Monday, July 18, 2011

Cruising the Web

This is a fascinating story of a Scottish soldier who was a Japanese POW forced to build the infamous Burma Railway - the bridge depicted in the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. Kenneth McLeod just died at the age of 92. While being forced to do slave labor for the Japanese to build the bridge, he inserted termite eggs at each joint of the bridge. He and his fellow prisoners were scheduled to be murdered but were saved by the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. Unlike the depiction by Alec Guinness in the movie, the POWs worked assiduously at sabotaging the bridge they were forced to build. You can read more about another soldier's memories of their treatment by the Japanese here. Over 100,000 civilians and POWs died in the construction of the Burma Railroad.

Watch Nick Gillespie's clear-eyed explanation of why the debate over raising the debt ceiling is full of "malarkey."

Vladimir Putin gets the "Obama Girl" treatment.

Hugh Hewitt calls
on the MSM to follow the lead of Jake Tapper and start pressing the President on what specific spending cuts and tax increases he supports. Hewitt also feels that the GOP aren't doing enough to get the message out. I know they're making that point when they're interviewed, but it doesn't seem to break through the media's preoccupation of what an adult Obama is pretending to be.

Another Supreme Court session; another year of overwhelming reversals of the 9th Circuit. Even the liberal justices joined the trend with 12 unanimous rulings overturning the 9th.

Herman Cain is now just embarrassing himself and those who support him when he states that communities should have the right to prevent mosques from being built in their communities. What part of the provision of the First Amendment that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion does he not comprehend? It was one thing to be ignorant of the importance of the right of return in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but now a guy who purports to be a supporter of the ideals of the founders doesn't seem to understand the importance of our constitutional protections for free exercise of religion. That is an automatic disqualifier in my mind.

Prince Charles isn't going to get any more popular by whining about how much attention Will and Kate are getting. Face it, Charles is never going to be as photogenic as Kate or as likable as Will. He should just be the silent, but proud papa.

If you have enjoyed Friday Night Lights, you'll enjoy reading this oral history of the show. And while you're there, you might enjoy Grantland's tribute to the greatest sports books ever written.

John Hawkins has some thoughts
about the "slow, painful coming death of the independent, conservative blogosphere." He makes a lot of good points, though a few of those points would also apply to the liberal blogosphere. He's right about how hard it might be to get noticed today. I know my readership would be cut in half without the generosity of other sites linking to mine. And he's certainly correct about the time-sink that blogging can be. During the school year I have to get up an hour and a half earlier than I need to for work in order to get some posts written. Twitter might be the coming thing, but I can't see spending time tweeting when I have a blog where I don't have to worry about 140 characters. Whether all this means that the independent, conservative blogs will die out, I just don't know. But all good things don't last and we'll adapt to whatever follows.