Friday, August 15, 2008
Jury Finds Pastor Did Not Assault a Flight Attendant
“The incident was not worthy of the time spent to adjudicate it,” said Mr. Labbe, the president of Anglo-Suisse, an oil and gas company. “This lawsuit, in my opinion, should not have been brought.”"
Where’s the Trauma and the Grief?
"These were weird, unnerving interviews, and I don’t pretend to understand what’s going on in the minds of people who have suffered such blows and remained so optimistic. All I can imagine is that the history of this province has given these people a stripped-down, pragmatic mentality: Move on or go crazy. Don’t dwell. Look to the positive. Fix what needs fixing. Work together.
I don’t know if it’s emotionally sustainable or even healthy, but it raises at least one interesting question. When you compare these people to the emotional Sturm und Drang over lesser things on reality TV, you do wonder if we Americans are a nation of whiners."
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"Tobacco is a wondrous plant, capable of relaxing us, stimulating us, and offering a fantastic range of flavors. The times I’ve spent smoking an occasional pipe or cigar are among my favorite memories of the past few years, times of reflection, celebration, and deepening friendship. I wouldn’t give them up for anything. And while I can count on two hands the number of cigarettes I’ve had in my life, I know that cigarette smokers on their furtive breaks outside get their own unique pleasures from the ritual."
Quite a feat: CNN has pulled off the MSM equivalent of describing a spiral staircase without using one's hands. It has managed to produce a segment on "honor killings" and related violence in the UK . . . without using the word "Muslim" or "Islam." CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon introduced the segment this afternoon at 1:37 PM EDT.
CNN Avoids Mentioning Islam in Segment on 'Honor Killings' Newsbusters (hat tip sharptooth)
"If sticking a device on someone's car -- which is a trespass to chattels in tort -- is okay without a warrant, then is it okay if I stick a device on a police car so I can track where the cops are going, and index it against a list of known donut shops? Or would they find something to charge me with? And if the latter, then why doesn't the creativity go both ways?"