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Monday, December 22, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Iconography of a Thrown Shoe

Visceral Bush-haters are enjoying the moment but there may be a bigger, more lasting iconography to the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq. Maybe years from now the flying shoe will be the vision that comes to mind everytime someone suggests America should help people in the Middle East.

Kind of an iconography of Middle-Eastern gratitude for those with short memories.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Global cooling seems to be warming up...

Via Drudge, from, I think, a US Senate blog: UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

How 'bout that Sarah Palin?

Since I haven't mentioned Sarah Palin recently, here's Camille Paglia at Slate:

Step by step over the past five weeks since the election, headlines about Palin in the mainstream media and some Web news sites have become more neutral and even laudatory, signifying that a shift toward reality is already at hand. My confidence about Palin's political future continues, as does my disgust at the provincial snobbery and amoral trashing of her reputation by the media and liberal elite, along with some conservative insiders.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Becoming Less Stupid, Step 1

Twenty years ago a friend introduced me to Mortimer Adler's "How to Read a Book". That led me to "The Great Books of Western Civilization". The idea is now, bizarrely, controversial, but this Wall Street Journal opinion piece describes the idea.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

India still getting anti-terror ops wrong...

From the Deccan Chronicle: Terror suspects in city shoot at unarmed cops

The reasons I think India is particularly vulnerable to Islamic terrorism are many, and I should put together a thoughtful post about what I think those reasons are. But sending unarmed cops to arrest jihadis is certainly one of them.

Hell, in the US the cops won't arrest low-level drug users without a SWAT-Team backup. (Not that that's a good idea either, but it serves as a comparison.)

Let the Revolution Begin

Post mortem photos of speed-trap cameras.

Hat tip: 'Areitu', a commentator at The Truth About Cars via Instapundit.

Best comment: 'kovachian'

OH NO THEY DI’INT. I condemn such acts of vandalism done for the sheer sake of sticking it to the man.

Nah just kidding. Death to all speed cameras. :::one finger salute:::

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Steyn on Hitchens on Bombay

At National Review On-line, Mark Steyn comments on and links to Hitchens Slate piece on the recent Bombay attack.