Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday digest

- Recently, I decided that I really don't like people from Boston, even when I agree with them. Take "The Guy From Boston", an Internet sensation who issues loud, profane, tasteless rants on whatever subject comes to mind. Here he is on global warming. All of the valid points the guy makes are lost because he comes across as just an obnoxious asshole. That said, his discussion on the morning coffee is not to be missed.

- As Canadian authorities are dismissing the possibility of a similar plot to the one hatched to blow up JFK's jet fuel lines from happening in Canada, the best quote in some time comes to us from former Minister of Transport Jean Lapierre, who, concerning the sky-high expense account of the chairman of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (Canada's equivalent of the TSA): "Just because he is charge of finding nailclippers, he thinks he is head of Interpol."

- Robert Kagan makes a good case here for laying the blame for Iraq's current status at the feet not of the Republicans or the Iraqi people, but at al-Qaeda's.

- As Mahmoud Ahmedinejad marks the anniversary of the Ayatollah Khomeini by mouthing off about Israel again, saying "with the help of all the Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near futureā€¦ Anyone who works for God and believes in the power of the people will prevail" - and George W. Bush, who wants to negotiate with these lunatics, is the religious nut? - Vladimir Putin says that if the US takes defensive measures against Iran, he's going to start targetting Europe.

Suspend this guy from the G8 immediately.

- Speaking of religion, fascinating debate going on here between the Hitchens brothers, Christopher and Peter, after Christian Peter reviewed atheist Christopher's recent "God Is Not Great" book. Do you think this would ever happen outside of the West? No way, and that's what makes it great.

However, all is not well in this regard as Carolyn Glick looks at the bigger picture.

- In a continuing trend, some gay activists are taking the online dating service eHarmony to court because it is for men and women only. It's plain to see that this has more to do with the fact that eHarmony is run by evangelical Christians than it does any commitment to pluralism. Frivolity like this doesn't help gay PR, that's for sure.

- Speaking of bad PR, "60 Minutes" bigshot Mike Wallace was there to hug euthanasiast Jack Kevorkian after Dr. Death was released from prison this past week. Far be it from me to question Wallace's professionalism and objectivity, but with such displays in plain view it's not wonder that more and more Americans are seeking out more fair and balanced coverage.

- If you read just one article from this website today, pick this one.


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