Entries from January 2011

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLV

Wheat & Weeds – I Burn My Books One Word At A Time Hehehehe classic.

Categories: Art and Literature

Shifting Stand

(This is the second time I’ve mentioned it, sorta) Charles Krauthammer: I think generally speaking the Virginia Tech shooter had problems and fell through the cracks. In the case of Loughner we had a classmate who was e-mailing contemporaneously … that he [Loughner] was unstable and dangerous and imagined he was a guy who would […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Loughners

(This is the first time I’ve mentioned the subject, I think) “This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don’t understand why this […]

Categories: People and Current Events

This One’s for RC2

I’m making arrangements to see The King’s Speech this weekend. I am. I shall!

Categories: Entertainment

Chinese Mothers

I went to bed way late reading this in my precious Sunday Times iPad app, giggling and laughing all the way through: Sunday Times (£) – Dragon mother Do your children have play dates, watch TV or ever get less than an A grade? If so, you’re failing them as a parent, says Amy Chua […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Democracy’s Defenders

The Guardian – Pakistan: The moral collapse of a nation Politicians, lawyers and journalists who championed the cause of democracy now fail to speak up A month before the governor of the Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was lowered into an early grave, an imam at a mosque in Peshawar asked the Taliban to kill a Christian […]

Categories: People and Current Events

This Too Isn’t a Cricket Story Either

Brett McS sent this to me. He thought it might have rather a broad audience, round these parts (ahem, Red)… Tim Blair – SIDE THAT DECLINES An era of unusual dominance is at an end. Supporters now despair of ever seeing their team win again. Truly, this has been a summer of shattering disappointment for […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Dead Christian Legacies

Hmm, two stories today, both British (but that’s probably purely an accident of my weighted Twitter returns): Telegraph Blogs – Damian Thompson: The closure of Ushaw: a message for Archbishop Kelly To The Most Rev Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, and the trustees of Ushaw College. We, the undersigned, are concerned by the news that […]

Categories: People and Current Events


Standpoint Mag – Mole Special: A Stranger in My Own Land (by Anonymous) I have just returned to London, where, I have lived since I was 11. I have been away for four years, living as an ethnic minority in a monocultural part of the world, amassing a host of stories to tell to disbelieving […]

Categories: People and Current Events


/outraged (/but still impressed)

Categories: Sports and Leisure

With Moderates Like These, Who Needs Psycho Crazies

AP – Muslim scholars praise killer of Pakistan governor (quoting from a version quoted on The Corner 6 hours ago) LAHORE, Pakistan — More than 500 Muslim scholars are praising the man suspected of killing a Pakistani governor because the politician opposed blasphemy laws that mandate death for those convicted of insulting Islam. The group […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Softly, Softly

The Times (£) – Truth and Justice The Times exposes a pattern of sex crimes among groups of men, which raise serious questions about the way women are treated There is a case for saying that relations between different ethnic groups are as good in Britain as they are in any developed nation. For that […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Newspapers and EVERYTHING Else in the LRB

I have had this open for ages and it’s so extensive that I can’t even begin to quote from it. It’s a lovely quick read though, considering, and very interesting: London Review of Books – Let Us Pay John Lanchester on the future of the newspaper industry Seriously, read it. It’s very interesting. Just start […]

Categories: Business & Media

Tally Ho

The Sunday Times – The capture of Britain’s largest recorded fox confirms fears that the animals are getting bigger and bolder as they adapt to suburban life *cough*

Categories: Science and Nature

Say You’re At Stanford…

I finally got around to reading in full a column by Teddy Dalrymple on the Pope that RC2 linked to the other day. Since I do love a point-proving hypothetical: It is universally accepted that step-fathers, for example, are many times more likely to commit both physical and sexual abuse against children than biological fathers; […]

Categories: People and Current Events