Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Limey news

Andrew at Biased BBC posted this BBC--public service announcement, I guess you'd have to call it--from the 1970s:

The BBC still claims it uses detector vans, though the consensus at B-BBC is that this has always been a lie to keep the populace cowed. Nevertheless, more than 100,000 people are prosecuted every year for possessing a television without a license (which costs about 300 bucks a year), and an average of 20 a year are sent to jail--not for the crime, but for failing to pay the fine, which is "up to" $2100.

Not even liberals in this country would countenance such a regime (would they?). PBS'd have to use uparmored Humvees for detector vans.

More Limey News!

Oliver Kamm has three fine posts on Paul Tibbets and the dropping of the atomic bomb. Read the last one, where he notes "the identity - not merely the equivalence"of argument on the crazed right (as exemplified, for some reason, by the John Birch Society) and the anti-American left (The Progressive) in their reactions. (Did you know, by the way, that there's a left that isn't anti-American? Huh? Did you?)

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