Entries from May 2007

Walmart, Hold No Quarter

Ah, the “Mom ‘n Pop” hardware store. The last time I watched the news on one of the networks (this is years ago), they were doing a piece on some poor couple who’s store was closing because they couldn’t compete with Walmart (because, naturally, this couple’s individual fortunes have so much relevance to the other […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Wonder if La Grenouille Served Ham Sandwiches That Night

The Conrad Black trial, distilled to its essentials: National Review – BIRTHDAY SUIT, by Mark Steyn How many business events disguised as social events are held in American cities every night of the week? If a shareholder objects, that’s between him and management. But for the government to attempt to criminalize the question is a […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CCVII

“HOLY sh[*]ts. Go to google maps and search for SF then click the street view thing” I found the bench where I ate a crepe when I was in the city the other week. Relive your San Francisco experiences too!

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Seattle In the News! III

Actually this is Orcas Island, which is an island at the end of a fairly long ferry ride from here, but it’s where the rich hypocrites go to play, so it counts. (Here’s the Wiki and lookit what story’s already there, though not for long) LGF – Veterans’ Flags Burned, Replaced with Swastikas Click for […]

Categories: War and Peace

Back to Work

First, my excuses: During the weekend we: went to Ikea, finished hanging all the doors in the kitchen (except for the uber-expensive glass doors, $67 each!), finally bought a load of shelving for the balcony to reclaim the floor, stained it twice, tried to start putting it together but apparently we need a metric hex […]

Categories: War and Peace

Something to Do With Cricket

I have no idea what’s happening but I laughed till I wheezed anyway. Curtsy to Rueful Red for leaving it in the comments.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Woah, Switzerland

Where’d this come from: BBC – Swiss move to ban minarets Mr Karaademi is also bitter at what he sees as unfair discrimination against his faith. “I even gave them a written undertaking that we would never make the call to prayer,” he said. “They seem to think we are all criminals or terrorists – […]

Categories: People and Current Events

So Pretty!

We went and saw Pirates today. Went for a coffee and brioche at the Market then the 11.30 matinee. $10 bucks for both of us, baby. Sure it’s long, but we packed a snack. The plot’s labyrinthian, but I didn’t have any problem following who was saving whom, and part of the confusion’s supposed to […]

Categories: Entertainment

100 Years of Dukedom

The Times – Arch Duke Nearly three decades dead, but John Wayne remains larger than life Was there ever a US citizen who more persuasively bottled the bold, brash, bullish spirit of America than John Wayne? So much larger than just another movie star, Wayne – unashamedly conservative and patriotic – became the embodiment of […]

Categories: Entertainment

Holy Ham Steaks, Batman

Mother of god that’s a big pig.

Categories: Science and Nature

And Today's Prize for Idea Most Unlikely to Ever be Realized Goes To…

Opinion Journal – How to End ‘Islamophobia’<br/> The latest survey of American Muslims won’t reassure their fellow citizens. (a onetime member of Jemaah Islamiya, an Islamist terrorist group, is a medical doctor and Muslim reformer living in the West.) To bring an end to Islamophobia, we must employ a holistic approach that treats the core […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh Lord: Movie News

This is bad enough: Telegraph – Scarlett Johansson to be Queen of Scots But doubly worse after seeing this last night: They’re making a He-Man movie. Honestly I don’t think I can take the heartbreak.

Categories: Entertainment

What a Colossal Sleazebag

There’s something about the man that just gives me the creeps. But then I read this: Power Line – It takes one to know one It isn’t exactly news that John Edwards is a phony, but I suppose it’s news that John Kerry considers him one. According to Michael Crowley of the New Republic, Bob […]

Categories: Politics

Chrysanthemum Fish

The Times – Life in a goldfish bowl<br/> There are few rulers more burdened with care than Emperor Akihito of Japan. As he prepares to visit Britain for a conference, Richard Lloyd Parry profiles a troubled monarch who finds solace in the study of the goby fish And then there are the Emperor’s enthusiasms – […]

Categories: Science and Nature

1977

The original Times review of Star Wars: <br/> click to enlarge Some things in Hollywood just never change.

Categories: Entertainment