Hitch Profiled

National Post – Christopher Hitchens: An Orwell for our time The mark of Hitchens’ courage is a willingness to take his convictions wherever they carry him. Most popular pundits are tribal in their outlook. They will drench the page with their tears if Americans or Israelis perpetrate some real or imagined outrage in Gaza, Iraq […]

Categories: People and Current Events

From a Couple of Years’ Retirement Age in Greece to a Nuked-Up Fourth Reich in a Couple of Sentences

Liberals should like this argument tho. It’s all about interconnectedness: PJM – VDH: The New Old German Problem [W]hat will happen with Germany, when it is lectured by the French, insulted by its debtor dependencies in southern Europe, and starting to become angry that only its own work ethic and productivity—not some grandiose platitudes about […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Complicating My Dreams of an Expat Life

And yet making that one-way to NZ that much less complicated… TIME – Why More U.S. Expatriates Are Turning In Their Passports. By Helena Bachmann While a small number of Americans hand in their passports each year for political reasons, the new surge in permanent expatriations is mainly because of taxes. Considering that an estimated […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Committee In Charge of Promoting Sport Values at the Olympics

WaPo – IOC failing in its responsibility to the Olympics, by Sally Jenkins As the Vancouver Games come to a close, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will call them a success. But it’s the IOC — so incubated in blue blazers, five-star accommodations, and shellfish buffets — that requires real assessment. Exactly what should […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Christian Martyrs, Redux

Der Spiegel – Christianity’s Modern-Day Martyrs The rise of Islamic extremism is putting increasing pressure on Christians in Muslim countries, who are the victims of murder, violence and discrimination. Christians are now considered the most persecuted religious group around the world. Paradoxically, their greatest hope could come from moderate political Islam. By SPIEGEL staff. One […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

To Go With My NBC-Induced Gnashing-of-Teeth

A golden (get it?!) oldie from Mark Steyn, from New Criterion, September, 2007: The same networks which offer drearily parochial coverage of the Olympics to the point where you’d barely know there were any other countries competing except as exotic background extras in a Team USA victory parade insist after the commercial break that in […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

American Decline, Where Neither the Second Amendment Nor the Caliphate Can Save Us

Mark Steyn – THE SEDUCTIONS OF DECLINE I don’t even know where to begin quoting this (RC2, who is probably better at hiding her straight razors than I, quoted it fairly extensively – and thoughtfully! – here, and as testament to the resilience of her state of mind, she manages to wade through a similarly-themed […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Quick, Read This!

I’ve had a busy day of sitting places reading stuff on my phone. So much read, but no time to sit at the computer and link to any of it properly… So here, RC2 has a HUGE post on pretty much everything Copenhagen (with videos!): Wheat & Weeds – “I Tried To Tell Them….” That’ll […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Norway, 2009. The US President Steps Up to the Podium to Collect His Peace Prize When… ALIENS ATTACK!

Here’s the president’s speech yesterday, taken apart piece by piece, analyzed, criticized, and put back together again: Wheat & Weeds – Will The Norwegians Think Twice? There, that was easy.

Categories: War and Peace

Western Union's Gonna Need Bigger Pages

OC Register – Mark Steyn: A leader of the free world not to be feared The tireless Anne Bayefsky reported this week that the administration’s latest response to Iran’s nuclear provocations is to “start shifting our focus to the track of pressure.” It’s a good thing the diplomatic cable is a mostly metaphorical concept these […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Fluffing Chinese Ambitions

Stephen Harper’s in China and Conrad Black has some interesting advice for him, but first: National Post – Conrad Black: Between empires In China, as in other traditionally non-Western countries, such as Russia and Japan (largely westernized as they are), there is a tension between the nativists and the Western emulators. To the minimal extent […]

Categories: History

Can I Sign a Treaty With Brussels Giving Me That Seaside Pad in Scotland Now?

Telegraph Blogs – Daniel Hannan: At midnight last night, the United Kingdom ceased to be a sovereign state [A] European state. Take a quick dekko at the definition set out in Article One of the1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States: “The state as a person of international law should possess the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

In Which It Is Discovered – To Everyone's Astonishment – That Nations Do Not Operate Like Dizzy American Female Voters

Via Wheat & Weeds again: Der Spiegel – Obama’s Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage Barack Obama looked tired on Thursday, as he stood in the Blue House in Seoul, the official residence of the South Korean president. He also seemed irritable and even slightly forlorn. The CNN cameras had already […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Western Journalists Making Friends Abroad

National Post – David Akin: Now we know why Stephen Harper doesn’t like you, Indian media tells Canadian counterparts Apparently, we — the Canadian media travelling with Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week — ruffled a few feathers during our three days here. Here is a review of our coverage written by Sarabjit Jagirdar and […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Islam, Secular Nationalism and Devotion

An email to Jonah Goldberg: Dear Jonah I am 34 years old, born in the U.S., raised as a (nominal) Muslim in Iran, and returned back to the U.S. in 1990 (thank Goodness). I converted to Catholicism in 2002, and became a reservist in the Navy (through the Direct Commission Officer program) in 2004. Growing […]

Categories: War and Peace