The original idea for the film, Mr. Klein said, was to lure hard-core Muslims into a screening of the film thinking they were seeing a movie celebrating Islam. “And when they came in they would see this movie and see the truth, the facts, the evidence and the proof,” he said. “So I said, yeah, that’s a good idea.”

Yeah, that was a good idea. (From the NY Times)

13.09.2012 • Permalink

We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.

A Romney advisor, in a NY Mag piece. Because facts have a liberal bias, I assume.

05.09.2012 • Permalink

Season cycle

No-one can deny that the summer of 2012 has been pretty awful, but it’s picked up slightly here at the very end – not quite an Indian summer, but certainly better than could be expected. I went out walking last night, in a surprisingly temperate evening that not only allowed short sleeves, but also a compelling lack of goosebumps. Strangest of all, though: it was dark. Up here in the north, summer equals light. Even as far south as Oslo, it doesn’t get completely dark at the height of summer, and dusk never quite segues into night.

For that reason, summer seems over to me when night starts blanketing the city again. Granted, this is silly: it’s only early September and warm weather is hardly unprecedented, yet it felt as though I were crossing the street in some country further south.

And walking around the neighborhood, I happened upon one my favorite things about this place: people stubbornly enjoying the park, disposable grills still akindle, laughing, playing games, and simply refusing to accept the end of summer until the point it can’t be denied any longer. Lazily resisting, if not quite raging, against the dying of the light, as it were.

05.09.2012 • Permalink