Still Sick; Take It Away, Mark Steyn

Macleans – The absurd trial of Geert Wilders, by Mark Steyn Point A: Geert Wilders, by contrast, is one of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands, and his fate is central to the future of his kingdom and his continent. He is an elected member of parliament—and, although he’s invariably labelled “far right” in […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A City Without Billboards

At Issue Journal – A City Without Billboards Known as one of the world’s worst billboard jungles, Sao Paolo was rife with illegal billboards and signs. Advertisers had bought up virtually all available street and wall space in the city to hang their gigantic marketing messages. To earn money, some poor residents even sold the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Piste Off

Italy’s common-sense legislation of the day (that was originally intended to be the title of this entry but I opted to go for the lame pun instead (standards, you know)): Telegraph – Italy to jail people who set off avalanches Skiers and snowboarders who set off deadly avalanches in Italy could face imprisonment and hefty […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Marriage: It’s Not Even About Monogamy Anymore

NYT – Many Successful Gay Marriages Share an Open Secret As the trial phase of the constitutional battle to overturn the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage concludes in federal court, gay nuptials are portrayed by opponents as an effort to rewrite the traditional rules of matrimony. Quietly, outside of the news media and courtroom […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Jon Stewart Interviews a Bucket of Sand

I finally had a half hour to watch the full Jon Stewart/John Yoo interview: Part 1: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Crisis Part 2: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Crisis Part 3: The Daily Show […]

Categories: War and Peace

Finally Fighting For Gender Equality With a Few Small Legal Snafus to Deal With On the Way

Telegraph – Catholic ban on women priests ‘illegal under Harriet Harman equality bill’ The Roman Catholic ban on women entering the priesthood will become illegal under Harriet Harman’s controversial Equality Bill, according to Christian charity, CARE. A new report by the leading charity – backed by a legal opinion from a leading QC – says […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Loopholes and Baby Killing

CMR – Cold-Blooded Child Murder and the Loophole I warn you, this story is very disturbing. In Virginia, a mother gave birth to her baby and then suffocated it. Virginia law enforcement is powerless to charge her. Oh gross.

Categories: People and Current Events

One of Those Little Subtle Cultural Differences

…Between over there and over here: BBC – Parking on private land is banned A doctor has lost a court battle over parking tickets issued to a scooter parked on his land – because a judge ruled he only owns the subsoil. Dr Richard Dawood, parks his scooter outside his surgery in Camden, north London, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Keeping Free Unions Free

Telegraph – Plans to legalise cohabiting couples are anti-women and degrade relationships, says peer New rules to give cohabiting couples the same rights as those who get married “retard the emancipation of women” and degrade relationships, according to the chairman of the Bar Standards Board. Money quote: She said: “There is nothing to stop them […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Geneva Conventions Are About Incentives, Too

WSJ – Holder’s al Qaeda Incentive Plan by William McGurn [T]he perverse message that decision [to dispatch Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other al Qaeda leaders to federal criminal court for trial] will send to terrorists all over this dangerous world is this: If you kill civilians on American soil you will have greater protections than […]

Categories: War and Peace

Have I Had a Whinge About UPS Lately?

No, because I’ve avoided buying anything that gets delivered by UPS. UPS’s lawyers won’t let them leave things at our building without a signature because who knows how long ago someone either scammed them or had someone actually steal something and made UPS cover the costs. Fine, fair enough, but in this small collection of […]

Categories: Business & Media

Protecting Society From Volunteering and Volunteer Flower Arrangers

The Sunday Times – Crazy law leaves a child out in the cold, by Jenni Russell Last winter a father I know went to collect his 12-year-old son from an evening at a youth club in a neighbouring village. It was dark and it was raining. There was only one other child left at the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

On Lard-Bucketry and Child Abuse

The Sunday Times – The obese want to have their equality cake and eat it too, by India Knight Whatever else may or may not have gone on with the fat family — and social services seem to be indicating that weight is only one component — being so irresponsible that you make your children […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Something to Help Polish Up That Ball of Depression, Anger and Despair

Telegraph – ‘They wanted to take away our child’<br/> Since the death of Baby Peter, state applications to put children into care has risen by almost 50%, and innocent families are suffering. Child protection referrals have rocketed in the wake of the tragic death of Baby Peter, and figures published yesterday by Cafcass, the organisation […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Trafigura: I Was There

The Guardian – Guardian gagged from reporting parliament The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights. Today’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The […]

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