In a just world, any time that a war hawk uses the term "appeasement" when attacking Iraq war opponents, a huge cartoon Monty Python fist ought to come down and squish them ... Appeasement is not failing to invade a sovereign nation. The proper term for that is called "Civilization."
Death and the salesman: There is much discussion of the Administration's "sales pitch." Matt says no pitch could work:
The reason for the fundamental dishonesty of Bush's sales job is that the real reason for a war is just not appealing enough.
But The Bell says all this attention to sales misses the point (apologies for the truncation):
Kinsley says facts do not matter, sales pitch matters; and since President Bush has not been a good salesman, he is a fatuous hypocrite even if he is ultimately right. The converse being that he is a great leader if he knows he is wrong but can lie convincingly. For my money, THAT makes Mr. Kinsley the reductio ad absurdum of Marshall McLuhan.
"Forward the Right Brigade"
Was there a fear allayed?
No tho the people knew
Some one had bluster'd
Is this a casus belli?
Should W provide a "why"?
Can we do naught but sigh?
Into the alley bereft
are shoved the one hundred
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.