Entries from June 2007

Treasured Chuck

The Times – The Green Prince<br/> Charles is in danger of becoming a recognised national treasure He has converted both his Jag and his Land Rover to run on used cooking oil, installed a reed-bed sewage system for his country house and a roof-harvested rainwater irrigation system for the garden. During the past tax year, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Chanel of Video Games

Honestly, I wasn’t going to bore you people anymore with my Nicole Kidman obsession, but two days ago I found this: On an article about her 40th birthday. Even Peter, whose love for her, if it exists, isn’t as unconditional as mine, said it was cute. Obviously she’s playing Brain Age. I thought it was […]

Categories: Entertainment

Lil'est Wet Slick

<br/> Aldo, a three-week-old pygmy hippopotamus, (Choeropsis liberiensis) eats at the Vincennes zoo, outside Paris, Tuesday, June 26, 2007. Aldo looks, eats and lazes like a hippopotamus but he is only about as big as a human baby, at 53 centimeters (21 inches). This pygmy hippopotamus, born earlier this month, is one of only a […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Killing Geneva

Opinion Journal – The Truth About Guantanamo<br/> Proposals to treat detainees as criminal defendants make a mockery of international humanitarian law. BY JAMES TARANTO The AP’s impatience to write the final chapter of the Guantanamo story is of a piece with the way news organizations generally have told the story. … Perhaps the most striking […]

Categories: War and Peace

Incomparable Film Forcasting

Bubblehead’s been reviewing movies again (best rating system ever!): Bubblehead – ‘Mighty’ Movie Reviews: “Evan Almighty” And “A Mighty Heart” In which he compliments me, I mean, in which he makes this point: The incomparable ninme provides a link to a review by a Hollywood blogger who claims the movie has a “Christian message” — […]

Categories: Entertainment

People and Current Events

I suppose it’s fashionable today for us to studiously ignore Paris Hilton and congratulate ourselves on how high-minded we all are, but there’s really nothing else going on. Sure I’m sure if I set foot in The Corner I’d be knocked to the floor by the flurry of immigration posts, but is any of that […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The "Pacific Responder" of Ambulances

Are you an ocean-going vessel weighing over 40,000 tonnes who has gotten beached in New South Wales? They’ll send the special tugboat straight from Queensland to come and save you. Are you a human weighing 350 – 1,000 lbs who has gone and had a heart attack in Edmonton? Maybe they’ll send the special ambulance […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Car Ads, Glorious Car Ads

(I love how The Times does these whole stories that completely rely on YouTube content. It’s so… wonderful, really.) The Times – Six of the best: The cleverest car ads ever<br/> Half a dozen of the most persuasive little films you are likely to see on your TV I’ve only seen two of them through […]

Categories: Business & Media

Maybe Somebody Hit Him In the Back of the Head and His Face Stuck Like That

Scraggly-beard man, aka “Rage Boy“, has made many rounds, teeth bared, eyes bugging out, tonsils a-vibratin’… Snapped Shot – Professional Protester, Jihadi-style I’m glad he could put his childhood misfortune to good use. Update: Hitchens: I have actually seen some of these demonstrations, most recently in Islamabad, and all I would do if I were […]

Categories: Business & Media


Curtsy: HalfEmpty. Awesome.

Categories: Food

I Always Did Like That Welshman

We’ve been rewatching the Indiana Jones movies, and tonight’s installment (Temple of Doom) ended early so I’ve been wandering around Wiki, and (footnote numbers omitted): Wikipedia – John Rhys-Davies (Sallah, “the best digger in Egypt”) Political views Rhys-Davies is a member of the UK Conservative Party. As a university student in the 1960s, he was […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Freedom of the Press

LA Times – Where is the West’s outcry? If you’re wondering why you haven’t been able to follow all the columns and editorials in the American press denouncing all this homicidal nonsense, it’s because there haven’t been any. And, in that great silence, is a great scandal. Don’t worry. I’m sure Maureen Dowd will reach […]

Categories: Business & Media

Europe Gettin' Jiggy With Identity Again

The Sunday Telegraph – Europe must stop fighting itself. By Niall Ferguson But the best argument for reforming the EU’s system of governance is that it may be now or never. The true significance of Sarkozy’s victory in France, it now becomes clear, was not so much economic as political. The slogan that won him […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

I Will Defend to the Front Door Your Right to Say It But No Farther Because There Might Be Someone With a Camera Out There

The Sunday Times – Rushdie, the man they love to hate<br/> Surely there’s a difference between careful diplomacy and pandering to extremists, India Knight What an extraordinary, if depressingly predictable, fuss about Salman Rushdie’s knighthood. Eighteen years after the fatwa was issued, Ijaz ul-Haq, the Pakistani religious affairs minister, last week told his country’s parliament […]

Categories: Art and Literature

It's a Sunday Mornin' Hangin' Sentence

I’m glad to see the Iraqi courts are moving along. After Saddam went, the press clear forgot about them. I assumed because they weren’t running anymore. I mean, surely the trial of a dictator’s cousin for genocide of 180,000 people is news. Times Online – Chemical Ali sentenced to death for genocide of Kurds Chemical […]

Categories: War and Peace