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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The biggest balls in the country

I never expected this from Joel Stein, a guy more likely to appear on VH1's "I Love the 80s" talking about the Rubix Cube than taking the single most unpopular stand in the USA. Of course, Stein will crucified for this by right-wing talk show hosts who will gloss over the subtlties (and humor) of his argument. I'm sure Stein knows this, and yet he decided to take the heat anyway.

Whether you agree with him or not, you have to admire is cajones.

By the way, I have a sick feeling that he is absolutely right, and I feel absolutely uncomfortable admitting it (to myself).

6 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Are you serious?

Ugh, I hate this column for many reasons, but I'll just pick one. The first sentence is the political equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater. It isn't courageous; it just muddles things. The truth is his lack of support for the troops seems to center around withholding parades. Otherwise, he agrees with all of the substantive behaviors that show suppport for the troops.

Of course, I'm probably just missing the subtle humor in the article.

Perhaps he is a Democratic strategist? Mapping out a position where you declare that you don't support the troops when you really do support them, except in a very narrow way, is just the kind of stupid position where GW can fail so completely and yet face no credible national opposition.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

ugh all over. but i have had similar thoughts.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

Hmmm, I can usually get behind this kind of writing. I laughed my ass off when The Onion came back with its 9-11 coverage, this after being zombified by the 24-hour news cycle which had seemingly sapped every ounce of laughter from my system. Something doesn't sit well with me about this column, though, and it has to be more than the fact that I've never really been a Joel Stein fan. The writing feels forced to me, I don't know.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

The fallout begins: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-012506steinreact_wr,0,1162757.story?coll=la-home-headlines

How freakin' predictable. I love that Michelle Malkin is quoted. Like I wouldn't want to kick her face in with a steel-toe workboot. In the end, I think Stein got what he wanted, which is why I didn't like the column in the first place. I think he wrote it to satisfy his own ego. It was too easy, like making a Hitler analogy at a press conference. Before this, only pop culture junkies who watched VH1 and Trio knew of Stein. Now he's a name, and perhaps can land that Rolling Stone dream job he's always wanted.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Godwin's Law already?

8:46 PM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

I was referring to the ease and absurdity of it, not actually comparing Stein to Hitler. I don't even think he can grow facial hair.

11:10 PM  

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