2. Harry here posts graven images of Dick Cheney. Harry's cartoons of Dick Cheney are far more offensive than any in the Mohammed controversy; that is, not terribly offensive at all. Nonetheless, as a Republican, I consider any image of one of our elected officials to be blasphemy and an offense against God, and thus declare jihad on Harry. The penalty of his offense is a year's subscription to National Review. At his home address. Someone send it to me.
3. Fred Reed has a well-crafted column on why not seeing the stars makes people miserable, or rather, why people hate religion. (Hat tip: Paul B.) I take no responsibility for your offense if you read other columns by Fred, and just to make it clear, I don't share many of his views. Some are pretty repugnant.
5. Nonetheless, on the less serious side, my friend Slats Grobnick made a particularly funny statement at hearing the news, something to the effect that what if Robinson learns after sobering up that he really isn't gay, he was just really, really drunk. Something like, newly sober, recoiling in horror at the sight of another man's hairy buttocks, and saying, "Man, I must've been brain-damaged drunk to go after that."
6. Reading The Gun and the Olive Branch by David Hirst. Hirst's argument is that Americans are purblind, obtuse and obdurate in propping up a vicious colonial state which came into being only through mass terrorism and ethnic cleansing, that Israel is always wrong, that it has no right to exist, that it never has had a right to exist, that European Jewry are not ancestors of ancient Hebrews, that the Palestinians are merely exercising their rights to get the Israelis out, that it was German trickery that forced Black September into killing Israeli athletes in Munich, that Arafat was a generous-minded moderate, that the Jewish lobby has taken over the foreign policy of the United States, and that the War on Terror is a big sham, because the only threat to the U.S. via the Muslim world is caused by our support of Israel (and now the Iraq and Afghan Wars).