Glen Schraft: “On weekends, I like to sit out on my porch in my wicker chair with my bifocals and my subscription copy of The Economist. Then, when I go to a professor's wine-and-cheese party later that night, I can casually mention all the fancy stuff I read about NASA and Venezuela and Gen. Pervez Musharraf in my fancy magazine and impress everybody.”
Bruce Feirstein: “Terrorized by strong women? I think not. We grew up with them.”
Much to like about the retort to the Maureen Dowd article (linked here). Including profanities (they appeared, uncensored, in the shortened National Post version I read): “I suspect it’s that there’s a larger, darker, unspoken force in play. And naturally, there’s a Hollywood vulgarism to describe it: Women fuck up. Men fuck anything.” And how he speaks for the "loyal opposition" and uses the word "obstreperous", and the somewhat confessional nature of the following quote:
My favorite experience here concerns a woman known for her wit and power mating. One snowy New Year’s Eve, I found myself sitting across from her in a nightclub. And at 3 in the morning—fueled by who-knows-what substances—I turned to her best friend and said, 'You know … Denise really is kind of cute.' (O.K., in broad daylight, it’s a lame line—I admit it.) Upon hearing this, however, the best friend—a woman who had introduced the two of us—seemed to become instantly sober and stern. 'Don’t even think about it," she said. I thought she was kidding. "Why not?' I smiled. The answer was swift and demeaning: 'Because you’re nobody.'"
And of course: “"I always thought that tough, smart, accomplished women were sexy."” Amen, brother. Amen
"Let's make sure boys get to university" by Stephen T. Easton
Since, according to the study by Dr. Easton, female students outnumber male students 120 to 100, "[t]his may be a boon for the social lives of the young men". Ha! I must have been the exception to the rule.
Anne Applebaum: “Don't overlook the fact that the Trotskyites got 11 percent of the vote in last weekend's presidential poll as well: Above all, this election was a protest against the blandness, the interchangeability, and the suspected corruption of the two centrist parties.”
Going through a growing backlog of China News Digest emails, I found this short article by Dong Liu. Chinese support for the Palestinians probably shouldn't have come as much a surprise as it did when I read it. Looking through the online databases (which I have access to for only so long), there's not much scholarly work done on China-PLO relations.
Aerial Photographs of Jenin from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Not an unbiased source, but looks like Jenin wasn't levelled after all. To see some fodder for conspiracy theorists, look at the copyright notice at the bottom.
George F. Will: “Although there is drilling for oil and gas in 29 wildlife refuges, the most fiercely contested question about the energy bill was about drilling on one-hundredth of 1 percent of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is described, by people more passionately devoted to preserving it than visiting it, as "pristine." Yes, and the moon's surface is pristine.
Christopher Hitchens: “A close reading of the increasingly voluminous revisionist literature discloses many further examples of events that one thinks cannot really be true, or cannot be true if the quasi-official or consecrated narrative is to remain regnant. Against which nation was the first British naval attack directed?