With the tenth anniversary of my U.S. citizenship coming up (on a most auspicious date), I’ve decided I don’t know half as much as I ought about the American Civil War. I’m looking at this ...
The widow of Erich Honecker, last ruler of Communist East Germany, has been talking to the press. She has no regrets.
“For me the GDR was my life,” she said in the German ARD television documentary. “It’...
I’ve said what I wanted to say about the Dharun Ravi trial: a trivial instance of student misbehavior raised to the level of Grand Opera just because the offended party was a homosexual. In a sane country the whole ...
A puzzled reader: “getting his collar felt”? What’s that?
Me: It’s the Queen’s English, innit? How do you express the idea of the peelers taking a bloke down to the bridewell for a spot of &...
The White Tweeterâ€™s Burden
Amusing to read about the Kony 2012 guy getting his collar felt by the San Diego PD on Thursday. We here at Radio Derb very much hope that his derangement (“in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming . . . masturbating ...
Thanks, J.J. — and thanks for the Hillsdale invite, it was great fun.
I mis-spoke when talking to the Collegian reporter, though.
I wouldn’t go as far as Bob Bartley, and say “betrayal” of conservatism.
I meant of ...
A pal currently resident in The Friendly Giant to Our North alerts me to this, from the Ottawa Citizen:
The law that anyone born in Canada is automatically Canadian is an “outdated” relic from a time when immigrants arrived on ...
You Should Be Paying For Our Sex Lives
This beats all. HotAir reports:
At a hearing of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee yesterday, a single witness — Georgetown law student and “reproductive rights activist” Sandra Fluke — told sympathetic policy-makers that the administration’s so-called contraception ...
Re: Travesty in New Jersey
Tom over at Radio Free New Jersey gives some local political background to the Dharun Ravi prosecution.
Government in Middlesex country doesn’t belong to the people there. It hasn’t for a long time — maybe ever. It ...
A couple of notable scientific anniversaries this year:
The Michelson-Morley experiment, the decisive one, was conducted in the spring and summer of 1887, just 125 years ago this year. By any reckoning one of the most important scientific results ever (and replicated ...
This morning the trial of Dharun Ravi opened at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, N.J. I fumed about the case last weekend on Radio Derb:
Next Tuesday the trial of 19-year-old Dharun Ravi opens. . . . If found guilty, ...
Re: You Know Whatâ€™s Wrong with This Country?
William Cobbett, who I believe coined the useful expression “tax-eaters” for those who live parasitically on the political system, also coined an expression for the London of his time (which, though it contained a big cohort of ...
The Winter 2011–12 issue of Claremont Review of Books is now in the mail, and the table of contents is up on their website.
The issue includes my portmanteau review of Andrew Ferguson’s Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash ...
I keep trying to resist the thought, but the thought keeps pushing its way back in: The Western world has sunk into madness. There are no solutions to anything. The talk of our politicians is the babbling of fools, but ...
Darn it, I guess Mitt Romney’s “not concerned about the very poor” remark has lost us the bleeding-heart liberal vote.
Oh, wait . . .
EEEEK! A citizen asks our president The Abominable Question:
My husband has an engineering degree with over ten years of experience, and he was laid off over three years ago and has yet to find a permanent job in his ...
I shall be appearing on GBTV tonight as a guest of Brian Sack on the B.S. of A. comedy show.
I have no confidence in my ability to be funny. Like Malcolm Muggeridge, I find that life is intrinsically ...
Re: Gingrich Clueless on Immigration
You got that right, Mark. Gingrich was in fact the mystery politician with whom I had this encounter two years ago.
They are clueless about immigration because they can be. As I noted in that piece:
With even illegal immigration ...
Having done one math post, I may as well add that the solution to my December diary Math Corner is here.
We naturally obsess over the problems of our own country, forgetting what a darn nice place it is, what great resources the U.S.A. possesses, how attractive it is to people elsewhere, and how lucky we are to be ...
The indispensable Radio Free New Jersey has posted a neat video clip of a 30-storey hotel in China being built, start to finish, in just 15 days.
Having had a recent negative experience with Made in China products, I’d like ...
If, at this point, you’re sick of all the electioneering, conservative blogger Ziel over at Your Lying Eyes has a suggestion that is at least original.
Suppose a new kind of Republican candidate bargained with Democrats — offering a ...
This Is Ron Paul on Drugs
Ron Paul said the following thing in Saturday’s debate:
But, also, I’m the only one up here and the only one in the Democratic Party that understands true racism in this country is in the judicial system. And ...
In a sidebar to the fuss about what Rick Santorum did or did not say about black people who are welfare-dependent, I just looked up the TANF tables to see what Iowa usage looks like. The prompt here was some ...
Several readers have sent me a link to this Jonah Lehrer article in Wired, presumably in hopes of tempering my too-ardent zeal for scientific inquiry. (Though perhaps, more charitably, because I mentioned a personal encounter with Jonah in my November ...
Is this time of year now established as Blubbing Speaker Season? Newt Gingrich turned on the waterworks Friday:
But I identify my mother with being happy, loving life, having a sense of joy in her friends, but … late in ...
How to Drink, Drive, and Skate
My rant about illegal-alien drunk drivers on last week’s Radio Derb drew this from a California fan, which I think almost rises to the level of a public-service announcement. It is at any rate very informative. Reproduced with permission (...
Under the influence I guess I should apologize for not having made much of a showing in the Corner recently. Nor, for the eagle-eyed crew who pick through our print magazine’s The Week section guessing which editor contributed ...
Following my mention of Charles Whitman on Radio Derb last week (in connection with the Afghan berserker), a pal reminds me of this little gem, which if memory serves won the 1966 Country Music Good Taste Award.
There was a rumor
I have been getting expressions of concern from kind readers. This is very touching; I offer sincere thanks to all, and I think I am up to date on individual e-mails. There is really no great cause for alarm, though. ...
My apologies: Radio Derb is running late this week. We’ll try to have the broadcast up this evening.
Hillsdale College Sticks By Rush
I’m just packing up for the plane home after three days at Hillsdale College here in Michigan. I’ve had a simply marvelous time as a guest of the college, met some old friends, and made some new ones.
Radio Derb endorsed Michael Prokhorov for the Russian presidency last week.
Odds are we’ll be looking at a Putin victory on Sunday. In the unlikely event he doesn’t break 50 percent, there’ll be a runoff with the number ...
Nothing happened February was one of those months when nothing much happened, and when what did happen was in news zones of zero interest to me.
For a guy whose first daily encounter with the news is the morning delivery ...
Are There Ruling Classes?
Charles Murray’s new book has been generating a lot of commentary. Some of the best has come from Britain: not very surprising, since the book’s subject is class, which the Brits have been obsessing about since the days ...
Darkness in New Jersey (cont.)
Old Soviet joke:
Two prisoners are talking in the cattle-wagon headed to Siberia.
Prisoner 1: What’s your sentence?
Prisoner 2: Twenty-five years.
Prisoner 1: What did you do to get twenty-five years?
Prisoner 2: Nothing!
Prisoner 1: You’re lying! You expect me to ...
Low-SES folk used to get married and stay married. Philip Larkin wrote a poem about it 50 years ago – one of his best.
For Your Reading Pleasure
I have made my first venture into eBook publishing, re-casting as an eBook my 2001 novel about China, Tibet, Wall Street, Italian Opera, showbiz, politics, art, fate, and prime numbers.
If you have a Kindle you can now download Fire from ...
I see the coverage is giving good press to garbage collectors today,Jonah here and Mark K. here.
Before Corner readers run off to City Hall to get on the waiting list for jobs in garbage collection, permit me to ...
The Great 9/11 Memorial Moneydoggle
A fine sturdy editorial in America’s Newspaper of Record this morning.
The topic is the Ground Zero memorial in New York City, on the site where the World Trade Center stood. I’ll declare myself up front here: I ...
How smart we are! All right, I’ll admit it, I do read comment threads on well-managed sites I’m not contributing to. The London Daily Mail, for instance.
On January 29 the Mail ran a story about the ...
A reader writes in response to the Reminiscence of the Year in my December Diary:
Regarding your “just a little prick” comment:
I am an anesthesiologist. One of the anesthetists I work with, just before placing a spinal ...
Sorry to be late with SOTU commentary, but I haven’t seen anyone pick up on this particular point.
The President said the following thing: “I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until ...
Apparently I don’t even have a bubble.
Anyone know where I can get one?
How Thick Is Your Bubble?GuestScore Â» 15 out of 20 (75% ) Result
On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies ...
Of my very considerable number of pro-Newt emails, this one sticks in the mind somehow. Persuasive? You be the judge. (Writer’s name reproduced by permission.)
I have to admit, part of me just can’t help but like ...
A reader who prefers to be known** only by initials NS:
Despite my reservations about Mitt, he appears to be the most likely GOP presidential candidate for 2012. I frankly, would have preferred Michele Bachmann to him.
However, Bachmann running ...
A reader, following my yesterday post about Jon Stewart’s having mentioned the Kraken:
JD — Have enough people emailed you about the Kraken in the Pirates of The Caribbean movies to make this email superfluous?
Yeah, I’ve been ...
Interesting to hear Jon Stewart, in that clip Avik Roy posted, refer to the Kraken.
I wonder how many people got the reference? It’s Tennyson, who is today as deeply unfashionable as it’s possible for a poet of ...
Words I Never Thought I'd Write
I have been featured in Isvestia.
Back in the U.S.S.R., Pravda (the word means “truth”) and Izvestia (“news”) were the two main organs of state propaganda. The Cold War quip was: “There’s nothing true in Pravda ...
I’m still puzzling over the fact that I, the least religious contributor on NRO (okay, I’ll arm-wrestle ya for it, Andrew) offered the least enthusiastic of all the obituary posts for the late über-atheist Christopher Hitchens.
At last, ...
Global-warming-hysteria hysteria. In our 2012 predictions symposium, under the heading “Things that will get worse in 2012,” I included “the weather.” This prompted some e-mailers to wonder whether this particular prediction was inspired by what one of them ...