Friday, December 28, 2007


Unusual Activity of Pakistanis

I guess one thing you can say in response to criticisms of Giuliani’s naïve, ignorant and crazy (and ghostwritten) ideas about foreign policy is at least he’s not Mike Huckabee. In response to the Bhutto assassination, Huckabee counsels:
"We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there's any unusal activity of Pakistanis coming into the country. We just need to be very, very thorough in looking at every aspect of our own security internally because, again, we live in a very, very dangerous time."

I'm going to delegate this one to Todd Hockney: "Did you put that together yourself, Einstein? Got a team of monkeys working around the clock on this?"

From Andrew Sullivan.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007


La Putain Verte

Absinthe is legal again. While the legalization of substances that inflame prudery gives me reflexive joy, I'm shocked now to learn all that magical Green Fairy shit is a hoax.

Amiri Barakaism long predates the Internet: for years I and countless others uncritically retransmitted folk wisdom about the Absinthe Shuffle and the supposedly hallucinogenic properties of wormwood. While I was in Prague in 2001, just days before 9/11, I burrowed into a bar and conspiratorially ordered a shot of it. That and two follow-ups did little more than usual. The thing is, even if wormwood did what Poe, Rimbaud and Van Gogh thought it did, in absinthe it's steeped in such a sulfurous bath of alcohol -- 120 proof -- that unless you were part of the Bum Fights stable of regulars, you couldn't possibly drink enough to get anywhere near la putain verte. You'd puke your liver out.

Andrew Sullivan naively wonders, "Hippies like absinthe?" Who more than hippies and Aleister Crowley impersonators with unkempt fingernails likes absinthe?



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