Entries from October 2007

Gah! Finally! My Agricultural Genius Is Heard!

Earlier: • March 18, 2005 – Silly Question<br/> •  August 9, 2005 – Neato News From Afghanistan<br/> • September 6, 2005- Big Opium<br/> • [June 8, 2006 - The Deadly Poppy Field](The Deadly Poppy Field) Plus: • May 8, 2006 – Simple Simplistic (and Occam’s Razor?)<br/> • June 28, 2007 – Breaking Sense from Two […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Not Hot; Not the Point

FOX 411 – Reese Witherspoon-Jake Gyllenhaal Romance Didn’t Help ‘Rendition’ By Roger Friedman Movie star romances used to be the thing that made box office numbers soar. Think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” or Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in “The Break-Up.” Another great example: Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz […]

Categories: Entertainment

I Must Confront This New Prejudice

So we just watched Crash. I had no idea people in Los Angeles were such racist, abusive d.cks.

Categories: Entertainment

A Practical Example of How Fascism Takes Hold

So I listened to the entirety of the Shire Network News’ interview with Filip Dewinter of Valaams Belang (mirrored by LGF), and I admit I wasn’t paying total and complete attention throughout (it’s a half hour long, for crying out loud), so I’m not entirely sure what it is that he said that was so […]

Categories: Business & Media

Christmas Packages For the Troops

Op For – Speaking of Slab So far, it’s been an effing boring deployment. [My wife] asked what I wanted for Christmas, and I said “Insurgents.” Times Online – Suicide bomber kills seven near Musharraf HQ Never let it be said that Barack Obama doesn’t support our troops.

Categories: War and Peace

Corporate Greed and Liberals Hand-in-Hand to Ruin Everything

(How’s that for a grouchy title?) The Times – Trick or treat. . . and no cyanide<br/> There are few cultural differences between America and Britain as great as Hallowe’en. Chris Ayres: LA Notebook There are few cultural differences between America and Britain as great as Hallowe’en. When Americans think of it, they think of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CL

credits song<br/> It’s true. But it took an Aussie to point it out. Curtsy: Brett McS.

Categories: Entertainment

Angie und Hatun

AP – Germany Cracks Down on Forced Marriages Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined a growing movement to criminalize forced marriages in Germany, which is growing less tolerant of practices among Muslim immigrants that clash with the nation’s liberal social values. Forced marriages are generally imposed by young women’s families to keep them from dating. Prosecution […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Robert the Bruce, He Ain't

The Times – Cometh the hour, cometh the man with the cheeky grin. Magnus Linklater: Political sketch He could have come before them and read the electoral register for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber and he would still have got a standing ovation. The Scottish National Party has waited 73 years for this – 79 […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Our American Media, Talking to Our Ally, France

Ah, communication. Communication is key, to winning back our Western European allies, the ones Bush lost with his cowboyish ways. Or so John Kerry said. Well, leave it to the media to know how to do it: Times Online – ‘Sarko the American’ storms off set in CBS interview He then stormed off after being […]

Categories: Business & Media

Mustn't Go Outside Without an Abaya

LGF – Laura Bush Defends Saudi Misogyny With an update. I wish well-meaning people, like Laura Bush, would just leave the subject alone. I get that she doesn’t think all Muslims are terrorists and that all Muslim women are miserable and violently oppressed, but her presence there should say enough.

Categories: People and Current Events

The Solidarity of the Dispossessed

I just thought this was kind of a sweet column (and true!): Sunday Telegraph – Living here makes no sense… but that’s LA. By Rob Long (a Hollywood scriptwriter and author of Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke) If you’ve got a $20 million piece of beachfront real estate, it just doesn’t seem possible that […]

Categories: Entertainment

Peter Recommends LXXVIII

high speed camera: lighter<br/> So I’m in Seattle: with a cold, covered in poison oak, tired as hell, and not in the most chipper of moods. Light blogging through the afternoon. A few thoughts on home: Everyone, people, radio ads, etc, kept referring to “Osh”, my aunt said something was over by the Osh, the […]

Categories: Wildcard

Something Like a Fox

(Re: the title. I could weave this into a big long rant, tying it into a bunch of other things, mostly Grave of the Fireflies, but one or two other apparently completely disconnected things as well, but a) I’m at that stage where I’m tired but I’ve had too much coffee so I’m lethargic and […]

Categories: Art and Literature

MOPsy

I watched the news yesterday! Grandpa was dozing in front of the golf but said I could watch whatever I wanted and lo, it was three o’clock, so I turned on Brit Hume. They had an item on this with pretty much the same to say about it (though not nearly so hilariously): The Times […]

Categories: War and Peace