Totally Nontopical Quote of the Day

I haven’t heard this one (I bet it’s apocryphal but meh, who cares): A reader remembered Einstein, who said, “If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that […]

Categories: History

The Leaning Tower of 12th Century Religious Tolerance in Afghanistan

And when I say “leaning,” I mean “woah holy crap somebody prop that thing up or get out of the waaaay”: The 12-Century Wonder and Mystery of Afghanistan Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient “skyscraper” stands like a missile pointing at the stars – a 65-meter […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Delta, Delta, Delta

Two days ago I found myself holding my nose through a line at Starbucks (you might remember this article from many moons ago which completely turned me off to that little brand), plus the women driving protest last week, and now this (and note the language (“we’re not the only ones doing this so don’t […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Dalai Lama Walks Into a Pizza Shop

Oh man.

Categories: People and Current Events

Ffffun Facts!

I almost went with another alliterative title but decided that would would appear quite enough in the below quoted Mark Steyn post, which I’ve found rather fascinating (and no, I didn’t know any of this either): Foreskin Man is America’s newest superhero, the creation of Matthew Hess and his group MGMBill, the enlightened Californian progressives […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Female Drivers (For Freedom)

This is quite good (£): The TImes – The freedom of the road is a feminist issue, by Janice Turner

Categories: People and Current Events

Cake or Death

This evening’s entertainment: I just love that bit.

Categories: History

Wafa Sultan Rides Again

I think we all remember this lady: Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds, who helpfully transcribes the important bit: Don’t take anything for granted. I don’t. I enjoy every single moment of my American life. Just walking down the street by myself without being accused of being a whore is a bliss for me. Just chatting with […]

Categories: People and Current Events

More Shouting Than Hannity & Colmes

Memri TV – Pakistani Actress Defies Mullah Accusing Her of Immoral Behavior on an Indian Reality TV Show I can’t get used to hearing Pakistani people saying the word “Pakistan”. I’m so used to English words for countries having no relation to the word in that country’s language, but Pakistan is pretty much… Pakistan. The […]

Categories: Entertainment

They’re Making a “YouTube Bible”

But not in the way you might think! The Prince of Wales records a passage for the YouTube Bible, a project launched by the King James Bible Trust.

Categories: People and Current Events

The Arab It’s-Still-February

Uh ohs: Google executive Wael Ghonim, who emerged as a leading voice in Egypt’s uprising, was barred from the stage in Tahrir Square on Friday by security guards, an AFP photographer said. Ghonim tried to take the stage in Tahrir, the epicentre of anti-regime protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but men who appeared to […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Peter Recommends CXXXII

I’d like to read this, really I would, but it’s 26 (web-) pages long. But I’m linking to it now (and I’ll keep it open to motivate myself to read it after all) because Peter just finished reading it today, and was all lit up about the details within, which are pretty shocking (as unlike […]

Categories: People and Current Events

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:

Categories: People and Current Events

Democracy’s Defenders

The Guardian – Pakistan: The moral collapse of a nation Politicians, lawyers and journalists who championed the cause of democracy now fail to speak up A month before the governor of the Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was lowered into an early grave, an imam at a mosque in Peshawar asked the Taliban to kill a Christian […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Dead Christian Legacies

Hmm, two stories today, both British (but that’s probably purely an accident of my weighted Twitter returns): Telegraph Blogs – Damian Thompson: The closure of Ushaw: a message for Archbishop Kelly To The Most Rev Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, and the trustees of Ushaw College. We, the undersigned, are concerned by the news that […]

Categories: People and Current Events