Angels & Demons

I read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons several years ago.  I liked some of the puzzles, and the mystery and suspense were gripping enough, but at the end of the day Brown’s prose makes Stephen King look like Oscar Wilde.  If I want a good page-turner I’ll pick up a Grisham novel.  Even so, after…

Quote of the Day

To James Poulos: Having Terry [McAuliffe] around is like having the Geico gecko’s uncharismatic loan shark cousin around, and the Macker knows it. Speaking of the Geico Gecko, if you haven’t seen the Geckham (Geico + Beckham) mash, you ought to.  If just for the weird creepiness factor.

the disposition

Reihan quotes Jeffrey Toobin: In every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff.

Saturday Juke Joint

Back by popular demand positive comments from Dave and Will and the fact that with Scott gone we forget to do the Jukebox last night, the juke joint returns. Today’s featured artist is (early) Steve Winwood.  Perhaps the most soulful of the blue-eyed souled crowd.  Here’s his Wiki. He was a child prodigy–on multiple instruments. …

I was a teenage border patrol agent

This is, without a doubt, the creepiest thing you will read all week: The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks…

Transatlanticism

Via Reason, here’s an interesting article on Europe and the United States’ cultural and political commonalities. Worth keeping in mind amid all the talk of “Euro-socialism” and “Islamification.”

Quote of the Day

Goes to Mr. Coates: But the whole game is based on a deep ignorance, and arrogance–an inability to confess how little they know about race. It really is the twisted vestiges of segregation that allow Obama to stand up in front of a bunch of black Democrats, and say something as banal and qualified as…

The Pakistan is on the Brink Meme

Unfortunately the Obama administration has been falling for this one, putting pressure on the weak civilian government to initiate a massive heavy campaign in the Swat valley, leaving up to a million and a half (you read that correctly) refugees. One of the chief counsels on this topic to the administration comes from Bruce Riedel…

You lost me there.

So I’m pretty excited about tonight’s season finale of Lost. I’ve been watching steadily since the last part of the third season, and now we’re at the end of the fifth season, with one more to go. For those of you who have gotten behind, I’ll avoid spoilers in this post; for those of you…

He Doesn’t Look a Thing Like Jesus

Quoting a cheesy Killers song would seem to be the only appropriate response to Geert Wilders, whose messiah complex has led him to formulate this marvelously incoherent set of principles for “saving” the West: 1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism…

personal computing

It really seems like the rise of the pocket computer is upon us. In many ways, the iPhone was first past the pole, but it is being joined by ever-more feature laden Blackberries, the upcoming Palm Pre, various portable media players with similar feature sets to these smart phones, etc. Additionally, the rise of the…