Entries from October 2008

Who, McCain?

From io9.com: Doctor Who Is Republicans’ Fave Show? If you’re an American who loves Doctor Who , the BBC’s quirky show about a time traveler in a phone booth, then chances are you support John McCain for president. That’s the conclusion of Nielsen IAG, which named Who as one of the most popular cable TV […]

Categories: Entertainment

New for 2008: Security Clearance Requirements for President?

Wheat & Weeds – Ayering Our Differences I find this testimony from an FBI agent who penetrated the Weather Underground chilling. I asked, “well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, […]

Categories: Politics

Atlas Shrugging Into a Comfy Fuzzy Cardigan

OC Register – Mark Steyn: Obama nears the “now what?” moment In Europe, lavish social-democratic government has transformed citizens into eternal wards of the Nanny State: the bureaucracy’s assumption of every adult responsibility has severed Continentals from the most basic survival impulse, to the point where unaffordable entitlements on shriveled birth rates have put a […]

Categories: Politics


Mark Steyn in The Corner: [A] lot of us have been having that “Is there another me?” problem recently. Staunch Saddam toppler Ken Adelman woke up the other morning to read a piece by some entirely different “Ken Adelman” announcing his support for a candidate who’s consistently opposed everything Ken argued for. And poor old […]

Categories: Politics

French Awls

The Sunday Times – Final word We (unhappy) band of brothers It’s taken them 593 years, but the French have finally devised an excuse for losing the battle of Agincourt: the rosbifs cheated. French academics gathered at the battle site yesterday on St Crispin’s Day, the anniversary of the battle, and held English manhood cheap, […]

Categories: History

Crazy Heroic Chubby Cat Stairs

Working through a bunch of things Homeowning Australian Brett McS sent me on Thursday that I haven’t gotten to yet: “Not the German SAS”: Macquarie News – Wounded Digger tied himself to vehicle and fought on After being shot twice during an ambush in Afghanistan an SAS soldier tied himself to his patrol vehicle and […]

Categories: War and Peace

Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est le Même Ridiculous Chose

Charles Krauthammer, 2008: I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings. or Abraham Lincoln, 1839: The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just…Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if after […]

Categories: Politics

Peter Recommends XCV

(Friday catblogging on a Friday!) “nom nom nom”

Categories: Catblogging

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXCVI

I’m in an unbelievably foul mood. I’m surrounded by charlatans, spies and assassins all! So, here, have a little Abbot and Costello in Typography:

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Toto, I've a Feeling We're Not in California Anymore

An entirely different sort of Atherton: Telegraph – Giant spider eating a bird caught on camera The pictures aren’t too gruesome, and they serve a worthy purpose in dissuading any of us from ever visiting Queenslandish gardens…

Categories: Science and Nature

Perhaps We Could Submit Ours in Clerihew Form

The Corner – Where Have All the (Right-Leaning) Playwrights Gone? By Maggie Gallagher Alison is a 48 year old Harvard graduate who is now director of American Revolutions (snazzy title that!) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland — one of the largest repertory companies in the country, which produces 11 plays a year. The […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Bus Lady, Be Well

Telegraph – Barack Obama proves the enduring power of a grandmother, by Rowan Pelling Only the flintiest of hearts could fail to be warmed by the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, as Barack Obama is doubtless discovering. Obama’s suspension of his campaign, so that he can fly to Hawaii and see his ill grandmother, is […]

Categories: Politics


Funny, I thought “Socialist” was code for “Babe“.

Categories: Politics

Oh Boris

Mark Steyn, in The Corner again: Boris Johnson, my former boss at The Spectator and now somewhat improbably the Mayor of London*, is the latest to join the Obamaniacs. Needless to say, I disagree with my old friend and have always regarded him as a total squish when it comes to ideological soundness, but this […]

Categories: Politics

Forsaken on Line One

Mark Steyn, in The Corner: Good to see Jonah and Andrew checking in. These days I get a bit nervous when nobody shows up before ten. I feel a bit like Comical Ali going ahead with the morning press conference to announce categorically there are no Americans in Baghdad, unaware that everyone in the presidential […]

Categories: Politics