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Today’s YB! award…

From:  Monsieur d’Nalgar
To:  Sam Stein
Subject: Today’s award…
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:51:44 -0700

It’s been a while since I awarded a “You Bastard!” prize for overt nincompoopery by one of the morning-show bobble-heads, one of the screeching castrati remnants of our once-vaunted Fourth Estate.

Your comments this morning about the efficiency and civility of Israel’s “enhanced” passenger screening techniques were outrageous!  (By the way, what other example of tortured English recently usurped the word “enhanced?”)  Try going … [more]

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Breaking news

Monsieur d’Nalgar:  The following account is from the “new” autobiography of that master of curmudgeonry, Mark Twain (Volume I, pages 403 – 407).  If you substitute the geography and technology, precious little has changed in the last century.  History repeats in places like Gaza and Fallujah and My Lai and Jenin and Sabra and Shatila and, and, and…

Monday, March 12, 1906

Mr. Clemens comments on the killing of six hundred Moros — Men, women and children — In a [more]

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Take Me to the River

By Sumbul Ali-Karamali, posted at HuffingtonPost.com September 3, 2010.

Hasn’t the whole notion of shariah in America gotten a bit out of control? No, it hasn’t — it’s gotten hugely, obscenely, ignorantly out of control. How many of those anti-Islam protesters holding “NO SHARIA LAW” signs (as if anyone were advocating shariah law in the U.S.) actually know what the word means? I’d say, oh, none. Roughly.

Shariah (also spelled shari’ah or sharia or shari’a) is the Arabic … [more]

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Like a koan

Monsieur d’Nalgar’s note:  The following reaction was set in motion by the arrival of a poem/article/essay by Ange Mlinko, entitled “Letter from Beirut.”  It was published in the July/August 2010 issue of Poetry.  The photo below (©2006 Derek Henry Flood) is of a woman looking at the destruction of Haret Hreyk after the ceasefire was declared on August 15th, 2006. 

“There is not a sheep’s eye in the whole performance.”

Hmmmm.  This is not a koan: it’s … [more]

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No solution

“There can be no elegant solution to a poorly defined problem.”

Dear Friends:

This past summer I was privileged to participate in a very small retreat with four friends who came from totally different professional backgrounds and walks of life — one a Christian minister who is president of a small liberal arts college, one the athletic director of a major Division I university, and two highly successful business executives from entirely different sectors of the corporate world.  As … [more]

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Gristle in your tea

This darling piece, another in the ongoing saga of “reasons to hate Muslims” (Sentinel Record, October 27, 2010, page 25), was a jewel of illogical brevity:

Attacked by Muslims

Dear editor:

On Sept. 11, 2001, America was attacked by Muslims. Muslim extremists, to be sure, but they were not Catholic extremists or Jewish extremists or Hindu extremists or Japanese or German or Russian – every person who planned, trained for and executed the flights of those four planes … [more]

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Snatched! The abridged version…

“O all ye exorcizers come and exorcize now, and ye clergymen draw nigh and clerge,
For I wish to be purged of an urge.”

— Ogden Nash, from “So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much”

Can’t reconcile America, Islam” (September 8, 2010) is typical of the inky stain spreading across the opinion pages of this newspaper. This submission in particular is peculiar, blotted flummery, an angry smear of the planet’s 1.57 billion Muslims based on … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2010/09/14/snatched-the-abridged-version/