Saturday, August 02, 2003

Don't call it a comeback 

Ehud "Napoleon" Barak is making noise about a return to the leadership of Labor. The Right hates him because he almost gave away Jerusalem. The Arabs hate him because he, um, killed lots of them. And then there's the left: a Meretz guy believes Barak is unfit "on the basis of his lifestyle, which does not fit in with my socialist outlook". A weird thing about the Israelophilia emanating from the American right is that Israel was founded by a bunch of pinkos. A good reason for disliking Barak, courtesy of Labor peacenik Yossi Beilin, is that "Barak has succeeded in promulgating, in Israel and abroad, "one of the most specious statements related to the diplomatic process: that Barak gave them everything and they responded with an intifada." So everyone in Israel hates the guy, but that shouldn't be an obstacle. Sharon was never well-liked either. And Israel seems to really like electing people that have already been PM. So I'm rooting for the guy.

The wisdom of Russ Meyer 

Women! They let 'em vote, smoke and drive - even put 'em in pants! And what happens? A Democrat for president!

Sunday, July 27, 2003

"...did things with a wand I've never seen before..." 

Tired of flipping through the new Harry Potter looking for the dirty bits? This site collects them all. Don't give this book to children.

Understanding Scott Evil 

Why do dictator's sons suck at dictating? This article has the goods. Fun fact:
Augusto Pinochet's boy now wants to exploit his father's infamy, by marketing Pinochet brand credit cards and Don Augusto wine.
For more news on the Baby Docs of the world, here's a long New Yorker article reviewing (among other things) a book of interviews with seven ex-dictators.
Poignant pargraph: Each ex-dictator is mad in his own way, but what almost all of them insist on, in their interviews with Orizio, is that everything they did—the torture, the starvation, the looting of the nation’s wealth, the murder of political opponents—was for the good of their country. The alternatives were chaos, colonization, or slaughter. These men and women were, in their own minds, patriots. They validate John Adams’s old warning that “power always thinks it has a great soul.” The degree of cognitive dissonance involved in being a person who oppresses people out of love for them is summed up in a poster that Baby Doc Duvalier had put up in Haiti. It read, “I should like to stand before the tribunal of history as the person who irreversibly founded democracy in Haiti.” And it was signed “Jean-Claude Duvalier, president-for-life.”

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