Loonies for Lunch

Yeah, and if I had a mustache, I'd look like Freddie Mercury. Good Lord, this woman is an idiot, why doesn't the DA see that? Or is he too distracted by his political ambitions?

Thomas Sowell at TownHall has an excellent rant on the ludicrous shenanigans at Duke. This moronic procecutor needs to meet Mike Adams – after all they ARE in the same state. Dr.Mike could straighten him out. Then he should be disbarred for putting his political future ahead of the lives of all involved.

(delinked) Islamic Appellate Court via LGF – Disagree with a ruling? Well then, lock and load and just mosey on over the the courthouse and see how many judges and other innocent infidels you can mow down.

Brent Bozell talks about the imperial American Media's double standards.

Run for Cover!

It's great to be a Gator Hater, It's great to be a Gator Hater…

And I'm with the Anchoress… Decorum counts, even in the vapor world of blogosphere. If you can't agree to disagree sanely and civilly right now, then sit out this dance.

Radio Free Iran

When I was a child in the 60’s, we learned many lessons about Radio Free Europe. Radio broadcasts that were strong enough to reach far past the Iron Curtain, spreading the hope of liberty for all. Now Christopher Hitchens at slate proposes that President Bush speak directly to the Iranian people:

The man is as mad as a hatter, therefore, and makes up for his impotence and insanity with many ingratiating assurances about Jesus and his honored place in the Quran and many lachrymose remarks about violations of human rights. He declares that his regime’s nuclear program is a matter of “scientific R&D,” and he ends with a salutation in Arabic which is given without translation in the news-agency versions that have been made available. The salutation reads, “Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda.” This is a customary signoff by devout clerics, in Iran as well as in Arab lands, and can be approximately translated as “peace unto those who follow the true path.” It was a favorite of the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s. According to some, it was used as a silkily threatening mode of address by the Prophet Mohammed, who employed it when addressing neighboring states that had not yet converted to Islam. In this declension, it could be interpreted to imply war unto those who did not choose to follow the true path.

I like the sound of Radio Free Iran.

Following a separate link from his article, we see that the Real-Mullahs-In-Charge reversed Ahmaninejad’s decision to allow Muslim women to attend public soccer matches. So much for their World Cup ticket sales. If Ahmaninejad is truly just a puppet on a string, why does the magic mystery mystical Invisible Imam give him the time of day? Since when have demi-gods dealt with lackeys? Pathetic.

Wonder if the Iranian soccer team has the same motivation for winning games that the Iraqi Olympic Soccer Team did?

Beyond the torture of athletes, forces working for Uday and his father have killed more than 50 former athletes and sports figures, according to the Iraqi Olympic Council, a nascent group of exiled Iraqi athletes. Thamer, who heads the group, said most of the athletes were killed for what were described as political reasons. But, he argues, their status as high-profile, influential athletes often made them greater threats to the regime. (2002)

Instead of “Oh Man, now we don’t get to go to Dairy Queen”, it’s “Oh Man, now they’re going to cut my foot off for missing that goal”. Obi, namesake of this blog, is currently reading How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer. Does it include any chapters on torture as a performance incentive? Soccer stadium off-season use as an execution venue? I don’t see anything like that in the TOC. Hmmm…I guess I need to borrow it when he’s done.

UPDATE: October 2, 2006 – It’s really happening! (h/t PJM)

Seated behind a microphone in studio 4 of the Israel Broadcast Association compound near Jerusalem’s Zion square, Menashe Amir, a guru for Iranian affairs, reads today’s news bulletin in perfect Farsi.

Sixty six-year-old Amir left his home town of Tehran 47 years ago to come to Israel and has since worked as a broadcaster at the Voice of Israel service in Farsi, which is beamed via short-wave into Iran.

The over-all objective of the broadcasts, aired daily for two hours, is the “education of Iranians to democracy.”

Road Rage, Southern Style

Heard this on my commute in this morning – INCONCEIVABLE! Obviously the pollsters didn't ask ME – for example, this morning I was the lucky witness of a large black man in a large black SUV on his cellphone (of course) cutting back and forth between slow/stopped lanes. Personally, I saw him cut off three cars and one semi. I got the Friendly American one-finger salute when I motioned for him to get off the phone. Maybe this guy will get his death-wish granted. Between Mister Happiness here and the TWO semis with wide loads (WHY do they always move this nuclear reactor shells, or whatever they are) during the morning rush hour?


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