In Memoriam: Helen Suzman, DBE, MP

One of the great figures in twentieth-century South African history died today. Helen Suzman stood alone as the sole representative of Liberalism (in its classic sense, not the modern fakes masquerading under that banner) in the South African parliament during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. As such, she displayed enormous courage, fighting the apartheid policies of the National Party Government, going out into the townships and homelands created by them, meeting political prisoners in jail, and using her Parliamentary office to expose the fundamental evils of those policies. Needless to say, she was hated and reviled by those who supported

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A year of blogging

On January 1st, 2008, at 8.11 p.m., I made my first post on my new blog. As of the same time tonight, January 1st, 2009, I’ve posted 1,159 articles and entries, and 288,711 visits have been made to this site to read them. This blog’s Technorati ‘authority’ (TA) is presently 84, and it’s ranked 59,902 out of the “fifteen to thirty million active blogs” that organization claims to track. That’s an amazing and very humbling thought to me. I hoped I’d be able to attract and keep your interest, but I truly hadn’t expected your numbers to grow this quickly

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Here’s to a better 2009!

My wish for all of you, dear readers, is that you survive the current economic and social problems with your finances, relationships, and sense of humor unimpaired; that you find the New Year enriching, fulfilling and satisfying; and that you keep coming back here! Thank you for keeping me company over the past year. I’ve enjoyed your comments (and learned from them), and I look forward to sharing the coming year with you as well. Happy New Year to all of you: and may God bless you and yours, every one. Peter

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Favorite blog entries of 2008

Out of the 1,159 blog posts I’ve made over the past year, these are the ones that most made me smile, or think, or even cry. Wednesday, January 2nd: Sam the Sex God. Sunday, January 6th: Wolves fishing. Saturday, January 19th: Jasper Carrot sings about his Bantam Cock. Friday, February 8th: Men, romance and beer. Tuesday, February 19th: Rogue SEAL team in action. Wednesday, February 27th: A sudden and acute failure of the victim selection process. Friday, February 29th: Rogue waves. Monday, March 3rd: Gratuitous self-torture, caught on video. Tuesday, March 11th: Japanese TV stunt. Thursday, April 10th: Creative, witty

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Favorite Lolcats of 2008

I’ve posted a number of Lolcats over the past year from one of my favorite Web sites, I Can Has Cheezburger? Here are a selection of the best of them. Click on any picture to be taken to the original ICHC post and read viewers’ comments. And, just for fun, my favorite kitty video of the year. Peter

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Dave Barry reviews 2008

The inimitable Dave Barry’s review of the past year is up at the Washington Times. He begins: How weird a year was it? Here’s how weird: • O.J. actually got convicted of something. • Gasoline hit $4 a gallon — and those were the good times. • On several occasions, “Saturday Night Live” was funny. • There were a few days there in October when you could not completely rule out the possibility that the next Treasury secretary would be Joe the Plumber. • Finally, and most weirdly, for the first time in history, the voters elected a president who

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