Inaccurate Report

Well, they say there’s no accounting for taste, but I think that’s just because the world in general has none. Case in point: Drew Barrymore is People Magazine’s top choice on its annual “100 Most Beautiful People” list. Last year it was Angelina Jolie. No. And No. I’m not saying Drew Barrymore isn’t cute –…

Guess Again!

I suppose it’s only fair to say something about this. The Conservatives are now apparently polling in a dead heat with the Liberals in Canada. This is a pretty dramatic fall from only two weeks ago, when they were inching close to 40% support – a number generally considered the magic threshhold for a majority…

Odd Shirt

Searching on CafePress today for a suitable gun nut shirt, I ran across this odd item. I mean – it says the right stuff, but if I’m not mistaken, that’s Jack Layton‘s picture on the front. Actually, I’m not mistaken – that’s definitely Jack Layton. I mean, I guess it’s not surprising that Canada’s Socialist…

When the Going Gets Tough

This is no doubt one of the stories of the year in the making: Gunman kills 30 at Virginia Tech shooting. It is, the article reports, now the shooting spree with the largest death toll in US history. In addition to the high body count, one thing that stands out about this one is the…

A Pernicious Idea

Love is friendship set on fire. This is apparently from Jeremy Taylor – an Anglican clergyman and author of the 17th century. I first heard it on Northern Exposure, where it was incorrectly attributed to Bruce Lee, of all people; I guess it makes for better TV if it’s a name the audience knows. In…

What are They Waiting for???

Alright, it’s looking like I’m going to have to admit that my earlier analysis of the likelihood of a Canadian election this spring may have been wrong. Technically, I have until May 5 – but check out this story to see what I’m talking about. Earlier, I predicted that whether or not Harper would engineer…

On the Imus Firing

I suppose I should probably weigh in on the Imus controversy while it’s still news. I’ve been meaning to say something about this for a couple of days actually – because of an interesting conversation about it I had on Thursday with one of the other graduate students in the department. She’s the TA for…

It’s a Start

Good news. Apparently there will be an announcement shortly that all charges in the fraudulent Duke Rape Case have been dropped. It’s about bloody time! I would just like to take the opportunity to second this statement from Duke law professor Paul Haagen (reported via Durham in Wonderland) to the effect that merely dropping the…

Fight the Power?

This seems a story worth following. Mike Adams – a criminology professor at UNC-Wilimington and regular columnist for conservative news&views site Townhall.com – is suing UNCW for discrimination. Of course, I only get these stories filtered through his highly entertaining satire. Exposing the leftist bias in academia accounts for roughly 90% of his output (the…

Chlorine is bad for you – EVERYBODY PANIC!

It turns out – and this is a real shocker – that working around chlorine causes respiratory problems. It’s amazing the kinds of totally unexpected things we learn from government-funded research! But alright – to be fair, this is a comment on the media, not the research. Establishing that extended chlorine exposure causes respiratory problems…