Entries from March 2010

All Hail That Grand British Healthcare

Next time you have to listen to the Brits making fun of fat, unhealthy, unhealthcaredfor-until-now Americans… Daily Mail – England, the sick woman of Europe: Our poor cancer detection and bad diet mean Slovenian women live longer You all really must click over for the file photo accompanying this.

Categories: People and Current Events

Corporatism? In Europe?

Charles Krauthammer: That’s what’s amazing here. Democrats enact Obamacare with a zillion new taxes and then are shocked — shocked — when corporations disclose what it’s going to cost them. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, financial regulations require — require — that a company immediately restate its earnings when there is a change […]

Categories: Politics

Judicial Vicar Not Sought For Comment

Quoted by Damian Thompson in “The Pope, the judge, the paedophile priest and The New York Times“: However, since my name and comments in the matter of the Father Murphy case have been liberally and often inaccurately quoted in the New York Times and in more than 100 other newspapers and on-line periodicals, I feel […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Daily Mail Song

And I forgot to publish this yesterday so I’m fiddlin’ with the date, here.

Categories: Business & Media

What About Members of the We Don’t Like This Damned Legislation Religion?

Lancaster Online! (sorry but that newspaper name needed the !) – Amish unaffected by new health law, ‘Religious conscience’ covered in legislation. Most Americans will have to carry health insurance under new federal health care law or risk paying tax penalties — unless they get a “religious conscience” pass. That’s what the legislation says. Lawmakers […]

Categories: Politics

And Now Your Totally Random Gardening Column

Just because it made me laugh: The Times – Three-hour makeover for an impatient gardener From dead twigs to spring loveliness in 180 minutes

Categories: Science and Nature

AT&T Evaluating Changes to Its Health Care Benefits

Marketwatch: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — AT&T Inc. (T 26.24, +0.09, +0.34%) said it plans to take a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in the first quarter following the passage of the health-care reform bill earlier this week, according to a filing submitted by the company Friday. The telecommunication giant will also evaluate changes to […]

Categories: Business & Media

Peter Recommends CXXIII

This is such a sweet essay: Greg Knauss – Preadolescent Panopticon George Orwell was right, of course, but he was twenty-five years too early. And twenty-five years too old. As much as any civil libertarian feels put upon by the encroaching, omnipresent surveillance of the state, far worse off are their kids. Children — free […]

Categories: People and Current Events

On the Bright Side: Only Dozens of Racists Are Protesting!

Gateway Pundit – CNN on Size of Searchlight Tea Party Rally: “Hundreds of People, At Least Dozens” Dozens: Look at the photos. Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: So all Tea Party members are racists? Dozens, literally dozens of racists. Also, a good point from James Taranto: One sign that ObamaCare is both bad and unpopular […]

Categories: Politics

Never Let It Be Said Half Doesn’t Know How To Push My Buttons

I love this. The national anthem of *cough* England, with a slideshow of great moments in English art, literature and history… Ending up with a bunch of footballers. Curtsy: HalfEmpty. Also, in the spirit of the previous post, the most recent comment (from 4 months ago): Vote BNP With 3 thumbs-up.

Categories: History

She Speaks of Us As If We’re Tokyo

It’s like reading about myself in one of those endless “How the Japanese cultural norms keep the world’s most densely-packed society running smoothly” articles. Except she’s talking about New York. *pause for orchestral sting* The Times – The nastiness that lies beneath ‘have a nice day’ Americans are so polite, but in their politics rudeness […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Momentous National Distress and a Big Empty Chamber

Sigh. When will we pass the 900-page law that no one’s allowed to utter a word in Congress unless 90% of members are present (the other 10% with notes from their doctors)?

Categories: Politics

$2/Day, $4/Week

Hmm: The Times – The Times and Sunday Times websites to charge from June The Times and The Sunday Times will start charging for their websites from June, it was confirmed today. News International, the newspapers’ parent company, announced that readers will be offered a day’s use for £1, or £2 for a week’s subscription. […]

Categories: Business & Media


Christian Louboutin “Dancer In A Daydream”, curtsy, who else.

Categories: Entertainment

These Brackets Are Tearing Us Apart

RC2 reports that Pride And Prejudice was nearly beaten in their March Madness Tournament of Novels by, of all things, that ridiculous bain upon our public broadcasters, Wuthering Heights (lookit that picture… seriously…) Now it’s up against Ender’s Game. ninme girds herself for battle against sci-fi enthusiast Peter Although in one thing, we can all […]

Categories: Art and Literature