NEWS BRIEFLETS

* The Associated Press doesn’t know the difference between Australians and Austrians. In a related (and possibly not work-safe) post, J.F. Beck investigates curious European Union imagery.

* From Cathy Seipp’s year in review:

I discover I’m included in some lefty blog’s nominations for world’s worst blogger. By “worst” what these types really mean is “rightwing blogger that most gets under their skin.” But naturally I’m pleased to be there, even if I’m only mentioned as having a “head like a Q-tip.” (Too big? Too small? I guess it’s a reference to my hair.)

* “Fake but accurate” is kinda played out, notes Jim Treacher. Click to vote on his alternatives.

* Les Enfants Terrible is beginning a Bush nickname watch. Earlier Bush nics here.

* Hmmm. Looks like Australian authorities are just as oppressive as those Homeland Security guys who don’t investigate Mao readers. (Speaking of which, Josh Tinley writes: “When I think about my first reaction to the [Little Red Book] story, I find it absurd that, as someone who cares deeply about civil liberties, I was so excited to report on an incident in which those liberties were apparently violated.”)

Posted by Tim B. on 12/29/2005 at 09:47 PM
    1. Damn the apparent violation of civil liberties…

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2005 12 29 at 10:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Help! I’m not being held in one of Rove’s torture chambers!

      I like Treacher’s menu of “fake but accurate” synonyms. I also like Churchill’s euphemism for a lie: “a technological inexactitude”.

      Posted by paco on 2005 12 29 at 11:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. “When I think about my first reaction to the [Little Red Book] story, I find it absurd that, as someone who cares deeply about civil liberties, I was so excited to report on an incident in which those liberties were apparently violated.”

      Recognizing your problem is the first step in treating your BDS.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 12 29 at 11:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, BTW: Trophyhead Wiretap Surveillabush

      Posted by paco on 2005 12 29 at 11:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Follow the links on Becks site to see some of the most self indulgent pics you could hope to see. Betcha every one of those wankers is a art grant recipient. The one with Bush,Chirac and Queen Elizabeth is too strange to even grasp.

      Posted by debi L. on 2005 12 29 at 11:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Exactly what a shot of a female crotch adorned with the EU flag has to do with the Austrian celebration I can’t imagine.

      Aw, come on JF, lighten up, it’s an attractive semi-clad female body.  Maybe some of those poor Austrian taxpayers though it was money well spent (they’re a racy lot).  One may conclude that your sense of humour, not Europe, is f***ed.

      Posted by slammer on 2005 12 29 at 11:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. slammer—it’s the same reason classical art is chock fulla them nekkid nymphs and angels.  The respectable folks are just as raunchy a pack of horndogs as the rest of us; they just have someone’s money to disguise it…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 29 at 11:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Fake but accurate” still works for me.

      But I kinda like “boner fide”

      Posted by slammer on 2005 12 29 at 11:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Aussies Pull Art Depicting Queen, Leaders
      Embarrassed Australians Pull Art Project Depicting Queen, Blair, Bush Engaged in a Sexual Act
      By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer

      FAKE BUT ACCURATE?

      Posted by davo on 2005 12 29 at 11:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. slammer (#6),

      Now, if the photo showed a dildo adorned with a crescent jammed up the woman, that would be funny.

      Posted by J F Beck on 2005 12 29 at 11:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Treacher posted?  Wow.

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 12 30 at 12:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. Who’s got the pool on when those EU posters start cropping up on eBay?

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 12 30 at 12:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. The September section of Cathy Seipp’s year in review has the following quote from The Huffington Post’s Greg Gutfeld:

      Bob Denver died. Damn. Now who is going to play Cindy Sheehan in the movie? Paul Hogan?

      Is that our Paul Hogan? If so, it’s a bit harsh…

      Posted by Mr Anderson on 2005 12 30 at 12:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Will she rise to heaven?

      Or sink like lead?

      That damned, elusive Q-tip head.

      Maybe I’m just easily amused, but I’m going to be laughing over that for days.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 12 30 at 12:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Exactly what a shot of a female crotch adorned with the EU flag has to do with the Austrian celebration I can’t imagine.

      Well, it’s obviously protesting the Austrians treatment of sheep. BTW, speaking of brieflets, there’s a new PETA chick in the ad.

      And re. George Jahn: isn’t mocking der Parlament der Austria Australia a bootable offence?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2005 12 30 at 12:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Chimpen-Hawk X Sheehan-Murderer

      Posted by murph on 2005 12 30 at 03:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Breaking news from the BAC, er,CAB,er,ABC!
      http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1539625.htm

      Coming soon, fire is warm, water is wet, sky is blue.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 12 30 at 06:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. I have fond memories of a teacher (Canadian) who brought in Mao’s “little red book” to a year 10 high school.
      Being young and mostly dumb we were all quite excited over this “forbidden fruit”.

      He then proceeded to trot out some of the most lame arsed “cofucus says” crap straight from the book.
      He also invited us to critique or defend any of the sayings. Poor Mao boy must have been spinning in his grave at being piss taken by a bunch of spotty faced 15 year olds.
      Best social studies teacher i have ever heard of. I dont doubt if a few had expressed interest in mein kampf it would have recieved the same treatment.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 12 30 at 06:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. thefrollickingmole,

      It’s sad that the country that produced Lao Tsu, produced Mao.

      Sounds like you had a good teacher.  The funny thing is that we all take the rarity of good teachers for granted now that the state has ruined education.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 12 30 at 08:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Treacher posted?

      Nope.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 12 30 at 10:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is that our Paul Hogan? If so, it’s a bit harsh…

      Well, we don’t have a Paul Hogan so it must be yours.  (Unless you count the fact that we have yours, too.  There seems to be enough of him to go around.)

      Posted by kcom on 2005 12 30 at 11:33 AM • permalink

 

  1. Lord! Cindy Sheehan portrayed as Crocodile Tears Dundee. What a thought.

    Posted by paco on 2005 12 30 at 11:39 AM • permalink