Mameh loshon

Eric Schie picks up on a John Edwards detail, but doesn’t grasp its significance:yiddish-curious-george.gif

For his part, Edwards repeatedly referred to Republicans as “NEOCONS!” When he scolded Hillary for her favorable vote on the Iran resolution, he said it was “drafted in the language of the NEOCONS!” (As to what language that would be, I don’t know.)

Oh, I do, bubbele.

Moon over

Turns out we need the Moon, after all. honey-moon.gif

Someone tell Frank J., fast!

“The top US conservatives and liberals”

According to London’s TelegraphQuite interesting.

They’ll be for it after they were against it

Rudy spins a nice meme:

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Monday that two of the Democratic candidates will change their minds again about the Iraq war and agree that it was the right decision.Asked at a town-hall meeting to characterize the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, Giuliani said they have done an admirable job.

“Do I think the mission overall in Iraq is the correct one, I think without a doubt it is,” the former New York mayor said at Insight Technologies, which makes tactical weapon lights and laser systems for the military.

“And I think the Democrats are going to change their minds about it again,” Giuliani said, noting that Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards voted as senators for the initial invasion in 2003.

Nice little rhetorical move.

Trendy my foot

I feel as if I practically grew up in the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan, having spent most of my life slipping back and forth across the Hudson River by bus for one reason or another.

Now they have a series of ads all over the terminal, trying to convince people that “the Port Authority” is somehow something more than a bus terminal — which, although it is an immensely more pleasant bus terminal today than it was 25 years ago, and even ten or five years ago, it most assuredly is not. Each sign features a different merchant in the terminal. The idea is to simulate a fancy shopping mall that just happens to smell like diesel fumes.

This one I see every night, because it’s right near my gate. It’s a pitch for Strawberry Stores which, I gather, one can enjoy in places other than the PA. So here’s the ad pitch:

Isn’t it nice to hear the word ‘trendy’ used around here?

It is to laugh! I have, of course, never heard the word trendy used around there. I have, of course, never heard the word trendy used in association with Strawberry Stores anywhere! And, of course, if I did hear the word “trendy” “used” around here, it wouldn’t make my bus come any sooner, or be anywhere closer to the temperature it ought to be, or make the bathrooms any less creepy, or have any effect whatsoever on the charming nightlife — a holdover from the 1970’s, when Times Square was the scariest place in New York — that hovers around the Ralph Kramden statue at the front entrance of the terminal after it gets dark.

And, of course, the Asian card. You know it’s trendy because the smiling fashion girl is Asian.

What was that announcement? Lincoln Tunnel still backed up outbound?


Atheism ascendant

Roland Dodds posted this weird, retro propaganda clip from the silly ol’ Red Scare days.  It shows the new commissar of, I don’t know, Anytown, USA, trying to debrief a classroom full of wide-eyed Christian children on the topic of how their deity answers prayers.  As Roland writes, “This great piece of Cold War propaganda would be hilariously bad if it wasn’t technically true.”

Indeed.  The fact is, this level of argumentation is about what you get from the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” set anyway.  They aren’t commies, at least not all of them, but they can be about that creepy in a certain sense — and no more logically compelling.

Attorney Ronald D. Coleman