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Well, Ok, Maybe There Are Problems With Groomswomen...
A reader points out some little details:
This trend is to be discouraged. I had been ashamed to admit it until now, but I was the “man of honor” at my sister’s wedding last year. It was hell for all concerned. Staying up late decorating was bad enough but the worst part was that it put a woman, my brother-in-laws’ sister, in charge of planning the bachelor party. I hope we’ve heard the last of this.
Of course, from a female perspective, a bride might love the idea of her groom having a best gal, given this bachelor-party point….
Denmark Safe For Quality Art
A Danish artist’s hands-on goldfish-in-blenders exhibit is safe from charges of animal cruelty, a court in Denmark rules.
I Am Not Alone
Numerous readers have informed me that they, too, were scared by “The Ring.” Several say the original Japanese film is even scarier. Anyway, this seemed like the best email on this score to post:
The Ring is TERRIFYING!! My wife (www.patriciacaicedo.com, a good candidate for site of the day or a shout out in The Corner, no? she is a soprano specializing in Latin American classical music and –if you put her up– I will give NRODT to five people who are having June birthdays!) and I watched it at a theater and –after each scary moment– the audience would laugh with relief. It became a shared experience which made it a lot of fun.
Still, seriously, seriously, scary movie.
Now, if you think you can handle it, go rent “The Gift” and buy some Depends!
If you’ve been to Disney, you understand….A parent writes:
Barney? If they really want to make them talk, they should put them in an endless look of It’s a Small World at Disney World. I was on the ride when it broke down…not the singing dolls, just the chain that pulled the boat. I was just about ready to walk out when it started moving again. But think of the terrorists on the ride: not only would they have the insipid, repetitive music, but also the message, in many languages, that it is a small world. On the other hand, there is the Geneva Convention…
Bridesmen and Groomswomen
Unless there’s something here I am missing (and I don’t think there is), this is not something I’d waste time getting bent out of shape about.
From a reader:
The current Scientific American has a story on alternate universes, and alternate Earths. Seems there is a Cosmo Clone only 2×10 118 power meters from here. I only comprehend some of the concepts, but it provides justification for a lot of Trek episodes. Not to mention that somewhere Al Gore is President.
Movies & Homeland Security
I saw X-Men this weekend and want to know if Tom Ridge has adequately considered the mutant threat to the president.
Jonah’s Movie Marathon Weekend
Next time you could invite a few of us, you know.
A suicide bombing in Afula, Israel.
Before she left, the missus and I watched
“The Ring” on pay-per-view. Now I have a confession to make. I get scared by scary movies. Of all my friends, I think I’m the only one to have been rattled by “The Blair Witch Project.” I don’t hide under my blanket or put my hands over my eyes or suffer from bladder control problems or anything like that. But they do get to me. Anyway, I’ve got to say that “The Ring” was one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a while. I’m reluctant to make statements like this because whenever I do I get inundated with email from people saying “you’re a big wuss” or “that movie was so stupid!” etc. So let me concede that I’m a big wuss and yes parts of the movie were stupid. But, if you’re looking for a scary movie this one gets my recommendation.
Just Us Guys
My lovely bride and daughter are in Alaska committing mischief, so Cosmo and I are here holding the fort on our own. In fact, we’re holding two forts. The house and the fort we’ve made from books and pillows in the middle of the living room. It is amazing how quickly the world falls apart once the civilizing influences of the fairer sex are removed. I know, I know, there are disciplined, tidy, responsible men out there who do not need the company of women to resist their more barbarian instincts. And, yeah, I’m sure that if I were left alone long enough I would build-up the necessary psychological muscles to avoid a total Lord of the Flies scene. But, man, they’re gone for a couple hours and Coz and I are filthy, walking around the kitchen trying to figure out how food “happens.”
It kind of reminds me of a documentary I saw about Rikers prison in NYC. The male prisoners are kept under a microscope. The guards search for ball point pens, the wire from those garbage bag ties, sharp lint — whatever the men can forge into a weapon. Meanwhile, in the women’s facility the female inmates have open doors to their cells and are allowed to use and keep irons.
Martin Kramer’s blog, Sandstorm, features a long and important post today on a disturbing new development in the management of post-war Iraq. NYU law professor, Noah Feldman, is the fast-rising star who has been anointed by the mainstream press–and more disturbingly, taken seriously by the Bush administration–as the man to craft the constitution of a democratic Iraq. Feldman’s angle is that he is both an Arabist and a Jew, and expert on Islam, and a professor of American law. The problem is that Feldman is really a clone of John Esposito, about whose views I’ve warned repeatedly. Following Esposito’s apologetics for Islamism, Feldman is liable to make the mistake of allowing Islamists to take power in Iraq through elections. This is how not to bring democracy to Iraq. For a good scare, read Kramer on the new boy wonder of American Middle Eastern studies.
Sounds like Fleischer is leaving to have a life: “I informed President Bush last week that after 21 years of doing nothing but government and politics … that I have
decided that my time has come to leave the White House. And I will leave later this summer, most likely in July.” Regarding the timing, he told CNN’s John King, this is the “last off-ramp” if you are thinking of leaving, before the campaign.
Dear gun experts, would love to get your thoughts on the assault-weapons ban, one of the great pieces of legislative nonsense of our time.
I will now slink away with my tail between my legs. (Besides, I still have exams to grade.)