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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summertime...


Summer finally rolls in this afternoon, though the weather has been summer-like for a few weeks now. A few of the heirloom tomato plants have set fruit, so there's the remote possiblity we might have garden-fresh tomatos by the 4th of July. That would make me do the little Happy Dance out on the lawn.

What an odd news week-

-Does anyone on the planet not believe New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is running for President? Does he think the "Moi? Not at all, but how nice of you to say so!" thing is cute? I was hoping he'd run as a Republican, so people could get confused about having two Mayors of New York in the same primary. That would have been almost as much fun as the time Massachusetts almost had a gubernatorial election between Democrat Edward F. King and Republican Edward J. King. It did not quite come off, because the Democrat narrowly lost a primary fight he was widely expected to win, but man, that would have been an interesting election.

-Queen Elizabeth is giving Salman Rushdie a knighthood and certain segments of the "Islamic World" (as the newspapers are wont to put it) are upset, saying that it proves the West hates Islam. I'd be a bit more sympathetic to those saying the Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" was an insult to Islam if the same folks didn't see more or less anything the West does as an insult to Islam.

-Red Sox Land is in full panic mode as our outrageous 14-game lead has been eroded away in the last few weeks. C'mon people- back at the beginning of April, if anyone had said we'd be 8 games ahead of the Yankees on the first day of Summer we'd have been ecstatic. Speaking of baseball, I see the Baltimore Orioles didn't wait for the first day of Summer to fire their first manager of the season. Sam Perlozzo is gone and apparently Joe Girardi will replace him. What's up with that? Did Joe lose a big bet or something?

Happy Summer, everyone! Let's go barbecue!!!

10 comments:

Kerstin said...

I'd be a bit more sympathetic to those saying the Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" was an insult to Islam if the same folks didn't see more or less anything the West does as an insult to Islam.

Amen to that.

Phoebe Fay said...

I'm still annoyed that I actually read The Satanic Verses all the way from start to finish. Rushdie is a very talented writer, but that book was way too damned long. It had so many subplots and backstories, it was downright Moby Dickish.

No one who's annoyed me that much should get a knighthood. Maybe he should run for presidink instead.

Mike said...

I hope that I am an insult to Islam too. I would be proud if someone said that about me.

To be fair though, I wouldn't mind being an insult to Christianity too.

Colonel Colonel said...

Kerstin- I'm checking to see if 'Amen' is an insult to Islam...

Phoebe- I have to admit I never read it. It always seemed to be a book better admired in the abstract than the actuality.

Mike- Don't be so modest! You're an insult to organised religions everywhere!

Kerstin said...

Actually, I checked, and as far as I can tell it's not. I tried to find the "Amen" Islam equivalent, and apparently it's...Amen.

anaglyph said...

It is heading into the coldest bit of winter here in Gondwana. We just had a Force 2 Cyclone Alert issued on Sydney (in the event it was a fizzer) and the mountains (hills) about a hundred miles to the west have had snow (I know this is probably most unimpressive for you guys, but snow is pretty rare here)

This perverse reversal of the Nature of Things is of course an insult to Islam.

Catalyst said...

The doormat Colorado Rockies have just swept the Yankees three straight. Feel better?

BTW, the Orioles cashiered Perlozzo after the Mighty Arizona Diamondbacks swept the O's in Baltimore.

(I won't mention that the Yankees had just swept the Snakes. That would be an insult to Islam.)

Cissy Strutt said...

I'd be a bit more sympathetic to those saying the Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" was an insult to Islam if the same folks didn't see more or less anything the West does as an insult to Islam.

I'd be a bit more sympathetic if they'd actually read the book.

Colonel Colonel said...

Kerstin- Well, thank Go-... er, somebody.

Reverend- I expect they are burning pictures of kangaroos in Teheran right about now.

Catalyst- Yes, Good Bless the Rockies- is that what they call a Rocky Mountain High? I understand as soon as they are done with the kangaroo pics in Teheran they will be switching to pictures of A-Rod.

Cissy- I believe it may actually be against some law to go so far as to actually read a book you are criticizing. At least that's the way it is here in America.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

I found Salman Rushdie much more entertaining a speaker than a writer, if only because he seems to attract quite the odd crowd, even (or especially) in LA.

I didn't finish The Satanic Verses the first time I tried to read it but I haven't given up on it, either.