May 28, 2004


Chris Sheil fans will thrill to his latest epic “I won’t tell you what car I own!” argument (previous instalments here and here) presented in comments at this Tim Dunlop post. Keep in mind as you negotiate his evasions, inconsistencies, and impossibly titanic sense of self-regard that Chris isn’t an Indymedia kid or someone on a mental disability pension; he’s a university lecturer in his mid-40s. Be alert also for a special guest appearance from Niall Cook, who announces that he does “NOT resile” from his controversial views on Vietnamese immigrants. For some reason Niall is convinced that I own a BMW.

• "What's in a bra?" asks The Age. Which explains a lot about the investigative abilities of that newspaper.

• Arthur Chrenkoff fisks The Australian's war-doubt compendium.

• Franco Aleman, formerly of HispaLibertas -- and known to readers of this site for his fine coverage of events in Spain -- has gone solo, at Barcepundit. He might drop in here again from time to time, too.

• David Horowitz and Ben Johnson review Al Gore’s speech.

• This news from Sweden will sound familiar to Australian readers:

The largest mosque in Stockholm is spreading double messages. What the Imam says in his speech in Arabic doesn't match how the text is interpreted in Swedish.

"America rapes Islam," the Imam roars in Arabic from the platform.

The interpreter translates to Swedish: "We condemn USA’s torture of Iraqi prisoners."

Posted by Tim Blair at May 28, 2004 04:19 PM

They must be taking a leaf out of ABC's manual of balanced news reporting, like PLO terrorist> freedom fighter.

Posted by: d at May 28, 2004 at 05:44 PM

What's in a bra?...

Good question-
Maybe there are WMD's, or maybe more abused Iraqi prisoners!

Either way I want pictures! It's the only way to know for sure.

Posted by: Bob in Feenicks at May 29, 2004 at 02:50 AM

Golly, an Arabic translator misinterpreting an Islamic Imam's words of hate? Who would have thought that would be possible, Islam being a religion of peace?


Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 29, 2004 at 05:25 AM

i'm shocked, shocked i tell you at the imam in sweden playing the media for the gullible fools they are

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 29, 2004 at 05:25 AM

Arabs are liars? Who knew?

Posted by: Dave S. at May 29, 2004 at 05:37 AM

Great to see some more incitement to racism on the blogmire from the low mongrel bloghead. Oops, banned for telling the truth again!

Posted by: Miranda Divide at May 29, 2004 at 09:53 AM

Miranda, is it possible for you to make a post without using the word "blog"?

It was mildly amusing the first time, now its as stale as a John Kerry joke.

Get some new material.

Posted by: Quentin George at May 29, 2004 at 10:47 AM

Miranda, do you mean to say that you don't care if someone lies, like the Imam from Sweden?

Well, given all the lying, squawking, and crapping you do here, that's pretty much your moral level.

By the way, the Iman in Sweden is a racist, by definition of the term; that his object of hate is American is immaterial, if you are truthful about it. Oh, and a hate monger as well.

That's probably why you love him so much.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 29, 2004 at 10:58 AM

"The 1980s revolutionised the lingerie industry," says Catherine Perele, head of one of the world's largest lingerie companies, Simone Perele.

This is a lie. As we all know, Reagan was crushing artistic and sexual freedoms in the 80s. She must mean the 1880s, or maybe the 2080s, the far off imagined utopia of bra freedom.

Actually, I hope the next revolution is complete toplessness.

Posted by: hbchrist at May 29, 2004 at 12:06 PM

"(cough)volvo(cough)" - gold! I love reading a good wind up, and Chris certainly went a bit weird at the end there. And what is the deal with Niall? Is he as big an asshat as he sounds?

Posted by: attila at May 29, 2004 at 03:18 PM

If you're referring to my post, Miranda, it's not racist. I'm simply recognizing cultural differences. You know - "diversity." Can't have diversity without differences, can you? And you're grown up to know that not all cultural differences are good ones, yes? Here's a few more you might enjoy -

Gypsies are thieves. American Indians are prone to alcoholism. Japanese are conformists.

Americans are loudmouths. Italians adjust their dicks a lot. And as an Italian-American, I'll loudly proclaim that I'm typing with one hand while shifting my junk with the other.

Oh, BTW - when an ethnic/religious group gets off on calling another ethnic/religious group "pigs" and "apes", then I cease to worry about offending them. They've abdicated any expectation of respect.

Posted by: Dave S. at May 29, 2004 at 03:43 PM

When you consider what all bras have been made of in the past, and are being made of today, I think it's a good idea somebody keeps us abreast of the situation.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at May 29, 2004 at 09:08 PM

Bawdy, Timmy, but still not a patch on 'Blogjam' :)

Posted by: Niall at May 30, 2004 at 12:14 AM

Alan, with all that modern technology has done to improve our standard of living, the improvements to the bra are probably one of lesser known feats.

I think it is safe to say that our cups runneth over.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 30, 2004 at 01:07 AM

Where'd you get the BMW idea, Niall? I don't think I've even driven a BMW in three years, yet alone owned one. What the hell were you thinking?

Posted by: tim at May 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM

My favorite parts of Chris's lame ripostes were these:

First, that his lone purchase of an import could not of itself have caused the collapse of the local industry (um, yes, you're rght, Chris. But an accumulation of those individual decisions did. See Tim's CFC-usage metaphor.)

Second, that he never advocated for the local industry, just beoaned its loss (proving that being a leftist means that you just have to be sad and concerned, or, if you feel something MUST be done, badgering and charging others to do it while personally participating in the action that causes the problem - like plastering a "Ratify Kyoto" bumper-sticker on your SUV.)

It's a particularly loathsome form of self-righteous hypocrisy.

Posted by: Dave S. at May 30, 2004 at 05:19 AM

No, Dave, you don't understand his point. The point is complicated, and Chris has no time to explain it to the likes of you. If you want to know what he really feels, you should check out his books.

Posted by: Sortelli at May 30, 2004 at 05:15 PM

(The fickle goddess of satire was especially kind to hand me an appropiately navel-gazing book when I hit up Amazon to ape a Chris Sheil rebuttal.)

Posted by: Sortelli at May 30, 2004 at 05:17 PM

Sortelli, don't you mean this book and this book?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 30, 2004 at 05:19 PM