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


Where’s Scotland?

29 September 2008 13:41

Notice what's missing from this Guardian scoop? A third runway at Heathrow airport would be scrapped by a Tory government that would instead build a £20bn TGV-style high speed rail… Continue reading

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Political Advertising 11

29 September 2008 11:14

I wish they still made ads like this one for Gerald Ford in 1976. Check out the jaunty music and the fab 70s kitsch of it all. Not a bad… Continue reading


Pastoral Scene of the Day

27 September 2008 18:38

Well, yesterday actually. Sheep graze under an oak tree at twilight. Looking east towards Selkirk.


Stanislav Petrov Day

27 September 2008 13:34

The Yorkshire Ranter explains why this matters and why we should all be grateful to this Soviet Air Force colonel.


Political Advertising 10

27 September 2008 11:54

The contrast between this jaunty, jolly ad and what we know of Richard Nixon’s character and temperament is quite striking. “Nixon Now”, from 1972, is mesmerising. Amazing stuff.

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Who Won?

27 September 2008 4:50

So who won? And does it matter? Only up to a point. John Kerry won the first of his debates with George W Bush and won it handsomely. That is… Continue reading


McCain vs Obama in Mississippi

27 September 2008 1:36

Well, here we go again campers. And this time it might even matter, though without the presence of Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards… Continue reading


Alan Keyes on Obama and McCain

26 September 2008 23:52

Toby Harnden reminds us that the only man to have debated both Obama and McCain is Mr Loony Tunes himself, Alan Keyes. So what does he think? So what does… Continue reading


Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is Susan Alexander…

26 September 2008 16:33

Amusing comment left on this post that dared to observe that Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric was less than wholly impressive: what do you know. english marxist hates palin.… Continue reading


Gordon Brown is Jimmy Carter

26 September 2008 16:05

Sure, his conference speech tried to meld elements from both the McCain and Obama campaigns, but the Prime Minister's micro-management and control-freakery is more reminiscent of the poor old Georgian… Continue reading

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26 September 2008 15:43

Some additions to the blogroll. So, welcome to: Charles Crawford's Blogoir SNP Tactical Voting Scottish Unionist Ta-Nehisi Coates John Schwenkler The Confabulum Deep Glamour Tom Harris MP


Bailout Politics

26 September 2008 13:57

So, no deal in Washington. NYT account here; WaPo here. Politico's story contains this detail that, unsurprisingly, has been making waves: According to one GOP lawmaker, some House Republicans are… Continue reading


Karl Marx: Blogger

26 September 2008 12:45

Norm has the details, of course: Why do you blog? > To lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society. (1) What has been your best blogging experience?… Continue reading


Political Advertising 9

26 September 2008 9:49

No-one ever accused LBJ of being a soft touch. This ad, “Confessions of a Republican” from 1964 is brutal. And brilliant. Four hideous minutes for Barry Goldwater. Yet it still… Continue reading

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Palin on Afghanistan

25 September 2008 17:55

So, yeah, keeping Sarah Palin away from the press isn’t too stupid a strategy. The second half of her interview with Katie Couric airs tonight. Alas, it’s on foreign policy… Continue reading


“We just wanted to choose a really large number”

25 September 2008 15:05

So, how's the financial rescue plan coming along? Are you inspired with confidence? Not so much… In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury… Continue reading


McCain Behind the Eight Ball

24 September 2008 23:58

John McCain wants to suspend campaigning until Congress has sorted out how to bailout Wall Street. What does this mean? Simple: he's losing and he knows he is.


Political Advertising 8

24 September 2008 18:15

This Michael Dukakis ad from 1988 isn’t exactly subtle or elegant. But it has a certain resonance this week. Of course, that wasn’t enough for Dukakis…


The Fall of the Yankees

24 September 2008 16:21

Ross Douthat has a fine post  – from a Red Sox perspective, no less – on the decline and fall of the New York Yankees. For the first time in… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Cad/Bounder/Rapist?

24 September 2008 15:21

Classy stuff from Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, today. On David Cameron: There is something not quite right about him. He's the kind of man your mother… Continue reading

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Political Advertising 7

24 September 2008 12:44

Verily, Arkansas is a land visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. At least it was according to this Goerge HW Bush ad from 1992:

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