``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year’s Eve (NYT)

Get out before midnight because that's when the guns go off and it scares the horses.


There is something deeply gratifying about joining the horses in their pasture a few minutes before the clock strikes 12 at the turn of a new year.

About That Peace Process (NYT)

army suggested

Next week President Bush will make his first trip since taking office to Israel and the Palestinian territories. He should use this visit to get real work started.

Looking at America (NYT)

favorite candidate hard to guess

We hope that American voters will have the wisdom to grant the powers of the presidency to someone who has the integrity and principle to use them honorably.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Priests brawl at Bethlehem birthplace of Jesus (AFP)

Southern Baptists

Seven people were injured on Thursday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Student wins lottery, leaves school (Reuters)

Happy news for a change

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Zoo Officials Probe Killing by Tiger (AP)

offensive remarks made

The police chief would not comment on whether the animal was taunted.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Time May Be Running Down (Telegraph)

not just an entropy gradient anymore

Prof Senovilla says: "One thing that is definitely not included in our models is the possibility of having more than one time dimension."

Friday, December 21, 2007

Blindly Into the Bubble (NYT)

former enron advisor speaks

by Paul Krugman
So where were the regulators as one of the greatest financial disasters since the Great Depression unfolded? They were blinded by ideology.

Slavery’s Place in the Capitol (NYT)

blacks not americans

The House and Senate have set an encouraging standard by naming the main welcoming chamber of the Capitol’s mammoth new visitors’ center Emancipation Hall.

Decongesting the Skies (NYT)

union involved

As helpful as is the Bush administration’s short-term remedy for the nation’s congested skies, Washington needs to aggressively consider longer-term solutions.

Arrogance and Warming (NYT)

only explanation found

President Bush’s decision to deny California permission to regulate global warming emissions from cars can only be explained as the product of ideological blindness.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

An Idea Whose Time Should Be Past (NYT)

lefty voters incarcerated

Nowhere is repeal of mandatory-sentencing policies more urgently needed than in New York, which passed its draconian drug laws in the 1970s.

Qaddafi Plays Paris and Madrid (NYT)

not dictatorial enough

Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, has been trying to rehabilitate his international image. Despite his efforts, he still has a long way to go.

A Pause From Death (NYT)

The death penalty is neither deterrant nor retribution.

The death penalty marks the place society accords to the voice of the victim, a voice which is missing.

There's no place for that in the modern left.

The U.N. General Assembly’s vote for a global moratorium on the death penalty was a milestone, yet its symbolic weight made barely a ripple in the U.S.

Slowing the Rise in Health Costs (NYT)

reform suggested

The good news is that many of the reforms analyzed by the Commonwealth Fund might improve the quality of health care delivered to Americans.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Converting Women

I wonder what it would take to convert women over to an estrus cycle. My dog seems pretty stable emotionally.

Reefer Madness in Iowa (NYT)

60s referenced

by Maureen Dowd
We owe it to the people of Iowa to stick to critical issues like the economy, and how to get a fiscally responsible budget like we had in the ’90s, the ’90s, the ’90s ...

It’s Too Late for Later (NYT)

columnist warming

by Thomas L. Friedman
If there is one change in global consciousness on climate change that seems to have settled in the past couple of years, it is the notion that later is over.

Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah (NYT)

good left bad right theater

by Frank Rich
Instead of handing down tablets of what constitutes faith in America, Romney-style, the Oprah-Obama movement practices an American form of ecumenicalism.

The Candidates’ Veiled Histories (NYT)

history is written by the editorialists

All of the presidential candidates should have figured out that privacy rights are checked at the door for anyone who aspires to the Oval Office.

Why the Fed Can’t Fix It Now (NYT)

investigation called for

Whichever way the economy breaks, the vulnerability of the moment should prompt a thorough investigation of how things got to this dangerous tipping point.

Plenty of Blame for Afghanistan (NYT)

hawkish on better strategy

irretrievable badness warned

Unless the United States and Europe come up with a better strategy — and invest more money and troops — the “good war” in Afghanistan will go irretrievably bad.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Mitt’s No J.F.K. (NYT)

the projection card

by Maureen Dowd
Mitt Romney was right when he said that “Americans do not respect believers of convenience.” Now if he would only admit he’s describing himself.

Making Peace With Pieces (NYT)

the hard-to-see plonk

by Thomas Friedman

Unless there is more reconciliation within the countries in the Middle East, it is hard to see how there will be more reconciliation between them.

The Republicans Find Their Obama (NYT)

the wetback card

by Frank Rich
The real reason for Mike Huckabee’s ascendance may be that his message is more uplifting than that of rivals whose main calling cards are fear and nativism.

Auctioning Off Nevada (NYT)

Federal ownership urged

Nevadans have every right to have boccie and tennis courts. But it’s not clear why the federal government should sell off chunks of the nation to pay for them.

Show Us the Mortgage Relief (NYT)

too voluntary

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr.’s new relief plan to stanch the foreclosure crisis is too voluntary as it relies on the private sector to protect the public interest.

In Arrogant Defense of Torture (NYT)

the demand-explain-scoff-be aspect

Lawmakers should demand that the White House explain why intelligence operatives should scoff at a ban on torture that is unquestionably the law of the land.

Friday, December 07, 2007

No Child Left Behind

I wonder if ``No child left behind'' refers to the Rapture.

Utopia is not far out of the picture, in the leftist hallucination.


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