Could Groundskeeper Willie and Jonah Get Some Kind of Award? The Freedom Medal, Maybe?
“Surrender monkeys made the White House press briefing today:
Terry Moran, ABC News: “Ari, on the U.N. resolution, a second U.N. resolution, one of the forces that’s at work, it seems, is increasing rancor and nastiness within the Western alliance. You’ve got newspapers here showing France and Germany as weasels at the Security Council, people calling France ’surrender monkeys.’ Then you’ve got a lot of anti-Americanism on the streets over in France.”
Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary: “Are you asking me if I can be responsible for the American press?”
A Saudi Guide to Wife-Beating
The Saudi-based Arab News is always a font of useful information. Today we learn that wife-beating is “widespread” in the Kingdom, in part because men are under the mistaken belief that Islam permits it. Not so! says the Arab News, but only conditionally:
It is certainly against Islam to beat a good wife. An erring wife should be warned first and advised. If that does not work, then the husband could give her a light beating, the purpose of that being to embarrass rather than inflict pain.
“I’m Still Living in Al Bundy’s America”
I was too lazy to blog about this New York Times article on Sunday, and figured other people would call attention to it. With the exception of a neutral-to-approving link from Andrew Stuttaford, nobody in blogdom has. Walter Mosley’s piece is incredibly condescending (“Al Bundy. . . is working-class America with all of its ignorance, misogyny and resentment”). It also weirdly, and falsely, assumes the public shares the author’s pessimism: “Al Bundy is my hero because he knows that there is no hope. . . . He’s my hero because he’s flat broke, like most of us are, and always will be.” It’s badly written: “No one is listening. No one cares about his day or his complaints. There’s no dinner on the table. The dog won’t even bring him his slippers. This is the show’s comment on the sad reality of American life.” But what tops it off is the political note injected at the end: “Al coming home to an empty refrigerator is me coming home to our president’s state of the union address.” Or me finding the Times on my doorstep.