Category Archives: Humor

When Bush is still good

This article in Newsweek was circling the webs yesterday (via @JStreetdotorg, @attackerman, et al) but I just got a chance to read it today.  It’s Gregory Levey writing that Obama should appoint George W. Bush his special envoy to the Middle East.  It’s a ridiculous premise but what do you expect from a guy who wrote a book called Shut Up, I’m Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government? It’s meant to be funny and provocative.

But the piece does inadvertently cast an unfortunate light on Israeli political opinion.  Levey writes:

Neither Obama nor his proxies enjoy anywhere near the same level of faith [as former President George W. Bush]. In a recent Pew Research survey of global attitudes, Israel was the only country where the population’s confidence in Obama’s foreign-policy judgment was lower now than it was in Bush’s judgment at the end of his presidency. (It was only 1 percent lower, but the rise in confidence elsewhere ranged from 6 percent in Pakistan to 79 percent in Germany, with most countries toward the upper half of that spectrum.) Even more striking: a recent poll found that only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis consider Obama a “friend.”

Oy.  That’s just a little embarrassing for the Israelis.  Bush ended his term as one of the least popular presidents in American history.  He is despised around the world.  And still Israelis love him?  That makes Israel sound like some sort of “rogue” state.  I hope that it doesn’t bespeak anything too significant about the direction of Israeli politics.

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Not the Audubon Zoo

Afghans look at a domestic pig at Kabuls zoo during the Eid Al-Fitr festival, December 6, 2002.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Afghans look at a domestic pig at Kabul's zoo during the Eid Al-Fitr festival, December 6, 2002. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

According to Reuters, there is only one pig in Afghanistan.  He is in the Kabul Zoo.  Due to fears of H1N1/swine flu, said pig has been placed in quarantine.  Obviously this is ridiculous, though not as tragic as the misguided Egyptian attempt to protect their country from the flu by slaughtering over 3000 pigs.  But whatever.  There is a lot of hysteria.

The craziest part of the piece about the Afghan pig comes at the end of the article:

Shabby and rundown, Kabul Zoo is a far cry from zoos in the developed world, but has nevertheless come a long way since it suffered on the front line of Afghanistan’s 1992-4 civil war.

Mujahideen fighters then ate the deer and rabbits and shot dead the zoo’s sole elephant. Shells shattered the aquarium.

One fighter climbed into the lion enclosure but was immediately killed by Marjan, the zoo’s most famous inhabitant. The man’s brother returned the next day and lobbed a hand grenade at the lion leaving him toothless and blind.

What the hell?  Man, Afghanistan has a fucked up history.

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Funny Wikipedia incident (for stupid readers only)


Picture of King Saud from Google/Life's awesome photo archive.

This evening I was wondering about what year oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.  For a quick answer I obviously turned to Wikipedia.  So I pull up the page for History of Saudi Arabia and how does the first paragraph read?  Please read to the end:

The rise of Islam in the 620s AD, the subsequent religious importance of the Arabian cities of Makkah (Makkah al-Mukarramah, or Mecca), and Medina (the two holiest places in Islam), and the discovery of large oil reserves in the early twentieth century, have given the rulers of this territory significant influence beyond the peninsula. Kings had the authority to fart at dining tables of important matter, and escape punishment.

Oh man.  Don’t you love the democratization of information?

That photo is from the amazing database of Life Magazine images hosted by Google.  If you haven’t checked it out you really should.  Search for anything!

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Snoop Dogg on Bill O’Reilly

“Man, fuck Bill O’Reilly.”

Snoop was on Dutch TV last night giving an interview and had a brief chance to share his thoughts on another topic very close to my heart: How much Bill O’Reilly sucks.  Watch the video:

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Christopher Hitchens gets his ass kicked

It has been reported that Christopher Hitchens got his ass kicked in Beirut the other day.  Abu Muqawama has the story.  I am reproducing in full.

Can anyone in Beirut verify this?

“I dont know if you find this as news worthy or not, but Christopher Hitchens is currently in Beirut sponsored by the same group that owns that crap NOW Lebanon. He got in a few nights ago and surprisingly went out drinking. On his way out of the bar he saw an SSNP poster and wrote on it “Fuck the SSNP”. There just happened to be some SSNP thugs near by–most likely asking people for their ID, and most likely to no avail–and saw him write on the poster and kicked his ass. He is still walking with a limp.”

Update: This story has now been confirmed. Look, it’s widely known that since the May 2008 events the SSNP guys have behaved like thugs in Hamra (where the ass-kicking took place). But seriously, would you roll into East L.A. and start writing over gang signs? I mean, is that smart? C’mon, Brother Hitchens, we’re rootin’ for you, but have a little walkin’ around sense. He was probably at De Prague. Where the wait staff is, like, 90% SSNP. Abu Muqawama’s Top Three West Beirut Watering Holes: 1. Barometre (cheap arak, great fattoush); 2. Captain’s Cabin; 3. Danny’s. (In response to a reader, the great Chez Andre closed sometime a little over a year ago. That hole-in-the-wall was great.)

Obviously, Abu Muqawama knows far more about this than I do.  I’ve only been to Beirut once.  But when I was there it seemed pretty obvious that militia-type guys are everywhere in the city.  (For example, I was stopped by Hizballah, who asked for my ID and accused me of working for Mossad.)  Why didn’t Christopher Hitchens know any better?

Finally, I have to say that I have no love for the SSNP and no hate for Christopher Hitchens.  I think he’s funny, a great writer, and often right about stuff.  But as a bloated, drunk, belligerent British journalist, he makes an easy target.  Therefore I have to enjoy this story, just like I enjoyed when he had himself waterboarded.

Photo from KyleSmithOnline.com, with apologies

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Headline of the Day

From NYTimes.com:

Blow: Teen Cocaine Use

Op-ed about teen cocaine use by Charles M. Blow.  Get it?  (Thanks to Ben, my brother in hilarity.)

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Horse Stories

What?  Who won the Kentucky Derby according to my “breaking news” update for NYTimes.com?

Big Black Songs About Fucking

Oh.  Big Brown.  I was confused.

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