Entries from April 2007

The Queen and I

So I finally got to watch The Queen last night, and even though I usually only review stuff I see in theaters, I had to say something about it. I got all settled down to spend an hour and a bit admiring Helen Mirren (this may be common knowledge already but I love Helen Mirren) […]

Categories: Entertainment

But Russia Really Wants to Get Into Films

The Times – Vladimir, Relax<br/> So-called threats to Russia are symptoms of paranoia Mr Putin unleashed two notable diplomatic salvos in his speech to parliament. The most dramatic was his suspension of Russian compliance with the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, which since 1990 has limited military deployments in what had been the front […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

It Exists! It Wasn't a Mass-Hallucination!

Chuckling (and quietly sobbing) over this: Times Online – Thou shalt not go religiously green. Mick Hume: Notebook I ran into this: As with Labour, it is not the power of the new religion that explains this craven conversion but the feebleness of the old. Such is the lack of confidence within the traditional Establishment […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Peter Recommends CCII

This is so… my experience. The Consumerist – The Most Excruciatingly Painful, Yet Typical, Customer Service Call Ever 59,951 Views(Now it’s 63,434 views.) Peter [no relation], who is the CEO of a company called Vocal Laboratories Inc. (they conducts call center customer service surveys for companies like Apple, Dell, and HP), felt compelled to add […]

Categories: Business & Media

German Chivalry and the Flower of Egyptian Womanhood

The Times – Museums at war over a flying visit home for Queen Nefertiti The 3,400-year-old bust of the wife of the Sun King Akhenaten has been in German hands since it was dug out of the desert by the archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt in 1912. It was smuggled out of Egypt and became a central […]

Categories: History

Random Cultural Observation

So over the weekend somebody mentioned Mary Cheney, and after a couple of beats I thought “Oh yeah.” For everyone else who’s also forgotten, Mary Cheney is the expecting lesbian daughter of the vice president whom John Edwards finds so fascinating. Now, my observation is this: We all know that the MSM can maintain a […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Comments, Liberated

Peter’s been fiddling with new plugins, including one that makes trusted commenters without you guys needing to log in or whatever. So if you’re a regular commenter, or at least have left a comment in the past couple of days which is as far back as we went to make sure we didn’t leave anyone […]

Categories: Wildcard

Global Warming: Causation Found

And it ain’t toilet paper. TMZ – Britney’s Paparazzi Parade

Categories: Entertainment

Stifle Thy Squeals

The real trailer for the new Harry Potter is out today. Ohmigod. But three guesses why I’m really excited about it. Anyone? Anyone? Update: A clue: The answer lies within. But besides that, it’s pretty cool once you’ve figured out who you’re looking at.

Categories: Entertainment

Doin It For the Children

I don’t usually provide updates on whose terrorist is getting killed where, but in this case… Times Online – Terrorist who used children killed in Iraq<br/> The US military have shot an al-Qaeda commander whom they accused of using children in suicide car bomb attacks He called himself the “security emir”.

Categories: War and Peace

It's All Part of That Truce

I feel like there’s a bit of a theme going on over Charles Johnson’s way… LGF – Mainstream Media Lies About Hamas Reuters Palestinian propagandist Nidal al-Mughrabi shamelessly promotes a Big Lie—that Hamas has been observing an utterly nonexistent “cease-fire” and that Israel has violated it: Hamas fires rockets into Israel despite truce. LGF – […]

Categories: War and Peace

In Which She Reveals That She Has Been Reading and That Which She Has Been Reading

First of all, I should belatedly mention, as I should have when I left, that I haven’t been able to check my ninme email all weekend, but as it turns out no one emailed me, I guess you already knew. (Or maybe I’ll just go eat worms!) So, doctors etc with something intelligent to add […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Love Getting Back to a Bed I Can Actually Sleep Through the Night In

Hi! God I’m tired. Flying back to Seattle tonight. In the meantime, consider this your open thread. How’s the weather? How’s the news? If you were a mode of transportation, what would you be?

Categories: Wildcard

I Love a South African Accent

Hi! We went to my sister’s choir recital yesterday, and the director is a Dutch South African (that would make her Afrikaans I suppose but all I really know is she’s from South Africa and speaks Germanic languages properly). Tom Lantos sent someone to hand her a plaque with the glowing tribute to her he […]

Categories: Art and Literature

I Love a Good Lie-In in the Morning

Hi! I slept in till nine o’clock! Woooo-ie! I don’t think we’re in Seattle anymore, Toto [Toto is still asleep]. In the meantime, consider this your open thread. How’s the weather? How’s the news? If you were a French Départment, which would you be?

Categories: Wildcard