Saturday, October 29, 2005

This is what I've been saying...

Bush: Effort to Discredit Wilson ‘Superfluous’
by Scott Ott

(2005-10-29) — President Bush today refused to comment directly on the five-count grand jury indictment that led to the resignation of Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby as the vice president’s chief of staff yesterday. However, he said he was concerned about the suggestion that “anyone in my administration wasted valuable time trying to discredit former ambassador Joe Wilson.”

“There’s no sense in making an effort to discredit Joe Wilson,” said Mr. Bush. “It would be superfluous. He’s a self-discrediting machine.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Book Shelf Rating

Today the Corner linked to a National Review piece from 1999 listing their choices for the best non-fiction books of that century. I'm quite surprised to know that I own 7 of these books.

Here is how the panel defined their choices:

We have used a methodology that approaches the scientific. But-certainly beyond, say, the first 40 books-the fact of the books' presence on the list is far more important than their rankings. We offer a comment from a panelist after many of the books; but the panel overall, not the individual quoted, is responsible for the ranking. So, here is our list, for your enjoyment, mortification, and stimulation.

Typically amusing National Review Writing, wouldn't you say? :)

Now 7 out of 100 is probably not a great score...but I'm young and my book buying tastes have not always fallen along the lines of the non-fiction, far reaching, world-changing and extraordinary. (I still have my childhood collection of Baby-sitter Club and Nancy Drew Books). But I would say that 7% is a respectable score, given that I'd never heard of many of the books on the list.

Here are my 7 selections:

The Second World War, Winston S. Churchill

The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Modern Times, Paul Johnson

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Relativity, Relativity, Albert Einstein

Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Richard Phillips Feynman

Just don't ask me how many of them I've read in their entirety :)

This Just In: News from 400 years ago!

Whether or not William Shakespeare actually wrote the writings that bear his name is a debate that has been going on for decades at least...but most probably centuries. I'm guessing there was a William Shakespeare contemporary trying to take credit as Will's plays became more and more popular. But anyway, to the AP, this is all news:

Scholars Argue if Shakespeare Penned Plays
LONDON - Some scholars just won't let Shakespeare be Shakespeare. A small academic industry has developed to prove that William Shakespeare, a provincial lad from Stratford-upon-Avon, could not have written the much-loved plays that bear his name.

Triple Threat

From Fraters Libertas:
Blogs: on the way to becoming as mainstream and annoying as e-mail.
...or at least as annoying as telemarketers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Credit to the Ranger for sending me this headline, saying
Ahh...okay. Possibly the most ridiculous headline of the year

UNICEF Bombs Smurfs to Highlight Plight

I had missed Best of the Web's previously mentions of this first on Monday (using the term "Smurficide") and then on Tuesday saying:
An item yesterday on Unicef's Smurf snuff film stated that Belgians speak Belch. While this is the language of the French-speaking parts of Belgium, large parts of the country speak a variant of Dutch known as Phlegm. We regret the omission.

Today's edition of Best of the Web also has a contender for the "Year's Most Ridiculous Headline":

Outer Space Fish Balls Real Chinese Take-Away

I have no idea.
Even after reading the article I'm convinced some sort of punctuation is missing. Or...something...

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Hidden Story

Or perhaps...the Hiding Story. I certainly didn't know about the a suicide bombing in Oklahoma by a student and that he was seen buying fertilizer and that he tried to buy ammonium nitrate.

Notice anything? I couldn't find this story on any major news websites. WorldNetDaily was the closest to nation-wide news I could find. What's up with this? I watch a lot of cable news. I mean a lot and I had no idea about this until I heard Lileks and Hugh Hewitt mention it tonight.