"As far as we can tell, there are three possible explanations for Mr. Gonzales’s talk about a dispute over other — unspecified — intelligence activities. One, he lied to Congress. Two, he used a bureaucratic dodge to mislead lawmakers and the public: the spying program was modified after Mr. Ashcroft refused to endorse it, which made it “different” from the one Mr. Bush has acknowledged. The third is that there was more wiretapping than has been disclosed, perhaps even purely domestic wiretapping, and Mr. Gonzales is helping Mr. Bush cover it up."
“Let’s keep things in perspective. “The Simpsons” is an inexhaustible repository of humor, invention and insight, an achievement without precedent or peer in the history of broadcast television, perhaps the purest distillation of our glories and failings as a nation ever conceived. “The Simpsons Movie” is, well, a movie.”—A.O. Scott
“Another cool thing about the casing is that if you hold the iPhone correctly in bright sunlight, you can shine the reflective Apple logo onto a wall like the Batman symbol. I played around with this for about 20 minutes on the seatback in front of me on a recent plane ride. The person next to me didn’t get it.”—Mike Davidson
“I always sign books when I read them, and I make people, when they borrow them, sign the backs and that way I know who borrowed my books and who’s read them; I’ve been doing it since the late 80s, so I have these books that have been signed ten times by friends I don’t see anymore.”—James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
"In the mid 1990s, German channel Kabel 1 wound up pulling their sitcom Seinfeld off the air due to poor ratings and replaced it with Hogan’s Heroes. The humor of Seinfeld was lost on the German audience, partially due to the difficulty of translating Seinfeld’s American culture and phrases for a German audience. Hogan’s Heroes, by contrast, translated easily, despite the fact that the show’s humor was largely based on poking fun at Germany and its culture.” (Wikipedia | Hogan’s Heroes)
“Berlin: Germans watch Hogan’s Heroes dubbed into German. I thought for a moment that my head would explode from the cacophony of thought this produced, but I was able to pull back from the abyss. ”—Heather Champ