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(I’m generally too depressed by the news lately to comment much on anything, but, again, for the ol’ external memory drive, and read the whole thing) Weekly Standard – Let the People Decide From the dissenting opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia in U.S. v. Windsor To be sure (as the majority points out), the legislation […]

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCII

Guardian – G8 leaders reveal their TripAdvisor guide to Lough Erne Now we know what statesmen really think, Northern Ireland tourism is set for a boost. By Victoria Coren The whole thing is hilarious, but a taster: “Problem with gym” I am afraid problem with gym. Full of American presidents. I am vaiting, vaiting. Eventually […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Yes. Yes Exactly.

Well: Jon Stewart on the IRS A good recap of my own political philosophy comes at about 5:35.

Categories: Politics

In Which We Discover the Origins of the Turkish Protests

What. The. Hell: Guardian – The view from Taksim Square: why is Turkey now in turmoil? By Elif Shafak It all started as a peaceful sit-in to save one of the last remaining public parks in a city of almost 14 million people. I mean, really? The government has been adamant about razing the park […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

*Bursts Into Applause*

I’ve been reading this, via Janice Turner’s Twitter feed, on my phone, and I’ve gotten up to “there are criticisms flying about” and I had to get up and link to it on here because I just keep laughing out loud and doing subtle air punches (we’ve just had dinner, the child is in bed, […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Everything In the World Happened While I Was In Maui: A Collection of Catching Up

First: This video of Margaret Thatcher being interviewed about her efforts to support British fashion in 1984 (I’ve never seen archival news footage from the 80s look this good). I’d embed but the uploader has disabled that so just click the link and the video will be bigger anyway. Margaret Thatcher’s fashion sense – TV-am […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh, Maggie.

Photo shamelessly pinched from here, a s me on my phone, too. So Lady Thatcher died yesterday, and I couldn’t possibly manage a round-up of links while on my phone, anyway the best ones have been off The Times’ iPad app, which I can’t link to. What I do want to tap about is this […]

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The Country’s In the Very Best of Hands (More True Every Day)

Remember when this went around a few years ago and we were all “WOAH HOW PRESCIENT” about it? I think Vanderleun found it first? Or maybe Tim Blair? Anyway, in pursuance of a laugh, I followed up a Twitter conversation with RC2 with this and, gosh golly, it just keeps getting better. The Country’s In […]

Categories: Politics

Another Corker Setting Us Squarely Where We Are!

Why can’t politicians ever say any of this crap? FFS*. NRO – Mark Steyn: Sequestageddon Government-by-fake-disaster-movie seems to be going swimmingly for Obama. For instance, someone could easily work in a non-scandalous phrasing of the following points: [M]aybe it would be easier to reinstate this critical $44 billion and cut the other $3.8 trillion, which […]

Categories: Politics

The Photo of the Second Inauguration

Must surely be: Beyonce and Jay Z arriving at the Inauguration today, where she sang the national anthem. I mean GOOD LORD those two are cool. Click to embiggen. There’s Obama being sworn in yesterday by Justice Roberts. I think it’s a rather nice photo of the family. I’m trying to find a decent photo […]

Categories: Politics

On Stupid Laws and Stupid Reactions To Them

Mark Steyn is very much worth a read today, on the people who obviously didn’t mean to break the so-numerous-as-to-be-unknowable laws they broke but were still punished, because they aren’t on NBC: NRO – Mark Steyn: Laws Are for Little People And not for David Gregory.

Categories: Business & Media

Behind, But: We’re All Screwed, Screwed, Screwed.

NRO – Mark Steyn: The Edge of the Abyss The default setting of American society is ever more liberal and statist. In the weeks ahead, Democrats and Republicans will reach a triumphant “bipartisan” deal to avert the fiscal cliff through some artful bookkeeping mechanism that postpones Taxmageddon for another year, or six months, or three, […]

Categories: Politics

The Post Druid Bishop Welby

He’s about as anti-Druid as you can get (without being a woman as well). So we’ll have to find another nickname. The Arch…Etonion is all I got, and it’s not very good. This is a very good write-up in the Telegraph: Telegraph – Fraser Nelson: The worldly capitalist looking to spread the Word of the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

And the View From the Next Day

Headline, The Times of London: Wall Street alarm as Obama faces gridlock Um, didn’t you endorse him?

Categories: Politics