The Politically Incorrect Puppet

Bulldog Pundit has a terrific post up on a new squabble among PC and reactionary denizens concerning a newly created Sesame Street character:Apparently, there’s a new female character named “Abby”, whose character traits are as follows:She’s 3, talkative, but shy around strangers. Sometimes she gets so nervous that she disappears. She’s capable of turning things into pumpkins, but not so good at turning them back.Above all, she is modeling how to make friends and how to fit into a n … [Read more...]

Playing to the Camera – We are all survivors, now

Just found this in the archives and thought as September approaches and the video cameras are hauled to the bus-stops and the "reality shows" begin again, it was worth a re-post:February 14, 2005 Playing to the cameras; a theory about whyIn response to my revealing my utter disinterest in growing the blog much beyond “playful primate” status or getting this Irish mug on camera somewhere, Dirty Harry has written a very funny personal confession (and some nice remarks in between the lau … [Read more...]

Claire and Jamie Fraser, because you asked.

A busy schedule precludes any writing until tonight, but because so many of you asked, these are the six books which currently comprise the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in order. I've had both men and women tell me that Outlander is a specific "Top-5-on-a-deserted-isle" book for them (but really, mostly women). I've read the first four, and I counted the first three as her best...I couldn't get through The Fiery Cross, but I'm hearing good things about the last one. The Bookshelf is … [Read more...]

Fathers & Daughters in the operas of Verdi

A masterful exposition by Aussiegirl. H/T Beverly. … [Read more...]

It’s really petty to resent what a man reads…

And The New Yorker is pettiness defined as it struggles to come to grips with the fact that President Bush is reading Camus - so taken aback are they by the president's climbing gall in reading Camus that they feel they must lecture him about it.Nonetheless, it is hard not to brood, in old-fashioned Kremlinological style, on the meanings of George W. Bush’s syllabus for this particular summer. Where in summers past he has read fiction by Tom Wolfe, or a comprehensive history of salt—both very g … [Read more...]

Ben Stein gives us the bad medicine we need

Yes, it's horrible tasting stuff, this piece by Ben Stein in the NY Times, but it's got to be had, if we're ever going to be a healthy society, again.Now, who’s fighting for us in the fight of our lives? Brave, idealistic Southerners. Hispanics from New Mexico. Rural men and women from upstate New York. Small-town boys and girls from the Midwest. Do the children of the powers on Wall Street resign to go off and fight? Fight for the system that made them rich? Fight for the way of life that m … [Read more...]

Scotland Yard’s Presser on Sky Terror and other links

Hot Air has the video. Seems like all the little martyrdom tapes had been video'd.But it's all just fakery by Bush and Blair, you know.So were these bombs in Germany.Michael Barone looks at enemies foreign and domestic and ends brilliantly, thusly: We have always had our covert enemies, but their numbers were few until the 1960s. But then the elite young men who declined to serve in the military during the Vietnam War set out to write a narrative in which they, rather than those who … [Read more...]

Comments Moderation: My new toy.

Okay, so we're going to try comment moderation for a while, just to see if I like it.So far, I've approved everything, so I'm either not much of a moderator, or you folks are basically the polite types.Maybe both. If you don't see your comment right away, it's just in the line. … [Read more...]

Police Chief Admits Katrina crime “exaggerated…”

NOLA Police Chief Eddie Compass finally talks straight about Katrina. Too little too late."In hindsight, I guess I heightened people's fears by me being the superintendent of police, reporting these things that were reported to me," Mr. Compass said of the unverified accounts of crime and disorder in flooded New Orleans that he repeated to the press and on "The Oprah Winfrey Show.""But there was really no way for me to check definitively. So instead I erred on the side of caution. I didn't … [Read more...]

Operaman sings praises of Giuliani and Jeter

In light my post re-asserting my support for Rudy Giuliani (should he make a WH bid) a reader sent a link to Adam Sandler performing as Operaman at the Concert for America held at Madison Square Garden, after 9/11. I'd forgotten this. We've forgotten lots of things, I think.Also, here is a Reader's Digest account of Rudy walking a bride down the aisle after 9/11. A great story. … [Read more...]

Humorless Prudes go after Tom ‘n Jerry

You know, I don't "hate" anyone, really...but I'm coming close to hating these sorts of humorless prudes:They chase each other at high speed wielding axes and hammers. But the famous cartoon duo of Tom and Jerry are in trouble in Britain for smoking on screen.A channel airing the cartoons has agreed to cut scenes that glamorize smoking after British media regulator Ofcom received a complaint from a viewer who took offence at two episodes. [Emphasis mine]In the first, "Texas Tom," the … [Read more...]

Holding a young mother in prayer

Please take a moment and offer up a prayer for Jeanette's DIL, who is undergoing a treatment which defines the idea that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. … [Read more...]

Anchoress called on to “retract” support for Rudy

I got a very nice email from Nate Nelson, who runs deuteronomy3019 and has recently put together Catholic Rudy Watch. Nate is calling on me both publicly and privately to retract my support for Rudy Giuliani, should hizzoner decide to run for the White House.Well, as I wrote to Nate, I'm not gonna do it. Not right now, anyway!I am never comfortable writing about other bloggers or their blog content unless I can do so in a positive manner. I'm not into "blog-wars" and I'd just as soon … [Read more...]

Guinness – part of the wonder of Creation!

At least I think that's what this ad is saying. (H/T reader Don. … [Read more...]