May 26, 2011
The Telegraph has an interesting take on Gaddafi. Apparently, he’s “paranoid” becuase he’s worried he’ll be killed by NATO. This doesn’t strke me so much as paranoia as it does common sense.
But it does remind me of an exchange in Catch-22, which the writers of the Telegraph may have never read or seen.
Yossarian: Those bastards are trying to kill me.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: No one is trying to kill you sweetheart. Now eat your dessert like a good boy.
Yossarian: Oh yeah? Then why are they shooting at me Milo?
Dobbs: They’re shooting at everyone Yossarian.
Yossarian: And what difference does that make?
Dobbs: Look Yossarian, suppose, I mean just suppose everyone thought the same way you do.
Yossarian: Then I’d be a damn fool to think any different.
Oh, and while the Libyan campaign goes on without any consulting of Congress and while the administration handing out waivers from its Health Care Law to favored constituents, I contemplate the irony of a black President making a mockery of the Fourteenth Amendment. You know, that equal protection of the laws thing.
You can’t make this stuff up.
May 17, 2011
May 17, 2011
May 16, 2011
In Thomas Friedman’s latest piece he laments the Arab Spring may not be. After some mumbo jumbo building a castle in the sky argument based on a protest sign a friend of his noticed on TV, he concedes:
“But that also explains that pit in the stomach. These Arab regimes have been determined to prevent any civil society or progressive parties from emerging under their rule. So when these regimes break at the top, the elevator goes from the palace straight to the mosque. There is nothing else in between — no legitimate parties or institutions.”;
Oh yeah, that. Even if Arabs were interested in Democracy where were they going to learn about it? According to a UN study, the number of books annually translated into Arabic is one fifth that of Greece.
This does not connote a society with deep interest in foreign ideas.
The Kalima project seeks to end all that. Founded in 2007 with backing from the guy running Abu Dhabi it has already translated an astonishing nine books!!
Here are the candidate titles:
I’m pretty sure Thomas Friedman’s Libyan friend speaks English, and I’m also pretty sure he has as much similarity with the average man in Libya as does my cousin Vassili in Athens. Ideas such as Democracy don’t spontaneously become accepted canon. They require nurturing as in the course of Western Civilization or unapologetic military occupation as with Japan and Germany. There may be another way, but I don’t know what it is.
Oh, and if you don’t believe me about the number of books translated into Arabic, take this quote directly from Kalima’s site.
· Spain translates in one year the number of books that have been translated into Arabic in the past 1000 years and
· For every one million Arabs only one book is translated into Arabic each year. (That’s 250 books a year)
I think they’d know.
May 12, 2011
but have we ever had a President who has been this delusional (or perhaps dishonest) about basic facts?
or this flagrantly partisan while portraying himself as open-minded?
The bounce from his long-overdue release of his birth certificate and our success in Pakistan will have faded long before normal people start thinking about the 2012 election.
May 6, 2011
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).
May 1, 2011
Clearly, Trump comes off worse here. If you’re Ray Nifong, it’s hard take credit for proving the stripper is a liar by having falsely accused the entire Duke lacrosse team. But Nifong would have known better than show up at the former defendants’ victory party.
On the other hand, if anyone cares to notice, the President of the United States appears to have taken his Office to a new low.
On a positive note, it’s nice to find something he’s good at.
I can say stuff like that, because I’m not the President.
But, I still don’t get Obama’s timing here.