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10/23/2004

 

AFTER-WORD


  • You've probably heard the outrage over a piece in Britain's lefty Guardian Unlimited which included, among other this, the following sentiment regarding a Bush victory on November 2:
    The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?
    The column was written by a fellow named Charlie Brooker, a British television comedy writer whose TV Go Home website is evidently very popular and can be found HERE.

    Methinks he is now ineligible for entry into the United States.



  • Writing in London's Daily Telegraph, Edward Luttwak of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies opines:
    I am quite certain that if Kerry had been president on September 11 he would have reacted more violently than Bush, sending bombers into Afghanistan, not just Special Forces scouts, and demanding immediate co-operation - or else - from Saudi Arabia, not just Pakistan. European anti-militarists have really picked the wrong guy as their hero.
    Don't laugh. He's making the case for JF Kerry being a ferocious hawk. He is not, to the best of knowledge, a comedy writer. Perhaps he and Mr. Brooker ought to swap positions. Then again, Brooker on a think tank is counterproductive.



  • The praise for JF has been very thick, and it threatens to hit the fan. In an LA Times piecefrom Saturday, we learn:
    The inner perfectionist in Kerry seems compelled to fill in every empty minute and blank spot on a page. Then he crams in more minutes and more pages. The speechmaking prowess that led him into public life three decades ago remains the most daunting weapon in his personal arsenal.
    From this line of though, one would think the man were Bill Clinton or JF Kennedy. Kerry can fill time because he thinks and speaks in circumlocution. He can spend a strange aeon saying absolutely nothing.

    But, if left to his own devices off script – as in the LA Times piece linked, where his notes sail off behind some Haitians – he "says things." There is a certain, milder element of Howard Dean in the man when he tries to break out of the second-rate junior Senator stereotype.



  • If my scribbling has seemed a little more disjointed in this post that the usual, it is probably because I have been listening to Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie. It is said to be a "built on diatonic chords and systematically derived chromatic modes based on Asiatic Indian and Balinese gamelan influences." Dvorák, it's not.

    It is a highly meritorious work, to be certain, but it renders concentration next to impossible.

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