Entries from October 2007

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXLIX

(First of all, what’s with people who actually get paid for writing (journalists, professional bloggers) never turning spellcheck on when they type? Do they think they have people for this?) So, a journalist I’ve never heard of working for a newspaper company I couldn’t name which bought what was previously a newspaper company I could […]

Categories: Business & Media

NATO SchmATO

Telegraph – Where are our allies in Afghanistan? But while, in strictly military terms, British forces and their allies are prevailing in their war to subjugate the Taliban, they are not enjoying the same degree of success in the other, and arguably more important, aspect of their mission — assisting the Afghan people in the […]

Categories: War and Peace

Mr McS

Frequent commenter and founding ninmate Brett McS’s dad died a couple weeks ago. Like my grandmother, he had Alzheimer’s disease, and it was nice knowing someone else who was going through the same thing, so I was really sad to hear that he’d passed. Brett McS found some old photographs and things about his dad’s […]

Categories: History

Further Proof of the Cushy World of American Editorial Cartooning

Now, granted, I don’t run into a lot of American editorial cartoons anymore, but there’s a reason for that: they’re not very good (artistically and message-wise). These are really, really good. Memri – Anti-Terrorism Cartoons in the Arab Press Memri – Cartoons in the Arab Press on the Status of Women in the Arab World […]

Categories: Business & Media

Jena: 6 Myths (x2)

I love the tone of “Look what I’ve just discovered!” CSM – Media myths about the Jena 6<br/> A local journalist tells the story you haven’t heard. Jena, La. – By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they’ve all heard the story of the “Jena 6.” White students hanging nooses […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Evacuation California Style

What can I say, things are better here. Times Online – 500,000 evacuated as winds whip California fires southward Half a million people including Hollywood actors and film moguls have been moved from their homes in the biggest evacuation in California’s history. Firefighters conceded defeat in many areas against the wildfires that have destroyed more […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends LXXVII

The coolest jack-o-lantern ever made. Ever.

Categories: Food

Perfect Day to Have Other Things to Do

Lord nothing is going on. Nothing you’d blog on, anyway.

Categories: People and Current Events

The End of Debating

I found this, by Alan Dershowitz, on Damian Thompson’s Holy Smoke blog on the Telegraph site. He says that the Oxford Union is dead, that it’s “become a Potemkin village where a façade of fairness serves as a cover for the reality of bias.” Which is fabulous. Politicians don’t debate anymore (they just stand up […]

Categories: People and Current Events

One of These Things…

<br/> US First Lady Laura Bush joins breast cancer survivors at the Pink Majlis in Abu Dhabi as part of a week-long tour of the Middle East to raise awareness of breast cancer I thought that was actually a kind of cute picture. Check out the pink ribbon on the lady on the right.

Categories: People and Current Events

Unravelling

It’s weird. I just can’t get myself worked up over Pakistan. Probably because I think it’s a lost cause. Turkey, on the other hand, just depresses me, mostly because I missed an Instapundit link to something that I could have used, but here’s a replacement (if blogging’s been slow, besides the obvious reason, this a-hole […]

Categories: War and Peace

God 2.0

Vanderleun had this up weeks and weeks ago (I’m on the laptop’s trackpad so I’m gonna have to skate on finding a link right now) (actually I’m gonna say he probably had the version at the bottom) (and, I wanna say, what the heck is this embed code of theirs? It’s about seven lines long), […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Grandma

Grandma died today. I wrote up an obituary for her. Some highlights: She was born December 30, 1916 in Hoquiam, WA. She met my grandfather when they were in high school, and they got married April 20, 1940, and moved to California the following year. She moved into the house, which she designed herself, in […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Farewell, AC

Alan Coren was the first columnist I ever read regularly, knew by name or went looking for. The Times Obituary – Alan Coren<br/> Humorist whose witty observations on life graced print journalism and the airwaves and are enshrined in several books The Times – Cricklewood Man<br/> Farewell to Alan Coren and his unique wit and […]

Categories: Business & Media

History, Then, Is Not Optimistic

The Times – A history of trouble in the NW Frontier. Graham Stewart, History Notebook But before accusations of neglecting duty are heaped upon President Musharraf’s predecessors, it is well to recall that the British Raj also kept as much distance as it could from taking responsibility for what are now known as the Federally […]

Categories: History