Entries from September 2008

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXC

Curtsy: American Digest. The above goes really well with this, at Instapundit: A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single […]

Categories: Business & Media

Clowns, Schmucks, and Glorious Dictatorships

Filed under “These Are the Clowns that Determine the Course of History”: The Times – Congress is the best advert for dictatorship<br/> We needed leadership. We got childish shenanigans on Capitol Hill. Thank goodness, Europe is finding its own way, by Camilla Cavendish Welcome to the post-American world. It has come sooner than we expected. […]

Categories: Politics

Banking News, Sock News

Bailout fails. The Wall Street Journal explains: Lehman’s Demise Triggered Cash Crunch Around Globe Australia: down 5% The Times – Asian markets nosedive after US banking bailout rejected Asian dealing rooms opened on Tuesday with a massive deluge of selling as investor sentiment across the region reeled from Washington’s stunning rejection of a $US700 billion […]

Categories: Politics

That's One Way to Stop the Iranian Nuclear Program

LGF – Pirates Die Strangely After Hijacking Iranian Ship

Categories: War and Peace

Mexican Homeowners and Wayne Rooney's Boots

Apparently Jeremy banks at AIG: The Sunday Times – Don’t let banks lose your money – do it yourself, by Jeremy Clarkson As you can imagine, the past two weeks have been most enjoyable. No wait. That’s the wrong word. I mean blood-in-my-feet, dead-faint-half-the-time terrifying. As I sat there on that horrible Monday, watching the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Newman's Own

We went to Safeway today for a jar of tomato sauce. We weren’t the only ones.

Categories: Food

At Least a Third of Them

Hehehe: The Times – We survived the last banking Armageddon<br/> The 1931 crash casts a grim shadow over the present financial crisis. History Notebook by Graham Stewart The spectre of 1929 hangs over the present financial crisis. Indeed, the City of London’s exposure to America’s toxic debts makes reference to the Wall Street Crash inevitable. […]

Categories: History

Because I'm Easily Amused

I’ve had Thursday’s Times Comment section open till now because I couldn’t bear to close it, so I’ll just link to it now so I can close it, because their three leaders were: Nuclear Power<br/> EDF’s historic purchase of British Energy is good for energy security and the nuclear industry, but it may be bad […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

How the Afghan Dam Taliban Man Ran

Remember this? The Times – How we got a 200-tonne turbine past the Taleban<br/> The ingenious plan to bring electricity to two provinces of Afghanistan was one of the biggest logistical operations by the Army since the war, by Rufus McNeil

Categories: War and Peace

Aid to Switzerland

The TImes – We can no longer afford to fund the corrupt<br/> The UN rails against the banks, but the aid industry has been just as reckless in its lending and spending, by Camilla Cavendish Biting the hand that feeds the world doesn’t seem like a great strategy. But at the United Nations, it’s normal. […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

How To Be a Junkie

The Times – Heroin is hard work. You don’t drift into it<br/> Shooting up is a complicated business. You don’t try it just because your favourite singer did, by Martin Samuel So this is how to take heroin. To begin with, dilute it in water, citric acid or vitamin C. Heroin comes as a powder, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Let's Just Give Up Now and Look to 2012

The Times – This is the election you wouldn’t want to win<br/> The bad news: November’s victor could be a one-term disaster. The good news: a great president may follow him, by Gerard Baker Whoever wins on November 4 will be ascending to the job at one of the most difficult times for an American […]

Categories: Politics

Big Problem, Big Problems

Times Online – ‘We got a big problem’: renewed plea for bailout deal from George Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson later reportedly knelt before the Democratic House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, as he appealed for her support. She replied: “It’s not me blowing this up, it’s the Republicans.” She was referring to the announcement […]

Categories: Politics

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Categories: Catblogging

A Tale of Two Henrys

Huh. Well, on the one hand: The Times – Save the world? Hank just didn’t have a clue<br/> The staggering incompetence of the US Treasury Secretary is now acknowledged – and is a disaster for George Bush, by Anatole Kaletsky Until last week, I was in a minority of one in arguing that Mr Paulson […]

Categories: Politics