A Selection of Riot Links

Just some stuff I’ve read today that I found all worth reading: Prospect – David Goodhart: The riots at the end of history Guardian – Deborah Orr: UK riots: society must change fundamentally if we are to move on We must put aside petty political squabbles and find a way to give everyone a stake […]

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Mayor Nutter, Keepin it Real

WaTi – Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’ “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the […]

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London [Bridge] Is Falling Down

Oof: Telegraph – London riots: live Rolling coverage of the third night of violent disturbances in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, with widespread arson and looting reported across the capital. So the story goes, as I understand it (largely from Twitter), some poor kid gets killed by police last week, and some (idiots) in his […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXVIII

At first I was all, “Oh lawd,” but then I realized I was laughing. Really laughing*: In truth, a kind of British Spring is under way, now that the News Corporation’s tidy system of punishment and reward has crumbled. Members of Parliament, no longer fearful of retribution in Mr. Murdoch’s tabloids, are speaking their minds […]

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I Don’t Think This Is a Burqa

I think it’s a Saudi niqab. But anyway: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dance of the Post-Modern Veils Basically, a woman gets 6 months for lying that a policeman did something racist and Islamophobic to her (ripping off her veil). Bad enough. But now the charges have been dismissed because no one can prove it […]

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If You Ain’t Got the Do Re Mi

Here’s Mark Steyn being cheerful again: I can believe it. That “cry-the-beloved” line is an allusion to Alan Paton’s now mostly unread novel about South Africa. But my thoughts strayed further north, to the white farmers in post-independence Zimbabwe. First, you get some oddly determined visitors and attendant burglaries. Then, the intimidation gets ratcheted up. […]

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: I Have No Idea What’s Going On

But I love this line: Meanwhile, while Bernard-Henri is scandalized that a mere chambermaid can get a “great” man like Strauss-Kahn in trouble with the law merely by credibly accusing him of sexual assault, I am proud to live in a country where a housekeeper can get a world leader pulled off a plane bound […]

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Two Articles On the Congo

Purely by accident. The first one I got via Twitter and couldn’t bear to get very far into, but here it is if anyone else can handle it: Guardian – City of Joy: New hope for Congo’s brutalised women Eastern Congo is the rape capital of the world and the worst place on earth to […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Best News All Week

(Although, with the news we’ve had this week… But anyway…) ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes to make Agatha Christie fashionable again Julian Fellowes, the writer of ‘Downton Abbey’, is working on a film version of an Agatha Christie story that will be directed by Neil LaBute. Neil LaBute, the acclaimed American playwright, tells Mandrake that […]

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First I’ve heard of this: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dead Jews Is No News

Categories: War and Peace

A Brief History of Muammar Mo’ammar Moammar Moamer Mu’ammar Mu’amar Muamar Qaddafi Gadhafi Kaddafi Qadhafi El Kadhafi Gadafi al-Qadafi El Kazzafi al-Gaddafi Al Qathafi Al Qathafi el-Gadhafi El Kadhafi al-Qadhafi al-Qadhdhafi Qadafi Gaddafi Qadhdhafi Khaddafi al-Khaddafi Ghaddafy al-Kadafi Ghaddafi Quathafi Gheddafi Al-Kaddafi Ghadafi Kaddafi Khadafy Qudhafi al-Qaddafi, AKA Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi.

This is very good, if anyone feels compelled to pay a quid to read the whole thing: The Times – Gaddafi’s model dictatorship is turning to dust, by Ben Macintyre But so far from being insane, Libya’s ruler of 41 years has clung to power in a way that is consistent, effective and entirely ruthless. […]

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Puns, Meet Your River in Egypt

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Excellent line to look out for: “Yes I do not think they’re in that league” BOO YARGH. On everything else: “If you look at history and remember, I’m a historian, MOST revolutions lead not to happy-clappy democracy but periods of internal turmoil, periods […]

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Awesome: The Last Few Weeks I Missed Recapped In Political Cartoons!

These appeared in a lovely long ad-free row in Google Reader, alas: The Corner – Cartoon of the Day, by KLo There are actually 28. My fav, for its poignancy:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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