Posts from May 12, 2004

The Daily Stern

The Daily Stern

: THE LAWLESSNESS OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Dale McFeatters, whose column I read in the NY Post, comes out in defense of the First Amendment and Howard Stern against the FCC:

It would be ironic if the conservative FCC set out to get shock jock Howard Stern, whose huge ratings should tell the FCC something, and got Rush instead, but unintended consequences are an inevitable consequence of trying to regulate speech.

Says who?

Says who?

: Glenn Reynolds says Howard Stern is dissing Catherine Seipp. But the truth is, Seipp dissed Stern’s audience.

Miller had wondered if the anti-Bush tirade Stern’s been on lately might affect the election, and I suggested that the radio shock jock’s core 18-to-34-year-old demographic aren’t all that likely to get to the polls anyway. I mean, how many of these guys can even get off the couch?

“That moron is Cathy Sepp,” Stern growled, in surprisingly grim and angry tones, after playing the Miller audio clip. (No one can ever pronounce my name.) “Trust me, honey, they do get off the couch.”

Well, that was moronic. I’d say the number of decouched Stern listneners beats the audience of the effing National Review by, oh, 100,000 to 1.

Lights! Camera! Post!

Lights! Camera! Post!
: Israelly Cool sends notice of Salam Pax’ film deal.

If only it were just the economy, stupid

If only it were just the economy, stupid

: Iraqi blogger Omar has a wonderful essay today on the power of the economy in Iraq. The real measure of our success in rebuilding the country is being ignored: It’s the value of the dinar and the wages of the people.

He tells a story about his uncle and aunt, both teachers who could barely support their family under Saddam (they had to sell even their refrigerator) and now they are paid decent wages; they were paid less than $15 a month before and now they make almost $800.

My young cousin is a religious Sunni who goes to the mosque and listens to the cleric there every Friday and believes whatever he says, as he

Sand Nazis

Sand Nazis

When I heard the horrid news about Nick Berg’s murder in Iraq, I wondered what I’m sure many of you wondered: Was he Jewish? Was that why these sand Nazis selected him for murder as they did Daniel Pearl.

Blogger Steven I. Weiss reports in the Forward that Berg was, indeed, Jewish and becoming more observant recently. A friend told Weiss:

Spool told the Forward that