We’re twinseparable! Happy with his brother, the boy who refused to die, named after the Archangel Gabriel, whose name means “Fortitudo Dei”, The Strength of God.
The Petraeus Curve: Serious success in Iraq is not being recognised as it should be
he big story [on Iraq] that’s not getting across in the mainstream media is that Iraqis are cooperating.
Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Kopel writes about Fred Thompson vs. The UN’s anti-self-defense campaign
Today, the Knoxville News reports that it was UN Dispatch that got the facts wrong. The Special Rapporteur’s Report which Thompson criticized (and which was adopted and endorsed by a submcommission of the UN Human Rights Council) quite explicitly says that personal self-defense is not a human right.
What’s going to happen to the rapists? Probably not much:
A 2005 UN report suggested a central disciplining policy but member nations could not agree.
And from the “No sh*t, Sherlock” department,
In July, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, said the standards for selecting peacekeepers were too low.
Via Sweetness and Light:
Dr Sanity has the Carnival
This week’s WSJ’s Five Best, on exploration:
They also listed “In Xanadu” by William Dalrymple and “White Gold” by Giles Milton, but Amazon is having problems with their links. My apologies for the inconvenience.
This week’s shoes:
I wonder how these would look with skirts.
Half-right quiz (because I’m rarely depressed and never hopeless or bored), via Raven,
|You Are a Ferris Wheel|
Deep down, you are a fun, whimsical, and easygoing person.
You often enjoy life for what it is, and the littlest changes in course can be quite thrilling.
In relationships, people tend to feel what you feel. It can be liberating at first…
But after a while, the people closest to you end up feeling a little trapped.
Your life has perfectly normal cycles of ups and downs.
At your best, you feel on top of the world with a great sense of perspective.