The post-Christmas buzz, such as it is, is being generated by a Guardian report on UK aid being spent on bridges to nowhere. No wonder Senators say ArroyoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s woes far from over.
Pundtiry: Connie Veneracion on breeding dependence.
Lingering Holiday tidbits:
The perils of punditry: Tostito chip resembles gerrymandered legislative district.
Stepping on Poop’s Christmas loot (complete with naught pictures!)
Andrew Sullivan on ghostwriters and ghostwriting. In a sort-of-related note, Wretchard on paid punditry. And an important essay (Poynter online says) on how online journalism should go multimedia (in a world of universal big bandwidth, perhaps).
Shrinking news rooms make it harder for mid-level companies to get publicity; one solution? Blogs!
Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice is cookin’.
In Indonesia, Muslims guard Christian churches.
36 is my lucky number. Villageidiotsavant has interesting tidbits on the number.
Man Blog puts the “ass” back in “class”.
Wanted: new aphorisms. Examples include blogger Megan McArdle, with “Jane’s Law: The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.” Writer Mark Steyn:Ã‚Â “Multiculturalism is a kind of societal Stockholm Syndrome.” David Frum: “There is nothing quite so powerful as an idea whose time has passed.” Bo Peabody: “The vast majority of the press is not concerned in covering what is actually happening. They are interested in covering what they think people want to think is actually happening.”
Tell the Red Pope in Utrecht it ain’t so: Simonworld and Asiapundit slam Mao Zedong; Miami Herald says he’s fading away. The Tsunami anniversary, December 26, is Mao’s birth anniversary -and surely, no coincidence- the birthday of the Communist Party of the Philippines (the party which dare not call its members what they are). Among Mao’s glorious legacies: Red Guards denouncing Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as “bourgeois nonsense.”
I made it to the Pajamas Christmas roundup!
Bloggolicious: Yuga contemplates non-cheesy blog awards.
Warm Bodies goes to the movies (literary bloggers, nota bene!)
And courtesy of Nathan Lane, Brokeback Mountain, the musical!