Saturday, 5 April 2008


I leave you this fine evening with a column by Fred Barnes. Since Barnes mentions Joe Wilson, let me get something on the record. From the moment I first heard Wilson, several years ago, I thought he was sleazy. Nothing that has happened since has disconfirmed this judgment.


Here is the start list for tomorrow’s 92d Tour of Flanders. Here is a map. If there is any justice in this world, Leif Hoste of Belgium will win. He finished second three times in the past four years.

“Death by Blogging”

This is hilarious. Do people not understand the term “moderation”?

A Year Ago


Sexual Assault

Change the sex of the parties in this case. Same sentence? Here is Grant Brown’s commentary.

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

In Economic Drama, Bush Is Largely Offstage” (White House Memo, front page, April 3):

Far from being of concern, Americans should be encouraged by the fact that President Bush is “detached from the nation’s economic woes,” given his success in other policy areas.

We should all be glad that he is in Eastern Europe (where most people have enough sense to pay no attention to him) “arguing about who should get into NATO,” rather than trying to fix a catastrophe caused in no small part by the anti-regulatory policies of his and like-minded administrations.

If only he had been similarly detached from foreign policy earlier in his administration, perhaps we would not be mired in Iraq as we are today.

In any event, let us hope that Mr. Bush vigorously pursues this policy of detachment from all areas of policy, foreign and domestic.

Robert S. Lee
Houston, April 3, 2008

Note from KBJ: I’m no doctor (at least of the medical variety), and I don’t even play one on TV, but the letter writer seems to be suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome. I hope he gets help for it.

John Dinwiddy (1939-1990) on Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

Thereafter he was destined for the law. His father hoped that he would rise to the top of the legal profession, and frequently urged upon him the value of ‘pushing’. But although Bentham was called to the Bar in 1769 and was employed to give a few legal opinions, he never pleaded a case in court and soon gave up the idea of practising. He probably felt himself ill-suited to the competitive world of the courts, and he was deeply repelled by the nature of the law to which he would have had to apply himself: he saw the English legal system as an intractable and disordered accumulation of precedents and practices, shot through with technicalities and fictions and incomprehensible to everyone except professional lawyers.

(John Dinwiddy, Bentham, Past Masters, ed. Keith Thomas [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989], 1-2)


You are so unworthy of this song that it’s funny. At 1:43, the Earth slips off its axis.

Addendum: To compound the injustice of giving you something you don’t deserve, I am going to allow you to listen to this song as well (from the same album). Bass-guitar aficionados will love the introduction.


In 1984, my beloved Detroit Tigers started 35-5. This year, on the way to another World Series victory, they have started 0-5. Do you suppose they can reel off 35 consecutive victories?

Addendum: Tampa Bay’s magic number to eliminate the New York Yankees from contention for the American League East Division title is 157.

Addendum 2: Did I mention that the Yankees are in last place? That’s not a lot of bang for the buck.