Saturday, May 07, 2011

Lawrence O'Donnell Takes on Condoleezza Rice

This interview reinforces the idea that those on opposite sides of whether or not we should have invaded Iraq inhabit two different worlds.

Edit: Here's the same video on NewsBusters with a transcript below, and a tad bit of commentary.

N.B. I was surprised to really notice for the first time that Rice's given name has two Zs in it. According to Wikipedia, the name comes from the Italian musical term, con dolcezza, 'with sweetness.' This is quite appropriate as, in addition to her academic, business, and political achievements, she is also a concert pianist. (Self-fulfilling prophecy of a kind?) And, while she can be tenacious (as in the O'Donnell interview), she does come across with a touch of sweetness.

Here is one of her pages at Stanford. Her book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, looks pretty interesting. Love her or hate her, Rice is a fascinating person for anyone who appreciates people as people.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Links of Interest

Lots of interesting stuff to keep track of.

David Braben created a $25 USB drive PC. Just attach a monitor and keyboard and you're ready to go.

ARE more than a billion people hungry?

David Solway, Canadian poet, dissects the lingo of the left.

James Taranto tells us (or rather confirms to us) why the left needs racism. (His earlier works on the topic are here and here.)