Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Provocative Displays of Utter Ignorance.

Alberto Gonzales was just saved by a filibuster from a vote of no confidence by the Senate and Mike Huckabee decided to emulate the "he who knows and knows not if he knows" claiming not to know if he owns a thong (he seems pretty sure that he doesn't have a miniskirt in his closet).

Via Mark Ambinder Via Matthew Yglesias

Q: I read that you're against miniskirts.

A: If a person dresses provocatively, they're calling attention -- maybe not the most desirable kind -- to private parts of their body.

Q: What about a burka?

A: No, that hides everything. I think a person's hair, arms, shoulders, legs are an appropriate display of who they are. I want people to be attracted to me because they find me interesting, not because I'm wearing something ... well, I doubt I own anything provocative.

Q: How about a minskirt?

A: A thong.


Let's edit some "I doubt I own ... a thong"

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Notice that Juan Cole does not refer to al-Qaeda which is precisely what the mass media refers to repeatedly in this context never knowing how they can know and never caring to know....

"Guerrillas blew up another bridge in Iraq on Monday, this time over the Diyala River in Diyala province. Its destruction will make drivers from northeastern Diyala who want to go to Baghdad take a route through Baquba, among the more violent cities in Iraq. Guerrillas are attempting to cause Iraqi society and government to collapse by hitting the infrastructure, and the bridge demolitions are part of that strategy. Late on Sunday, an overpass leading to a bridge south of Baghdad was destroyed, and 3 American soldiers were killed and 6 wounded."

anne

Anonymous said...

An early student of mine gone to be a federal judge at a wonderfully young age, and responsibly conservative, wrote to me to say, unasked, no one gets my vote unless they commit to the leaving of Iraq. I wrote in turn, "no one."

There is no other issue, because all relates to Iraq.

anne

Anonymous said...

There is almost no activism on Iraq, because the young I have concluded lack proper understanding, but there is a fierce though quiet hatred of this war and occupation among every person I am at all close to.

Choose an issue, from the Attorney General suverting the Justice Deaprtment on, and the focus is still Iraq.

anne

Anonymous said...

Another friend told me, and I know, about being very moderate, but feeling forced to be ever more radical in comparison with projects of conventional thinking of Iraq. Do I ever agree. We do not have Martin Luther King, but I do know what King would be about now.

anne

Anonymous said...

Ah, a fine evening to be furious....

Matthew Yglesias:

A person affiliated with a rival campaign directed my attention to this Ted Koppel commentary on NPR in which he observes:

"I ran into an old source the other day who held a senior position at the Pentagon until his retirement. He occasionally briefs Senator Clinton on the situation in the Gulf. She told him that if she were elected president and then re-elected four years later she would still expect U.S. troops to be in Iraq at the end of her second term."

Molly Ivins had given up on Hillary Clinton for here horrid stance on Iraq. I have not quite given up, but she had better commit to leaving Iraq completely and fast or I will never ever vote for her no matter the opposition.

I had thought Clinton was learning, but she may not be capable of learning.

anne

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, I heard several remarks on public radio by 2 former reporters who have written a book on Hillary Clinton, I had already heard remakrs by the writer of the other new book. Gosh, these guys are simply professional "reporting" creeps. The idea is to slash away at "authenticity" with not the slighest concern for policy. I must read Lionle trilling on sincerity and authenticity.

anne

Anonymous said...

Molly Ivins could go after a political figure like no one could, but always fairly. These Gerth and Bernstein (I know who they are supposed to be) are just creeps, and I am angry as a hornet with Hillary Clinton but never like these creeps.

anne

Anonymous said...

I happened to be listening to public radio when I heard what I have heard or read before but not paid much attention to, though I will now. I heard that American photographers in Iraq are being increasingly restricted is what can be portrayed.

anne

Anonymous said...

Yes; photographers must now sign an agreement with the American military that wounded soldiers are not to be photographed unless the wounded soldier has in advance given written permission to the photographer. "Shut the eyes of the dead, not to embarrass anyone."

anne

Anonymous said...

We must leave Iraq completely and immediately, though I know we will not. We have needed to leave Iraq completely and immediately these 4 years.

"Any" candidate for national office who does not commit to leaving Iraq completely and immediately should be turned away from.

anne

Anonymous said...

http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/06/the_wars_end.php

Ah, here is the Matthew Yglesias reference....

We must leave Iraq completely and immediately.

anne