He’s Also Every Bit As White, Asian, Latino…

10 December 2007 22:25

Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young (who is black) was campaigning for Hillary Clinton today. He seems, however, to have gone off-message: He also joked that author Toni Morrison may have… Continue reading

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O tempora, o mores!

8 December 2007 23:52

More Paddington Bear blogging: Paddington, the bear from Peru, will be arrested and interrogated over his immigration status in a book marking his 50th birthday.Paddington Here and Now, due to… Continue reading


But how can you be sure?

8 December 2007 23:43

Mitt Romney, leader of men, sage of our time: "I believe, of course, that there are thousands of people who are not of faith who are moral." [Hat-tip: Mr Larison,… Continue reading


The Fall of France? (Again?)

8 December 2007 22:11

So, unsurprisingly, Time Magazine’s cover story (international edition) on The Death of French Culture is making waves on the eastern side of the Atlantic (once upon a time, Time might… Continue reading


Comparative advantage: fight writing edition

8 December 2007 18:39

So, the New York Times has not even mentioned tonight’s Hatton-Mayweather fight, far less run a piece on it. Not even in a Sport in Brief column. Doubtless some people… Continue reading


A Blue Moon Over Vegas Tonight

8 December 2007 5:05

No-one seems to know quite how many Britons have flown 7,000 miles to be in Las Vegas this weekend, but most estimates suggest it’s at least 15,000 and possibly as… Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now…

7 December 2007 19:07

Christmas relationships, courtesy of DCist: A Christmas tree lot on Wisconsin Avenue at about 9 p.m.: A busy, attractive, professional, unmarried couple in their early 30s who are clearly still… Continue reading


Nothing Except World Leadership…

7 December 2007 17:44

More Romney, I’m afraid. But this is less about him than it concerns a general American trend. Daniel Larison has already touched on how Romney seems to share Fred Thompson’s… Continue reading


If you only see one documentary this year…

7 December 2007 16:10

Public Service Announcement: the news that the CIA has taken to destroying videotape of its interrogations depresses but does not surprise. It also reminds me that you really ought to… Continue reading


You mean you still like rugby here?

7 December 2007 15:56

Rugby blogging: Warren Gatland has coached in the English premiership, the Super 14 and been Ireland’s coach. And he’s still surprised that people in Wales think being Welsh coach is… Continue reading


D.I.V.O.R.C.E British style.

7 December 2007 15:44

Scotland is already a semi-detached member of the Union and the question, it now seems, is whether the delegation/repatriation of further powers to Holyrood results in a Scotland that is… Continue reading


Changes in Murdochland

7 December 2007 13:47

The BBC’s excellent Nick Robinson speculates that Rupert Murdoch’s decision to hand control of his european interests to his son James is more bad news for Gordon Brown: the man… Continue reading


Religious politicians: kooks or not?

7 December 2007 13:34

Rod Dreher asks: I agree that it was stupid that Romney should have had to have given that speech, but American political culture really left him little choice. As silly… Continue reading


Better than a chaffinch, I suppose

6 December 2007 22:44

Mike Huckabee might not be ready for prime time. Here he is on national security: During the Cold War, we had hawks and doves, but this new war requires us… Continue reading



6 December 2007 22:26

I’m not quite sure why this hasn’t received more attention, but didn’t Mike Huckabee just propose an alliance with Rudy Giuliani to take down Mitt Romney? Seems like it to… Continue reading


You mean Jesus lived here in America?

6 December 2007 20:38

The nice folks at Comedy Central email to say they’ve put a whole bunch of South Park Does Mormonism cartoons online. Just the ticket to entertain you on a cold… Continue reading


What an embarrassment!

6 December 2007 18:35

Mitt’s Mightiest Fan, K-Lo, on the speech: I think a non-talking-head American watching the speech might be embarrassed at the thought that any American might be asked to prove he’s… Continue reading


The liberty to believe anything – so long as you believe

6 December 2007 17:17

No religious test? No of course not. Who would dream that there could  – let alone should – be such a thing? Oh, hang on. Here’s Mark Levin at The… Continue reading


Romney’s Unsurprisingly Terrible Speech

6 December 2007 16:46

Mitt Romney’s "Mormon" speech must have been awful; Chris Matthews loved it. Clearly, I’m not the target audience for this sort of thing so it’s perhaps unsurprising that I found… Continue reading


Is Europe a Country?

6 December 2007 3:41

I’d like to think this is made up. Favourite bit? Hard to say, but "I heard of Turkey" is pretty good. [Via, Larison]


Henry Hyde’s transatlantic problem

5 December 2007 21:02

I meant to comment on the death of Congressman Henry Hyde before now but never got around to it. National Review says: During the height of the impeachment controversy, Rep.… Continue reading

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Comment is free, facts are extremely expensive

5 December 2007 19:56

I agree with Garance that there’s lots of interest in Bill Keller’s Hugo Young lecture. And like her I was struck by this passage: The New York Times has six… Continue reading

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Romney’s Faith-Based Problem

5 December 2007 19:18

What should Mitt Romney say in his impossible-to-live-up-to-the-hype speech in Texas tomorrow? Noah Millman puts some fine words into the governor’s mouth here: “This is the place.” That’s what Brigham… Continue reading


Happy Repeal Day

5 December 2007 17:16

December 5th, 1933, American becomes a better country as the 18th Amendment to the Constitution is repealed and the Prohibition era ends. Now, about that War on Drugs…?


Yanks: Iran Nixes Nukes

3 December 2007 20:18

If true, this is the best news to come out of Washington in a long, long time. Turns out the Iranians may not be nuts after all. Who knew? The… Continue reading