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


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

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXIII

I really don’t care much about the Anthony Weiner story (altho I will laugh at the jokes when they’re put in front of me) but this is really hilarious: The Corner – Mark Steyn: The New York Times Acknowledges Communication With Women Online [R]e that New York Times “news alert” — “Representative Anthony D. Weiner […]

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXII

So today (maybe yesterday?) the blogs erupted with a lot of innuendo and reaction to a lot of innuendo (I love these sex scandals when everyone who knows what happens is too prudish to tell the rest of us). Cue the every helpful Daily Show – Distinguished Member of Congress: The first half of this? […]

Categories: Politics

A Tale of Two Philanderers (or Three)

So, we Americans are being told that it’s perfectly awful for Ryan Giggs’ affair to be made public because he has children. Why won’t somebody think of his children. Never mind that he’s famous and with fame comes the ability to send his children to school on private jets, and maybe he ought to have […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Footballer Sues Internet

…Is the news of the day. Some unnamed but very married football star who has a superinjunction preventing newspapers from naming him got named anyway on Twitter (no I didn’t bother looking it up) by an anonymous account. So of course he is suing Twitter. And of course his lawyer told him “Yeah we can […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: I Have No Idea What’s Going On

But I love this line: Meanwhile, while Bernard-Henri is scandalized that a mere chambermaid can get a “great” man like Strauss-Kahn in trouble with the law merely by credibly accusing him of sexual assault, I am proud to live in a country where a housekeeper can get a world leader pulled off a plane bound […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Never Read YouTube Comments

The latest viral scandal: 6 Year Old Girl Groped By TSA Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve had to fly anywhere (/clicks heels/) but since when do they run a finger inside your underoos? What is that going to accomplish? I don’t think “Groped by TSA” is strictly accurate. The poor woman seems like […]

Categories: People and Current Events

New Genre: Bureaucracy Thrillers!

A bear has just excused himself into the woods: Guardian – Wang Xiaofang exposes world of Chinese bureaucracy Bestselling author exposes shady world while readers buy his books to get insight into how to become government officials Far from glorifying the Communist party apparatus, these books offer readers a glimpse into a shady world where […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Of Nasty Nurses and Hash Tags

This had me near tears today (and it’s nothing to do with old age NHS vs social care scandals) (and it’s not exactly the Telegraph that it appears in): The Independent – Christina Patterson: Nasty nurses? Tell me something new Some people, on hearing that old people in hospital were being left lying in their […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Brief History of Blame

Useful: NRO – Michelle Malkin: Blame Righty: A Condensed History The Left has a long record of blaming the Right for crimes of nonpartisan lunatics. In April 2009, a disgruntled, unemployed loser shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in a horrifying bloodbath. The gunman, Richard Poplawski, was a dropout from the Marines who threw […]

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLV

Wheat & Weeds – I Burn My Books One Word At A Time Hehehehe classic.

Categories: Art and Literature

Say You’re At Stanford…

I finally got around to reading in full a column by Teddy Dalrymple on the Pope that RC2 linked to the other day. Since I do love a point-proving hypothetical: It is universally accepted that step-fathers, for example, are many times more likely to commit both physical and sexual abuse against children than biological fathers; […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The World’s Worst Screw

Via the Australian (and elsewhere): “Lawyers cry foul over leak of Julian Assange sex-case papers“ In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have […]

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The State That Can Do Anything But Keep Us From Going Blowed Up

The Times – David Aaronovitch: This is no Robin Hood. They were our secrets<br/> The Assangeists don’t trust the State to run foreign or defence policy. So why do they trust it to run everything else? Let me make a quick observation about how, in this supposed war, contradictory positions are adopted. We have Tea […]

Categories: War and Peace