Entries from March 2009

My Firstborn Shall Be Called… Daniel

Several notes: • Notice how he’s talking. In a room. On television. With people around him. That’s right, kids! He’s not in an empty room hamming it up for nobody at all. • Notice how he’s actually insulting someone to his face. Not saying smack to a room full of journalists, then thrusting his hand out for […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On Rummaging In Your Neighbors Trash

…So we don’t have to be bothered coming up with a coherent policy to tackle extremism and stop the attacks ourselves. Boing Boing – London cops reach new heights of anti-terror poster stupidity (with pictures!) The London police have bested their own impressive record for insane and stupid anti-terrorism posters with a new range of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Dial Tone In Zimbabwe

The Times – Hopes rise as Zimbabwe’s stricken engine sputters back into life<br/> The power-sharing Government is only five weeks old, but to everyone’s surprise it has made an electrifying difference, by Jan Raath Zimbabwe’s power-sharing marriage is just over five weeks old and, to everyone’s surprise, it has made an electrifying difference. Suddenly, up […]

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Sweden Again (This Might Be a Clue)

WaPo – The Toxic Assets We Elected, by George F. Will TARP funds have, however, semi-purchased, among many other things, two automobile companies (and, last week, some of their parts suppliers), which must amaze Sweden. That unlikely tutor of America regarding capitalist common sense has said, through a Cabinet minister, that the ailing Saab automobile […]

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Summing Up My Mood Today, Part II

WaPo – Thank God America Isn’t Like Europe — Yet. By Charles Murray (the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute) The stuff of life — the elemental events surrounding birth, death, raising children, fulfilling one’s personal potential, dealing with adversity, intimate relationships — occurs within just four institutions: family, community, vocation and […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

I Don't Pay Notre Dame Tuition Either

It’s a Wheat & Weeds Smackdown – Mrs. Glendon Should Refuse It reminds me of a moment on Brit Hume’s show a couple years ago, when they were complaining about some recent perfidy of Harvard’s, and Krauthammer said his son was there, and somebody made a crack about that and Krauthammer just shrugged and said […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Summing Up My Mood Today

Instapundit, quoting a scifi writer (from 1983): The sad truth is that democracy itself is often unstable. Intellectuals lose faith. Democracy is not flashy. It falls out of fashion. The intelligentsia feel scorned, unappreciated, and turn to new theories. There are other pressures. Republics stand until the citizens begin to vote themselves largess from the […]

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They Never Said Astronomy Would Be On the Test

Power Line – HOW WOULD HE PRONOUNCE “CASSIOPEIA”? Finally, I know it’s a trite observation, and one to which we have been driven on almost a daily basis since the Age of Obama began two short months ago, but can you imagine the hooting and hollering that would have ensued if George Bush had never […]

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Pen Pals; Nom de Ver

Gateway Pundit – Obama Upsets Sarkozy With Letter to Jacques Chirac US President Barack Obama has indirectly praised former French president Jacques Chirac’s fierce opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the online edition of the daily Le Figaro reported on Thursday. In a letter described by Chirac as ‘very nice,’ Obama wrote, ‘I am […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Monks and Football

China again: The Times – Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup. The […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The British Home Office, Focused Like a Laser Beam on the Problem of Child Brides

Japan Times – I am not a Pakistani child bride (but the U.K. can’t tell the difference) By MIKAKO HAYASHI, A quondam lover of England, Osaka To the Right Honorable Jacqui Smith M.P. (British home secretary), (In the interests of space, I’m skipping the bits about her education (at Manchester University) and career, tho they’re […]

Categories: People and Current Events

It's Just As Well, Since B Can't Tell a Joke to Save His Life

Joe Biden at the Gridiron (you can hear him saying all this, which means whoever wrote it has a brain, and it’s really, actually funny): VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN KILLS AT GRIDIRON: “Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know […]

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When In Africa, Milliner As the Vatican Does

Wheat & Weeds – Potpourri of Popery, Swoon In Cameroon Edition And once again, Africans put on their best hats (and dances!) to fête the person the press most hates. (Seriously. She thinks the press might have been knocked out by the condoms comment, but I’ve been hearing tons about it. The British press, predictably, […]

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Another Dragon Slain

Hurrah! Greater London Authority – Events St George’s Day<br/> From 19 April 2009<br/> Following on from the success of the St George’s Day celebrations in 2008, the Mayor of London presents 2 FREE events in central London to celebrate St George’s Day 2009 and Shakespeare’s birthday. Both events are suitable for all ages including families […]

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Hope, Change, and Outrage: Barrel of Laughs Edition

NRO – Mark Steyn: The Outrage Kabuki<br/> And the limits of telepromptered cool. You’re outraged, OUTRAGED that bonuses are being handed out at companies the American taxpayer is bailing out. Yes, to be sure, the bonuses were specifically provided for in the legislation, but, like all busy senators and congressmen, you don’t have time to […]

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