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Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Winds of Change has a nice response to yet another unsurprisingly clueless Independent column. Very much worth taking a look at. There's something to the self-torture of reading these Euro-screeds, and something very soothing about reading good responses.

You know, sometimes while you're not looking, good things do happen...

Tim Blair directs us (via Instapundit) to another amazing column in the Guardian. This one is by Andrew Gumbel, who's apparently a Brit expatriate forced to live among the colonials in Santa Monica, CA.

Now Santa Monica is one the places where I spend a lot of time and have many friends; I used to live just south of there is the somewhat more colorful neighborhood of Venice, and now live about thirteen miles away in the bucolic South Bay.

I know Santa Monica, and Santa Monica is just slightly to the right of Berkeley, Madison, and Cambridge. Their city council meetings are one the great sources of entertainment to the politically minded among us, as the council wrestles with weighty issues of international moral import while gradually approving the developments gentrifying the city - much like Berkeley, which has become the playground of the Peets-drinking, Sierra-Designs-wearing thoughtful class.

It's the opposite of jingoistic.

But, according to friend Andrew, it's waaay over the top. When the children sing a Barneyfied song that's a 'feel good' version of America the Beautiful...


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Why would the Independent newspaper carry a clueless "Guardian" article when the latter is its rival newspaper.

Another proof, if one were needed, of the blinkered state of US citizens at large!

LOL. Rival for "most clueless" I suppose.

Embarrassing error, though. Fixed on my end.

Hey, you know what's sad, though? That you would harp on a minor attribution error, even though it's clear both myself and the author I'm pointing to read plenty from both papers and know the difference, rather than acknowledge the silly, pig-headed article itself.

Idiot.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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