Pamela Constable on her parents’ WASP values

Great piece in the Washington Post by one of their correspondents whose Republican parents would have hated what the party has become: it occurred to me that our cerebral and courtly African American president, struggling against the tide of an angry, visceral age, had more in common with this elderly WASP gentleman than did many…

Woman Who Shot at Home Depot Shoplifters Vows to Never Help Anyone Again – The New York Times

Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez of Michigan, who had been a passerby when she noticed the commotion, lost her gun-carrying permit and got 18 months’ probation. The NY Times reports this without comment. This crazy woman shot at people who were suspected of shoplifting. Not murder, not terrorism. Shoplifting. And the lesson she says she's learned is, "I'll…

Yes you can!

Congratulations, America! "Great news":http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/05/uselections2008-barackobama4. Obama's speech was fantastic, and McCain's was very dignified. Unfortunately, there is one piece of bad news: Stephen Fry "tweets":http://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/991361168 that California's Proposition 8 has passed. It outlaws same-sex marriage, and is a "nasty, bigoted piece of work":http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2008/11/a_revolting_proposition.html. I can't find any official news on it at the moment, though, so…

Freedom Tickling

Went to see Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Sunday. He was doing one night in London, with, as it turned out, the executive producer and the head writer of the show. It was good, though it could cynically be seen as an extended advert for their book, America: The Book. The largest part…