LIVE AND LET DYE. In reference to Osama bin Laden's apparent beard dye-job, Michelle Tsai explores the question: "Are Muslims allowed to dye their facial hair?" My immediate response is that if Osama believes he can reconcile mass murder with Islam, justifying beard-dyeing is probably a small deal.
I enjoyed Andrew Sullivan's take on the metrosexual implications of Osama's hair color, but what really intrigues me is the conversation that took place between Osama and whomever he sent out to get the dye. To deal with my curiosity, I've written a short play:
THE FORBIDDING RATIONALITY BLUES.Richard Cohen's column yesterday on Mearsheimer and Walt's The Israel Lobby is a perfect example of the "kvetch" strategy delineated by Tony Karon (via Ezra) last week.
MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES OF POST-9/11 AMERICA. Surely one of the most tiresome, transparently ridiculous neoconservative charges against liberals who oppose George W. Bush's cunning plan to create Arab democracy by bombing Arabs is that liberals do so out of a belief in the innate incapacity of Arabs for democracy. It's fitting, then, that Marty Peretz not only subscribes to this argument himself, but presents it now as if it were fresh and insightful:
WHERE DID I COME FROM? WHERE AM I GOING? WHY DOESN'T SHORT ROUND CALL? I read today that the leaked title of the new Indiana Jones movie is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I can only suspect that the plot of the movie involves the getting of said skull. I must admit I'm still quite bitter about my own script being rejected. I think Indiana Jones and the Search for Tenure dealt with some important questions raised by the first three films, such as: With all of his swinging around in temples and shooting Nazis and being dragged behind trucks, when did he find time to publish?
OSAMA'S STEALING MY RIFFS! Apparently, in the Sheikh's latest joint, Osama bin Laden quotes from Richard Perle and David Frum's book, An End to Evil. Frum complains that he was misquoted. Let's compare.