January 26, 2006


Well, it's already time to take mom back to the airport. I can't believe how little it feels like you can do in 15 days!

Lileks is right to be upset that newspapers change certain quotes to avoid "giving offense to readers". What kind of garbage is that? If someone said "Chocolate City", then by golly you print it so everyone can decide for themselves. You don't edit it out so people can't be offended. What is wrong with these people?

I read Joel Stein's op-ed on why he doesn't support the troops. A lot of people on the Right apparently are bashing this guy, but I give him two thumbs up. Say what you really think. If you're against the war and against the military, then I'm pleased you don't put a yellow ribbon on your car. Good for Joel for speaking the truth even when it sounds crass; more people should adopt this behavior.

And lastly, a funny quote from John Hawkins:

After all, why would a normal man want to go see this film? Men don't even want to go see relationship movies that feature men and women, so why would they want to see a movie about two gay cowboys hopping in the saddle together?

Maybe if the gay cowboys were secretly ninjas sworn to avenge their masters or kill crazy ex-seals out to stop a team of Al-Qaeda terrorists from blowing up school buses full of kids, it might be a movie that could appeal to most guys -- assuming they didn't get all touchy-feely and start grabbing each other like the Hobbits did at the end of "Return of the King."

Posted by Sarah at January 26, 2006 08:01 AM | TrackBack

All I can say is remember "Alexander"! I think we laughed all the way and then some!

Posted by: Angie at January 26, 2006 01:23 PM

Angie -- I rented Alexander so my husband could see how bad it was, but I think he was just mad at me that I made him sit through it. He didn't seem to get the same joy out of making fun of it as we did!

Posted by: Sarah at January 27, 2006 07:03 AM


Thanks for the Joel Stein link. I wrote a while ago about people who are anti-war but pro-soldier. It has never made sense to me because soldiers sign up to fight, kill, and protect our country (whether they thought that was really going to happen pre 9/11 is a different story). Soldiers for the most part are pro-war...so why support them if you are anti-war? Anyway, even though I think Joel Stein is a prick, at least he's honest. And he understands that anti-war, pro-soldier people are pansies.


Posted by: Erin at January 27, 2006 10:47 AM

That copy editor wasn't worried about offending anyone. He was worried that Nagin would look like the very moron that he IS. That's not a mistake, that's a lie.

If you read to the end of the ombudswoman's piece you'll see this:

Terrorist strikes and Iraqi guerrilla attacks were the main cause but the United States Army killed three of them . . . "

"Hey, there's a journalist. Kill him!"

Real intellectual honesty there, Pam.

It's a WAR zone. Bad things happen, accidents of war. In reporting a plane crash do you say "XYZ Airlines killed 23 passengers today?"

Who the hell do you think protects your right to write? Writers? Or soldiers. Who secured you that right in the first place?

Yes, I did send that to her.

Posted by: Bill at January 29, 2006 08:29 PM