I’m not always down with Ledeen, but…

Michael Ledeen writes on NRO:

It is utterly infuriating, almost maddening, to try to watch the Rosary at St Peter’s, because the accursed tv people just will not ever let us watch an event. They must tell us what to think about it, even as it is happening. And so we lose a sense of the real drama, we just cannot experience it for ourselves, they will always be there between us and real life.

Preach teacher! TV people, when something big is happening live, for the love of all that is good and holy, SHUT UP! If we wanted a non-stop description, we’d listen to the bloody radio. The absolute nadir of the TV news is not car chases or even the Jackson trial, it is watching some idiot talking head who probably scored under 1000 on his SATs trying to pontificate about the importance of whatever it is he’s “covering”.

No wonder the Internet is killing TV viewerships.

John Scalzi channels Robert Heinlein

Some of you may recall Mr. John Scalzi from the recent Electrolite dustup. While Mr. Scalzi and I happen to hold diametrically opposed positions on the situation of women and the academy, we did have a friendly exchange of emails subsequent to the public flamethrowing.

I finished John’s first novel today, (his first CONVENTIONALLY-PUBLISHED novel, anyhow), and it was very entertaining. I’ll post a review of it here soon, but in the meantime I can state with some assurance that if you enjoy Heinlein or military SF, you will very likely get a kick out of OLD MAN’S WAR. I quite liked it myself.

Interestingly enough, he even managed to come up with a reasonable means of putting women in the military. In light of the way in which I first encountered the author, I found this more than a little amusing.

Surf’s up

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It’s an art, not a science, but I believe it has a more rational basis than the conventional financial analysis and commentary, much of which is demonstrably absurd. It’s not magic nor does it work flawlessly, but I have found it to be a useful tool. I’ll post a link to the free access signup on the day it starts.

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Drudge is reporting that Pope John Paul II has died. Like many Protestants, I regarded the man with some degree of admiration and his office with some degree of skepticism. But all theological differences aside, he was a man of rare courage and forthright conviction who stood firmly for what he believed to be right. The Roman Catholic Church will be fortunate indeed if its cardinals are able to find a man of similar caliber to serve as his successor.

UPDATE – The Pope was reported as saying to Italian TV reporters: “I’m not dead yet!”

UPDATE II – Requiscat in pace….

What I learned in public school

From the Washington Post:

As many as 20 teenagers may have known ahead of time about plans for the shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of 10 people on the Indian reservation here March 21, tribal and federal officials said Friday.

Capt. Dewayne Dow of the tribal police told a group of parents, teachers and staff at a three-hour school board meeting that authorities believe as many as 20 students were involved.

I don’t see why this should be a problem for anyone. These kids have been learning that nothing is anyone’s fault and that there is no such thing as good or evil for at least nine years. Why should they do anything simply because one loser was planning to express himself and share his feelings in public? How can they be held responsible for doing something that they have been taught does not exist?

They know very well that they’re nothing but mammals and young Mr. Weise was simply doing what they do on the Hollywood channels. On what grounds would they possibly condemn him?