March 23, 2004


James Lileks on those creepy peace demonstrations:

The Movement to Reinstall Saddam commemorated the first anniversary of the Iraq campaign by expressing their outrage at the loss of an ally in the war against America. These people are the fringe of the left; yes. They are the Klan without the sheets. Worse: they donít have the inbred moonshine-addled mah-pappy-hated-nigras-an-I-hate-Ďem-too dense-as-a-neutron-star stupidity of your average Kluxer. They didnít come to this level of stupidity naturally. They had to work at it. Iím sure youíll find in these pictures people who have cool jobs in San Francisco, people who get grants, write code, run the coffee-frother at a funky bookstore, and have no problem marching alongside someone who spells Israel with swastika instead of an S.

Read entire screed. In Sydney, Professor Bunyip is upset that he missed out on all the fun. Check the pics at Texís place, Professor! In other blog news:

ē Instapundit is back.

ē And Alan Anderson presents his fine range of Osama-themed election t-shirts.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 23, 2004 12:09 AM

Classic Lileks. Just classic.

Posted by: Craig Mc at March 23, 2004 at 12:11 AM

Loved the Howard pic. Is it just me or can you see Howard just really wanting to say this, but decorum stops him.

Posted by: Todd at March 23, 2004 at 12:21 AM

lileks is great.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at March 23, 2004 at 12:25 AM

Thanks for the great link Tim.
(fires a snot rocket at the peace creeps)

Posted by: cugel at March 23, 2004 at 12:37 AM

I love those T-Shirts!
Johnny Howard has come close to calling the French gutless, would love to hear it some more.

Posted by: JR at March 23, 2004 at 12:43 AM

"the french disease"?

Posted by: cugel at March 23, 2004 at 12:48 AM

Question: if, as we are repeatedly assured, the guy with the "I heart NY better without the World Trade Center" represents the fringe of the anti-war crowd, then why aren't all the other, normal people in the anti-war crowd kicking his fucking ass?

Just asking.

Posted by: Brian Jones at March 23, 2004 at 01:02 AM

One of those picture that Tex linked to has a woman wearing a shirt that says "No Iraqis died to fuel this bicycle"
Well thats my favorite so far

Posted by: Dead Ed at March 23, 2004 at 01:08 AM

shit.....thats a beauty dead.....yuk

Posted by: cugel at March 23, 2004 at 01:16 AM

phill pharts..................phaaaaaarghhhhh

Posted by: cugel at March 23, 2004 at 02:58 AM

Er, Tim, I think the picture's been changed. How was he?

Posted by: fidens at March 23, 2004 at 07:47 AM

I wonder why the "Vote Greens" T-shirts costs $3 more than the Democrat and Labor T-shirts. Are they crafted from organic hemp by the spiritually aware?

Posted by: snoopy at March 23, 2004 at 07:52 AM

sydney indymedia is claiming that a cityrail signal failure, leading to delays on one of sydney's train lines on Saturday 20th, was a government conspiracy to stop a few hundred protesters from chanting and thus changing the world.

Posted by: EvilDan at March 23, 2004 at 08:40 AM


It was originally a fine image of Howard screaming abuse at Jacques Chirac. Sedgwick is upset that I linked to it; presumably he gets just as angry whenever Tim Dunlop or anyone links to him. Strange chap.

Posted by: tim at March 23, 2004 at 08:58 AM

At least the Klan was aware enough of their moral vacuity, and had enough of a sense of shame for their actions that they wore masks to hide their identities. These activists, the Klan without masks, have no shame. They have no shame because they have no morals. How can one be ashamed of doing wrong if "wrong" is an obsolete concept?

Posted by: Scott Harris at March 23, 2004 at 12:46 PM

Protesting for peace, who would have thought.

Next thing you know people will be fighting for war.

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at March 23, 2004 at 07:05 PM

Gee, Sincere, how will we ever recover from the devastating barrage of your wit. Feathers are everywhere.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 23, 2004 at 08:16 PM

PS: by the way, where are the "protests for peace"? From everything I've seen so far, these have been protests against the West, against capitalism, against George Bush, against Israel being allowed to exist, against America, against old lady photographers. I haven't seen anything to indicate that these people wouldn't be all for a war on, say, Christian Republicans. These "peace" protesters don't strike me as being very into "peace" when it means they don't get their way. Hypocrites. At least the terrorists are honest (as some weasel columnist said recently somewhere).

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 23, 2004 at 08:20 PM

Yeah, Andrea, those "The West is Evil" banners and t-shirts were everywhere.
And what exactly was it about the protests that you found unpeaceful? What/who did they bust up when they didn't get their way?
Where was the unified call to go lynch George Bush?
But maybe there is something we agree on, that is, the focus of the peace demonstrations is too narrow. Where was the attention to this nasty business in any of the peace protests, don't the people of Uganda deserve peace as well?

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at March 24, 2004 at 12:29 AM

I'm pretty sure this thread is dead, but I just have to say, Sincerity, you suck. With teeth.

Posted by: ushie at March 24, 2004 at 02:04 AM