Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Recession hits the Tooth Fairy

Kevin Drum
A survey by Visa says that the recession has caused a drop in the average amount the Tooth Fairy pays for a tooth, from $3 to $2.60.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eagle Love Story

National Public Radio transcript and audio

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Finally, he makes his stand

TPM reports:

Obama to GOP leaders on debt ceiling: "This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


IBN news video. A Citizen speaks.

A Lesson

Posted by Atri on BRF
क्षमा, दया , ताप , त्याग , मनोबल सबका लिया सहारा
पर नर व्याघ सुयोधन तुमसे कहो कहाँ कब हारा?
क्षमाशील हो रिपु समक्ष तुम हुए विनीत जितना ही
दुष्ट कौरवों ने तुमको कायर समझा उतना ही

अत्याचार सहन करने का कुफल यही होता है
पौरुष का आतंक मनुज कोमल होकर खोता है

क्षमा शोभती उस भुजंग को जिसके पास गरल है
उसका क्या जो दंतहीन विषरहित विनीत सरल है

तीन दिवस तक पंथ मांगते रघुपति सिन्धु किनारे
बैठे पढते रहे छंद अनुनय के प्यारे प्यारे
उत्तर में जब एक नाद भी उठा नहीं सागर से
उठी अधीर धधक पौरुष की आग राम के शर से

सिन्धु देह धर त्राहि-त्राहि करता आ गिरा शरण में
चरण पूज दासता ग्र्र्हन की बंधा मूढ़ बंधन में
सच पूछो तो शर में ही बस्ती है दीप्ति विनय की
संधिवचन संपूज्य उसीका जिसमे शक्ति विजय की

सहनशीलता, क्षमा, दया को तभी पूजता जग है
बल का दर्प चमकता उसके पीछे जब जगमग है

-रामधरी सिंह दिनकर

Mercy, resolve, tact, tolerance you've tried everything and some
But o my king of men when did Suyodhan succumb?
The more forgiving you were In your humane compassion
The more these rogue Kauravas pegged you as cowardly ashen

This is the consequence Of tolerating atrocities
The awe of machismo is lost When one's gentle n kindly

Forgiveness is becoming of The serpent that's got venom
None cares for the toothless, Poisonless, kind, gentle one

For three days Lord Raam kept Asking the ocean for a passage
Sitting there he petitioned Using the sweetest words to engage
When in response there was Not a whisper from the sea
A raging fire of endeavor Rose from Raam's body

The ocean took human-form 'N supplicated to Raam
Touched his feet, was subservient A slave he had become
Truth be told, it's in the quiver That lies the gleam of modesty
Only his peace-talk is reputable Who is capable of victory

Tolerance, forgiveness and clemency Are respected by the world
Only when the glow of strength From behind it is unfurled

Friday, July 08, 2011

Rajan Parrikar features on the Singh-Ray Blog!


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Obama and WKKs

WKKs are "Wagah Kandle Kissers": the group of Indians who obstinately refuse to acknowledge the true nature of Pakistan.   I lump them in with President Obama who seems incapable of understanding the nature of the opposition he faces.

Ultimately, the willful refusal to face the fact that some people simply cannot be approached with reason is a form of intellectual treason. 

In the case of the Republicans, it takes a David Frum and a David Brooks to recognize them.

QOTD: Bill Clinton

Via TPM and Kevin Drum:

Bill Clinton compares the GOP's crackdown on voting rights to the days of Jim Crow. 

Monday, July 04, 2011


Long Branch fireworks example.

July 4th Sunset

At Long Branch, while waiting for the fireworks:
Larger version below the fold.

Never throw away anything?

In 1957, a little girl was abducted and killed. The murder mystery has apparently been solved 54 years later.
Police suspected McCullough, who lived less than two blocks from the Ridulphs and who fit the description of the man said to have approached the girls, Thomas said Friday. But McCullough seemed to have an alibi, claiming he took the train from Rockford to Chicago the day of the abduction.

His story fell apart last year after investigators reinterviewed a woman who dated him in 1957 and asked her to search through some personal items, the Seattle Times reported, citing court documents. She found an unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago dated the day the girl went missing.

"Once his alibi crumbled, we found about a dozen other facts that helped us build our case," Thomas said.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Stephen Colbert finally gets it about Pakistan

Perhaps a decade late, but finally Stephen Colbert gets it about Pakistan:

What did he understand? Well, in case you can't watch the video for some reason (e.g., you're on an iPad with no Adobe Flash), it begins with this: