Obama-McCain: I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow

8 October 2008 1:57

Shockingly Tom Brokaw has rejected Bill Kristol's internet-submitted question. Typical MSM bias. Fair play to the plucky folks at Fox however, they're doing their best to best to suggest that… Continue reading


McCain-Obama 2. This Time It’s Fraudulent

8 October 2008 1:23

Well, campers, if it's Wednesday you know it's Disappointment Time. Yes, John McCain and Barack Obama are "debating" again tonight. This time in an all-holds barred "town hall" format. Can… Continue reading


The Ottoman Threat

8 October 2008 0:12

Rod uses the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto to give Chesterton an airing. Grand stuff. But Mr Dreher also has this to say: Today is the anniversary of the… Continue reading


The Problem With Non-Americans

7 October 2008 22:31

At Culture11 there's some advice for the candidates before tonight's "debate." It's unlikely much of it will be taken. At her own blog Kerry Howley adds this: I’ll just add… Continue reading

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Sarah Palin* Killed My Laptop

7 October 2008 15:02

Which is why blogging has been non-existent these past few days. However my new MacBook arrived half an hour ago and, all being well, we'll be back up to speed… Continue reading

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Political Advertising 16

5 October 2008 13:36

Divided loyalties? JFK reassures voters in 1960 that they need not fear a Roman Catholic in the Oval Office.


Political Advertising 15

3 October 2008 10:31

An instant classic from 2004 as the Bush campaign returns to a favourite theme, first used, I think, by Nixon in 1972. Note too, whe wussy, hyper-european classical music…

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Biden-Palin: Live! For Real! At Last!

3 October 2008 1:28

Coffee? Check. Cigarettes? Check. Whisky? Check. Optimism? Not so much. But we're live and uninterrupted here as we await the Brouhaha in Missourah, aka the biggest let down in Presidential… Continue reading


Palin on Cheney and Football

3 October 2008 1:04

Will it never end? In fairness, the question "What do you think is the best and worst thing Dick Cheney has done as Vice-President?" isn't altogether fair. That is to… Continue reading


McCain gives up on Michigan?

2 October 2008 19:34

Politico's Jonathan Martin has a telling scoop: John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the… Continue reading

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Biden vs Palin: The Debate for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared…

2 October 2008 16:57

You know what anticipation breeds, campers? That's right, disappointment. Steel yourselves for a let-down. It's almost inconceivable that tonight's Brouhaha in Missourah can meet expectations. We're not expecting a "debate"… Continue reading


UN Report Makes Sense: Can it Actually Exist?

2 October 2008 14:06

Well, this is common-sense. So, obviously, don't expect it to have an impact. A report on cannabis prepared for next year's UN drug policy review will suggest that a "regulated… Continue reading


The Littlejohn Vote

2 October 2008 13:38

As expected, David Cameron's speech has been well received. In the Telegraph, Iain Martin says this was the moment Cameron "came out as a Conservative".  Indeed so. But amidst the… Continue reading


Political Advertising 14

2 October 2008 11:46

“In your heart, you know he’s right…” was a slogan that more or less conceded defeat. Also: the America of riots, swindles and general moral depravity, looks a lot more… Continue reading


Couric vs Palin

2 October 2008 0:03

The slow drip torture is, as you would expect it to be, agonising. But here's the latest from Katie Couric's destruction of poor Sarah Palin. You can see why CBS… Continue reading


The Boy Dave Done Good

2 October 2008 0:02

It's just like old times, ain't it? The Sun wading in behind the Tory leader. The paper's leader today has a headline Tory HQ would have written themselves: He's Ready.… Continue reading


Change We Can Believe In?

1 October 2008 20:09

Ben Brogan suspects the financial crisis is an advantage for Gordon Brown. Perhaps it is. In the short-term. Make that in the very short-term. But in the medium to long-term… Continue reading


Political Advertising 13

1 October 2008 15:18

Dedication. Humanity. Good Sense. Fine virtues all. But enough to win an election? Jimmy Carter hopes so in 1980. But, dash it, there’s something a little forlorn about this ad:

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Quote for the Day

1 October 2008 14:55

Comes from that wise bird, Tyler Cowen: 11. If someone is pushing conclusions and not identifying the potential weak points in his or her arguments, be suspicious.  Also beware of… Continue reading


Winning and Losing in Afghanistan

1 October 2008 13:33

A rather interesting development in Kabul. The French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaînė (France's Private Eye) claims that the British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, has told the French… Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass

1 October 2008 11:42

Away from the markets and in advance of tomorrow’s Vice-Presidential debate, you might enjoy this: Cruel, but fair.

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The Bailout & I

30 September 2008 13:18

I really don't know enough to tell whether it was a good thing that the bailout plan failed yesterday or not. Mebbes aye, mebbes naw as a great man was… Continue reading


Political Advertising 12

30 September 2008 11:26

This time we’re going back to 1956 and this short, but to the point, Adlai Stevenson advert. More than anything else, it reminds one of how long Richard Nixon was… Continue reading

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When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

30 September 2008 0:16

Radley Balko is right. If this story isn't the sort of cheery goodness you've been craving in these troubling, turbulent times then, well, what the hell's wrong with you? It's… Continue reading


Hobnobs for All

29 September 2008 15:08

Via, Mr Eugenides, I see that, despite what you may think, it's not all doom and gloom. Just occasionally good and wholesome news slips through the clouds, spreading sweetness and… Continue reading