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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote:

And then two small bladders came out of their mouths. Just as she was starting to hum, too.

From The World Of Henry Orient, where two teenage fangirls sort-of-stalk concert pianist Peter Sellers.

I have no idea what the quote means.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

The triumphant return of the Amazing Black & White Mocha! Posted by Picasa

4 comments November 25th, 2005 at 10:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Thank You, Science!!!

A bit of Friday meta-cat-blogging: my blog is the first result if you search Google for scientifically cats reasons why having mustaches…

Good to know.

3 comments November 25th, 2005 at 08:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Good For You, Robot Monkey Heads!

The shadowy and mysterious Codename V. has some extremely compelling and important thoughts to share on the subject of Robot Monkey Heads.

Go. Read. Now.


November 25th, 2005 at 07:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Oh, Snap!

I almost missed this! From the NY Daily News’ Rush & Molloy gossip column’s reportage of the White House turkey-pardoning ceremony, by way of The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin:

The President peered into Marshmallow’s eyes and stroked the bird’s fluffy white feathers with a tenderness usually reserved for members of the Saudi royal family.

It has been my observation that the NY Daily News trends a wee bit to the left of its Post-y counterpart…

November 25th, 2005 at 04:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media

Ignatius Nails It… Mostly

I seem to recall him saying some jerky things about war critics recently, but David Ignatius is almost completely spot-on in his latest WaPo column:

When I lived abroad, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. It was a chance to scrounge up a turkey, gather foreign and American friends, and celebrate what America represented to the world. I liked to give a sentimental toast when the turkey arrived at the table, and more than once I had my foreign guests in tears. They loved the American dream as much as I did.

(Okay, that’s laying it on a little thick, but stay with me here)

I don’t think Americans realize how much we have tarnished those ideals in the eyes of the rest of the world these past few years. The public opinion polls tell us that America isn’t just disliked or feared overseas — it is reviled. We are seen as hypocrites who boast of our democratic values but who behave lawlessly and with contempt for others. I hate this America-bashing, but when I try to defend the United States and its values in my travels abroad, I find foreigners increasingly are dismissive. How do you deny the reality of Abu Ghraib, they ask, when the vice president of the United States is actively lobbying against rules that would ban torture?

Of all the reversals the United States has suffered in recent years, this may be the worst. We are slowly shredding the fabric that defines what it means to be an American.

(I snipped some good stuff about how torturing and disappearing people used to be what other countries did)

The United States must begin to replenish this stock of support for America in the world. I would love to see the Bush administration take the lead, but its officials seem not to understand the problem. Even if they turned course, much of the world wouldn’t believe them. Sadly, when President Bush eloquently evokes our values, the world seems to tune out. So this task falls instead to the American public. It’s a job that involves traveling, sharing, living our values, encouraging our children to learn foreign languages and work and study abroad. In short, it means giving something back to the world.

(We’re screwed.)

We must stop behaving as if we are in a permanent state of war, in which any practice is justified by the exigencies of the moment. That’s my biggest problem with Vice President Cheney’s anything-goes jeremiads against terrorism. They suggest we will always be at war, and so it doesn’t matter what the world thinks of our behavior. That’s a dangerously mistaken view. We are in a long war but not an endless one, and we need to begin rebuilding the bridges to normal life.

Ignatius hones in perfectly on the mentality that has led to America’s flirtation with The Dark Side, but I’m skeptical about his prescription for what we, the people can do about it. Sure, raising our kids as world citizens wouldn’t hurt, but I don’t think it would be much of a counterweight against a malevolent, out-of-control government.

The only way it could solve the problem would be indirectly, by spawning a new generation of American voters raised with a global, big-picture, humanist perspective who would vote the crazies out. Of course, the rest of us have to hold the line against the nation-at-war-so-anything-goes mentality enough so that we still have meaningful elections by the time the new generation is old enough to vote.

3 comments November 25th, 2005 at 01:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Iraq,Terrorism,Torture,War

Masters Of Irony

It always amazes me that Republicans can maintain a straight face when they say this sort of thing. In this case, they’re referring to Bush’s tumbling poll numbers (especially on honesty and integrity) following Democratic accusations that the administration lied us into Iraq:

“I do think that it demonstrates that if you spend enough money and repeat the charge enough, the old political axiom in Washington can come true: that charges left unanswered can stick,” he said. “That’s why we felt it important to marshal a vigorous defense by calling out our critics and the transparency of their charges.”

Well, yeah, Dan. You guys wrote that chapter of the textbook. I wish Kerry and Shrum had bothered to read it…

1 comment November 25th, 2005 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Politics,Polls,Wankers,War

Ratings Advisory Of The Week

From the NYT review of the new Usher movie, In The Mix:

“In the Mix” is rated PG-13 (Parental guidance suggested). It has strong language, sexual situations, considerable gunfire and one unfortunate accident involving a shiny disco ball.

Do not taunt Happy Shiny Disco Ball.

November 25th, 2005 at 09:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

You Go, Girl!

Good news/bad news from NY Newsday:

South America’s latest beauty queen won’t be campaigning abroad for world peace any time soon, unless, of course, she’s granted early parole.

Angelica Macua, a statuesque Angolan serving five years on international drug smuggling charges, on Thursday was voted Miss Penitentiary 2005 after a six-hour contest pitting 40 women inmates from 10 prisons around Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

“People told me, ‘You’re tall; you should enter the contest,’ so that’s why I entered,” Macua said. “I’ve always been interested in fashion.”

I just watch it for the jumpsuit competition.

November 25th, 2005 at 09:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

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