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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events · Uncategorized

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

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

Since They Made Rummy Cry

I await the relentless torrent of media accusations that Obama doesn’t care about Our Fallen Heroes™. Gateway Pundit – Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

Categories: War and Peace

The Cercei Lannisters of the Free World

Oh jeez: NRO – Mark Steyn (from 2 weeks ago): Pipe Dreams (File under: Principles, China, and Bullet-Ridden Feet)

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Mitt Romney Vs the Olympics: “Kiss My Ass, Show Some Respect” Indeed

Read this: Telegraph Blogs – Tim Stanley: NBC’s Olympic coverage has been a damning indictment of outdated monopoly media Especially this line: As global diplomacy goes, the network makes Mitt Romney look like Henry Kissinger. Then remember this classic from Mark Steyn, writing about how impartial our MSM is and why we rubes should rely […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Peter Recommends CXXXIX

In the annals of REALLY BAD IDEAS: io9 – Secret Histories: China’s Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow To wit: Back in the 1950s, China was going through its Great Leap Forward, an effort to transform China from a largely agrarian nation to a thriving industrial Marxist powerhouse. DOT. […]

Categories: History

More Than Me Whining Again About a Lack of Terraced Housing In This Country

Telegraph – Harry Mount: Architectural beauty – and private home ownership – relieve poverty There’s a show on BBC 2 called “Secret History of our Streets” which sounds amazing: Caledonian Road is near where I was brought up – and the programme illustrates really well how architectural beauty, and private ownership, relieved the poverty of […]

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


Just finished watching the last half of Jimmy Kimmel’s shtick for the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night. …WHY was Kim Kardashian there?

Categories: Entertainment

Did Somebody Say “War On Women”

Foreign Policy.com – Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East. By Mona Eltahawy Some may ask why I’m bringing this up now, at a time when the region has risen up, fueled not by the usual hatred of America and Israel but by a common demand for […]

Categories: War and Peace

Andrew Breitbart Died Today

He was 43 years old and I’d probably only known he existed for 5 or 6 of them. He wasn’t the sort of person I fanatically kept up on, just cuz I didn’t think I’d need to horde his works since he was young and I wasn’t aware there was such a need for urgency. […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIII

I think this can be taken as a commentary on all national film councils (Peter was telling me about the Canadian animated-short-Oscar-nominees saying their funded projects took 2 and 6 years respectively), but the British ones do tend to be awfully one-trick, eh? Erm, language, and NSFW. Kevin Curtis is a Dead Man

Categories: Entertainment

Yes This Too Comes From The Guardian

The Guardian (see?) – Film Blog: Is The Iron Lady’s heart of gold quite right? Phyllida Lloyd’s Margaret Thatcher biopic has proved so infuriating to so many by insisting on the humanity of the Tories, by David Cox This isn’t a picture you’ll welcome if you think Thatcher must be branded an ogre, but it […]

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Fun With Headlines

The Times, homepage, above the full colour photo of Meryl Streep in a blue suit: Cameron attacks timing of ‘Iron Lady’ dementia film First line under the photo: David Cameron launched an extraordinary attack today on… What he actually said: “My sense was: a great piece of acting – really a rather staggering piece of […]

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