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How Sounds the Mona Lisa?

You can find out what Mona Lisa would sound like if she could talk by going to this site:

Just click below the Mona Lisa holding the microphone.

How is it possible?

“Dr. Matsumi Suzuki, who generally uses his skills to help with criminal investigations, measured the face and hands of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous [...]

Lance Armstrong Vindicated!

Last August, the French newspaper, L’Equip featured an article that told that Lance Armstrong was being investigated and that urine samples from 1999 tested positive for doping. Armstrong denied the charges and a number of the people on this blog defended him. Today, Dutch investigators concluded in a 132-page report cleared Lance Armstrong of all [...]

New Scare Tactic: Preaching Self-Reliance

Abby Goodnough at the Gray Lady calls it a scare tactic. I call it good sense:

Convinced that tough tactics are needed, officials in hurricane-prone states are trumpeting dire warnings about the storm season that starts on Thursday, preaching self-reliance and prodding the public to prepare early and well.

Cities are circulating storm-preparation checklists, [...]

R.I.P., Paul Gleason

Paul “I’m gonna knock your dick in the dirt” Gleason has passed on:

Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.

“Whenever you were with Paul, there was never a dull moment,” his wife said. “He was awesome.”

I [...]

Hurry Up.

Stuff takes too long. I’m busy. I don’t have time.

Americans are an impatient lot:

“An Associated Press poll has found an impatient nation. It’s a nation that gets antsy after five minutes on hold on the phone and 15 minutes max in a line… The Department of Motor Vehicles, the U.S. version of the [...]

“And then my shoes fell off.”

To quote Dan Aykroyd, “There’s nothin’ I love better than a good cat fight!”

Fake nails and women?s shoes were flying as a bloody claw fight erupted at a Dorchester salon after one primping patron allegedly screamed at a woman bantering in Spanish, ?Speak English! This is America!?

Just minutes after the melee broke [...]

Memorial Day Weekend

In addition to thanking the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for making the ultimate sacrifice, this particular weekend represents something else for many of us: cooking on the grill.

We’re having grilled tilapia with a fresh green salad and new potatoes.

So, what’re you having?

Congressional Elitism

Last Saturday, after obtaining a search warrant, the FBI raided the Rayburn office of U.S. Representative William Jefferson to find most of an $100,000 bribe. Almost immediately, members of Congress including House Speaker Dennis Hastert started screaming about how the search was unconstitutional. The details were included in this article from the

House [...]

A True Fan of Walt and Mearsheimer

Josh’s recent posts on Walt and Mearsheimer’s anti-semitism in the guise of pseudo-scholarship have inspired me to link to this Volokh Conspiracy post about a couple of California newspapers’ endorsements of a Holocaust denier for Congress:

When the L.A. Times endorsed former Congressman Pete McCloskey for Congress, and said he was “the best thing that [...]

ENRON Verdict: Lay and Skilling Guilty

It’s high noon for Lay and Skilling:

“Enron former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling and founder Kenneth Lay were found guilty Thursday of conspiracy and fraud in the granddaddy of all corporate fraud cases. On the sixth day of deliberations, a jury of eight women and four men convicted the former executives of misleading the public [...]


“In sum, not only does AIPAC seem to have little effect on Congress, the argument that AIPAC’s power threatens U.S. national security has no basis in reality.” –Joshua, Waterglass Blogger

Iran’s Descent into Hell Aided by Sloppy Press

It turns out that Jews and Christians won’t be forced to wear special garments in Iran:

OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) — A Canadian newspaper apologized Wednesday for an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive clothing to distinguish themselves from Muslims.

The National Post ran the piece [...]

Care to Respond? Blogs, etc. Responses to the “Israel Lobby”

Some of the key corollaries in the “Israel Lobby” thesis is that

– This thesis is well-known, established fact. – That M&W are courageous for bringing it up, even if their thesis is flawed. – Criticism of the thesis is tantamount to stifling dissent.

Much of the responses to M&W have been on other [...]

Photo of the Week

It’s been a while since we’ve had animals here as the Photo of the Week. I’m pleased to say that none of them look like Jimmy Durante.

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, three baby tigers are seen near their mother at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, capital of northeast [...]

The New York Review of Books’ Response to “The Israel Lobby:” A Spineless Response to a Spineless Article

Part I: One of the most controversial academic-oriented articles to arrive in the past decade is “THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY” by John J. Mearsheimer (U Chicago) and Stephen M. Walt (Harvard). The article was originally published in the London Review of Books and very soon after appeared as a web-based working paper [...]