Via Dark Roasted Blend, a splendid collection of color photographs taken in the 1930s:
January 31, 2007
January 30, 2007
Hurry and watch this before it’s taken down: The Beatles Rootop Concert.
Here’s part one (there are three in all):
January 29, 2007
January 26, 2007
This clipped from an email form “response from Senator Casey” after I wrote to him to via email to ask that he vote to investigate the NSA spying program:
If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to frequently visit my web site, http://www.casey.senate.gov. In the months ahead, I will continue to develop the site in order to allow you to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington.
Bob, I am reading your message on the fucking internet. I understand your not being able to address my specific request, since I am sure you get tons of these “emails” and I wrote about something very particular — but if I wrote you an email, and am reading your response to said email, I clearly have access to the Internet.
I don’t mind receiving a form response, since I sent you a form request. But can you please have someone in your office double-check on simple things like this?
January 24, 2007
In the Chronicle, Texas professor Robert Solomon defends existentialism from its critics and those who misunderstand its premise:
Only a few weeks ago I heard a radio commentator declare that the “nothing really matters” lyric from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was truly “existential.” And I still hear pundits and some of my university colleagues decry existentialism as the source of our nihilistic gloom, the reason why our students don’t vote and why they experiment with dangerous drugs. I listen to such comments with a mix of amusement and horror because I like existentialism and I think that existentialism, not pessimism, is what America needs right now.
On ‘Just World News’ you can read an English translation of a recent interview with Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s newest number one bad guy, which was published in the Italian paper La Repubblica. It’s short, intense, and fascinating.
A few clips:
[Q3] Do you mean you are going to disarm?
[A3] The Qur’án forbids killing in the month of Muharram [21 January through 18 February 2007]. So they’ll do all the killing then. There is no better time for a true believer to die, Paradise is guaranteed. But God is merciful, we are not all going to die. After Muharram, we’ll see.
[Q8] If you were not there yourself [at Saddam’s execution], do you deny that there were a lot of your men in that room?
[A8] No, they were not my men. They were people paid to discredit me. To make me look like the person really responsible for that hanging. Listen to the audio again, the proof is that in reciting my prayer they left out some basic passages. Stuff that not even a child in Sadr City would ever have done. The object was to make Muqtadá look like the real enemy of the Sunnis. And they’re getting away with it. At a time when I have been received with full honours in Saudi Arabia! But suddenly after that show under the scaffold, my spokesman al-Zarqání, who was on the pilgrimage to Mecca, has been arrested. A subtle way to let me know that I am no longer on their list of friends.
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Geoffrey Chaucer identifies the “VII liberal arts of blogging”:
I. angrye commentes that run for pages
II. lengthie monologue advocatinge my political posicioun
III. bringing nazis yn to an argument
V. quizzes and surveys
VI. makynge avatars
VII. poosting pictures
Brought to my attention by Classical Bookworm.