It’s All Greek

I love this. It’s one of the funniest and best-written things I’ve read in a while. I spent the whole time reading it wanting to print it out so I could highlight all my favourite turns-of-phrases. But there’s also a lot going on in it: As soon as I started reading, suddenly all that stupid [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Already These Olympics Are GREAT

And no I’m not watching, I’m just on Twitter. But to illustrate in more than 140 characters (less the short url for an epic photo), Mark Steyn posted this, written during the Salt Lake City Olympics what with the corruption and vote rigging and whatnot: For all that pious guff about not tainting the “Olympic [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Duck Dynasty, a show I’ve never seen on a cable channel I have no access to, should never have been put on the air. Ditto Paula Deen, who if she was a male comedian would have made a living making redneck jokes, meaning both of them were put on the air for the purposes of [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Trains! The “Holy Codswalloping Corruption, Batman” Edition

Technically this is a Peter Recommends, because he’s been referencing it off and on since it was published last October, but he finally sent it to me yesterday: The New Yorker – BOSS RAILThe disaster that exposed the underside of the boom. By Evan Osnos It’s very long, and I could’ve quoted the whole thing [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

#twittersilence

God I’m bored. Twitter is a lovely, lovely place. I don’t understand people who can’t get into Twitter. I used to work for a lady who was (HAH) spearheading the (HAH) social (HAH HAH) outreach for the support side of a major brand name internet monetization product, and she said proudly to me, on my [...]

Categories: Business & Media

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

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 Olympics Vs NBC (Again)

ESPN (radio) – Shin A Lam of South Korea: The Saddest Story of the Olympics that American TV Neglected This is an amazing story, and click through to read the whole thing, but the end: This was a riveting story and one that would have been perfect for primetime television. However, it wasn’t swimming, diving, [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

De-Power-Tripping the TSA

The Hill – House Republicans look to ‘strip’ TSA screeners of their ‘officer’ title More than two dozen House Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday that would prevent the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) from calling airport screeners “officer” unless they have gone through federal law enforcement training or are otherwise eligible for federal law enforcement benefits. [...]

Categories: Politics

See, I Do Still Read the News

The Corner – Mark Steyn: Zero Tolerance, Zero Proportion Among much of America’s hideous educrat monopoly, the Golden Rule is that regulatory compliance is always the right thing to do, no matter how stupid and wicked it is. This news item — “First Grader Accused Of Sexual Harassment” — came to my attention with the [...]

Categories: Politics

Tiger Wives!

I love this: Vanity Fair – This Year’s Model: The Trophy Wife vs. the Tiger Wife Especially the “Envious of:” column, which really made me laugh.

Categories: People and Current Events

Rebekah… Coming Soon in a Reasonably Priced Car?

Jeremy Clarkson’s on rather fine form tomorrow: The Sunday Times – Okay, I’ll come clean on Rebekah and the Chipping Norton plot I’ve kept quiet for six months but now I feel the time is right to tell all. What Rebekah and Cameron talked about most of all is sausage rolls I love the bit [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXVIII

At first I was all, “Oh lawd,” but then I realized I was laughing. Really laughing*: In truth, a kind of British Spring is under way, now that the News Corporation’s tidy system of punishment and reward has crumbled. Members of Parliament, no longer fearful of retribution in Mr. Murdoch’s tabloids, are speaking their minds [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

#notw

Well, it’s been quite a day for journalism. Specifically, 200 or so journalists in Wapping who once had a job working for the world’s most-read English language newspaper which has been published since 1843. And for Ryan Giggs’ (et al) social calendar, as it were. A good roundup (but by all means see my retweets [...]

Categories: Business & Media