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Mahmood welcomes three former Guantanamo Bay residents back to Bahrain: “Boys, you should have learnt your lessons, if not, you’re notwelcome back. Go back to your Taliban minders. With that said, I demand a full apology from you to the Bahraini people for dragging our name in the mud.”

Evil Pundit calculates, using Daily Kos data, the precise level of George W. Bush’s evil: “As can be seen from the results, 56% of Kos participants rated Bush’s Iraq War at a wrongness level of 100, exceeding Hitler’s wrongness level of 90 – 99 by a comfortable margin. Therefore, we can conclude that Bush is exactly 56% more evil than Hitler.”

Cathy Seipp detects Huffertonian spoiler tactics: “The big Pajamas launch is next week in New York, on Nov. 16; funnily enough, that’s the exact date Arianna Huffington picked to hold a party here in L.A. for Defamer and Nick Denton.”

Florida Cracker presents compelling evidence that Beck is just a less-hairy version of Duane Allman.

Tim Dunlop identifies’s correct market value: “If you like, try them for two weeks for free. It’s worth it.

Austin Bay sheeshes at Maureen Dowd’s reluctance to discuss Iraq: “She said she wants to segue from war (Miller, Iraq, etc) to ‘gender war.’ Sheesh.”

James Waterton cites a cow-based example of pork-barrelling: “Every Sri Lankan home will be gifted with a high milk-yielding cow from Kerala which could be expected to yield 10 liters to 16 liters of milk every day. Even families who live in flats, who could make suitable arrangements to look after a cow, will receive a gift of cow.”

Acidman, God bless his fierce cracker heart, is working things through: “Today makes two weeks in rehab, and it’s one of those days when my alcohol-soaked brain rebels against the pangs of sobriety. I believe that I now know what senility feels like.”

The Bitch Girls report: “A hand grenade being used instead of a ball in a game of catch exploded early on Saturday killing three youths in this Bosnian town …”

Mohammed at Iraq the Model discusses party strategies ahead of next month’s elections: “They’re marketing their programs and policies in a way that is considerably different from what we experienced a year ago and entirely different from what we had for decades under the Ba’ath despotic rule.”

Andrea is overdue for some coin: “Help keep me within reach of the internet 24/7.” Hit the link and donate.

Damian Penny says it’s party time in Paris: “Indeed, contrary to the oft-stated principle that the rioters are driven by ‘despair’, many of them seem to be having the time of their lives.”

Roger L. Simon is writing in some type of code: “The Lakers are 3-1 and the Kobester on top of the scoring derby with a Jordanesque 36 plus a game.”

Aaron at Free Will sees a pattern: “Minor car-b-q’s have taken place in Berlin and Brussels, suggesting the threat of this crisis eventually consuming all the chocolate making nations.”

Colby Cosh offers a solution: “The French rioting may be understood as the predictable legacy of those deformed 20th-century twins, modernism and the welfare state. The good news is that the cure—as American cities are gradually discovering—is as simple as reversing the policies in question (or at least modifying them to strip power from urban planners) and applying a little dynamite.”

Rajan Rishyakaran, deep in exams, is missing out on all the fun: “19 more days till I can post a sarcastic entry on the French riots. Hope it lasts until then.”

Harry Hutton reveals: “Many of my best friends are whites.”

Mr. Bingley farewells one beautiful labrador.

Darlene Taylor disses a dipstick: “How novel for a progressive bloke to present sexualised and demonic imagery when discussing a woman he disagrees with.”

James Lileks discovers the secret of successful publishing: “Here I’ve assembled a book with a substantial chapter on the matter of wartime constipation, and the next thing you know I’m in the Sunday Times. Up and comers, take note.”

Dr Alice gets diagnostic: “One of my wackiest patients came in for an unrelated problem and casually told me that she had had ‘some trouble seeing’ with her left eye for two weeks, only for me to test her and find that she was totally BLIND in that eye.”

Harry Heidelberg spots the last of a dying breed: “British socialism! There is at least ONE guy who believes in it.”

Jessica’s Well points out that “the price of gasoline, averaged across the country, is now less than it was before Katrina in August.”

Joy of Knitting despairs at Italy’s poor self-image: “Italians say they’re bad and think they’re worse than bad, and in their heart of hearts they fear they’re the worst of the worst.”

Libertarian Leanings notes: “Neither the Washington Post nor the New York Times have picked up on the story of retired General Paul Vallely, who now claims that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson outed his own ‘CIA wife’, Valerie Plame.”

Man of Lettuce reminds us that it is unwise to annoy a cab-blogger. Especially one equipped with a camera.

Andrew Sullivan is concerned about Muslim extremism in Europe and fears the worst: “I’m concerned about Muslim extremism in Europe and fear the worst.”

Nick Charles pessimistically predicts: “While useful idiots are protesting suppression of free speech and the risk of being arrested for incitement, those who are most likely to fall foul first are right-leaning bloggers.”

Professor Bunyip quotes an Australian Muslim who isn’t much bothered by Tuesday’s arrests: “They insisted on associating with idiot groups and bearing those mentalities. They now are reaping what they sewed and the families are paying for it with tears.”

Protein Wisdom’s legumes are superheated: “Coming from an academic background, nothing steams my bean so much as a professor misusing his power to try to destroy the incipient career of a PhD student”

Angie Shultz responds to a mention in The Guardian: “Welcome, Guardian consumers! Make yourselves comfortable, take a look around. Try some of this pate: made from force-fed, battery-kept baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, ritually humiliated and mechanically separated in Chimpy McHitlerburton’s AmeriKKKa. Enjoy!”

Time Goes By unearths sneaky ageism: “This week, it is the Associated Press demeaning elderbloggers, as published in USA Today and elsewhere. (Do note too the insulting URL USA Today assigned to the online story:”

Tony the Teacher: “I like maths. Doesn’t everyone? Trigonometry, algebra, calculus—it’s all good.”

Dawn Eden has good and bad news: “The good news is that I have signed a contract with W Publishing Group, a division of Thomas Nelson—the largest Christian publisher—to write a book … And so, I announce sorrowfully that The Dawn Patrol is going into hibernation.”

Jim Treacher: “It has been 24 days since I last updated this blog.”

Posted by Tim B. on 11/09/2005 at 12:10 PM
    1. Jim Treacher?  I thought he was dead.

      Oh no, that’s Burt Bacharach.  (Sorry Treach).

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 11 09 at 01:40 PM • permalink


    1. Roger L. Simon is writing in some type of code: “The Lakers are 3-1 and the Kobester on top of the scoring derby with a Jordanesque 36 plus a game.”

      Indeed, I suspect these are coded instructions for his “pajamahadis” to strike against Huffington.

      Posted by Hellbilly on 2005 11 09 at 01:51 PM • permalink


    1. Aw, Tim damn.  You made me cry again and that’s all I’ve been doing since yesterday.  Thank you so much for noticing our beautiful, wonderful houndie boy.  You would have loved him.  Besides being the complete gentleman, he was so smart, we always said he could fly the space shuttle.  We miss him desperately.

      Thank you.

      Posted by tree hugging sister on 2005 11 09 at 02:50 PM • permalink


    1. Burt Bacharach is dead??

      Defamer is a cool guy, so please don’t hold the Huffington connection against him.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 11 09 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. Evil Pundit calculates, using Daily Kos data, the precise level of George W. Bush’s evil: “As can be seen from the results, 56% of Kos participants rated Bush’s Iraq War at a wrongness level of 100, exceeding Hitler’s wrongness level of 90 – 99 by a comfortable margin. Therefore, we can conclude that Bush is exactly 56% more evil than Hitler.”

      well if bush is that eeevil then he could start rounding up all the muslims in europe, herding them into cattle trucks and dumping them into concentration camps…….just a thought.

      Posted by vinny on 2005 11 09 at 04:52 PM • permalink


    1. “Roger L. Simon is writing in some type of code: ‘The Lakers are 3-1 and the Kobester on top of the scoring derby with a Jordanesque 36 plus a game.’”

      Now you know how we Yanks feel when you talk about cricket.

      Posted by the wolf on 2005 11 09 at 05:49 PM • permalink


    1. OK speaking of Crikey, I was perusing the other day and came across this. Charles Richardson, whoever that is, writes that the police should be charging A Current Affair with obtaining financial gain by deception because, get this, they show falsified stories (i.e. deceptive) and through them obtain a financial gain from advertisers. Yes he is serious. Ummm, could it be that the paying advertises don’t care why the viewers watch but only that they do?

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 11 09 at 07:08 PM • permalink


    1. HC44, I wonder if Treacher can be charged under the same statute.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2005 11 09 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. My goodness, Tim Blair!  You’ve been busy!

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 09 at 08:10 PM • permalink


    1. Thanks, Tim!

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 11 09 at 08:55 PM • permalink


    1. I think that’s another Webdiary typo, Tim.  I’m pretty sure Margo said, “Gender? Where?”

      And Roger is intoning about the fantasy of the Los Angeles Lakers magically turning into a basketball team again and blocking my view of the cheerleaders.  I give it a month.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 09 at 08:56 PM • permalink


    1. Dwayne and Shaq.  This is the Magical year.

      (With that 7’0” Aussie now a rookie in the NBA, some Aussies might be more knowledgeable about the NBA than Americans.  Definitely more knowledgeable than me with cricket).

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 11 09 at 09:11 PM • permalink


    1. HC44, I wonder if Treacher can be charged under the same statute.

      Yeah… wait, what?

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 11 09 at 09:17 PM • permalink


    1. I had to look up Beck to even know who he is.  Now get off my lawn.

      Posted by Donnah on 2005 11 09 at 10:08 PM • permalink


    1. Thank you for the review Tim.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2005 11 10 at 12:04 AM • permalink


    1. In ‘The Age’ today:

      ‘Learning to live with terror in our land’

      Hugh White

      Obviously the vast majority of Australia’s Muslims abhor terrorism. Equally, a large number of Muslims here and around the world believe that the globalised culture of the West is to some extent hostile to their religion and values. It might make sense to contest the accuracy of that belief. But one can hardly doubt that it is widely and sincerely held, and one can at least understand why many Muslims might think that way. It is from this large pool of those who feel alienated by reason of their faith and culture that the tiny proportion who contemplate terror are drawn.

      Here is a good example of the logic-chopping, weasel evasions and appeasement that many on the left find ‘nuanced’ but Islamists love.  A belief may be ‘widely and sincerely held’ and be wrong and we should say so or risk supporting it by the mere fact of its existence.

      ‘Globalised culture’ (whatever that means) is essentially liberal and tolerant; it is not hostile to Islam to any extent.  No ‘mights’ about it. The irony which seems to escape this writer, is that exactly the opposite is the case.

      White does not want to combat these delusions he wants to ‘understand’ them.  I am quite capable of understanding paranoia and misinformation but that need not involve apologetics for terrorism.

      By implicitly endorsing these ‘beliefs’in the name of booby-tolerance, White becomes part of the problem.

      Sub-editors may be responsible for the title, but I do not want to ‘live with terror’.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 10 at 12:17 AM • permalink


    1. Off Topic
      Tomorrow, November 10, is the 230th anniversary of the establishment of the US Marine Corps.  Establlished in 1775 by Act of the Continental Congress, it carried out its initial recruiting in a tavern.

      Old joke:  What did the first man to join the Marines asy to the second one?

      “Think this is tough, sonny? You should have been in The Old Corps.”

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 11 10 at 12:54 AM • permalink


    1. 17: In honor of that, I’ll set aside rivalry:

      In the Beginning

      “In the beginning was the word and the word was God. In the beginning was God and all else was darkness and void, and without form, so God created the heavens and earth. He created the sun and the moon and the stars, so light might pierce the darkness. The Earth, God divided between the land and the sea, and these he filled with many assorted creatures. The dark, salty, slimy, creatures which inhabited the murky depths of the ocean he called Sailors.

      God dressed them accordingly, they had little trousers that had bells at the bottom and their shirts had cute little flaps on them and they wore funny looking hats. He gave them long sideburns and beards and nicknamed them “squids”. They were banished to a lifetime at sea so normal folks would not have to associate with them. To fully identify these unloved creatures, he called them “petty” and “commodore” instead of titles worthy of red blooded men. The flaky creatures of the land God called soldiers, and with a twinkle in the eye and a sense of humor only God could have made their trousers to short and there covers to large.

      He made their pockets oversized so they could warm their hands. To adorn their uniforms God gave them badges in quantities only a dime store owner could appreciate. He gave them emblems and crest and all kinds of shiny things that glittered. (When you are God you tend to get carried away) On the sixth day God thought of creating some air creatures for which he designed a greyhound bus uniform. He discarded the idea during the first week, and it wasn’t until years later that some apostles resurrected this theme and established what we now know as the “wild blue yonder wonders”.

      On the seventh day as you know God rested. On the 8th day at 0530, God looked down upon the Earth and was not happy. God was just not happy! He thought about his labors and in his divine wisdom, God created a divine creature. This creature he called “Marine” and the Marines, God created in his own image were to be of the air,land,and sea. God gave them wonderful uniforms, some were green and some were blue with red trim. In the early days some uniforms were a beautiful tan. He gave them practical fighting uniforms to wage war against Satan and evil. He gave them service uniforms for there daily work and training. He gave them evening and dress uniforms…sharp and stylish. He also gave them swords so people who were not impressed could be dealt with accordingly. On the 8th day God looked down upon Earth and saw that it was good. But was God happy? No God was still not happy, because in the course of his labors he forgot one thing, he did not have a uniform for himself. He thought about it and thought about it and finally satisfied himself in knowing that well……Not everyone can be a Marine.

      Posted by Donnah on 2005 11 10 at 01:16 AM • permalink


    1. Any country which will not expend funds, or cannot field an army, or cannot even argue its case, in defence of itself, can be hung out to dry.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 10 at 06:28 AM • permalink


    1. Happy Birthday Marines!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 11 10 at 09:07 AM • permalink


    1. Blogstrop – leave New Zealand out of this.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2005 11 10 at 09:14 AM • permalink


  1. Well, I’m feeling well disposed to Crikey today.  They linked this post at my blog, about a Bush-hating Parisienne, who is nevertheless getting worried about France going up in flames.

    Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2005 11 11 at 01:27 AM • permalink