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Archive for October, 2008

Flashback Friday: Pearls Before Swine

Posted by anandrr on October 17, 2008

A colleague recently told me he was visiting Madikeri for the Puja vacation. That immediately reminded me of the song from Mutthina Hara. The Madikeri Sipyee one, the one with the indecipherable Kodava words. And I just spent the last half hour searching Youtube but damned if I can find the song. All the other fine songs from the movie seem to be on there, but this particular one: no dice. So instead, here for your cringing pleasure is another song from 1990, and I hate to say it, at the time I thought it was good. We were all young once, alas.

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Beautiful Bangalore VII

Posted by anandrr on October 14, 2008

Bangalore International Airport at 2am. Listless much?

Bangalore International Airport at 2am. Listless much?

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Beautiful Bangalore VI

Posted by anandrr on October 7, 2008

Toy Factory in Channapatna

Toy Factory in Channapatna

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Mallya Foiling Me Yet Again

Posted by anandrr on October 5, 2008

Kingfisher announces that it will start flying to San Francisco direct from Bangalore on November 1st. Aaarrggh. Our next scheduled trip to the Bay Area begins 3 days before that. Damn you Mallya! Damn you to hell!

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Flashback Friday: He Forgot Poland

Posted by anandrr on October 3, 2008

We’re reminded today that barely four years ago, Bush told us at one of the “debates” that he would use the Dred Scott decision as a litmus test when thinking about his Supreme Court picks. Naturally liberals were surprised, it was nice and all that Bush had finally decided that Dred Scott was decided wrongly, here was something on which they could finally agree with their President. But 150 years after the case was decided and overturned by Constitutional amendment, and Civil Wars fought over it, he had decided that views on Dred Scott would be a litmus test? WTF? Had he just heard somebody say Dred Scott in the hallway and latched on to it? There was no way an ignoramus like Bush even knew what Dred Scott was all about. Then the mists cleared and it turned out that liberals were the only ones puzzled. Conservatives had heard him loud and clear: He would appoint judges who would overturn Roe v Wade.

So it was rather surprising that when Sarah Palin was asked a similar question, the only case she could think of was Roe v Wade. Is she so unschooled in right wing evangelical dog-whistles that she didn’t know that the right phrase to use is Dred Scott? Weird.

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