Casual Friday: the “I’m too tired to expound on it” weekend link dump

posted at 8:32 pm on May 5, 2006 by Allahpundit

Friday evening is what the “ul” tag was designed for, my friends.

First, domestic stuff:

  • Ours being a vidblog, I’m compelled to link here first. Gerard, who reads Hot Air for the articles, will find many of the channel offerings “intellectually stimulating.” Meanwhile, Jeff Percifield reveals that our operation is more high-tech than you ever dared dream.
  • The perennial, and perennially stupid, “our children can’t find ____ on a map” story. Consider yourselves lucky.
  • Election-year wankery from the GOP with a few complicit Democrats thrown in. Here’s a quote worth chiseling on the base of a statue, eh?

    “There are limits on speech, and the balance is tipped in my mind that so many people are so grossly offended by the burning of the flag,” said Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, who heads the Judiciary Committee.

    Some of you will give me crap for taking that position, but let it be noted that the Supreme Court has twice upheld the right of citizens to burn the flag on First Amendment grounds, and in both cases the deciding vote was cast by none other than….

  • Speaking of constitutional amendments, Baseball Crank spots a trend.
  • And here’s something to ask Ray McGovern about the next time he’s on Meet the Press or wherever.
  • As close as you’ll ever get.

Singularity stuff, in order of impressiveness:

All wonderful, and yet … there’s always a way around.

International stuff:

  • Thanks to Robert Mugabe, toilet paper in Zimbabwe now costs $145,000 a roll.
  • The mullahs continue to run Iran exactly the way leftists believe Christians run the American south.
  • Read this and try not to think of Danny Pearl or Nick Berg.
  • Condi Rice writes “K.I.T.T.” in now ex-foreign secretary Jack Straw’s yearbook.
  • Wenyi Wang: not ready for primetime dinner time.
  • Robert Fisk’s newspaper gets a new editor, one who instantly raises its journalistic credibility.
  • Ars longggggggggga, vita brevis.

And finally — don’t drink too much on Saturday night.

Have a good one.


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To people who want to make flag burning illegal, I ask the following question:

Which is more important: our freedom, or a symbol that represents our freedom?

I find both groups rather hypocritical. Flag burners, because they’re burning the flag of a country that is so free, it lets them burn its flag; anti-flag-burners, because they act out of love of this country, but are doing something (suppression of speech) that is antithetical to this country’s values.

Mark Jaquith on May 5, 2006 at 9:20 PM

Is it OK for regular readers to use your Weekend Link Dump as sort of an open post? (Maybe I can start a tradition, or maybe I’ll get slapped down. I’ll risk it once)

A non-blogging friend of mine — Viet Nam vet, serious student of Russian and Mideastern History — sent me a "Cinco de Mayo gift" consisting of an excellent two-part essay on the illegal aliens situation. He, and I, are well to the right of center on the issue but I think there’s a significant portion of the population that would agree with everything he wrote. I think a lot of your readers might find A "Cinco de Mayo gift" from Rurik worth reading. Follow the links in the first paragraph before reading the rest of the post.

bdfaith on May 5, 2006 at 9:41 PM

That Saturday night drink gives a new meaning to bottoms up.

rockdalian on May 5, 2006 at 11:29 PM

I’m too tired to comment on your post, Allah. That thing with the American kids not being able to find Iraq versus the Australian med school students not being able to find a liver was pretty funny, though. Totally ripped the joke off when I reposted on a forum I go to. Mwahaha, plagiarism.

Savage on May 6, 2006 at 3:56 AM