Entries from January 2009

Heck of a Job, Barry

The Anchoress – Kentucky: No Power, No FEMA In case next-door Mississippi during Katrina weren’t proof enough, more evidence that it’s no big deal when disasters strike Republicans.

Categories: Science and Nature

Iraq Votes; Provincials Yawn

Typoes at AP (Typo? Really?): Iraq wraps up election with major violence They meant without, actually. The White House webpage (I hate the new redesign, incidentally)? Bupkis. And Wheat and Weeds puts the blame squarely where it’s deserved: The Terrible Legacy of Bush.

Categories: Politics

Hug Your Apostrophes Tonight When They Go To Bed, And Tell Them You Love Them

The Telegraph – Theyve gone nut’s Telegraph View: Birmingham City Council should reinstate the apostrophe. Birmingham City council has decided that its road signs and place names should no longer have apostrophes because they cause confusion to those who do not understand how they should be used. King’s Norton, for instance, will become plain Kings […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Obama: Herbert Hoover and FDR Rolled Into One!

We’ve covered the FDR angle, I think, and now: The Times – Obama’s lethal game of beggar-thy-neighbour<br/> The ‘Buy America’ policy, proposed by the most protectionist Congress in memory, is a piece of disastrous economic folly, by Rosemary Righter Trade leadership will have to come from Britain because it will not come from the America […]

Categories: Politics

At Last: We'll Be Able To Take the Train to Australia!

650 Million Years in a Minute 20: 650 Million Years in 1 Min. and 20 Sec. – Watch more News Videos It’s probably bias, but doesn’t it look like it’s finally gotten the hang of things when it starts to straighten itself out into how it is now? (And isn’t it cute watching lil’ India […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Think of the Old Guy Who Just Made the Biggest Movie of His Life

Movie review: Gran Torino Tim Blair – GET OFF MY LAWN My own take? I liked it. A lot.

Categories: Entertainment

Revolutionary Road Calling

USA Today – Pew: Almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else “City residents disproportionately are more likely than people living in other types of communities to say they would prefer to live in a place other than a city,” Morin says. “Fewer than half of all city residents say there is no better […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCIV

Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds and her “little intervention”. I admit, I didn’t get very much done today. I have a regular itinerary on Thursdays. I get up, I get some necessary sustenance (coffee, an English muffin (or, as with this morning, two), etc) settle into my chair here, and before I do anything else (except […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Year of the Beast of Burden

The Times – The Year of the Ox will bring little prosperity for the Chinese<br/> Beijing’s “authoritarian capitalist” model has gone as far as it can. Chaos, corruption and indecision have been ignored, by John Lee (foreign policy fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney) The American model of free markets may be […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which I Solve the US Mail's Budget Problems

My mother once said (when I was putting on my shoes to drop some postcards off at the mailbox by my grandmother’s house in Edmonton) that having your mail collected from your house by your mailman is a uniquely American luxury. And why should it be? Why can’t we have the shared communal experience of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCIII

Rolcats – English translations of Russian Lolcats My favourite so far: Cat: My spirit is being crushed within the machinery of industrial society<br/> Mouse: Your failing is lack of hard work and diligence

Categories: Uncategorized

Peter Recommends XCXIII

Popular Mechanics – Lost Season Five Premiere: 2 Hours of Time Travel, Wormholes and Exotic Matter As Peter points out, “Can’t say I’ve seen a Popular Mechanics article written up about BSG.” Two words of the title have been whited-out to protect spoiler-avoiders. Highlight (or just click on the link) to see. It’s Wednesday! Yay!

Categories: Science and Nature

And a Couple of Crackpots in the South Start Screaming

National Post – Steven Edwards: Suddenly Obama has Muslim roots During the U.S presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s handlers vigourously pointed out his Christian faith whenever the misconception arose he may be Muslim (even though the politically correct response should have been his religion doesn’t matter). The handlers also roundly denounced any conservative commentator who might […]

Categories: Politics

The Beeb's Latest Charitable Impulse

The BBC was going to start an appeal for civilians caught up in the latest Gaza conflict. Eyes rolled, but whatever. Then they called it off. Then the opinion pieces appeared and I thought that would be it, but the next day they kept going, and I thought that was the response and that would […]

Categories: Business & Media

Straining…

The Corner – Peter Kirsanow: Our Adversarial Press So . . . we’re going to have a tax cheat in charge of the IRS, a man instrumental in the pardoning of terrorists as top terrorism watchdog, and a woman whose husband gets tens of millions from foreign governments in charge of implementing foreign policy. Press reaction: Move […]

Categories: Uncategorized