Saturday, May 21, 2005


I've been looking for a phrase to describe The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while avoilding the words 'disappointingly' and 'uninspired', or making reference to the ego it was clearly intended to indulge instead of rendering the story. I think I've got it:

You had some of the most brilliant material ever written to work with, you jackasses.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Times, they are a-changin'

The New York Times revealed its sharply conservative slant yesterday when it unveiled TimesSelect, a bold new strategy to effectively restrict its op-ed readership to people with some sort of job. While the economic barrier is anticipated to help stem an embarassing tide of demogoguery from the Times' pages, reducing readership alone may not be sufficient. There is also speculation that the move may be integrated with a strategy by noted economist Paul Krugman to lead this member of a shrinking industry into greater revenues, using the same theory applied by enacting price controls and tax increases to move a nation out of recession.

With talking points now priced at $50 a year, bloggers can expect swelling hit rates as they become the choke point for free access to the opinions of such op-ed giants as Bob Herbert and Frank Rich. Olliver Willis may be laying prone in a euphoric stupor, uncognizant of the seeping dark region on his pants. NPR chairman Jon Schwartz could issue a statement some time this week calling on government to recognize its obligation to eliminate the impending "opinion defecit" by delivering an increase in responsible, taxpayer-sponsored indoctrination.

Media experts anticipate that the supply gap may be filled by the Washington Post's Tina Brown, and international media such as the Guardian, Le Monde, and al-Jazeera. Some hope that a Maureen Dowd journal may soon appear at Daily Kos to ease the transition. The full impact of this move may not be fully realized until late 2008.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

When was nudity ever the answer?

Via E-nough! (with a hat tip to Pave France) -

A man stripped in the French Senate, revealing the word "non" written on his chest, a show of opposition Thursday to the European Union constitution.

The man was unharmed after jumping several feet from the public gallery onto the Senate floor, officials at the upper house of parliament said. He was carried away, waving his fists, by security. He was wearing white sneakers and what appeared to be a G-string, but otherwise was naked.

Senate officials said he told police he was protesting the "dictatorship" of the "yes" camp in the heated campaign on the constitution, which will be voted on in a referendum on May 29.

The man's protest, shown live on parliamentary television, provoked scattered laughs in the Senate chamber, where senators were holding a regular question session with government officials.

Let's all strip for peace the environment breast cancer tofu bong hits fear of personal accountability and liberalized markets! Because when people have opinions differing from yours, it's, like, so oppressive, homme.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Also werse then Hitler?

Fast on the heels of the announcement of the general election, the BBCBS news uncovers this shocking document.