Friday, December 08, 2006

Respecting people’s private spheres

The editor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesia (which started publishing earlier this year) is on trial for publishing pictures of women in underwear and, the prosecutor was at pains to point out, “inviting expressions on their faces.”

Thomas Hardy infected his wife with syphilis. College lit professors sigh at the thought of that tidbit showing up in every paper on Hardy they have to read for the rest of their lives.

The German vice-president of the European Commission, Günter Verheugen, 62 and married, was spotted and photographed, naked (except for a baseball cap, possibly worn on his head, the papers don’t say) on a Lithuanian nudist beach with his female chief of staff, 48, last August. The EC president, José Manuel Barroso, said that “people’s private spheres” should be respected, but a German magazine will publish the pictures of Verheugen’s private spheres anyway.

Bush met with members of Congress today to talk about Iraq. Afterwards, he said they should do it again some time: “And the reason you meet on a regular basis is so that the American people can know that we’re working hard to find common ground.” Yes, it’s all about looking like you’re accomplishing something, rather than actually accomplishing something. Then, Mr. “I talk to families who die” held an impromptu seance.

Hastert communed with the spirits of tuna melts past, while Frist was haunted by the ghostly hissing of spectral kitties.

One of the people the Iraq Study Group didn’t take testimony from: Juan Cole.

Nice Simon Hoggart sketch of the Bush-Blair press conference.

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