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Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Study In Contrasts

Smart (Howard of Oraculations) vs Tough (Ms. Molly "Thinking-is-too-tough" Ivins).

Once again there are news reports about the "connections" between terrorists and universities, terrorists and advanced degrees, or terrorists and the educated elites. The tone of the reports seem to ask "why?" The people amazed by this simply haven't read anything written by Muslims between 1950 and 1995. Should anyone decide to so much as scan some of the works you would see the depth of thought about "what is wrong" with the Muslim religion and the state of Muslim countries in the world. The religion requires study of the Koran on a daily basis and those studies result in conversations about religion every day. To those of you unfamiliar with the depth of thought in some of this literature, you could do worse than start with a guy named Ma’alim fi al-tariq, the best known and scariest of the Muslim writers.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself, especially since fear is now being fomented and manipulated for political purposes by a bunch of shameless hacks. Who is trying to make you afraid and why? This Karl Rove tactic is getting quite threadbare, in fact, and so much so that it is getting dangerously close to comedy.
The Bush administration has put itself in the position of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If, God forbid, a serious terrorist conspiracy is uncovered, there will be a tendency to dismiss it as a backlash to these overhyped "plots."

Perhaps I don't correctly understand the boy who cried wolf fable.

My current understanding of the situation leads me to the conclusion that the wolf has already attacked the sheep and had a tasty dinner on a few of the lambs. Perhaps if we close our eyes the lambs will be OK?
Upon a careful and thorough forensic investigation, Miss Molly has ascertained that Bush is a wolf in Republican clothing, and furthermore, his dental records match the bitemarks on the lambs.

Lieberman is quite right about the Democratics being out of the mainstream. They are walking this path with great determination.
It is a source of great embarrasment to me that Molly Ivins is the most widely known alum of St. John's School in Houston, my alma mater. She is not a thinker, to put it mildly.
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