Archive for January 2011

Rupert, you’re doing a heck of a job

Screen capture from the July 27, 2009 edition of The Live Desk on FOX News (via MediaMatters):

Mal à français

In which I don’t quite recall how to count to 100 in French.

Per ardua ad astra

25 years ago today: I was sitting in Mr. Gaito’s physics class at Park Ridge High School when the PA came on and the principal announced that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded. We sat dumbstruck. Mr. Gaito went to his office in the back of the lab, brought out a radio that had been [...]

Canis Lazarus

In which I dream about a dog that comes back to life.

The phantom elite

A.O. Scott, responding to a Neal Gabler essay on “The end of cultural elitism”:

The virtue of Mr. Gabler’s essay is that it gives energetic and eloquent voice to a pervasive ideological fantasy. None of the “commissars” and “imperialists” in his tableau of cultural dictatorship are named, and that is for the simple reason [...]

And this is why we have “filters”

A propensity for gaffes like Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” statement is a sign of either confused thinking or incaution, both of which we really, really need to avoid in our leaders.