She’s resigned the governorship of Alaska, and the word is that she’s planning on staying out of politics for good. She never struck me as being particularly evil, but she did seem particularly uninformed and just way out of her depth on the national stage, so I hope this for real, and not some hairbrained [...]
It has been said, not altogether unfairly, that Kal can draw very well but doesn’t write very good jokes. There’s not much of a punchline to his most recent one, but I still quite like it.
Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic. Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress. They’re both written from a left-wing/progressive perspective, and they can be very, very funny too.
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Generation Kill is a HBO miniseries about a platoon of marines involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In Ireland, it’s shown on FX on Sky Digital (channel 164). If you have any interest in the Iraq war, or like war movies, or just like good television, then you should probably check it out. It’s [...]
Having just finished watching Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, it’s hard not to think pretty badly of Thompson. He was certainly a talented writer, but after achieving a measure of literary success and, more damagingly, fame, he seems to have completely lost his zeal and creativity. The hedonism of his [...]
Something I stumbled across on YouTube. It’s pretty striking, seeing a camera track a falling body as it flails and spins. I’d forgotten just how wretched the whole event was.
I just saw that in print for the first time. Feels good, doesn’t it?
I have nothing particularly original to say on this matter and I find the whole affair sadly reminiscent of other Israeli-Arab conflicts. It has a seemingly implacable militant group, unrestrained Israeli counter-aggression, a massively lopsided death toll (reports vary, but at the time of writing it stands at something like 600 Palestinian dead to under [...]
It’s not official yet, but erstwhile SNL writer, author and all-round funny guy Al Franken looks like he’s going to win the contested Senate seat in Minnesota.
Here’s a very thoughtful and measured post from Ross Douthat about the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees in the ‘War on Terror’. I’m not necessarily endorsing Douthat’s position (I very seldom do), but the piece is perhaps the best I’ve read on the matter, probably because it eschews an absolutist stance and also takes into [...]
From NIN.com: 12.11.08: Regarding NIN music used at Guantanamo Bay for torture It’s difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you’ve put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture. If there are any legal options that can be realistically taken they [...]
This by now seems like a done deal, and it strikes me as a very bad one. Perhaps the greatest policy difference between Obama and Clinton during the Democratic primary campaign lay in their ideas about how to conduct foreign policy. Obama essentially took a softer line than Clinton, suggesting that talking to enemies can [...]
Part of me is ecstatic; part of me is just glad it’s finally all over. I felt like it was Christmas morning when I woke up today, but by this evening the day felt more like a miserable birthday and I was in a massive sulk. I don’t know if it was nervousness or tiredness [...]keep looking »