Movable Type 3.2
April 29, 2011
The Princess Problem, or Why She's a Princess but Not Princess Kate
It's true: The new Duchess of Cambridge is NOT Princess Catherine. But things are a bit more complex than Matt Yglesias's fun flowchart shows, and she IS a princess. The complicating factor is that Britain treats two types of princesses differently: there are princesses of the blood and princesses by marriage.
January 08, 2011
Breaking: Congresswoman Shot
Apparently I spoke too soon about taking our lack of political violence for granted. NPR is reporting that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been shot at a public event in Arizona. At least five other people were hurt, and according to unconfirmed reports on Twitter, she was shot point blank in the head. My prayers are with her and her family.
June 18, 2010
CNN Oil Spill Telethon
On Monday, Larry King is doing a special Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help two-hour show from 8-10 p.m. Eastern on CNN. The list of celebrities involved is growing, and it looks like there's something for everyone: Ian Somerhalder! Sting! Edward James Olmos! Harry Connick, Jr.! Pete Wentz! Robert Redford! Carville and Matalin! Anderson Cooper! Tim McGraw! Alyssa Milano! Yeah. Quite a group. Tune in and donate!
April 07, 2010
Royal Coverage on GMA
Good Morning America just had a delightful little piece on Prince William and whether he's planning to marry Kate Middleton sometime soon. I have to say - I know all the Diana stuff, I assure you, but it was still a refreshing change of pace to glance up at my TV on a Wednesday morning and see that old familiar video of Charles and Di's wedding. I could get used to that. Also, GMA having a correspondent standing outside Buckingham Palace? Awesome.
If you're curious, no, there is no real news on William and Kate. He's going to fewer night clubs! There's a blank date on the royal calendar - could be an announcement! Even though they say it isn't! Yeah. The really funny part, though, was when GSteph asked Tina Brown whether the engagement rumors could be related to the rumors that the Queen was going to skip Prince Charles and have Prince William succeed her. Brown's response was basically "Have you never heard of the rules of succession, you American? That's just not done." Here's the video:
Of course, now they have Bristol Palin on, which I suppose is a different sort of royal coverage. I'll stick with William and Kate, thanks.
February 06, 2010
Josh Malina's Haiti PSA
Josh Malina is one of my favorite actors from Sorkinland (Jeremy on Sports Night, Will on West Wing), and he wants you to donate:
January 27, 2010
It could be worse.
Everyone's been complaining recently about our politics and government, from both ends of the political spectrum. But then I heard this story on NPR this morning and it brought home how good we have it compared to people in lots of places. Basically: in the wake of the presidential election in Sri Lanka, the losing candidate is all but imprisoned in his hotel. There's no transcript for the NPR story, but from a similar Voice of America piece:
A Sri Lankan military spokesman said government troops have surrounded the central Colombo hotel where General Fonseka is staying. The spokesman said there are about 400 people, including army deserters, who gathered at the hotel after the election in support of the general.
People who lose elections here generally aren't surrounded by troops or in fear for their lives. Let's be thankful for that, and make sure it stays that way.
January 22, 2010
This isn't funny. Really. But...
Good Morning America did this story this morning about a 16-year-old Starbucks employee who is suing over sexual harrassment by her supervisor. This is a serious issue and I really don't mean to make light of it. But I cannot help but point this out. The supervisor's name?
. . . wait for it . . .
Tim Horton. No, really. I can't figure out if the whole thing will end up as good or bad PR for Tim Horton's.