May 05, 2004


• Attention, New York Times reporters! Big important story for you in Australia!

• Who the hell is David Pepin, and why is his sub-blog junk commentary linked to by Google News?

• Sure, the Spanish may have appeased the Moors, but the Moops are probably still angry.

• For all your Big Brother needs, Ms Cynic and Caz have got you covered. Lighten up on Gretel, you monsters!

Posted by Tim Blair at May 5, 2004 02:19 AM

what are moors doing inside a cathedral?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 5, 2004 at 02:23 AM

i hope the spaniards will also remove all images of jesus, because us sinners may be intimidated...especially if we're fat canadian kids

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 5, 2004 at 02:26 AM

"Santiago y cierra Espana" doesn't mean, "Saint James, we will reconquer Spain." I wonder where the BBC gets that notion?

It means, "Saint James, and close Spain." That's the imperative like, "Cierra la boca," or "Cierra el puerto," or yo comere' mi sombrero.

Posted by: Theodopoulos Pherecydes at May 5, 2004 at 02:53 AM

I've heard that it means ``Saint James, and close [ranks], Spain.'' In other words, up and at 'em, and may St. James be with us when we fight.

Posted by: Annalucia at May 5, 2004 at 03:23 AM

if the statue is inside the cathedral, as it is, wouldn't 'the others' be offended by the cathedral itself to begin with?

"Start demolishing, fellas"

As for the meaning of the phrase, BBC had it quite right, I have to point out. It means invoking Santiago's help in the reconquering war (hence the statue's symbolism; the old man didn't kill anyoone himself) and, when the fight is done, to close Spain to outside invaders.

Posted by: Franco Alemán (from Barcelona, Spain, New member of the Axis of Weasels) at May 5, 2004 at 03:36 AM

Christ's bowels.

I was fulle Aware ye Mainestreame Protestant churches were Filthy with Appeasors, Cowards, Moral Relativists, Pacifists and other Persons of degenerate Character and Morals, and that ye Papistry ys still Bug-riddene with cryot-Bolshevist Groupes like the "catholic" "worker", but this is an All Time New Lowwe. It denieth 1) the historical Patrimony of a (once?) proud Nation, as well as denying Historie ytself.

Is the Spanish Nation as Cowardley as its Prime Ministers and Prelates would lead the Dispassionte Observor to Believve?

Praps it is Tyme for ye Spanishhe to duste Off the Bookes of Moorish Grammar in preparation for ye Re-reconquista.


Posted by: The Lord of the Fens at May 5, 2004 at 03:55 AM
Who the hell is David Pepin, and why is his sub-blog junk commentary linked to by Google News?

Yeah, just what is up with Google News? I get the feeling that there is an awful lot of leftists at Google, because I've noticed quite a few liberal blogs and news web site, like and, that are listed as news at Google News. The closest conservative example of this is

Posted by: Dwayne at May 5, 2004 at 04:51 AM

Yeah, but there's an outstanding line in Pepin's comments:

Ted Rall is a true American hero. Despite losing both his arms and legs in a tragic accident in Afghanastan (sic), he still manages to draw a cartoon every week using nothing but his ass.

Posted by: Jay at May 5, 2004 at 06:27 AM