Entries from November 2007

Evel Knievel Died Today

Evel Knievel died today? Well, hell.

Categories: Entertainment

Peter Recommends LXXXII

A different angle on the other night’s arboreal adventure: Mashable.com – YouTube-CNN Republican Debate Reflects Poorly on New Media As you may recall, the Republican YouTube-CNN debate almost didn’t happen. Many Republican candidates were afraid that the response from the Internet would be goofy, degrading, and inherently biased. When I’ve made personal note of this […]

Categories: Business & Media

Seattle On the Radio!

Somebody just called the radio station to say that freedom is the ability to choose between doing good and doing something foolish, and choosing to do something good. Freedom isn’t choosing to do something foolish. That’s not freedom, it’s foolishness. So basically freedom is doing the right thing (what is right being determined by the […]

Categories: Politics

John Bolton Plugs a Book

Yee-haw. Telegraph – John Bolton thinks diplomats are dangerous. By Con Coughlin But does modern diplomacy actually work? Careful consideration does not make for comfortable reading. Kosovo, Darfur, North Korea and Iran suggest that more progress might have been made had a little more stick been employed than endless talk. All the main aid agencies […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs


The Times – Vote Winfrey, not Streisand<br/> The Democrats are hauling out the celebrities but one appears a lot fresher than the other, by Gerard Baker As we enter the final month of campaigning before the first votes are cast in the primary phase of the presidential election, the Democrats have stepped out on the […]

Categories: Politics

Reader Requests Answered, Six Months Late

I am now embarking on my atheism indoctrination: His Dark Materials! Yes, back in May RC2 asked if anyone had read the series, and now, with a week and one day to go before the movie is released, I am fulfilling my promise to you all to write it up! Lured into this evil trap […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Bean Days

Spectator – Quote of the day Vince Cable’s contribution at PMQ’s today was a classic: “This House has noted the Prime Minister’s remarkable transformation from Stalin to Mr Bean in the past few weeks.” Curtsies to Vanderleun for that one (as his local source for distant newspaper content, I suppose he decided to leave it […]

Categories: Politics

Atheists Coming Together to Celebrate the Birth of the Divine

Telegraph – Writer’s speech ‘too Christian’ for carol service “I am incandescent,” she said. “I was told that the words I had written were not appropriate because the congregation would include people of little or no faith who presumably would be upset. Even more insultingly, I was asked instead to read a passage from Bertrand […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Lord Palmerston, You Might As Well Finish That Cup of Tea

Telegraph – British Muslims should protest teddy lunacy. By Boris Johnson Here is an innocent British citizen, a good and patently well-meaning 54-year-old British teacher. She has decided to make a new life for herself by giving instruction to children in one of the poorest countries on Earth. She has got herself into a muddle […]

Categories: People and Current Events

It's Good to Be a Plant

Fox News – CNN Allows Clinton Backer to Question GOP Candidates in YouTube Debate Clinton spokesman Phil Singer has denied that the campaign had any knowledge ahead of time that Kerr was going to participate in the debate, and Kerr said he did not inform the campaign of his plans. It turns out Kerr wasn’t […]

Categories: Business & Media

The New Polar Bears

The Times – Flying foxes fall prey to Earth’s rising temperature Flying foxes have been dropping off trees and dying in droves because of the effects of climate change, researchers say. They mean bats. Bats, unfortunately, are unlikely to bring small school children to tears. However! They managed to ban hunting with hounds because of […]

Categories: Science and Nature

A Lost Golden Age

Daily Mail – The outrageously politically incorrect adverts from the time equality forgot I like the hair on the woman about to be murdered. Ahem.

Categories: History

Creeping Apartheid in Britain's Mosques!

The Times – In Good Faith<br/> A welcome new Muslim code of conduct for the running of mosques Britain’s Muslims have now proposed a code of practice for the 1,500 mosques that goes a long way in addressing these concerns and laying down agreed standards that all observant Muslims have a right to expect from […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Polar Bear, the Witch, and the Religious Kerfuffle

I wonder if it would work if the Vatican official came out and said it promoted Islamophobia. That would keep the audiences away. Or at least the movie away from audiences. The Times – What all directors pray for<br/> Catholics are boycotting The Golden Compass because it promotes atheism. What a wonderful gift of publicity, […]

Categories: Entertainment

There's That English Subsidy Again

The Scottish Executive wanted a slogan for Scotland. He got one. It’s: Welcome to Scotland. Which he payed £100,000 for. Whereas the English needed a logo for the Olympics. They got one. It’s: Which they paid £400,000 for. So obviously, since they’re both equally retarded, the English have spent an extra £150,000 on their Olympics […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs