For God’s Sake STOP APOLOGIZING!

And speaking of racism – it seems that Isaiah Washington was fired for being black, rather than for calling someone a “faggot.” Of course, it’s ridiculous for ABC to fire Washington from Grey’s Anatomy just for calling someone a “faggot.” And of course, it’s totally unfair that they’re firing him despite his obviously sincere attempts…

Sometimes they do get it Way Right

Alright, well, given all the abuse I heaped on the Supreme Court yesterday, I should probably give them kudos for what they did today. The case is Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District(05 US 908) – and it deals a decisive blow to affirmative action. The issue is very simple. Some white…

Incarcerex

In a series of emails with a friend recently, the subject of absinthe came up (again). (No, it wasn’t Mr. Tweedy – who, I have noticed, never posted a followup to his entry on his absinthe purchase of half a year or so ago. I assume this means it wasn’t really to his taste.) Absinthe…

Furatobu Neko

This is a pretty amazing picture of a cat in mid-jump! The author claims it was just lucky – which I suppose it must’ve been; how else would you really get such a shot? But even so, it’s a really good photo – check it out!

Nifong Disbarred

GREAT NEWS!. Mike Nifong, the prosecutor of the infamous Duke Rape Case, has been officially disbarred. Apparently Nifong himself admits that the punishment is “appropriate,” and his defense attorney appears to have taken the tack in his closing statement that Nifong committed “multiple, egregious mistakes,” but “not intentionally.” In other words, the case was open-and-shut.…

Slandering Ron Paul

No good deed goes unpunished. Thanks to Ron Paul shaking up the pre-election season by talking truth to power at the Republican debates, he’s become something of a minor celebrity in the pop commentariat circles. It won’t last, of course. I rate Paul’s chances of actually winning the nomination pretty bleak. And I even have…

The Twilight Zone

I think I’m in The Twilight Zone. Click on the link, and it will take you to the Rotten Tomatoes page for Knocked Up. You will see that it has a 91% freshness rating – and no less than 97% from the so-called “cream of the crop.” ARE YOU BLEEDING KIDDING ME??? I saw it…

The Best Bond

I am frequently annoyed with Roger Ebert – not because he’s consistently bad, but because he’s right often enough for it to be that much more galling when he’s wrong. This is one of those times. It’s a long story how I ended up reading his review for The Living Daylights, so let me just…

Some Thoughts on Cross-Linguistic Reading Comprehension

Something I heard three years ago has come up again in conversation recently – the idea that Japanese speakers read faster than English speakers on account of the writing system. Crash course in Japanese writing (for those who don’t already know). Japanese is really three writing systems smashed into one. Two of them are phonetic…