Month: August 16, 2009

Aug 16,2009

Twitter will vanquish every tyrant

Jon Last sharply questions the Twitter-euphoria generated by recent events in Tehran. In spite of rose-tinted predictions that historians would celebrate Twitter’s liberation of Iran and the beginning of a...

Aug 16,2009

The incomprehensibility of Donald Rumsfeld

Last week, Christopher Caldwell reviewed Bradley Graham’s new book about Donald Rumsfeld.  As soon as I have time to digest 800 pages of Graham’s prose, I’ll let you know what...

Aug 14,2009

Sigh

For reasons I can’t quite describe, this story about people cutting back on spending (or to be more precise, what people aren’t cutting back on) infuriated me: “I’m not giving...

Aug 13,2009

Woodstock Nostalgia

If I see one more self-indulgent baby-boomer “Hey, remember when we were awesome” piece about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock I’m blowing my brains out. Dear lord: When will these...

Aug 12,2009

Another non-controversial Medal of Freedom winner

The week before last, I pointed out the WaPo’s assessment that Barack Obama “hasn’t included any particularly controversial choices in his first picks” for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In...