Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIX

I forgot about this, but I’ve had it open for like two weeks: Dont Tell Mummy! (JamieP’s 1000 bhp GTR)

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Being Used As Line-Sitters For the Boys On a Field Trip Because They’re Jewels, See

From this article: No fairy tales or singing for pupils The head and his deputy at a Muslim free school were allegedly bullied out of their posts by religious hardliners Worse than the not allowing singing (except faith songs), or stringed instruments (why the hell are stringed instruments un-Islamic?), or the headscarves for non-Muslim teachers, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Alan Titchmarsh Reads!

Amazing Bible Stories! I’m going on a small car trip tomorrow with The Child and was looking up books on tape on iTunes (remember those cassettes that came with Disney storybooks? yeah they don’t exist anymore) and! And! “King Saul could give no answer /Yorkshire accent Update: There’s also Judi Dench doing the alphabet, and […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Peter Recommends CXLIV

If you’re in a bad mood, watch this: Josh Turnbull making a brilliant run and slotting away a beautiful goal in front of Matthew Harding. After Chelsea’s last match of the 12/13 season. Stay Believe.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

And Now For a Good Cry

Buzz Feed – 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep. I’m struggling to decide if there’s one […]

Categories: History

Miscellaneous Sex Stuff

First, a fairly good essay for laying out the basic arguments without falling into the “eww icky” trap like so many do, except this still irritated me just because of her language choices. I mean, let’s face it, if I gave this to just about any one of my peers to read, they’d call her […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which the NYT Once Again Proves They’re Too Interested In Compelling Narrative To Know What the Heck They’re Talking About

I agree with this: Wheat & Weeds – Maurice Sendak

Categories: Art and Literature

See, I Do Still Read the News

The Corner – Mark Steyn: Zero Tolerance, Zero Proportion Among much of America’s hideous educrat monopoly, the Golden Rule is that regulatory compliance is always the right thing to do, no matter how stupid and wicked it is. This news item — “First Grader Accused Of Sexual Harassment” — came to my attention with the […]

Categories: Politics

When Smart Men Write Simple Stories

This is very good: Prospect – What Alice did A new exhibition reminds us of Alice In Wonderland’s enduring influence on visual art. But its impact extends much further. Why do Lewis Carroll’s books still have such a hold on us? By Richard Jenkyns By common consent Carroll is the Tolstoy of the nursery. His […]

Categories: Art and Literature

I’m Reading Biggles

To be strictly accurate, I’m reading the foreword by the author to the first book. He’s telling truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales about the RFC. My eyes are wide like saucers at his attitude. Anyone ever read this series? Red? Brett? Half (although it’s rather less nautical than your usual fare)?

Categories: Art and Literature

Humboldt Girl Survives Rabies

…Without vaccine. Grim. But wow, good for her, eh?

Categories: Science and Nature

Tree Climbing For the Future

Telegraph – Children ‘getting weaker because they don’t climb trees’ Dr Sandercock said: “This is probably due to changes in activity patterns among English 10-year-olds, such as taking part in fewer activities like rope-climbing in PE and tree-climbing for fun.” “Typically, these activities boosted children’s strength, making them able to lift and hold their own […]

Categories: Science and Nature

“Symbolic Annihilation of Women” and the Chauvinistic Male Heroism of Piglet

Line of the day: Young children of either sex aren’t aware of the crushing fist of the patriarchy as exemplified by Wibbly Pig, unless they have exceptionally tiresome parents. From The Times (£): Sweetie, we don’t care if Winnie is a sexist Pooh, by India Knight

Categories: Art and Literature

Wafa Sultan Rides Again

I think we all remember this lady: Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds, who helpfully transcribes the important bit: Don’t take anything for granted. I don’t. I enjoy every single moment of my American life. Just walking down the street by myself without being accused of being a whore is a bliss for me. Just chatting with […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Never Read YouTube Comments

The latest viral scandal: 6 Year Old Girl Groped By TSA Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve had to fly anywhere (/clicks heels/) but since when do they run a finger inside your underoos? What is that going to accomplish? I don’t think “Groped by TSA” is strictly accurate. The poor woman seems like […]

Categories: People and Current Events