Wednesday, September 03, 2008

In Other News

We briefly interrupt our all-Palin-all-the-time blogging for two off-topic stories.

First, Spengler in the Asia Times on How Obama Lost the Election.
On television, Obama's spectacle might have looked like The Ten Commandments, but inside the stadium it felt like Night of the Living Dead. The longer the candidate spoke, and the more money he promised to spend on alternative energy, preschool education, universal health care, and other components of the Democratic pinata, the lower the party professionals slouched into their seats.
Worth reading in its entirety, but not necessarily now; it will keep very well without refrigeration until November 5th.

Second, Sherry Jones, author of The Jewel of Medina, a historical novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride, has found a publisher.
Random House, which paid Jones $100,000 for "The Jewel of Medina" and a second book, spiked the novel about Muhammad and his third wife, Aisha, after concerns were raised by non-Muslims that the contents might spark violence.

Random House said at the time that "credible and unrelated sources" had warned that the book "could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment."
To hell with them.

OK. Back to Palinmania. Sa-RAH. Sa-RAH. Sa-RAH...