Daily Archives: June 27, 2002

The Who Bassist John Entwistle Dies (washingtonpos…

The Who Bassist John Entwistle Dies (washingtonpost.com)

Oh, man… I’ve been listening to a lot of Who recently. They were about to go on tour; I would guess that’s not going to happen. VH1 Classic was running some interviews (mostly with Daltey and Townshend, naturally) and he looked fine.

The Pundit is the lowest form of humor. PUN DIT…

The Pundit is the lowest form of humor.

PUN DITZ

ISNTAPUNDIT IS JEALOUS

Still striding the fine line, tall and proud…

Actually, when I was starting this thing, my runner-up name was “McPundit”, and if anyone likes that feel free to steal it. But I decided to go with “War Liberal” instead. Oh, and Laurence, you forgot “Hokiepundit” and “Expatpundit“.

BBC News | AFRICA | Nigeria Muslims oppose polio v…

BBC News | AFRICA | Nigeria Muslims oppose polio vaccination

Nigerian Imams oppose polio vaccinations. Out of health concern, they say. Hey, if this sort of thing catches on in other Muslim countries, a whole lot of our problems will go away.

Warning: Includes a “scholar” who trots out the dead Iraqi Babies canard and seems to have forgotten that the West did in fact intervene in Bosnia.

BBC News | HEALTH | Clean children link to asthma …

BBC News | HEALTH | Clean children link to asthma

Babies who are washed every day have a greater risk of eczema as well. In other words, let your kid go dirty every so often, it’s good for them. I doubt this will catch on.

Covert video shows badgers infiltrating cowsheds …

Covert video shows badgers infiltrating cowsheds

Sounds like Fox’s latest reality program needs a bit of work…

Actually, it turns out that English badgers break into cowsheds to steal food and water, and while they’re there they pass on tuberculosis to the cows. As for how they pass it on, don’t ask.

The Nando Times: Alabama prison punishment declare…

The Nando Times: Alabama prison punishment declared unconstitutional

When the Supremes weren’t busy gutting the separation of Church and state, they were saying Alabama’s policy of torturing prisoners who misbehave on chain gangs was so obviously unconstitutional that prisoners can sue. However, even Alabama no longer chains people to hitching posts with no food or water in the middle of summer. (How many states even have chain gangs anymore?) The policy was championed by former governor Fob James, who doesn’t believe in evolution and is exactly the sort of person who would be named “Fob”.

The vote was 6-3. Guess how it broke down.

Fun With Referrer Logs "Uh, you think she’s rea…

Fun With Referrer Logs

“Uh, you think she’s ready to date again, or what?”

Peculiar partners Israeli-Pakistani pairing focu…

Peculiar partners

Israeli-Pakistani pairing focuses on playing, not politics

A couple of pro tennis players and old acquaintances — Amir Hadad of Israel and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan — found themselves at loose ends after washing out of a Wimbledon singles qualifier. So they teamed up in doubles, apparently just for the heck of it — and made the field. They won their first round match.

News: Windows Media Player hole called severe I…

News: Windows Media Player hole called severe

It’s reaching the stage where it’s a story if Microsoft launches a product that doesn’t have a major security hole.

Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) B…

Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) By David Plotz and David Wild

I’m with Wild on this one, I like Hall and Oates. But then, I’m a huge wuss.

When David Tepper was putting together his list of albums for the eighties, I was thinking what we really needed was something like the Rhino collection being discussed here. Like most Rhino collections, it’s a bunch of “one hit-wonders and also-rans”, but while the eighties had their share of stars (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Springsteen, Prince, U2, REM, Sting with and without the Police, etc.) it was those people, the also-rans, who gave the decade its character. What character it had, at any rate. Eighties music is as much “Cars” and “Come On Eileen” as it is “Billie Jean” and “Every Breath You Take”. I think there were more of those guys then than before or since, for some reason. Maybe because the Springsteens and the Princes would take three or four years to produce an album.