Entries from September 2008

A Bit of Litigiousness We Can All Get Behind

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Exonerated Marine to sue Rep. Murtha One of the Marines cleared in the killings of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha plans to sue his congressman today for statements he says defamed him and other members of his squad. Former Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 24, of Canonsburg, will file […]

Categories: Politics

Wire Stories

The Corner – Just Asking . . . by Jay Nordlinger Consider the opening sentences of this AP report: Sarah Palin played it safe Sunday on her first trip as John McCain’s running mate to the battleground state of Florida. She went to perhaps the easiest place in Florida to get a large Republican turnout, […]

Categories: Business & Media

Indulging the Ladies' Little Fancies

An email to K.Lo at The Corner: I see where you recommend that Governor Palin make a trip to see Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the girls. I’m not so sure what could be gained from appearing in such a vacuous environment. Let’s not forget the show is hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, who thinks that Senator McCain’s […]

Categories: Politics

Arbitrating My Aunt Fahima

I kind of let this pass by before (I was kind of off getting married, so sue me): The Times – Sharia courts are extending their reach<br/> The longer we acquiesce in the spread of Islamic law in Britain, the more it will happen, by Stephen Pollard Sharia may not be enshrined in English law, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends XCIII

Auto Blog – Paris Preview: Fiat Abarth 500 esse esse revealed WHY NOT MEEEEEEEEEEEE

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Keep an Eye On Your Lobsters

I thought this was very funny: Telegraph – New Yorkers might not like the rich, but they do need them, by Tom Leonard ‘Your husband doesn’t work in the money markets, does he?” This was almost the new doctor’s first question to my wife last week. It was a friendly inquiry, no possible subtext of, […]

Categories: People and Current Events


The Times – It’s just as wrong to use drugs as it is to sell them<br/> George Michael has been treated far too leniently, by Ross Clark Imagine being a latterday Pontius Pilate presented with two offenders and faced with a dilemma: which to grant a second chance and which to sentence to a long […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Audacity of Hoping We Were the Change We Were Waiting For in 2012

Okay, one more: Slate – Is Obama Another Dukakis?<br/> WHY IS OBAMA SO VAPID, HESITANT, AND GUTLESS? By Christopher Hitchens Here’s a swift test. Be honest. What sentence can you quote from his convention speech in Denver? I thought so. All right, what about his big rally speech in Berlin? Just as I guessed. OK, […]

Categories: Politics

Proper Counties

I had a productive day, and then had a delicious dinner at Wann Izakaya (Mondays are all-day happy hour!!!) so I’ll limit myself to just this, this evening: Michael Gove, Conservative MP for Surrey Heath, in The Times: [T]he whole idea of county distinctions has been eroded in our lifetimes. It used to be the […]

Categories: History

Ol' Willy: Not Transparent At All

I forgot about this: Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden (US Editor) – Bill Clinton heaps praise on Sarah Palin, John McCain. Barack Obama? Not so much. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is “an instinctively effective candidate” with a “compelling story”, according to former president Bill Clinton. “I think it was exciting to some, that she […]

Categories: Politics

Apocalypse Delayed; Mechanics Working to Repair

Telegraph – Large Hadron Collider to be turned off for two months following damage Two months?! That’s a lot of bubble teas!

Categories: Science and Nature

Financial Canneries

The Sunday Times – It’s the ordinary folk who carry the can The danger confronted by Hank Paulson, America’s Treasury secretary, was of a financial system ceasing to function with devastating consequences for the United States and the rest of the world. The danger for Gordon Brown was of being forced into a nationalisation that […]

Categories: Business & Media

In Which Somebody Finally Answers That Stupid Question Properly

In an interview in that tower of journalism, USA Today: She and [Ralph] Fiennes had never met before the film and in the movie have no loving, or even coolly affectionate, scenes together. His duke lavishes warmth on his dogs but dismisses her. Her duchess shacks up with a younger and far more attractive lover. […]

Categories: Entertainment

Anatole's Q&A

The Times – After a breathless week, I’m optimistic again<br/> Fears of bank failures and financial panics should soon disappear as the US Treasury takes radical new steps, by Anatole Kaletsky Oh gawd I don’t understand short-selling at all. Even after all of Peter’s kind lectures on the subject (and how does he know about […]

Categories: Business & Media

Tzipi Livni Played by Julia Stiles

In The Times: The secret life of Tzipi Livni: How the woman set to be Israel’s new leader earned her spurs as an agent working for a covert cell in an elite spy unit Ms Livni, a fluent French speaker and daughter of renowned Zionist guerrillas, served her time in Paris when the city was […]

Categories: War and Peace