A thought neither worthy nor serious, probably. Will Kelo enable taking the home of a Supreme Court Justice who supported the lamented decision's majority? The Instapundit hopes so. And also notes T-shirts and mugs displaying the pith of Justice Thomas' dissent.
Perfect exchanges like this delight me. You will have to decide whether you share my taste in communications humor, this from the Toronto Globe and Mail. The original transaction was no doubt meant, if slyly, quite seriously.
"Why bother translating software into isiZulu?" people ask Duane Bailey. "Who needs it? English is the language of global business -- you'd be better off spending your energy teaching people English. To which Mr. Bailey replies, quite simply, "Izixhobo kufuneka zisebenzele abantu, hayi abantu izixhobo. Isoftware sisixhobo ngoko ke kumele sisebenzele abantu ngolwimi lwabo lwasemzini!
What he said. [Insert your own bete noire here] sisixhobo ngoko. And what follows. And a plug for including ieveryone [sic] in the circle of human exchange, IMO the truest justification for global commerce.
"Computing in Zulu," October 25, 2004, 4:50 pm. When languagelog is on...
Under the happy delusion that anyone might have noticed my absence, I will explain that several days quaking in indecision were required before taking the credit card hostage for an indefinite period in support of this little web space. Eventually, I decided I like it here, and that credit cards are manufactured for commercial use, not merely for breaking into flimsy locks. So. Here I am for the indefinite future.
Taking another risk, even though it's from a politically-weighted source in this grim election season, as well as rather sniffy about the sniffier sort of British, I find this Australian post with its comments extremely funny, full of leaps to uncharitable conclusions about our human fellows, which, sadly I suppose, is the characteristic of some of the finest humor the human race has known.
Anyone who can explain to my satisfaction that this is not at least intermittently, and in concept, funny qualifies for the Good&Happy Grand Guardian Prize, a night in the Motel 6 nearest Clark Co., OH.
UPDATE -- Mark Steyn interviewed Linda Rosicka, director of Clark County's Board of Elections,
who thinks the rampaging Brits will have little effect. "The American Revolution was fought for a reason," she remarked drily. That's the spirit.
The Guardian has posted global responses, pro and con.
UPDATE --The splenetic Tim Blair, at the epicenter of the commentary, reports "tranquillity." Thus ever classic drama, passion mostly spent, comedic or tragic time will tell.
defined aspleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, is probably dark chocolate for the soul, ultimately non-nourishing, convincing and merely temporary counterfeit happiness. It also seems as hardwired as revenge. Here, Jonah Goldberg's manic appraisal of Rathergate:
I love the CBS News forged-document story. To paraphrase the abominable snowman from the Bugs Bunny cartoons, I want to hug it and squeeze it and name it George. Okay, I don't want to name it George, but you get my drift. If this story were hot fudge, I would smear it all over my body and then roll around in nougat. ...[Dan Rather] doesn't understand what's going on any more than those poor last dinosaurs understood why the tasty green fronds became so hard to find when it got cloudy.