Entries from September 2009

A Good Point About Sheep

The Sunday Times – Mad Johnny Baa Lamb is here to save the pit bulls, by Jeremy Clarkson [S]heep are unique in the animal kingdom for having no sense of worth and no particularly strong will to live. You may think humans are imaginative when it comes to committing suicide. We jump in front of […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Blogger Niches

Tim Blair – BIGNESS ENSMALLENED I don’t really have anything to say about the Tea Party protest anymore (I think we’ve all moved past that) but first off, if you read that post, it’s astonishing how sloppy LGF’s reasoning is (it’s the kind of mistake I would make, and makes one wonder how informed the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Egyptian Pigless Utopia

NYT – Belatedly, Egypt Spots Flaws in Wiping Out Pigs Cairo’s garbage collection belonged to the informal sector. The government hired multinational companies to collect the trash, and the companies decided to place bins around the city. It’s unbelievable, they’ll kill all the pigs but they won’t address this small issue: But they failed to […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Praise of Booze and HM the QM

The Sunday Times – And so I say chin-chin to all you tiresome moralisers, by India Knight There is an argument to be made in favour of really heroic drinking, and after a week that brought the publication of an authorised biography of the Queen Mother as well as the death of Keith Floyd — […]

Categories: Food

Thucydides on the Stasis of Corcyra of Course

PJM – The Rise of the Uncouth, by Victor Davis Hanson I love VDH. Only he can begin his essays with: The historian Thucydides warned about the escalating violent language and behavior that we are witnessing. More on that later. And, later: The historian Thucydides has a wonderful chapter in his third book on the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which the Son of a Military Dictator Fears that International Governmental Organizations Aren't Democratic Enough

I found this ever so interesting: The Times – Gaddafi’s heir leaves clue to his world vision in his Phd Dr Gaddafi, 37, introduces his work by writing: “I shall be primarily concerned with what I argue is the central failing of the current system of global governance in the new global environment: that it […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXIII

Telegraph – The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences<br/> The Lost Symbol, the latest novel by The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, has gone on sale. We pick 20 of the clumsiest phrases from it and from his earlier works. I think this is the best one: […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Statuesque Blondes and Older Women

The most I know about Peter, Paul and Mary is what I learned from the album cover in my parents’ old record collection (heavy on children’s music, The Beatles and 70s folk). And Puff (The Magic Dragon). But HalfEmpty, struggling through a swinish flu, is feeling her loss keenly this week, so this one’s dedicated […]

Categories: Entertainment

Taking Advantage of Ignorance of the Minutiae of Mid-Century Central European History

PJM – Still Dis-Putin’ History After All These Years<br/> September 17 reminds us that Russia refuses a proper reckoning with its bloody past. By Arthur Chrenkoff (Arthur Chrenkoff!) Putin’s open letter on the occasion of the anniversary [of the outbreak of WWII] (addressed to and published by Poland’s most influential daily, Gazeta Wyborcza) was a […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Now This is Inappropriate Presidential Commentary on a Citizen I Can Get Behind

Times Online – ‘Kanye West? He’s a jackass,’ says Obama Asked about the row during an interview with CNBC, President Obama appeared to sum up the national mood pretty well, albeit undiplomatically. The problem was that his remark was made during an off-the-record part of the interview which was not going to be made public. […]

Categories: Business & Media

Keeping Tabs With Our Favourite TV Historian's Sartorial Fortunes

Poor Red. I just can’t resist. Telegraph – Once upon a time there was a subject called history . . .<br/> A profound and pitiful ignorance of our national past is the shameful legacy of so-called progressive educationalists, says Dominic Sandbrook What makes this betrayal all the more depressing is that in society at large […]

Categories: History

Hollywood Thinks We're Idiots

No surprise there, but still… Telegraph – Charles Darwin film ‘too controversial for religious America’<br/> A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer. The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has […]

Categories: Entertainment

Ancillary Revenue

The Times – We had flown before; we all know the ropes<br/> Forget the frail or young: they are stuck at the back of the line, by Simon Barnes The other day the kid that helps run the coffee shop at the corner for his parents was telling a guy in line in front of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

More Frightening Khaki-Clad Bigots

More signs courtesy of RC2′s spy. Wheat & Weeds – Scenes From The Tea Party I think my favourite so far of all the protest signs I’ve seen is the second one with the, ah, donkey.

Categories: People and Current Events

Hey, I Don't Read That Rag

Van Jones — unfit for print<br/> The green czar affair should put the final lie to The Times’ ‘objectivity’. By KYLE SMITH “This is not an excuse,” the managing editor of The New York Times said after offering the following excuse for completely missing the Van Jones story, except in a blog post: “Our Washington […]

Categories: Business & Media