Good answer to a rhetorical question

On a fairly standard CiF article about the death penalty (the Americans are planning to execute a woman who was involved in a plot to kill her husband, but who was demonstrably too stupid to have led it; everyone sane disapproves; everyone evil and vindictive approves strongly), the standard liberal joke question came up: i've … Continue reading Good answer to a rhetorical question

Easy answers to simple questions, #423

From the comments on Charlie Brooker's excellent Guardian piece on the insane fuss over the not-a-mosque not-at-ground-zero: How many Saudi's would object to a Church being built in one of their cities if they were asked and polled? How many Americans object to a mosque? How many in Switzerland recently voted against minarets? Are they … Continue reading Easy answers to simple questions, #423

Supreme Court (UK edition) for the win

Lord Rodger, yesterday: Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates. Great ruling, though. And nice … Continue reading Supreme Court (UK edition) for the win

Depressing but probably true

From the Rodent: It would've been wiser and more useful in military and diplomatic terms; more humane, productive and billions of pounds less expensive if the US and Britain had responded to 9/11 by crashing two planeloads of US marines into the centre of a randomly-chosen Afghan city at 700 mph and executing 300 randomly-chosen … Continue reading Depressing but probably true

Eggscerable reporting, or ‘no, the EU won’t ban eggs by the dozen’

The latest insane euromyth, as faithfully invented by the Daily Mail, is that the EU is planning to ban the sale of eggs by the dozen or half-dozen. As usual, the Littlejohn Rule applies here: if the story sounds like something you "really couldn't make up" (thanks, Mr Dale), then somebody doubtless has made it … Continue reading Eggscerable reporting, or ‘no, the EU won’t ban eggs by the dozen’

In praise of firing squads

I oppose the death penalty, but if countries are going to impose it, then the firing squad is a pretty decent method. It's rapid and painless enough not to be sick torture, but it's also brutal enough to remind everyone concerned that they are, actually, violently and prematurely ending a life. Which is good, because … Continue reading In praise of firing squads

‘Anti-Europe’ is an accurate term for UKIPpers

There are two possible meanings that the phrase 'anti-Europe' can carry. One is the Fox News interpretation, under which Europe is full of gay, garlic-eating communists, and therefore should be bombed, or at least avoided. The other is the opposition to European political integration, or to the view of Europe as a political rather than … Continue reading ‘Anti-Europe’ is an accurate term for UKIPpers

When Good Contrarianism Goes Bad

So, I come up with a contrarian view on the BP issue that I don't 100% hold, but which is a genuine aspect of the story and which has been completely neglected in any of the coverage I've seen. I mention it on Twitter, I spend a couple of days thinking about it, and then … Continue reading When Good Contrarianism Goes Bad

On helping Americans to steal your pension

Let's assume that, like most UK workers, you have a pension fund with a substantial part of its investment in FTSE companies, usually weighted by value. What should you care more about: 1) the fact that the US government is attempting to steal a sizeable proportion of your money? 2) some fucking cormorants? Clue: if … Continue reading On helping Americans to steal your pension