I hear from NPR (or at least today is the date of the first recorded performance). I've only seen Lear a few times, though once with Ian Holm. The play is dark ("a sad tale's best for winter") and notably pre- or a-Christian, but some passages are shot through with blazing light: Read more about King Lear was first played on December 26
Somebody should tell Little Debbie Howell about the layout problem today; WaPo put this on the Op-Ed page instead of with the comics. Jeff Sessions: Read more about Republican idea of bipartisanship: Destroy Social Security
Wonderful, I hope. On the other hand:
Translation of Ils ont en parle: They spoke of it.
"It" being, when Caran D'Ache drew his famous cartoon, the Dreyfus Affair. Today, of course, "it" would be Iraq, or any one of the many issues dividing the reality-based commmunity from the Kool-Aid drinkers.
Plus Ã§a change ... Read more about So, how was the family dinner?
Call your congressman. Write your Senator. Shelter a soldier who refuses to go. Stand up. Raise your voice. Join hands. Stop the killing. It's way past insane now. "One tin soldier rides away ..." Read more about "Surge" -- It's not to late to stop the madness.
This time, the much-touted Bush AIDS initiative:
President Bush's ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials.
Apparently Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the designated front runners for the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. (I'm so pleased. Because we all know what happens to designated front runners.)
Hillary and Barack! Ben and Jennifer! Brad and Angelina!
So, don't we really need our equivalent of "Bennifer" and "Brangelina"?
Clintama? Barrackary? Readers, other suggestions?
And starring special guest Bill Clinton as Maddox! Read more about Put down your coffee and pay attention
A story running on Christmas Day is by definition down the Memory Hole before the ink is dry. Or so some people would like to have it. Let's grab this one by the scruff of the neck and pull it back up and take a look: Is This The Hook They've Been Waiting For?
The American military is holding at least four Iranians in Iraq, including men the Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.
Tomorrow morning all around the Western World children of all ages will spend a frenzied few moments destroying the paper and ribbon gaily bedecking the packages; some will hold not toys or treats but a badly-needed pair of new shoes, a package of socks or underwear -- the 'gifts' that come out of need and poverty's scrimping. Lest we forget, then, a few words on the meaning of Christmas, for Christ's sake. Read more about One day without murder, one day without war ...
Singular expression of a Universal light
contemplate the moment, let it burn tonight
Mithras, Jesus, Dionysus, Tammuz:
days will lengthen no matter who you choose
shall we pause at the turning point
where matter equals space
shall we pause, just for that moment
then resume without a trace? Read more about Beyond the Rooftops