Turkey Day Blogging Forecast: Light

22 November 2007 5:26

Happy Thanksgiving, people. It’s a testament to the enduring optimism – and essential good-nature – of the American people that they should schedule (or have scheduled for them) two family… Continue reading

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Huckabees Chuck Norris Ad (Video)

21 November 2007 18:05

Via Garance, here is by far and away the best advertisement of this interminable presidential election campaign: UPDATE: Daniel Larison makes the good point that Huckabee’s two word plan for… Continue reading

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The Experience Primary

21 November 2007 3:13

Probably the strongest experience I have in foreign relations is the fact that I spent four years living overseas when I was a child in southeast Asia. ~Barack Obama I… Continue reading

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19 November 2007 21:04

If Saturday’s events in Glasgow (and Tel Aviv) confirmed anything it was the primacy of international football as a communal sporting experience. Rugby and cricket (my first two loves) have… Continue reading


A Nation Dares to Dream

17 November 2007 5:01

‘Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has aften led, Welcome tae your gory bed, Or tae Victorie! ‘Now’s the day, and now’s the hour: See the front… Continue reading


A pillock on his gap year?

16 November 2007 20:02

Bob Marshall-Andrews, the independent-minded Labour MP for Medway is a Whip’s nightmare. But he’s the sort of stout citizen any parliament worth the name needs more of. Years ago, we… Continue reading

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Markets All Around

16 November 2007 19:28

Union Edition: About 30 people picket in front of a bank in downtown Washington, D.C., wearing big yellow signs that read: "Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters." They shuffle about in… Continue reading


Saddle sore

16 November 2007 2:48

OK, this is obviously extremely odd behaviour. But where’s the crime here? There’s no victim. There’s no lewd or offensive public display. Nothing at all. And yet this poor sod… Continue reading


Alex Salmond’s Southern Helpers

15 November 2007 23:40

Sometimes it is useful to be reminded that the English are often barely more knowledgeable about Scotland than Americans are about Canada.Today’s Guardian piece "Life Without Scotland" is by turns… Continue reading

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Giuliani and Romney: Heroic Warriors and Leaders of Men

15 November 2007 20:36

Mitt Romney was so desperate to serve his country in the late 1960s that rather than go to Vietnam (as he so  very much wanted to) he was compelled to… Continue reading

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Department of Better Sports Writing Please: Tennis Division

15 November 2007 19:27

Sure, Roger Federer has not been quite so magnificent this year as he has been these past three years. Defeats to Canas (twice), Nalbandian (also twice) and Djokovic in Montreal… Continue reading


Not Writing is the new Not Reading

14 November 2007 21:03

Jack Shafer explains why journalists are so keen on writing about the Hollywood wrtiers’ strike and, more to the point, why we all root for the plucky scribblers in this… Continue reading


Correction of the Day

14 November 2007 14:31

Definitely from the Department of Too Good to Check: CORRECTIVE: Paris Hilton Story                                              … Continue reading


How open government really works

14 November 2007 8:17

The Daily Telegraph’s Christopher Hope wanted to know who Gordon Brown has been inviting to dine at Chequers since he became Prime Minister. Not an unreasonable Freedom of Information request… Continue reading


Will no-one rid us of Rupert Murdoch’s super-evil super-genius?

13 November 2007 22:02

Rupert Murdoch reveals his plans to destroy the Wall Street Journal: News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday he intends to make access to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site… Continue reading


Shocking news…

13 November 2007 20:45

The most surprising headline of the day? Step forward the brave sub-editors at The New York Times  who produced this gem: In Interview, Musharraf Defends Rule by Decree Well, fancy… Continue reading


Memo to British readers; if you thought MPs were bad, try members of Congress…

13 November 2007 20:26

To the extent that the United States Congress has abandoned any pretense of honouring the idea of fiscal restraint, it should be said that earmarks – or pork barrel spending… Continue reading


The End of the Days of Unread Copy

13 November 2007 19:52

My pal Mike Crowley’s (good!) New Republic piece on Hillary’s tough press operation is drawing lots of attention from the blogosphere. It’s a reminder that the subject hacks and bloggers… Continue reading

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As America Welcomes Jihadists With Open Arms…

12 November 2007 23:41

Of course, it is too late for Tom Tancredo’s presidential ambitions. And yes, he’s a loon. But still, this advertisement he aired in Iowa repays watching. This sort of thing… Continue reading

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Literary Oneupmanship Cont.

12 November 2007 23:26

In the comments to this post on Bookmanship I’m delighted to see commenter Jim make excellent use of what one would term the Foreign Poet Gambit: Personally I’d swing for… Continue reading


The company he keeps? Oh come off it.

12 November 2007 22:08

Jamie Kirchik seems very upset that some unpleasant people give money to Ron Paul’s campaign and, worse, that people who have some time for Paul aren’t demanding that he hand… Continue reading


King of Spain to Hugo Chavez: Shut up, clown

12 November 2007 17:03

Hugo Chavez is hardly the world’s greatest problem. But Spain’s King Juan Carlos shows how best to deal with this buffoon. Via Foreign Policy and a helpful correspondent, I came… Continue reading


The 42nd’s latest triumph

12 November 2007 16:04

For once the hype proved accurate. Black Watch, which closed its New York run yesterday, is every bit as good as the reviews, advertising and word of mouth had suggested.… Continue reading


At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month

11 November 2007 6:00

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in… Continue reading


Beware the Seed of Chucky!

11 November 2007 5:19

Having just made the mistake of watching Hillary Clinton deliver a stupefyingly dull speech at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa, I knew that Clinton’s mannequin-like delivery reminded me of something…… Continue reading