Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Turkmenistan stops gas exports to Iran

More bad news for Ahmadinejad.

Becoming Cary Grant

In his blending of the urbane and the rambunctious, he found a way to be true to his own background, which he plainly adored, while reconciling that background to the vision of a suave man-about-town that he had aspired to as a working-class young man. Although Grant’s early Hollywood image seemed a denial of his former self, he kept Leach very much with him after he came into his own: he always spoke matter-of-factly and lovingly of his working-class origins, and he savored playing Cockney characters—see Sylvia Scarlett, Gunga Din, and the uncharacteristically sober None But the Lonely Heart, his most personal film; his references to “Archie Leach,” of course, would be an affectionate running gag in his pictures. The key to his appeal was that, as Kael noted decades ago, his “romantic elegance is wrapped around the resilient, tough core of a mutt, and Americans dream of thoroughbreds while identifying with mutts.”

France cuts off diplomatic relations with the Syria.

I like Sarkozy more and more every day.

David Cameron: I'll tear up the EU treaty even if it has been signed


Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce Her Majesty's next Prime Minister.

Noble or savage?

The era of the hunter-gatherer was not the social and environmental Eden that some suggest.

No kidding.

Sara Jane Moore freed.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sara Jane Moore, who took a shot at President Ford in a 1975 assassination attempt, was released from prison Monday. Moore, 77, had served about 30 years of a life sentence when she was released from the federal prison in Dublin, east of San Francisco, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.

Poor Squeaky Fromme. I guess the whole Charles Manson thing makes her release harder to justify. Just another example of the Man keeping the people down for the "crime" of...well...you know...trying to kill the Man.

Happy New Year!