Saturday, July 03, 2004

Both Yemen and Jordan have indicated that they would
send troops to Iraq
(Washington Post article).

This is a big deal, but seems to be nearly invisible in the news. This is Jordan and Yemen saying that they (i) acknowledge the legitimacy of Iraq's interim government, and that (ii) its security and stability is their interest (and in the interest of the Arab world). They are now unambiguously telling the rest the Arabs as much. So much for the claim of puppetry in Baghdad.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Christopher Hitchens is an interesting guy. In "Book Notes", by Brian Lamb, he is shown writing on his laptop in a Washington DC watering hole, martini at DefCon 3 near his hand. He used to write for the Nation and appeared to be irreconcilably hard-left. Then came 9/11. Hitchens understood the nature of the enemy and what the stakes were: the survival of democratic civilization. He took his leave from the Nation:

Taking Sides, By Christopher Hitchens

Enter Michael Moore and his crockumentary, F911 (I will not call it by its stolen name out of respect to Ray Bradbury). Here's Hitchens' take, probably the most-linked excoriation of this dreck spewer:

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore, By Christopher Hitchens

Chris, we still disagree about the Gipper, KIssinger and Mother Theresa, but I count you as an ally in good standing in World War III.
Cos' reality check: - Bill Cosby has more harsh words for black community - Jul 1, 2004

So let's make this real clear: Cos has identified an extemely important obstacle to true equal
rights. This behavior is the fuel-of-choice for racist fear mongering. A related issue is the "slobification" of all popular culture, but a conversation in the black community about its particular manifestation of this may have tremendous leverage for society-wide discussion.

By the way CNN, the term "tirade" indicates a protracted speech marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language...really? How about "frank comments"? A little less pejorative. Perhaps a little more fair and balanced (gasp!)?
So where is the liberal outrage of the agony of Dafur?

Next in Darfur (

NAACP, SCLC, Jesse, please call your offices...
These guys are GENIUSES!

Protest Warrior HQ

The videos of the infiltration Protest Warrior of ANSWER rallies are precious: I love the ANSWER goon squads in the bandana masks that are assigned to stiffarm any protest of the ANSWER rant. And Algore calls us Brownshirts?