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October 17, 2006


The Difference:

If you don't ride a camel you ain't Shite.

Maybe they know a lot about Arabian horses.

The function of foreign policy under the Bush administration and their congressional enablers is to scare the populace into voting for them. No knowledge is required.



G.O.P.! G.O.P.!

*shakes head* What did I just say?

Homer: G.O.P.! G.O.P.!
Moe: Eh, that's pretty dumb. But, uh ... [taps once more]
Homer: Extended warranty? How can I lose?
Moe: Perfect.

Sorry. I have to do that every once in a while, or I don't get my bonus.

Sorry. I have to do that every once in a while, or I don't get my bonus.

Nothing wrong with putting my hyperbole in its place.

If we kill all the Islomafascists then we won't have to worry about all this stuff

Got a mouse in your pocket, Arky?

Uh, he's kidding, right? Please tell me he's kidding?

"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else," Santorum said. "It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."
As for talk of a troop withdrawal? Santorum said: "I don't think you ask that question. I know that's the question everybody wants to ask. But I don't think anyone would ask that question in 1944, 'Gee, how long are we going to be in Europe?' We're going to be in Europe until we win."

He forgot Darth Sidious.

I once met a guy in a barrio in a tribal area of the Philippines who, thrilled to meet his second American in a decade, asked me, "Do you know Bob in Chicago?"

Of course, Imelda Marcos didn't immediately promote the guy to be Ambassador to Chicago as preparation for invading Chicago. I think she had a cousin to fill that job.

Then there is the famous New Yorker cover of a New Yorker's map of the United States, wherein the Upper West Side is roughly the size of all those annoying square states, combined, out West. Remember that?

Provincial thinking is nothing new.

It's the willfulness of it with the current crop in Washington D.C. that is remarkable, in a Graham Greene sort of way. Sunni, schmunni, we've got Christianity, flat taxes, and the Burger King .... what more could a person want?

I have a quarter-baked theory that this ties in with the Right's (a general term, not to be confused with all who hold conservative views of governance) contempt for all "political correctness". It's too analytical, too detailed, too complicated. What was wrong with calling a spade a Negro? Now you want, what, African-American? Ya mean I need to change AGAIN?

Simple answers for simple people. Throw in the certainty of ideology and you basically end up with carpet bombing. Maybe they are trying to think like al Qaeda.

hilzoy - did you mean to not have comments on the post subsequent to this one?

Umar, Mohammed Ali, it makes no difference to anyone. Religion is religion is religion and the players are insignificant compared to the political mileage one can make be deifying one or the other group.

Anyone else sick and tired of living in the United States of Dumbfuckistan?

Yes, we're all so colossally dense that we can't even be bothered to follow posting rules.

Ugh: no; I have no idea how that happened. In any case, now it's fixed.

According to Hugh Hewitt, this justifies the fact that Bush, Cheney, et al ignore the information from their intelligence agencies.


FYI, an excellent primer on the Shia/Sunni differences can be found at http://www.slate.com/id/2105120/

FWIW, I got two emails from Republican friends today linking to this story and lamenting it. Now if only those two guys would give up on the Iraq war. But they won't. They'll say that Democrats would be worse (somehow).

In my opinion, there are too many folks on the right who are still looking for ponies. They want the war they dreamed about in 2002. And these are intelligent and generally clear-eyed people.

That's why I volunteer and contribute, but keep the single malt handy.

Does anyone wonder why we are so far behind in the war of ideas? Our ideas are tired cliches, and we have no idea what is the idea of our enemies in the so-called war against terror.

The Fact is that our government doesn't know where usama is and they don't understand the meaning of religon and how seriously it is there sunni's and sufi's. Shite's, druce,dua. Understanding the religon is understanding the person. in order to catch usama you have to realize that he is a fanatic, but he is very religous and if you can think in terms of what religously he soes as a shite muslim and a man who wants to kill all people who degradate islam then our government would find him.

Hence they should look where he has a strong religous following like hmmmmmmmmm

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