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Tuesday, 22 December 2009
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Few comedy writers can bring themselves to quit while they're ahead. And most comedy series keep chugging along, running on empty before they peter out with a phut. Fawlty Towers is an exception - each episode is a jewel. Perhaps they ran out of money - constraints, even financial, can be liberating for comedy.

Roseanne was funny once - hard to believe, I know. So was Friends, yet how feeble towards the end, when all the men got too fat and the girls too thin, and everyone had slept with everyone else a dozen times. Sacha Baron Cohen was so funny in Borat it is hard to believe he come up with such a limp sequel. And Curb Your Enthusiasm was so original and so quirky, who could imagine that it could go the way of the others? But it did. And the kiss of death? Celebrities. Just one "guest appearance" by a celebrity ruins a show. Larry David took this further and had the whole cast of Seinfeld, the show he wrote.

Last Thursday's episode of Curb had Larry David sitting on a sofa laughing at Seinfeld. Did he later sit on his real-life sofa laughing at himself sitting on a sofa laughing at Seinfeld? Between trips to the mirror?

Larry David, of all people, who could see the funny side of ordinary things, and the dangers of the ego, should have known better. Shame - damn good show in its day, and a cracking title.

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Posted on 12/22/2009 1:43 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
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Will the Islamophobia never end?  From AP:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – An attorney for the man charged in the deadly shootings at Fort Hood says the Army has prohibited his client from praying in Arabic with his family.

Attorney John P. Galligan said police stopped a phone conversation between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and his brother on Friday because it was not in English. Galligan told the San Antonio Express-News that police at Brooke Army Medical Center refused to let Hasan pray in Arabic.

Galligan says he thinks that's illegal and violation of Hasan's religious rights.

Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack.

The military has imposed restrictions requiring Hasan to speak only in English on the phone or with visitors unless an interpreter is present.

Meanwhile, 13 families prepare for the first of many Christmases without their loved one.

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Posted on 12/22/2009 12:58 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
When inanimate objects are being accused of racism, the term has lost all meaning.  40 years ago "racism" was a life-and-death issue. 
Look here or. if in New York, go to 420 Lexington Avenue, hard by Grand Central,  and look up. It's a big building, with all sorts of interesting

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Silent Night I have endeavoured to point out in this short series of posts that the tradition of Christmas Carols is an ever-changing one in its details

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Mary Grabar writes at Pajamas: A truly sad story about a 23-year-old Panama City man dying while being subdued by Bay County sheriff’s deputies
From Gates of Vienna: The editor-in-chief of the Swiss magazine Weltwoche, Roger Köppel, has been indicted by Socialists in Zurich. The reason:

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From the Swedish edition of The Local The Swedish population grew more in 2009 than it has in any year since 1946, according to new figures from
A college exposed by The Times for providing fake places to more than 1,000 foreign nationals has been awarded a new government licence to bring hundreds

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"A redeemer, and a savior, an obese man giving toys for good behavior."   Duet with Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello, from the "Colbert
Qur'an 5:51: "Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends."   From Compass Direct News: A group of Muslims shot

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WorldNetDaily (WND) had this stunning report: 'Muslim Mafia' lawsuit response: Legally, CAIR doesn't even exist.” Defense attorney for Muslim Mafia
Forget all that stuff about Quranic indoctrination being the driving force behind Jihad attacks like Major Hasan’s mass shooting at Fort Hood that

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Breaking News:  The United States has finally realized that the motivation for jihad is ... [drum roll please] ... poverty!  A brilliant
Deep inside the world's oldest known building, every year, for only as much as 17 minutes, the sun -- at the exact moment of the winter solstice -- shines

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`Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There's nothing much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. But

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The Burton Mail reports this thus. A ROYAL British Legion boss says vandals have “dishonoured those who have given their lives for our country”
Guinea (not to be confused with Guinea-Bissau) in another one of those nations overcast by the fog-of-war.  It is filled with coups, massacres, assassinations,

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