Saturday, July 09, 2005
WHEN A SUICIDE BOMBER BLOWS HIMSELF UP IN THE FOREST, THERE IS STILL AN EXPLOSION, AND IT STILL MAKES A SOUND:
One is surprised that Sullivan misses the main point of what, contrary to what he seems to want you to believe, is a new angle on conservative media criticism (conservatives have been saying if we just stoppped covering terror attacks, they would go away practically since 9/11). He can point out to these people that despite his love not being allowed to speak its name, it existed nonetheless.
Or, to use Reynolds’ analogy, people still run onto baseball fields despite not being shown on TV anymore. We’d say it doesn’t work.
Why? First of all, anyone who runs on to the field still has as an audience everyone at the game. They don’t need TV. We doubt it enters into their equation.
And terrorists — well, real people still die in explosions, don’t they? And wouldn’t you want a population not informed about how to protect itself? Would, for that reason, a media blackout on terror coverage tend to actually work in the terrorists’ favor?
posted by Sully 7/09/2005 01:15:00 AM
IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME WAY OF ASSERTING TYPICAL BRITISH UNDERSTATEMENT IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY? IF SO, IT WAS ACTUALLY RATHER QUITE GOOD:... the evidence against its efficacy also seems to me to have accumulated over the past couple of years.You don’t say. That’s almost as good as “I’d hate to judge before all the facts are in, but it does seem to me that General Ripper exceeded his authority.”
And never mind that Kos himself didn’t take him on; it was a poster there.
posted by Sully 7/09/2005 01:07:00 AM
Friday, July 08, 2005
FLYPAPER NOW OFFICIALLY IN THE WASTEBASKET?:
DavidNYC over at Kos just couldn’t resist:
I notice that Sully hasn’t yet said anything about the flypaper strategy today — but if you check out his front page, he still seems to think it’s a viable idea (here and here). Is he fucking kidding me?
As a civilian right here in New York City, I'd like to be “defended” a little bit with some adequate port security, mass-transit security and first-responder resources. Is that too much to ask? And I’d also like it if the members of our military didn’t have to serve as utterly useless and cynical bait as part of a worthless war in Iraq. But with the Sully approach, we get the worst of both worlds: Homeland security is ignored and our military is badly weakened abroad.
Still a flypaper supporter now, Andy?
Good question, especially given the quote he chose.
UPDATE: P O’Neill has, as usual, some choice remarks.
posted by Sully 7/08/2005 12:29:00 AM
TAKING OUR OWN ADVICE, BECAUSE WE’RE ALL LONDONERS TODAY:
Besides Sullivan, see here as well.
Really, we feel, today’s tragic events deserve no other comment. We were busy today so we couldn’t do much anyway, but we talked to a friend who is a native Londoner and she spent all day on the phone making sure people were all right, then decided she couldn’t not go to work afterwards.
UPDATE: We commiserated, because as we noted a few posts back, Syracuse person knew someone who died on Pan Am 103 ... and this is the deadliest act of terror in Britain since then (as well as the deadliest terror on the ground and the deadliest in England).
posted by Sully 7/08/2005 12:17:00 AM
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Via TAPped, we learn that the idea of using Defense of Traditional Marriage as the latest justification for the War in Iraq is not as farfetched as it seems:One young political appointee (a 24-year-old Ivy LeagueFunny, of course, but it gives you pause when you realize that for the righties, Iraq was ultimately about testing their ideas out for later execution here.
graduate) argued that Iraq should not enshrine judicial review in its
constitution because it might lead to the legalization of abortion.
posted by Sully 7/03/2005 12:46:00 PM
THE YELLOW AND THE PINK:
We should have expected Sullivan to have farmed off the job of responding to Signorile to Chris Crain; what we didn't expect was just how limited and catty Crain's response would be.
Captain Bareback is more than capable of writing a better response himself; but, as Signorile predicted, he didn't have the guts to do so on his own blog.
(Or, we wonder, did he realize that such a defense would look more than a little foolish next to his own disclosure that he has to start taking meds again?)
posted by Sully 7/03/2005 12:34:00 PM