With the blessing of the Vatican, two Italian theologians have just published a book on sex for Catholics, entitled It’s A Sin Not To Do It. One might be forgiven for thinking that this is just a way to get the faithful to increase the Catholic birth-rate; far from it. It’s much more expansive in…Read More Not your grandfather's Vatican…
I finally got a chance to watch the politically-charged video for Eminem’s “Mosh”. I’m not a big rap fan, although I really like Maxie Jazz and Faithless, and I’ve never gone for Eminem (even if Elton John has exonerated him). However Mosh really worked for me. It’s powerful, and absolutely spot-on. A precision-guided musical weapon…Read More Eminem's "Mosh"
Seymour Hersh on why Kerry isn’t winning by a landslide: “I think one thing you have to face up to is the fact there are roughly 70 million people in America who do not believe in evolution – and those are Bush supporters.” (Via Andrew Sullivan.)Read More Correlation of beliefs
So finally, incredibly, the Red Sox have done it. When I came to the USA 23 years ago, Boston sports was all about the Celtics. Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, and all the rest of them: although there were various pretenders (Philly? LA?) the Celtics were the natural champions. Then came a drought. Occasionally the Red…Read More Celtics… then Pats… now the Red Sox
Tim wrote: “Bluetooth? I think it hits the sweet spot for me. I’d totally love one of the hot new phones with high-speed flat-rate data that I can leave in my bag. Then I stick a Bluetooth headset over one ear, and then have my computer connect through it so I’m really on the Net…Read More Mobility
OK, this is priceless. The mercurial expat Brit writer Christopher Hitchens (note my restrained description) has seen fit to endorse both Kerry and Bush!! Maybe another bottle of port will cure his double vision. Or perhaps he should stick to writing about Henry Kissinger and George Orwell. (Thanks to Atrios.)Read More Hitchens vs. Hitchens
From Capitol Hill Blue: How many more have to die?: “An internal memo circulating at CIA headquarters at Langley says more Iraqi civilians have died since the American invasion than died at the hands of Saddam Hussein over the past decade.”Read More "How many more have to die?"
Starting in the late 1960s, John Peel introduced a generation of British radio listeners – including me – to wondrous and strange “underground” music: Captain Beefheart, the Incredible String Band, Country Joe and the Fish, and many, many more. (Who can forget the Purple Gang’s “Granny Takes A Trip”, an innocent little ditty whose title…Read More RIP: John Peel
It’s like waiting for a bus… you hang around for ages, and then along come several. Well, in this case the waiting has been for the mail from England, which finally delivered two very special CDs with one thing in common: Steven Wilson. In the USA, Steven Wilson is best known as the leader of…Read More Two CDs of the week: "Blackfield" and "Speak"
From the Des Moines Register: “Yes, Kerry is liberal. But what’s to fear from a liberal president? That he would run big deficits? That he would increase federal spending? That he would expand the power of the federal government over individuals’ lives? Nothing Kerry could do could top what President Bush has already done in…Read More The empty accusation of the "L-word"