Tuesday, November 06, 2007

1. "FBI Hoped to Follow Falafel Trail to Iranian Terrorists Here"

I'm not sure if this is the mistake of the journalist, the FBI, or both, but someone should tell the relevant folks that Falafel is not an Iranian dish.

I know a number of Iranians in the United States who buy books in cash only, afraid that some ignorant lunatic in the intelligence service is tracking them and weaving a bizarre profile out of their selection of books.

I guess they will have to start going the cash-only route with their food too. Should I be worried that last week I ate 3 times at middle eastern restaurants (two meals at an Iranian restaurant and one at an Iraqi place)?

2. Ari Fleischer, who was once the face of the Bush administration when they were selling the war on Iraq, is now in charge of running a $200 million anti-Iran PR campaign. You can now expect an increase in crude Iran-related propaganda.

3. First, the world's top paid super model, Gisele, insists that her contract be paid in almost any currency other than dollar. And now Jay-Z is flashing Euros, rather than dollars, in his videos.

The continuing fall in the value of the US dollar is really disturbing, especially now that I should start paying for all of my food in cash. I guess I need to buy a bigger wallet!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

1. Even after the on-going disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans--and I mean Americans, not just their government--can't seem to get enough of war: According to a recent Zogby poll, the majority of likely voters support a military strike on Iran.

2. "I never lost a night's sleep over it." Paul Warfield (what an appropriate middle name) Tibbets Jr, the unrepentant U.S. pilot who dropped the nuclear bomb that immediately killed at least 100,000 Japanese civilians, died last week. Tibbets may have been proud of mass murdering innocent civilians, but there is a sort of poetic justice about his case after all. Afraid that his death would give demonstrators a site to protest his disgusting legacy, Tibbets did not want a funeral or a headstone.

3. After the fallout from the story of the kidnappers from the French NGO (covered in my last post), the following caricature seems all the more appropriate. The hand that is reaching towards the continent of Africa says "Humanitarian Efforts." The original cartoon appeared here.