Day: October 6, 2005

Linguistic Humor for Liberals

Language Log: Suddenly everyone is a linguist. The latest to join the parade is Ann Coulter. In her 10/5/2005 column, “This is what ‘Advice and Consent’ Means“, she offers the most creative socio-syntactic theory that I’ve encountered since Derek Bickerton…

I Build Things.

Moment of pride: Today, I built a bed: I am not what you would call either “domestic” or “handy,” so this is a proud moment. This also means that I’m no longer sleeping on a mattress on the floor. It’s…

Captain Destructo, Old School

You can tell the children to put their toys away, but they don’t listen until something like this happens. After I showed Ethan what happened to his precious Lego gas station, he is adamant about putting his stuff away. What…

Give Me Abstinence, or Give Me Death

The New York Times reports that a new, highly-effective cervical cancer vaccine could be available as early as next year: If it were widely used, the vaccine could save many lives. Worldwide, there are about 500,000 new cases of cervical…

Ugh…

Well this is fantastic. And thanks, Georgie, for “fighting terrorism.” The war in Iraq has clearly improved things for all of us. I would invite him to accompany me on the very crowded subway to and from school tomorrow. Because…

Right-Wing Elitism

As Atrios and Kos both pointed out today, many on the right — most notably Republican poster-skeleton Ann Coulter — are acting a wee bit elitist when it comes to Harriet Miers’ nomination. Coulter rips on her for not going…