Entries from March 2009

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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events

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

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

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, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events

AIG and the New American Idol

WaPo – Bonfire of the Trivialities, by Charles Krauthammer Now, in the scheme of things, $165 million is a rounding error. It amounts to less than 1/18,500 of the $3.1 trillion federal budget. It’s less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the bailout money given to AIG alone. If Bill Gates were to pay these […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Why Do For Yourself What Your Buoy Can Do For You

The Times – The ‘Global Warming Three’ are on thin ice<br/> The only problem with a project to prove that Arctic ice is disappearing is the fact that it is actually getting thicker, says Christopher Booker. What a wonderful parable of our time has been the expedition to the North Pole led by the explorer […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCVIII

Oh my god. Tom Leonard, in the Sunday Telegraph, second item: It has been suggested on occasion that the United Nations inhabits a different universe. Now, I think we can be more precise on its location. Battlestar Galactica is a sci-fi television series about a rag-tag fleet of spaceships fleeing evil silver robots, the Cylons, […]

Categories: Entertainment

Muffled Cries of "I Told You So" Heard Coming From Canongate

So, once upon a time, in fact almost exactly three years ago (how time flies with you all!), I found an article which prompted the title: My Firstborn Shall Be Called… Adam: Smith saw sympathy (compassion and commiseration for another person, even if you don’t share his troubles), or empathy (if you do), as an […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I'd Wanna Be Michael's Neighbor

The Times – Two nations: those who work, those who won’t<br/> Blaming immigrants for our unemployment levels misses the point: the problem is people who are bone idle, by Alice Thomson Michael’s alarm still goes at 5am every morning, by 7am he has cleaned his Notting Hill house, at 8am the children have a three-course […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Once More Unto the Breach

Times Online – Complaints force Google to remove Street View images<br/> Since launching its controversial mapping service yesterday, Google has been forced to remove scores of images after complaints from the public Google has been forced to remove scores of pictures from Street View, its controversial mapping service, following complaints from users who believe the […]

Categories: Electronics

There Are So Many Welsh Jokes In This

Categories: Sports and Leisure