Today's WSJ ($) absolutely raves about the Volkswagen GTI, that latest evolution of the hatchback rocket, now being pushed on tv in the best ad series I've seen in a long time. Apparently, the car backs up the ads. I've always liked the GTI. I'm glad to hear the new one is a good one.
Follow this now: a reporter asks a Justice, in a Cathedral, about his impartiality in matters of church and state, so the Justice makes a rude gesture, captured by a photographer, who often works for the Pilot, a propaganda paper for the Catholic Church. The Pilot won't print the photo, so the reporter sells it to the Boston Herald, and the Pilot fires him.
Anyone else think the Justice and the Church might be a little too close?
Anyone else think the Church is as manipulative and deceitful as I do?
I added Top10 Sources to the blogroll this week. Like Adam's UH, it's a human aggregator - RSS with a value-add. The site may need a little work, but it's a good concept with good content and, yes, I do have a friend who works there.
The lovely blue one of these I saw on Boylston Street last night had chrome headlight rings and 911SC on the rear deck. That told me it was an early SC, probably a 1978. But the photos I find online all have 1978's with body-colored rings. Any help? Just a dearth of proper photos online?
Anyone remember Martha Stewart's magazine? I think it's called Martha Stewart Living. She's got an Ask Martha column, of course. Guess what she addresses this month. Passover. Seriously. I'm not kidding. Martha Stewart, the personification of WASPy domestic perfection, gives advice on Pesach, answering the question, "How can we make our Seder fun for kids while still maintaining the sanctity of the celebration?"
I didn't read the answer, because I don't care what she says. She's not a child expert; her own domestic life is truly screwed-up. And could there be a person in America less attuned to Judaism than Martha? (It's also a question aimed at the heart of Judaism. Keeping the kids involved in a long, serious, traditional rite when the country is wrapped up in collecting colorful eggs off a lawn is not easy for Jewish parents.)
Hey Martha, Fuck Off. Don't tell me about Passover and I won't tell you about Easter.
Oh, and who's the dumb-ass Jew who asked Martha for advice in the first place? Answer: No one. I'll bet $50 they made it up.
UPDATE: My wife points out, like Jo in comments, that Martha has many Jewish friends and always puts a Passover piece in the otherwise-Easter issue. I still find it condescending and offensive, and I stick by my post. I don't need a Protestant felon giving me advice on child-rearing. Too sensitive? Fine. I'm too sensitive. Plus, I'm in a pissy mood. So there.
Emily Bazelon at Slate, with whom I usually disagree, points out why the Supreme Court should ignore legislative history when making its decisions: the legislators lie. She's right, and shame on the manipulators.