The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Friday, February 27

World

Paging Theseus

Would Theseus come to the white courtesy phone please?
"It is ingrained in the Korean psyche that China is the big brother," said Samuel Koo, president of Arirang TV, South Korea's English-language broadcaster. "But Chinese-Korean relations were far from being an unmitigated love affair. We used to ship to them tens of thousands of virgins every year."
Just remember to raise the white sails this time.

(From that font of all wisdom, the New York Times.)

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Thursday, February 26

World

The Spongmonkeys Get An A

Those of you familiar with Joel Veitch's rathergood.com (home to the Viking Kittens and Spode Blode and the Giant Bee) would immediately have recognised the critters in the Quizno's Subs ad as these guys.

They're called spongmonkeys.

I don't know why.

But Ad Report Card on Slate gives them an A.

(My favourite is still the kittens singing Independent Women. "If Destiny's Child were kittens from Northern England, this is what they would sound like.")

(Thanks to Crossbow on the JREF Forums.)

(Oh, and the Wrong Bananas song is good too.)

(Update: Blode and the Giant Bee. Well, it only took me six months to fix that.)

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World

American Politics

As viewed from Australia.

(Via Tim Blair.)

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Thursday, February 19

World

The Very Lost Tribe Of Israel

Australia is an old-new continent. The Europeans issued a false birth certificate for it when the British seafarer Captain James Cook reached it. However, Australia already had the most ancient race of men on the face of the earth - the Aborigine people... They continue to live their primitive lives to this very day.

But when you become acquainted with their traditions among their tribes, you find that they have customs such as circumcision, marriage ceremonies, respect for tribal elders, and burial of the dead - all customs that show that they were connected to ancient Islamic culture before the Europeans set foot in Australia.

You know, it sounds to me more like they are, well, Jewish.

They don't look Jewish.

Grandma, shush!

(Tim Blair < Allah < Jihad Watch < MEMRI. Don't break the chain!)

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Monday, February 16

World

Flying Exploding Pigs

Always good to see my tax dollars at work:

Professor Schpinkee's Greenhouse Calculator.

(Thanks to The Fall of Jericho. Click here if Blogspot's permalinks are, well, Blogspotted.)

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Wednesday, February 11

World

That Other ABC

This, via Instapundit, deserves wider attention:
The press, by and large, does not accept President Bush's justifications for the Iraq war -- in any of its WMD, imminent threat, or evil-doer formulations. It does not understand how educated, sensible people could possibly be wary of multilateral institutions or friendly, sophisticated European allies.

It does not accept the proposition that the Bush tax cuts helped the economy by stimulating summer spending.

It remains fixated on the unemployment rate.

It believes President Bush is "walking a fine line" with regards to the gay marriage issue, choosing between "tolerance" and his "right-wing base."

It still has a hard time understanding how, despite the drumbeat of conservative grass-top complaints about overspending and deficits, President Bush's base remains extremely and loyally devoted to him -- and it looks for every opportunity to find cracks in that base.

Of course, the swirling Joe Wilson and National Guard stories play right to the press's scandal bias -- not to mention the bias towards process stories (grand juries produce ENDLESS process!).

The worldview of the dominant media can be seen in every frame of video and every print word choice that is currently being produced about the presidential race.

That means the President's communications advisers have a choice:

Try to change the storyline and the press' attitude, or try to win this election without changing them.

That's from the website of ABC News.

Unfortunately, it's the American ABC. If the Australian ABC were to open up like this, I'm not sure what Tim Blair would do for material.

Also on ABC News: Anna Kournikova Trades in Tennis Skirt for Hot Bikini.

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Saturday, February 07

World

The Lights Are On, But Nobody's Home

Pollsters asked voters the following question: "Which ONE issue mattered most in deciding how you voted today?" Voters were given six choices: taxes, education, health care/Medicare, the war in Iraq, national security/terrorism, and the economy/jobs.

In four of the five states for which exit polls are available--Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina--Democratic voters placed national security/terrorism at the bottom of the list. Only in tiny Delaware, on the east coast and not far from Ground Zero, did Democrats place more emphasis on the issue--and even then, it was in next-to-last place.

Hellooo! People? September 11? War on Terror? Anyone? Anyone?

(Via Best of the Web)

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Wednesday, February 04

World

Public Service Announcement

Dave Barry's blog has a post up that reads:
ATTENTION, PEOPLE WITH NO CONCEPT WHATSOEVER OF HUMAN DECENCY

Here's a fun art project.

You do not want to click on that link.

When you do not click on that link, you will thank me for this warning.

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Tuesday, February 03

World

Dial-A-President

Via Daniel Drezner, here's another of those Which U.S. Presidential Candidate Are You thingies.

This one is much better constructed than the last, because it didn't give me Howard Dean.

What?

Oh.

1. Lieberman 100%
2. Bush 96%
3. Edwards 91%
4. Kerry 87%
5. Howard "Someone had to come fifth" Dean 80%
6. Kucinich 64%

It's a bit odd to see Kucinich there, but considering the remaining options (Clark and Sharpton) it's hard to argue.

Update: Whoops, Jim found it first.

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