Best Use of the Word “Emo” Award, 2007

Bullshit, Indeed:

In other words, it’s written for chowderheads who’re given to repeating things celebrities tell them and people who’re too emo to listen to Rush Limbaugh but like the way he speaks truth to power.

I’m not really sure what “emo” really means, and I don’t think people over 35 should be using the words of a younger generation, so I avoid it and chastise friends who use it, but I’m giving Michael a pass on this one… and an award.

I really like Penn and Teller as magicians… they rapidly become intolerable outside that context.

Disclaimer: apparently with my hair long and no beard I’m a dead ringer for Penn Gillette. I don’t know why that needs a disclaimer, either, I just felt like disclaiming.

The War Nerd on “Who Won Iraq?”

eXile – Issue #262 – War Nerd – Who Won Iraq? – By Gary Brecher:

The worst thing a major power can do is go to war alone for “moral” reasons. This is how medieval France wasted its huge advantages on pointless Middle Eastern crusades that did nothing but revitalize the Muslims and drive down the price of white slaves in the Cairo market.

Damn, another unbelievably infuriating deja vu deal: we end up wasting our armies in the deserts of the Middle East, just like the French. Except even the French were too smart to fall for it this time around.

The article seriously answers the question “who won in Iraq?” As usual, thoughtful, extremely snarky commentary.