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Dizzying Intellect » 2007» April

Cool Day in Hell

This is the second time this year I’ve agreed with Susan Estrich. It makes me a little nervous.

Asked about America’s best friends in the world, Obama waxed on about NATO and our European allies before looking east to Japan. I’m not a foreign policy expert, but I’ve been around debates for decades and it was clear that Obama didn’t get that this was the Israel question.

Even when prompted by Brian Williams, who followed up by pointing out that Obama had neglected to mention Israel, and reminded him of his comment that “no one had suffered more than the Palestinian people,” Obama still didn’t get it right.

Talk to any Israeli family who has lost a friend or family member to Palestinian terror –- and that means any family in Israel –- and, believe me, they won’t cede the prize for the most suffering to the Palestinians.

And they will point out, rightly, I think, that it is the Palestinians and not the Jews who have chosen these terrible leaders and remained loyal to them. Doesn’t that count for something?

Don’t worry, I won’t make a habit of it. I think she’s softening, not me.

Read the whole thing. She makes some good points about Obama’s mistake, and it’s overall a really good review of what these early debates mean.

(This was the first time.)

Currently Reading

Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown

I don’t love Dan Brown’s writing style. I find it awkward and confusing in parts — like the way he puts thoughts in italics, instead of specifying that they’re not spoken aloud. I felt the same way about the DaVinci Code.

But man, can he tell a story. Great intrigue and research (he even got an audience with the Pope!), good character development. Awesome plot. Sometimes the story is more important than the writing. Very rarely, but it happens.

Crazy Coolaulin

I’m not a big hair-and-makeup kinda girl. But when I find something that works, I figure I should mention it.

Today’s product is Coolaulin conditioner, by Lush. I’m not sure how many people will need it the way I need it, but for those who do, it’s a lifesaver.

If you have unbearably frizzy, curly, flyaway, uncontrollable hair, this stuff is amazing. I’ve heard it sucks as a regular conditioner, so I never even bothered trying it that way. I use it as a leave-in conditioner. It’s the only leave-in I’ve ever found that controls my curls, lets them still curl, and doesn’t weigh my hair totally down flat on my head, or make it hard as a rock with tacky, sticky goo. Each lock is curled, it blows in the wind, and it stays controlled in bad weather. But it’s still fluffy. If they ever stop making this, my life is over.

The smell is a little peculiar. It smells like burning cocunuts to me, right out of the bottle. Like coconuts and woodsmoke. But after it dries, it just smells like coconuts, and the smell does really last. When the wind blows it into my face, and I get a whiff of it, I always grin stupidly because my hair doesn’t smell like boring old Pantene anymore.

N is for Neat!

An Edward Gorey movie!

The world of Edward Gorey is coming to the big screen for the first time with a live-action feature based on the illustrator-writer’s classic tale “The Doubtful Guest.”

The project is being developed by Walden Media, the firm behind the “Narnia” franchise, Fox 2000 and the Jim Henson Co. Brad Peyton (”Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl”) will direct from a script written by Matthew Huffman.

Originally published in 1957, the whimsical story revolves around a quirky family whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious, mischievous creature arrives unannounced and unwelcome, bringing trouble with him and wreaking havoc.

I wonder if it will look Gorey-ish or not. Normally I’d be worried, but it’s by the folks who did The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, so I’ll cut them some slack…

Quotables

How the conversation on last night’s The Amazing Race actually went:

Schmirna:You lahk Poleesh Sausage? Heehee.
Polish Cab Driver:Eh?

How it went in my head:

Schmirna:You lahk Poleesh Sausage? Heehee.
Polish Cab Driver:You lahk Meejeet Porn? Heehee.