counterinsurgency plan being undertaken by Gen. David Petraeus, said […]

Categories: War and Peace