‘“Bush is worse than Stalin” -Hitler’ gets 30 ghits while ‘“Bush is worse than Hitler” -Stalin’ gets 822. Is this because the people who make this kind of comparison (a) haven’t heard of Stalin; (b) think Stalin was uniquely awful, an ÃœberBusch; or (c) think Stalin was actually a nice guy with some bad press? My money’s on (c).
(Classics in Contemporary Culture has a metapost on whether Bush is worse than Augustus Caesar. As usual, I’m firmly on the wild side: Pannonian rebel leader Bato, in a chat with Tiberius, blamed the Romans for the war “as ye send wolves, instead of dogs and shepherds, to take charge of your flocks” (Lynam, History of the Roman Emperors); Bush’s position on wolves is well-known, and even Bush dog stayed home.)
- Specs on the beach
I do hate to be beside the seaside, unless it’s raining.
- PP paid off IU and CC.OO to lodge Blesa in Bankia?
- Lambrusco in Spain
Xavier Domingo writes in La cocina española antes del descubrimiento in Cultura, identidad y cocina en el Perú (1996) that Augustus Caesar signed protectionist decrees prohibiting the planting of new vines in his Spanish provinces of Tarraconensis and Lusitania, where the import of Italian wines was encouraged, permitting it only in Baetica, and even encouraging it …
- Let’s be honest: Islam is worse than Britney Spears
I’m not a big fan of Presbyterians (anagram check), but to their credit it’s more than 300 years since the Kirk had Thomas Aikenhead killed for speaking out of turn. What we need from the “moderate” Imam of Drancy is not condescending “tolerance” and “pardon” for all of our sodomites and Jewboys and funnymen, but that as …