URLs du Jour


  • Russell Roberts at Cafe Hayek muses on the pictures that don't make it into the New York Times.

  • William Tucker at the American Spectator impressively recounts the long history of the Roger Keith Coleman death penalty case in Virginia. This is the one where very belated DNA testing reaffirmed the guilty verdict; good thing, too, since Coleman was executed back in 1992.

  • La Shawn Barber predicts disparate treatment for remarks made by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in reference to God's predliliction for unleashing misfortune on those who displease Him.
    Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

    Mayor Nagin also said (no, Pun Salad is not making this up) that God wants New Orleans to be mostly black. (Via Ace.)

    Pun Salad is all about color-blindness, so we'll merely repeat the trite comment we made a few days back in reference to Pat Robertson: God save us from those who claim to know the mind and methods of God.

  • Among those using MLK day to take partisan shots: Hillary "Cattle Futures" Clinton at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. Via Michelle (ma belle), we get a choice quote:
    Mrs. Clinton added that the House has been "run like a plantation" under Republicans. "And you know what I am talking about," she said. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary point of view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument."
    Sure, Hillary, that was the problem on the typical plantation. Democratic Congressmen—treated exactly like slaves in Dubya's America!

    The ankle-bitin bulldog is outraged. Arianna is bemused. Pun Salad says: it's just Hill bein' Hill.

  • And have you heard the one about the Nazi history professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University? If not, Inside Higher Ed has the story here and the prof's own story is here. ("Now It Can Be Told: Why I Pretended to be a Neo-Nazi") The concluding paragraph is … well, I have no words:
    In conclusion, if there is any lesson I hope to impart to the historical community, it is that we historians will never grasp history as a felt and sensed discipline without an attempt to live a historical era as the British Romantic Poets lived the joy, and the torment, motivating and rising from their verse.

    Thank goodness I am not a member of the historical community. Wonder if there's any way to grasp system administration as a felt and sensed discipline?

  • Seen in the comment agglomeration for last evening's episode of 24 at Dave Barry's blog:
    Chloe gets more attractive the more people she shoots.
    One of the great things about the Web: often you get a feeling you can't quite put your finger on; just look around, and someone else will have expressed it better than you ever could.

Last Modified 2007-04-18 3:50 PM EDT