Entries from May 2007

It's Just Invading Another Country

Time Mag – Kerry’s Regrets About John Edwards. By ROBERT SHRUM The meeting we held in the Edwardses’ family room did him a disservice; of course, he was the candidate and if he really was against the war, it was up to him to stand his ground. He didn’t. If he had, it almost certainly [...]

Categories: Politics

Dying, Dying, Est Mort

Opinion Journal – Continental Drift<br/> Europe shows signs of life, but Walter Laqueur argues that it’s still dying. BY GERARD BAKER Mr. Laqueur ponders whether Europe will really surrender to these adverse trends or finally resist. He is not optimistic. Perhaps Europeans will find ways to bolster their birth rates. Perhaps they will stiffen in [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

So What You're Saying Is… It's All the Same Person?

500 years of chicks in art in just under 3 minutes. With a nice string ensemble accompaniment. It gets to the 20th century and kind of loses the plot, but it’s still fun to watch.

Categories: Art and Literature

A Bank, a Cake, a Theme Park, and a Music Video

Zoellick at the World Bank: The Times is excited. The Times – Zoellick brings shining CV and broad support to World Bank The WSJ is hopeful. Wheat & Weeds – Putsch #2 Underway It would appear he is unmarried. Let’s hope he’s between relationships at the moment. The Sachertorte is turning 175. BBC – Happy [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Jihad Watcher

Ah yes, this is what I like to see, ninmates carrying the torch of excellence further up, further into the blogosphere: Jihad Watch – D’Souzathon runoff Yesterday, when Dinesh D’Souza called me the “Alan Wolfe of the right,” I offered an autographed copy of my book The Truth About Muhammad to the person who came [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Wannan Algerian Obaasan

There’s a series called “How to make people angry”. This is the “Zidane” (ジダン) technique. No translation required. Silly. SFW. And RC2′s net nanny. Though it won’t believe me.

Categories: Entertainment

In Which She Lays Out the Tantō

Weekly Standard – Howard’s End<br/> Australia’s prime minister no longer connects with voters. by Max Boot Everyone knows that in a few weeks’ time George W. Bush will lose his closest international ally when Tony Blair steps down as Britain’s prime minister. Less well known is that just behind Blair in the exit queue may [...]

Categories: Politics

Bleg For Advice

Is it weird that crows keep coughing up half-eaten pieces of bread in my plant pots? First it was a pizza crust in my strawberries a couple weeks ago and now it’s I don’t-know-what-with-something-unidentifiable-and-green in a starter-pot of what should someday be a lime. I’d like to know.

Categories: Science and Nature

Queen Irony

(Irony isn’t the right word, but I can’t think of a better title at the moment and since everyone else misuses it anyway you’ll all know what I mean.) Showbiz Spy – Keira Knightley being lined up to play Diana? He says, “Already the word in Hollywood is ‘get Knightley’. It’s a story that has [...]

Categories: Entertainment

China – Adoption

The other day at Ikea as we were packing up the car, a family was getting out of an SUV parked behind us and another was getting into an SUV parked beside us. Both families had 2 kids, one couple was Chinese with Chinese kids and the other were white with Chinese kids. I kind [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXXVIII

Jesuit jokes! (you don’t have to be Catholic to get them) As someone who went to a Jesuit college (for two years, at least) and who went to a high school with a fierce and unyielding rivalry with a Jesuit one, some of these are very dear to my heart. Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds.

Categories: Entertainment

China – Film

I heard this on the Telegraph podcast for last Thursday, and I tried finding it in the Spy archives online, but it doesn’t seem to be there. So here’s a transcript of the conversation between Guy Ruddle, the podcast editor, and Celia Walden, who writes the Spy column, who is in this fresh from Cannes: [...]

Categories: Entertainment

China – Sports

Telegraph – Beijing Olympics nothing to do with sport. By Richard Spencer No one could say that Stratford is pretty, but nor is the process of making Beijing ready for this risky undertaking. Of course, life is easier if you are an autocracy. Need land for stadiums and underground stations? Just kick off the locals, [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

At Last! Problem Solved! Millions Saved! Why Didn't We Think of This Before!

The Times – At last, a way to stop the grotesque cruelty in Sudan<br/> The Darfur crisis is not insoluble. An oil trust fund is the answer, by Nick Donovan (head of research and policy at the Aegis Trust) An oil embargo should be implemented immediately, and not withdrawn until the crisis is resolved. From [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Brilliant Title

Wheat & Weeds – News I Blush To Disclose I’m saying nothing about it. My blushes shall be reserved for later use.

Categories: Science and Nature