Question of the Day

27 February 2008 18:23

If it’s fine for Kosovo to declare its independence from Serbia, should it be OK for Montana to secede from the United States of America?


Klansmen for Barack?

27 February 2008 18:11

Mike Crowley has a very droll piece in this week’s TNR on how white supremacists seem a) resigned to a President Obama and b) relatively OK with that. It’s a… Continue reading


What Happened to American Acting*?

26 February 2008 18:46

Quick Oscar** thought: no American actor or actress won an Oscar this year. The four acting awards went to: Tilda Swinton (Scotland), Javier Bardem (Spain) Daniel Day-Lewis (England/Ireland) and Marion… Continue reading


Fidel: Forever In Our Hearts…

26 February 2008 18:12

Commenting on this post about Fidel Castro’s welcome retirement, a reader wrote, quoting part of my argument: "If conservatives – on both sides of the North Atlantic – were too… Continue reading


A Country for Old Men?

26 February 2008 17:54

Looking at Americans’ desire to elect a 72-year old John McCain president, David Harsanyi digs up the story of William Henry Harrison – the President who one may fairly say… Continue reading


Not all roads lead to London

26 February 2008 17:29

Megan notes that there are now more than three million Britons living abroad and argues: I assume this has something to do with the fact that it is very easy… Continue reading



21 February 2008 3:27

Being envious of friends in Washington who are twittering about what would seem to be a rather splendid lunar eclipse tonight I signed up to Twitter. Needless to say I… Continue reading


Obama as William Jennings Bryan?

21 February 2008 2:24

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum publishes an entertaining provocation here: Sen. Barack Obama’s admirers sometimes compare him to John F. Kennedy, sometimes to Ronald Reagan, sometimes to Abraham Lincoln. (That… Continue reading


Canute for President!

21 February 2008 0:35

New Hillary attack! "If speeches could create jobs, we wouldn’t be facing a recession." And as the old saw has it: "If ifs and ans were pots and pans, there’d… Continue reading


Department of Fancy That!

21 February 2008 0:09

Amazing: MI6′s former chief has denied that the intelligence service murdered Diana, Princess of Wales.


Gordon’s Hillary Problem?

20 February 2008 21:42

James Forsyth comes up with an(other) excellent reason for hoping Hillary loses: it will be bad for Gordon Brown. Key point: the British political class are obsessed with the US… Continue reading


Semper Fidelis For Shame

20 February 2008 18:32

I’d actually thought Castro’s retirement would prompt more of this sort of nonsense. I guess we’re still waiting for Seumas Milne to pipe up in The Guardian. Still, the palm… Continue reading

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No Place for Brotherly Love (And Rightly So)

20 February 2008 16:31

Ah Philadelphia, the city where they booed Santa Claus. And, if these lads are anything to go by, also the city where Major League Soccer should put its next team.… Continue reading


The Mills of History Keep Grinding

20 February 2008 13:45

The morning after the night before: a friend emails, noting Obama’s humping great triumph in Joe McCarthy’s old state, Wisconsin and quips: Can you imagine if you were a rabid… Continue reading


Where the Wild Things Roam

20 February 2008 11:34

Another splendid obituary from The Daily Telegraph that offers a splendid view of a rather different, if also gruesome, world than with which most of us are familiar. Funny too,… Continue reading

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Is this Hillary’s “best” shot? Get Me Rewrite…

20 February 2008 0:43

Marc Ambinder has quotes from what the Clinton campaign is billing as a "major contrast" speech she will give in Ohio tonight (I assume this is being leaked in an… Continue reading


If you build it, they will need to come (and lobby)

19 February 2008 23:48

Barack Obama – like John Edwards before him – and, I dare say, the majority of Democrats hates (or pretends to hate lobbyists). To listen to Democrats talk you might… Continue reading


A Great New Year’s Day at Easter Road*

19 February 2008 19:09

The always excellent fitba blog More than Mind Games has a great story about football in the fog here, but it’s not as good as this one, that became the… Continue reading


The View From North Bridge

19 February 2008 17:31

Edinburgh, Friday February 15th, 5.30pm.


Berwick Irridenta!

19 February 2008 13:30

Salmond says it’s game on! ALEX Salmond would start legal moves to bring Berwick back under Scottish control if the town’s residents voted to leave England in a referendum, it… Continue reading

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A Very 21st Century Racket

19 February 2008 11:17

I think this is an advertisement for some kind of high-falutin’ weather forecaster. HEAD OF HORIZON SCANNING CENTRE   The Foresight Programme   London base – Competitive salary The Government… Continue reading


Media Spotlight on Kamloops Blogs? It Ain’t Nothin’ But a Zen Thing

18 February 2008 16:55

So The Chicago Sun-Times is to start running signed editorials. TAPPED’s Dana Goldstein thinks this is a "good move" and wonders why more newspapers don’t do this. I imagine she’s… Continue reading

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Meme time!

16 February 2008 11:48

Blimey. James Poulos has been kind enough to nominate this blog for inclusion in some pantheon of excellence. It’s my duty, apparently, to continue the chain letter of blog love… Continue reading

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Family plugging

15 February 2008 18:11

Should readers be in Edinburgh at any point in the next two weeks, you can pop along to the Dundas Street Gallery where my little sister and two of her… Continue reading


McGuinness’s less than surprising attitude to booze

15 February 2008 13:40

James Forsyth says it is "deeply comic" for Martin McGuiness to complain: “I am not a fan of East-Enders or Coronation Street but my wife and my children, particularly the… Continue reading

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