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* Sam Ward presents his year in review. Many highlights.

* Don’t feel alone, James Wolcott! Lots of people root for Hurricanes.

* Andrew Sullivan is handing out his annual awards. Congratulations to MoDo and a sensational array of poseurs.

* Team America opened at number one in Australia and is still riding high three weeks later. Hit the link for Miranda Devine’s column.

* Follow the petals! The latest sinister connection to the UN’s oil for food scam is a floral one: “The three suspicious transactions concerned a company called Al-Riyadh International Flowers, a firm based in Saudi Arabia.”

* Jacques Chirac promises a vote on the EU constitution: “You, the sovereign people, will be called on to choose your own destiny.” Just like in Iraq, eh, Jacques?

* Virginal and delicate Australian blogger Caz is pregnant, somehow. Congratulations, Miss! Due date for the miracle birth: July 1.

* Andrea Harris has moved. Explanation to follow, possibly involving the UN oil for food scam.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/02/2005 at 03:37 AM
    1. I hope Andrew Sullivan gave himself an award for the worst turncoat of the decade.

      Posted by blerp on 2005 01 02 at 05:28 AM • permalink


    1. I liked Miranda Devine’s column, but

      “and soon enough it builds into a tsunami that breaks down the old counter-culture”?

      She really didn’t think that one through, did she?

      Posted by jic on 2005 01 02 at 06:09 AM • permalink


    1. If anyone hasn’t seen the “Team America- World Police” movie, do yourself a favor and see it.  It’s really a delightfully subversive satire.  You’ll like it.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 01 02 at 06:36 AM • permalink


    1. If anyone hasn’t seen the “Team America- World Police” movie, do yourself a favor and see it.  It’s really a delightfully subversive satire.  You’ll like it.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 01 02 at 06:40 AM • permalink


    1. Ok, Andrea, how much does Kofi kick back to you for every repeated post?

      Posted by ushie on 2005 01 02 at 06:48 AM • permalink


    1. That’s for me to know and you NEVER to find out. Bwahahahahahha!

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2005 01 02 at 08:10 AM • permalink


    1. Andrew grates on my nerves nowadays, but this Poseur Award Runner-Up is absolutely hilarious:

      “Admittedly, Midge Decter’s biography of Donald Rumsfeld may stand the test of time as a classic achievement in the literature of coprophagia; the vivid yet bulimically svelte anthology of paranoid slanders Ann Coulter has given us in “Treason” has added something innovative to that small, delectable canon of hallucinatory works that also includes C�line’s Bagatelles Pour un Massacre and the unjustly anonymous Protocols of the Elders of Zion; and the eloquent-as-a-treacle-tart Christopher Hitchens, in a prodigious outpouring of books and articles, has rendered the mental process by which intellectual prostitutes magically change form in alignment with shifting power formations as legibly as few besides Curzio Malaparte have managed since the fall of Mussolini.”

      Has a worse sentence ever been written?

      Posted by Butch on 2005 01 02 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. I think he’s complimenting Hitchens on some article that he must have written about Andrew’s own “alignment with shifting power formations” this year. Or something… At any rate, I’m sensing a pot-kettle-black moment in there that Andrew seems to have overlooked…

      Posted by PW on 2005 01 02 at 01:17 PM • permalink


    1. To his credit, the words are all spelled correctly and the subject-verb-object relationships are proper, but in terms of purple prose and the broader canon of hyperbole, cant and verbosity, and given Andrew’s fornicatory proclivities and penchant for redefining the negrescence of kettles, one is left to wonder from which end he stuffed this particular owl.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 01 02 at 01:38 PM • permalink


    1. MALKIN AWARD HONORABLE MENTION: “There are certain things you want to avoid like an aloof Beacon Hill windsurfer with a crazy gypsy wife, crazed lunatics like Michael Moore sitting in the seat of honor at the convention, shadowy billionaires like George Soros paying for everything—I mean, why that didn’t play in the heartland I’ll never understand.”

      Hey, if this is “cliched boilerplate hackery”, cut me another slab.

      Oh, and Richard McEnroe – will you get a fucking blog already? Great as Tim’s blog is, the comments sections is AAA ball. Go to The Show, slugger.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 01 02 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. Dave S � Sure.  All I gotta do is give up sleep, too,

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 01 02 at 05:00 PM • permalink


    1. Spelling and subject-verb-object constructs aside, this gem takes its rightful and honorary place as a world-class member of that “delectable canon of hallucinatory” run-on sentences.

      Note the, er, ecclectic name dropping: Midge, Donald, Ann, C�line, Christopher, Curzio, Benito – everyone who’s anyone gets a mention here.

      PW, I think he’s implying that the eloquent-as-a-treacle-tart Hitchens is an intellectual prostitute, but I can’t be sure until I finish parsing the sentence, which should take five or six weeks, max.

      Posted by Butch on 2005 01 02 at 06:14 PM • permalink


    1. Butch, thanks for posting that sentence.  Now I have one bitch of a head-ache, and the only cure is a couple of pounders of beer.  I will be sending you a bill for said beers.  You KNOW, in your heart,  that you’re morally responsible for re-imbursing me for said beers, and no fair trying to weasel out of it.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2005 01 02 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. Butch asks: “Has a worse sentence ever been written?”

      Having read the thing three times, I can’t quite convince myself it’s even ended yet. So technically, we might be early to judge. But I think the answer is “hell no”.

      Posted by Patton on 2005 01 03 at 06:44 AM • permalink


    1. You know, I think reading that sentence too many times could cause a reaction similar to this.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2005 01 03 at 04:54 PM • permalink


  1. David, you know I’d never evade my responsibilities, especially as regards payment for responsibly consumed adult beverages. Just send the bill to my office and we’ll take care of it. (The beer would be VB, no? Surely you’re not drinking that tasteless-as-a-treacle-tart Foster’s swill, are you? If so, I can accept no responsibility whatever. Sorry.)

    Posted by Butch on 2005 01 04 at 10:40 AM • permalink