This can not be excused, can not be explained away, and can not go unpunished.
27 March, 2002. The day that George W. Bush violated his oath of office.
National Review has a new web design, and it is busy and annoying and gives me a headache. For extra pleasure, the columns are super wide and a pain in the arse to read. Thanks, guys.
Tom Friedman, another NY Times columnist, on free speech:
The Saudi poet, Abdul Mohsen Musalam, in his poem “The Corrupt on Earth,” published March 10 in the newspaper Al-Madina, wrote: “It is sad that in the Muslim world, justice is suffering from a few judges who care for nothing but their bank accounts and their status with the rulers.” He then added with amazing bluntness about the judges: “Your beards are smeared with blood. You indulge a thousand tyrants and only the tyrant do you obey.”
Not only did the Saudi interior minister throw Mr. Musalam in jail for this poem, but his editor, Mokhtar al-Fal, was fired. So what’s my dilemma? I should be all for free speech – right? – especially in Saudi Arabia.
Not so fast. By accident, I met this poet on a recent trip to Saudi Arabia and I tasted some other free speech he has in him. Readers may recall that I noted in an earlier column that at one newspaper I visited in Saudi Arabia, I walked out after being told that the source of all the problems today was that “the Jews control America.”
Instructive, isn’t it? He actually admits that he may be inclined to be against free speech, if he does not agree with what is being said. Charming.
Poor Mr. Nick Kristoff gets Mr. Lilek’s dander up and pays the price- In other words, Lileks has a new screed up.
Kristoff = Italics, Lileks = Bold
It also turns out that a British organization, Indict, is already pursuing an indictment against Saddam for war crimes.
And the Belgian organization Frown is already drafting plans to mount an international campaign of scowling, which will force his regime to divert precious resources to rubber chickens, joy-buzzers and Singing Telegram Gorillas to improve their standing abroad. Meanwhile, the French organization Surrender is drafting plans to cede Marseilles to whomever wants it, just in case.
Need I mention the plans of an American organization, Depose? They’re known informally as the Armed Services.
Go read this and try not to be furious. I printed it out (34 pages) and read it during dinner (clam pesto), and I almost choked with anger while eating. I have not been as irritated after reading something since the Lantos report last week.
Something has got to be done about the ten o’clock time slot on the cable news networks. The choice between Alan Keyes on MSNBC, Greta van Muppet on Fox, and Aaron Brown on CNN is not a choice, really. It is the cable networks saying “$%[email protected]#! you!” Generally, I watch Keyes, but only if I am really alert and remember to turn down the volume during commercials so I do not have to listen to the ‘Alan Keyes is making sense promos.’
Speaking of Alan Keyes, James Zogby was on tonight debating someone, and Zogby came off as a pompous ass apologist. He had the nerve to say that the Israelis were hampering peace, because while the Arab nations were meeting to offer a legitimate peace, Israel was holding down Arafat. I almost fell out of my chair. Check out the transcript tomorrow for a good laugh.
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Now he just filibustered for an apology because someone said something insensitive about his religion.
The incompetence of the Arab/Palestinian handling of Israel is mind-numbing. Do they really think they can ‘spin’ their way into genocide, and we will do nothing? Do they really think anyone with half a barin takes them seriously? Is their really anyone out there (who does not have explosives strapped to themself) who believes that the Arab League is honestly interested in peace with Israel? Seriously? Can anyone even say those words without snickering at how stupid they sound?
Ghaddaffi just called for the unilateral disarmament of Israel (neat trick- since Arafat really isn’t in control of Hamas or Aqsa- Wink, wink), Jordan most recently sided with Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War, Syria is doing their damndest to remove the ‘normalization’ language… Oh never mind. You know all the crap they are pulling.
Justin Raimondo climbs out of his hole (no link love from me, anti-war boy) long enough to declare that neocons are trying to drive us into war with anyone/everyone.
If you are unfamiliar with what a jackass Raimondo is, he spends the first half of his essay quoting Chris Matthews and Dana Milbank, who were widely ridiculed by me and many others (Ruffini, Domenench, the Vodkapundit) for their particularly sloppy work and ridiculous insinuationas and ruminations regarding this issue. And they are the basis of Raimondo’s hysterical ramblings.
Chris Matthews is right that this administration is led by a bunch of “oil patch veterans” who have a “sense of entitlement” to the oil reserves of the Persian Gulf. He is also wise to the fact that a war on Iraq can only benefit Israel, and that the neocons are more than ready to sell American interests down the river if that is what Israel requires. It scares him that a cabal of ideologues who revel in the idea of waging World War IV has worked its way into the White House, and is being given the run of the place. As well it should.
The rest of the piece is an Eric Altermanesque attack on Jonah Goldberg, and of course, his mother, Lucianne. Apparently punk Raimondo, when not sneering over his cigarette, has nothing better to do than to hassle people on Lucianne’s message board.
Yawn. I think he is merely hit-whoring again, and I hope Jonah does not take the bait.
What do the normal distribution, Mother-in-laws, and statist left-think have in common? Check here.
Mmmm. Rhubarb. Currently making some boiled rhubarb, might try a rhubarb pie. I love spring.
The funniest thing about Hollywood is how seriously they take themselves and how unseriously they approach their audiences.
Trust me- only in the current vote rigging schema that you have in place now would anyone think that the reason In the Bedroom lost was because people don’t like the head of Miramax. Hell. I can’t even remember if it is spelled Weinstein, or Wienstein, or Wienstien, or whatever. Who cares? How many old folks homes do you guys smother with Oscar ballots? Does anyone under 45 vote?
The rest of America could not care less about In the Bedroom. Why? Because we were all out watching the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Shrek, and Monsters, Inc. A couple of nitwits were not even doing that, because they have been waiting in line for Star Wars for the last 6 months. Who needs another one of these serious films you guys are always cranking out about the ‘human condition.’ You know the ones I am talking about. People like me invariably label them either a ‘chick flick’ or something my parents would watch. You know which ones I am talking about. The ones about lost love, children with terminal diseases, the dark sides of life. Why don’t you leave that stuff to people who do it well- writers. Go get a Carson McCullers book. And tell me- do you really think anyone like me would watch Monsters Ball if they did not know that Halle Berry was going to run around in various stages of undress? It is why I watched Swordfish, so I do not why the trend would be broken. Best actress? Try best breasts.
I saw A Beautiful Mind. I saw Lord of the Rings. LOTR was a better picture. Period. In fact, I am going to see LOTR again tonight.
And one last thing. Why do all these serious artsy films you guys put out star some wrinkled British women with died hair and a thick accent?