Entries from September 2008

THIS is Why I Love Wiki

Peter was just showing me pictures of the new Chevy Volt (which he likes, but really, it’s no 500), and I was musing on the cuteness of the name: “‘Volt’ is one of those stupid American car names that totally blends in with the background noise of stupid American car names, but then you think […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Jaw Jaw at G.Wa

The Corner – Everybody Wants to Talk to Iran. Again. And Again. by Michael Ledeen Big headline: 5 former secretaries of state agree we should talk to Iran. The five are Kissinger, Baker, Albright, Christopher, and Powell. Apparently not a single one of them is willing to say that we’ve been talking to Iran for […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs


The Telegraph – Justice for the Gurkhas It is extraordinary that the authorities are prepared to deport someone who fought in our Army, while thousands of foreign criminals remain in this country, many of them for good because their human rights preclude their removal. Walking the streets of Britain are terrorist suspects who have done […]

Categories: War and Peace

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLXXXIX

F1 driver Riccardo Patrese takes his slightly Italian wife on a tour around a track in a Civic Type-R while secretly filming it: Peter just sent this to me, but it’s too funny to just give to him. If you know how “Oh god”, “Mother of God”, “Oh please” and “No no no no!” all […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

What's With the Photographers

So this you’ll all have seen by now: American Digest – Out-Takes: Behind The Atlantic’s McCain Cover And the response from someone at Atlantic: I don’t know Greenberg (I count this as a blessing) and I can add nothing to what James Bennet told the Post except to say that Greenberg is quite obviously an […]

Categories: Business & Media

Budget Travel

The Times – Good luck is ours. But bad luck is everyone else’s<br/> Why do other people expect us to bail them out when things go wrong? By Stephen Pollard A while ago, I had a puncture. I was on my way home and suddenly I was stranded. For some reason it never occurred to […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLXXXVIII

Pay particular attention to the first 43 seconds. I can’t find a complete version (this is only the first challenge) and the quality is pretty dodgy, but if I ever do I’ll put it up.) (Ohh, it’s so much better all high-definition on our nice big television…)

Categories: Uncategorized

People Policing

Sunday Telegraph – Let the people police the police, by Elizabeth Truss This month Reform released The Lawful Society, a report that called for the public to take a more active role in criminal justice. The postbag in response was crammed with letters from frustrated people who wanted to get involved or had reported incidents […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Driver's Aid

The Sunday Times – Miss Street-Porter, I have a job for you in Cambodia Jeremy Clarkson Others would say that we have enough problems on our own shores without getting all teary over the children of Mr Pot. I disagree, because these days, every time I think of underprivileged people in Britain, the hideous face […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Dinner, Movie, Previews, Communist-Infiltrated-Church-Shenanigans

Friday night after work we went to Steelhead Diner for dinner, then we saw Burn After Reading, which was good, although the pacing could have been punchier. But as a follow-up to a Big Oscar-Winning Movie, it was a nice, light-hearted transition piece. Very good acting all around, although the big stars make you think […]

Categories: History

Funding CERN

I’ve had this open for a few days, and I really want to link to it because it’s so cute, but I wouldn’t know where to excerpt it because I’d have to excerpt quite a bit of it and so I’ll just link to it: The Times – Our biggest black hole was in the […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The British Invasion

The Times – We must rebuild a military base in the US<br/> As the Iraq operation winds down, an inquiry into the lessons of a botched campaign is essential, by Allan Mallinson (a military historian, novelist and former cavalry officer) Why were our tactics – military and civil – so inadequate and so out of […]

Categories: War and Peace

Big Day: Seven

I’ve had a busy day (I changed my name! (at least as far as the Social Security Administration is concerned)) so I think I’ll limit myself to a couple of date-appropriate links from RC2 this evening. I won’t go on about it, since I think what I wrote last year stands. Wheat & Weeds – […]

Categories: War and Peace

Bubble Teas and Cigarettes at the Ready

Telegraph – Ten things that you didn’t know about the Big Bang, by Craig Brown Hilarious!

Categories: Science and Nature

What Happened to MSNBC's Confident Anything-Fox-Can-Do-I-Can-Do-Better Positioning?

WaPo: MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign. Poor Chris. How will he get his thrills now? The other guy should have been canned a long […]

Categories: Business & Media