Thursday, February 28, 2008


I hear a lot these days about the dumbing down of public discourse, and a general decline in civic involvement. I generally chalk these up to oldsters giving vent to their frustrations over their own lost youth. But the recent death of William F. Buckley, Jr. reminds me that perhaps there is something to those complaints. Buckley's long lived interview program Firing Line was the very model of restrained, intelligent debate. And sadly, I suspect that its like will never be seen again. Watching a FL episode and then viewing the evening's offering of Bill O'Reilley is enough to cause any thinking person to cry tears of blood. Firing Line makes Hannity & Colmes look like The Jerry Springer Show. Or worse.

So take a moment to view this classic debate from 1969 between WFB and Noam Chomsky. Spirited, but never uncivil. May your God love you and keep you, Bill.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

What Madness Is This?

The world has turned upside down, and suddenly nothing makes sense. Only the bitter taste of ashes remains.

All Is Destroyed

Tom Brady, you broke my heart. It lies in pieces, and I fear it may never heal.

Super Bowl Ad in Engrish

How many minutes do you think it'll be before someone posts a protest about the Sales Genie commercial about the pandas who run the furniture store and talk like Charlie Chan? I assume the first one is being written even now (8:34pm ET). Remember when the same thing happened to Abercrombie?

By the way, Giants, you had too many men on the field. Way to use that challenge flag, Coach.

UPDATE: Well, it took until this morning, but someone has registered their (qualified) displeasure here.