Canada-US Policy Inukshuk (Oscar) Awards: And the Winner Is. . .

-

Inukshuk Awards 2011 Steve Clemons.JPG
The Canadians know have to have fun. Thursday evening, the Embassy threw its own stylized night of Oscar-like, red carpet strolling, high drama award-giving for some of Washington’s policy and political elite who embrace rather than poke fun at the maple leaf and all that entails.
The Canada-US Policy Oscars, oops — the INUKSHUKs — was the brainchild of Political Minister Kevin O’Shea who was part of the sizzle and theatrics, playing the hosting role with another elegantly dressed colleague of the Embassy team (will insert her name if someone at the Embassy will send!!). I daresay that O’Shea and his partner hostess kept my attention far more than James Franco and Anne Hathaway at that other awards evening on the other coast.
Defense Attache RAdm Richard Greenwood said that Kevin O’Shea is brilliant at finding new and better ways for the Embassy to show our American friends what lunatics live up north. He laughed. I asked if that was on the record. He said “sure” and handed me his business card so that I got it right.
Seriously though, the night was great fun — and little did I know that I would be lying when I walked on the red carpet and was accosted by a team of Canadian Entertainment Tonight folks who asked if I had been “nominated.” I responded that in the blogs category, I saw that along with Foreign Policy‘s “The Cable”, something called The Washington Blog had been nominated and if that won — then I would not go up there as I published The Washington Note. So I said that I didn’t think I had been nominated.
The pool reporter for the many paparazzi clamoring for interviews then lost interest in me and chased other prospects.
But guess what?! I was nominated but just hadn’t gotten to that email yet.
Embassy of Canada Trade Minister Sarah Quigley and Trade Policy Counsellor Kevin Thompson were the presenters of BEST PERFORMANCE, MALE OR FEMALE, IN A BRIEFING AT THE CANADIAN EMBASSY.
Those nominated included:

Norm Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute, for An Expresso View of the Tea Party, visit of the Canadian Trade Minister
Fulton Armstrong, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, visit of the Canadian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Peter Quilter, US House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee, for Y Tu Mama Tambien, visit of Canadian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Frank Cillufo, Homeland Security Institute, for The Social Network and Radicalization, visit of the Canadian Public Safety Minister

And then I nearly spewed up my Moosehead lager when I heard. . .

Steve Clemons, New America Foundation, for The King’s Speech: Defining the Obama Doctrine, visit of the Canadian Defence College

All of a sudden I was super nervous. The room was quiet. And then:
steve clemons and his 2011 inukshuk.jpg

The winner is. . .STEVE CLEMONS for THE KING’S SPEECH: DEFINING THE OBAMA DOCTRINE

Music, music, and more music — and then kissing the Minister and Counsellor of Trade, a few times, and then my speech:

“Wow. I’m really stunned. If you knew how closely I came to not attending tonight.” And then the response, “If you know how closely we came to not giving you this award. . .”

Was really great fun. I now know exactly how Melissa Leo felt when she was the surprise winner of best supporting actress at the Oscars. Fulton Armstrong, Norm Ornstein (Norm wasn’t there and had to cancel his appearance at 4 pm — otherwise the vote might have gone another way), Peter Quilter, and Frank Cillufo were all gracious, but I know that they probably felt more deserving (and maybe were) and wanted their own trophy.
They’ll have another chance next year. I did let Fulton Armstrong feel and hold my Inukshuk though — and he seemed to enjoy it.
In the category of BEST ORIGINAL THINK TANK REPORT OR BLOG ADAPTED AS A CANADIAN EMBASSY CABLE, there were some cool nominees (this interested me as the Canadians fully embraced their plagiarist ways! What better way to be forgiven than give an award?!):

Josh Rogin, The Cable, for How the Obama Administration Turned on a Dime, turned into Canadian Embassy cable “How the Obama Administration Turned on a Dime” [Irritating but true: Josh Rogin’s quote about the Obama administration turning on a dime — was a quote from STEVE CLEMONS, but hey — I had already just won an award]
Stephen Cohen, Brookings Institution, for A Failed Pakistan turned into Canadian Embassy cable called “A Failed Pakistan”
Abraham Denmark, Center for a New American Security, for The Uncertain Rise of China’s Military turned into a Canadian Embassy cable titled “The Uncertain Rise of China’s Military”
Stephen Flanagan, Center for Strategic and International Studies, for Libya: Managing a Fragile Coalition turned into a Canadian cable of the same name (guess you are getting the trend now)
Deborah Gordon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for The Role of Transportation in Driving Climate Disruption turned into an Embassy of Canada blockbuster cable titled, yes, “The Role of Transportation in Driving Climate Disruption”

And the winner was:
rogin.jpg

JOSH ROGIN for (a quote of mine he finally got right): “How the Obama Administration Turned on a Dime”

Joking Josh.
The evening was great — the concept stress-defusing.
I promptly went over to meet the new Ambassador of France, Francois Delattre, at a dinner he was hosting (and to which I was late) and shared with him what a fantastic party the Canadians had just thrown.
National Security Council Senior Director Dennis Ross was sitting next to Ambassador Delattre. Ross sort of winked at me (I think) subtly acknowledging that that is exactly the way to invent leverage in the world.
More on real issues soon.
— Steve Clemons

Comments

32 comments on “Canada-US Policy Inukshuk (Oscar) Awards: And the Winner Is. . .

  1. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t realize there was a hostess. There were two Inukshuk girls who escorted Kevin O’Shea onto the stage and presented the awards to the winners. Who are you referring to?

    Reply

  2. erichwwk says:

    “Wow. I’m really stunned. If you knew how closely I came to not attending tonight.” And then the response, “If you know how closely we came to not giving you this award. . .
    Congratulations, Steve. You do REALLY good work, and deliver it in a gracious, diplomatic manner.
    Except for perhaps John Bolton, I doubt you have made any enemies.
    Methinks what was going on is that those involved with determining the awards REALLY wanted you to attend, and were willing to do what it took to ensure that. After they had gotten you there, they were free to say anything. 😉

    Reply

  3. DakotabornKansan says:

    @ Paul Norheim
    Yes, it is

    Reply

  4. Paul Norheim says:

    “Rage makes you question,
    How can our government allow this type of horrendous speech in Topeka and Florida? How can we allow this
    now that innocent people are starting to die for this type of speech?” (DakotabornKansan)
    It’s surely tempting to forbid such crazy and irresponsible acts. However, apart from the many dangerous
    consequences of not allowing freedom of expression, when you take a closer look at what happened, you soon
    realize that there are actually a lot of additional conditions required for stupid actions somewhere in Florida to
    incite rage and manslaughter in Central Asia.
    Making such acts illegal would be a bit like forbidding Tunisian vegetable vendors to set fire on themselves.
    The light paws of a rabbit can activate an avalanche, destroying a town at the bottom of a valley, but that
    doesn’t mean that the rabbit is the cause of the phenomenon.

    Reply

  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I had no idea life was so boring around Bakersfield these days……”
    Who’s bored?
    Why just yesterday I was down in Oildale counting how many times an oil rig goes up and down in an hour.
    And the day before I was out in the fields measuring the daily growth of an afalfa sprig.
    Today, I’m off to Arvin to photographically chronicle the town’s efforts to faithfully reproduce the sounds, smells, and infrastructural decay of an authentic mexican barrio.
    Tomorrow I will probably amuse myself by driving through East Bakersfield and seeing if I can’t get lucky and witness a gang shooting, a hit and run, or a meth overdose in progress.
    Failing that, I might just drive out to Shafter, park my truck at the grocery store, and time how long it takes for all my tools to get stolen.
    Next Wednesday, my nieghbor and I are going to count the potholes and decrepid bridges on Highway 58 between Tehachapi and Bakersfield. We hope to set a Guinness record.
    Never a dull moment here, Paul.

    Reply

  6. DakotabornKansan says:

    @ Paul Norheim
    Since Pastor Jones

    Reply

  7. questions says:

    POA,
    That link really does a great job summing up the issues.
    10% of the nation’s electricity is generated by Illinois nukes, the storage of spent fuel rods is a political disaster (I am under the impression that the Nevada/Yucca facility would be a good thing for everyone except the residents of Nevada…and Harry Reid’s re-election chances and his willingness to work for the Pres….) That the NRA poo-poos an activist’s concerns I’d take with a grain of salt. There surely is regulatory capture, and the NRA may well be on the industry side — pretty standard fare, and part of their legal mandate most likely, but sometimes there’s also some scientific accuracy in some agency positions. I couldn’t tell you on this as I am simply not a nuclear engineer or terrorism expert…. Wouldn’t be surprised either way, actually.
    But otherwise, Durbin-Kirk is bipartisan, and here’s hoping they do something rational and not knee-jerk dumb fuck.
    Meanwhile, change your lightbulbs, make your home a little less comfortable. Next time you need a refrigerator, get one that doesn’t self defrost. Self-defrosting freezers SUCK down electricity because the defrosting mode is really a heat mode. The freezer heats up, and then gets cold again. BIG waste of electricity.
    The less we use, the fewer generating plants we’ll need.
    ***********
    Japan news — they are turning on oil-burning plants to cut down on the rolling blackouts. I don’t think I even knew there were oil-burning electricity generating plants. Truly ugly. BP wants to drill in the Gulf again. How can we stop BP AND stop the nukes and keep our 4000 sqft homes air conditioned, heated, and with all the bells and whistles? I don’t think we can.
    The housing bust may turn out to be a savior in the end….
    *****
    The dye in the water seems not to have shown the source of the leak yet.
    Wrapping the site seems to be still under consideration (The Full Christo — wonder if they’ll use saffron-colored robes or a cloak of many colors…..)
    Lots of information and predictions were not released, lots of tension within the Japanese gov’t and agencies over what to say and when, how accurate anything they got was.
    The whole set up there looks tremendously like the BP Macondo mess — same incentives to bury the scope of the disaster, cover one’s own ass, hope like hell that some engineer somewhere dreams up something to help manage that which is larger than what we are and what we can manage.
    And you can see the thinking of engineers unfolding before your eyes.
    Medical doctors are taught that “upon hearing hoof beats, look for horses, not zebras” and that is precisely what has happened in both disasters. The hoofbeats are traced to the simplest causes first, and remediation is done based on the most likely, easiest-to-handle possibilities first.
    Only when the easy stuff fails do the more desperate and crazy measures come on line.
    There is a HUGE question here about whether or not we can think differently, or if this is simply a structure of human thought.
    If it’s a structure, we’re in trouble. It looks like big energy disasters don’t ever have simple, first round solutions.
    And it looks like all we’re ever going to have is really big energy disasters.
    Energy is bigger than we are in some very significant ways. Murphy’s Law holds. We’re in trouble. And it’s both chronic and acute trouble.
    *******
    As for the MENA/Afgh/Koran burning thing — again, it’s not the burning of the sacred, it’s the instigators.
    And believe me, you could get a bunch of Americans to riot over a bunch of different issues.
    All it takes is an instigator who either actually thinks he’s doing the lord’s work, or who merely pretends to be doing the lord’s work in order to enrich himself or gain some power foothold.
    We have just as many sore points as anyone.
    Film, books, sacred objects, flags, “truths”, rights, race relations…lots of stuff we could take to the streets to riot about. And plenty of instigators. And plenty of layers of resentment.
    I would never locate the tendency to riot anywhere save in the human soul.
    ******
    And as for getting our elected officials to listen to “us” — at some level they think they are listening to “us”.
    Until we no longer believe at all that the least of us depend on the well-doing of the top 1%, that we need the TBTF banks to be successful, we’re going nowhere fast.
    As long as people vote for Republicans, as long as there’s a long term threat to the dems from Republican politics, as long as a “middle way” is necessary for re-election, as long as the Tea Party keeps lurching rightward, we’ll have these policies.
    There’s so much structure and so much responsiveness to politics and so much Fox-inspired misinformation out there that I don’t assume we’ll be in great financial shape for quite some time.
    People support the banks. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t vote for Republicans. If they don’t love TBTF banks, then they shouldn’t vote for Republicans, they should vote for progressive dems. But they don’t prioritize progressive dem positions enough to vote for them.
    What’s an elected official to do?
    And I’d guess there are underlying threats about trashing the economy further, which TBTF banks can actually do when the Republican party refuses to support massive government countervailing force.
    And indeed, that is exactly what the Republicans do.
    There may well be wonderful policy ideas out there regarding expanding the gov’t payroll, building infrastructure, getting money to flow, taxing the bastards and the like, but none of this flies when we have the politics we have.

    Reply

  8. Paul Norheim says:

    I had no idea life was so boring around Bakersfield these days…

    Reply

  9. rc says:

    So Goldstone (*) proves the rule — that it’s better for truth to be crucified than the tribal system to fail.
    He may even get a free condo in Israel if he repents long and loud enough.
    I just wonder where the White Phosphorus comes in? Perhaps Gadaffi should consider it for his revolting civilians — seems to have UN sanctions. After all, it’s only a few steps up from pepper spray!
    “Israel Grapples With Retraction on U.N. Report”
    “The disavowal, by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge who led a panel of experts for the United Nations, appeared in an opinion article in The Washington Post. He said that he no longer believed that Israel had intentionally killed Palestinian civilians during its invasion of Gaza.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/world/middleeast/04goldstone.html
    – – –
    (*) Here is the April Fool’s Day article attributed to Richard Goldstone.
    “Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes” (Richard Goldstone, Friday, April 1, 8:42 PM)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html

    Reply

  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “So why don’t you just shut up and leave the talking to others?”
    Gee, Dan, thats just a bit egotistical of you, isn’t it? I certainly hope you don’t follow your own advice, because I’d miss the entertainment of observing you have such a high opinion of your own noise. And, uh, wasn’t it just a day or so ago that you were sniveling that you weren’t going to contribute here so much because “they” jusat really don’t give a rat’s ass for your opinion?
    Yeah, Dan, how’s that ‘ol political activism working out for ya? Or, uh, for us???
    News flash, Dan. If you haven’t noticed, they just don’t give a shit about you anymore. Fact is, they haven’t for some time now.
    And naaaah, I’m not gonna just “shut up”. Truth is, I’ve been pretty damned right about things since I started payin’ attention this last decade and a half. My predictions have been right on. And considering that Obama is doing EXACTLY what I said the effin’ imposter would do when he was selling the snake oil that lubricated his way into office, I suspect my common sense and under-educated tradesman street savvy isn’t gonna start failing me anytime soon.
    Seems to me I’ve seen you blither and blather your over-synapsed optimistic poppycock into some pretty naive WRONG predictions about what the future held. You REALLY stepped in it with your initial fantasyland oohs and aahs about Obama’s treatment of the Palestinian issue.
    Some advice, Oh Brainy One…
    Don’t tell some obnoxious jackass like me to “shut up”. Particularly when you are spitting out some naive ignorant bullshit about “accountability” and “transparency”. Have you been paying attention these last two decades, or does that brain of your’s run on daisies, butterflies, and cuddly little puppy dogs?
    In other words, don’t waste your time on telling me to shut up when you could be wasting it with another letter to some governmental elitist that couldn’t care less what you have to say.
    Let us know when one of them responds to you, will you?
    Political activism??? Not here. And not emailing maggots. You wanna be an activist? Do it on the street. Talk to your ignorant uninformed media infected friends, nieghbors, co-workers and associates. Don’t let them drip this “right versus left” horseshit into the conversation. “We the people” are all in this together, and there really ain’t that much difference between what we want for us and ours. That is, after you remove the carefully nurtured partisan animous these pieces of shit in DC and our media use to keep us bickering like schoolgirls while they rob us blind.
    But hey, you wanna believe in the Tooth Fairy??? Thats ok. Go for it. But don’t be suprised when she steals your pillow.

    Reply

  11. Dan Kervick says:

    Elected officials have been known to cave from time to time when the shame level gets too high. I’m fully aware that my letters just get churned through some computer program that generates an automated response. But publicizing the issue can potentially stimulate others to follow up, especially when publicized in such an august forum as TWN – run by Steve Clemons, winner of the Canadian Bloggy Whatever Award.
    Geithner is protecting his usurious cronies in the markets who see threats to their parasitic free lunches in financial reform. So I’m going to call him out. What’s it to you? It only took me a couple of minutes to write and post the emails.
    POA, sometimes I wonder why you even bother to talk. Your position on everything is that all talk and political activism are useless. So why don’t you just shut up and leave the talking to others?

    Reply

  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Questions….
    Some interesting info here…
    http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/durbin-aims-to-prevent-nuclear-catastrophy
    About torching Allah’s screed…
    Seeing the Muslims riot over something like this really drives home the stupidity of trying to impose western standards, societal mores, and governing concepts on a people so overcome with religious fervor. They might just as well reside on a different planet than us, their faith is so overpowering and so influential in their group behaviours. The idea of imposing “democracy” on these people is ridiculous. So too is expecting them to behave in a manner consistent with so called “Christian” ethics in regards to how they treat someone outside their faith.
    We need to stop screwin’ with them, and expecting them to embrace the same things we do. Leave them alone. Protect ourselves from the fanatics of ALL faiths, and get back to taking care of business HERE.
    And for Gawd’s sake, get the hell out of the middle of this Jew vs Muslim craziness that the two sides want to march into eternity with. There can be no winners in such a dead end animous fueled by racism and religious hatred. The two sides are batshit crazy, and will undoubtedly slug it out until one or the other is rendered extinct. I fail to see the logic in holding hands with the Jews while they take a flying leap off the edge of the abyss. And paying them for the ride to the bottom seems just a tad bit insane. Can’t they just jump off the cliff on their own fuckin’ dime?

    Reply

  13. Paul Norheim says:

    DakotabornKansan,
    You can burn any book and any flag in Norway if you so wish.

    Reply

  14. Paul Norheim says:

    Looks like Obama now wants to remove the Yemeni leader
    Ali Abdullah Saleh and send him into exile:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/world/middleeast/04yeme
    n.html?_r=1&hp

    Reply

  15. rc says:

    OT: but …
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/9127669/quake-prompts-indonesians-to-flee-homes/
    “A powerful earthquake which struck off Java in the early hours of Monday has stoked the lingering fears many Indonesians have years after a tsunami devastated much of the western coast of Aceh.
    The quake, which hit at 3.06am local time (6.06am AEST), was felt across Java including in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where buildings shook for more than 30 seconds, as well as in Denpasar on the island of Bali.
    A tsunami alert was issued but later cancelled by Indonesian authorities who reported a magnitude-7.1 quake at a depth of 10 kilometres, with its epicentre in the Indian Ocean 293km southwest of Cilacap in central Java.
    The US Geological Survey, however, registered the quake at magnitude-6.7, reporting it struck at a depth of 24km, 277 kilometres south of Tasikmalaya in West Java and 241km east-north-east of Christmas Island. …”
    How long before California gets some good old Rock’n Roll?

    Reply

  16. DakotabornKansan says:

    Question for Paul Norheim…I’ve heard that in Norway and Sweden burning the Quaran is classified as a hate crime and is illegal. Is this true?
    Freedom of speech versus a hateful violence provoking act?

    Reply

  17. Paul Norheim says:

    Don Bacon, yes, we’ll see. The content of the report I linked
    to has not been confirmed in other big news outlet that I have
    seen, so it could be false. But there will probably be more
    protests in the coming days or weeks in any case, both in
    Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Blasphemy is a serious issue in that part of the world, as you
    know, and it could be that America just got it’s equivalence to
    the Scandinavian cartoon issue with the burning of the Koran.
    I expect the worst.
    Of course, this is not only about blasphemy. The burning of
    the Koran probably also serves as an opportunity to express
    all kinds of frustrations and anger. This sort of thing is also
    easy to manipulate for all sorts of political goals.

    Reply

  18. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I just sent the following message to my US Senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, to my US House rep Charlie Bass…..”
    Gosh, Dan, do you write wish lists to Santa Claus too?
    Put teeth under your pillow?
    Do you REALLY think these people give a flyin’ f**K what you think? They got to where they are because they are more like Geithner than they are like you.
    Its NOT ABOUT creating “transparency and “accountability” in the market, Dan. Do you think these elitist and obscenely wealthy pieces of shit want anything approaching transparency or accountability????
    Man, brain cells you have aplenty. Common sense, not so much. Sometimes, Dan, what is right in front of your nose doesn’t reguire analysis. It is what it is. And “what it is” is a complete and utter breakdown of our elected official’s sense of responsibility to “represent” the interests of their constituency. Washington DC is a cash cow for the select few that manage to slither their way into the inner sanctum. And you don’t get there by giving a shit what people like you or me think, want, or require.

    Reply

  19. DakotabornKansan says:

    Blowing a Hole in Dodd-Frank

    Reply

  20. Don Bacon says:

    I doubt that the UN is finished in Afghanistan; we’ll see. (RIP Lt. Col. Siri Skare, Norway’s first female military pilot.)
    The problem is that the UN (justifiably) gets conflated with the U.S. imperialists. Neutral aid-givers are generally okay if they stay neutral. They might get kidnapped pending an inquiry from the local people where they operate to ascertain that they aren’t in league with the U.S. or its puppet government and then they’re okay if they’re truly neutral.
    Meanwhile the UN is on the verge of gaining status in the Muslim world. Recall that Steve’s friend Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad had a two year plan for Palestinian statehood.
    The two years are up in August and in September the PA is going to the UN General Assembly for recognition of a Palestine state with 1967 borders.
    This has Israel going nuts. There can be no U.S. veto in the General Assembly.

    Reply

  21. Dan Kervick says:

    The international currency markets are an important dimension of US foreign affairs. I just sent the following message to my US Senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, to my US House rep Charlie Bass, and to the White House:
    “I am appalled to learn that Treasury Secretary Geithner is considering granting an exemption to currency derivatives trading under Dodd-Frank. Currency derivatives were heavily implicated in the collapse of Lehman brothers, and the economic calamity of Fall, 2008. The lack of transparency and accountability in the market will only lead to more instances of self-interested and irresponsible traders taking extravagant risks with the American people

    Reply

  22. Dan Kervick says:

    “One wonders what that Jones guy thinks of himself. One wonders what his deity thinks of him.”
    I imagine he thinks he’s a hero, like John Brown. He’s not trying to prevent conflict; he’s trying to promote it.

    Reply

  23. questions says:

    It’s never just about the book burning.
    If I read this right, this round didn’t get any much publicity until a policy entrepreneur/instigator decided it would be a useful thing to complain about.
    And it does appear to have stirred the passions.
    How sustainable it will be is uncertain. But given what one guy in Tunisia started, I’m not taking any bets.
    One wonders what that Jones guy thinks of himself. One wonders what his deity thinks of him. One assumes the two are not alike.
    (By the way, “pastor” is a strong word for a guy who has 30 people who pay attention to him.)

    Reply

  24. Paul Norheim says:

    All hell breaks loose in Afghanistan today:
    http://en.rian.ru/world/20110403/163353915.html
    This is the end of the UN presence in the country. But the
    implications are probably much more dramatic than that, also
    for the occupation forces and the Afghan government. exit
    NATO?
    I think the AfPak strategy was blown to pieces today. It’s
    strange to see how much power a pastor in Florida can have
    on global events.

    Reply

  25. Linda says:

    Steve,
    You didn’t have to wear a tux, but next time you need to thank all your profs and mentors, Bingaman, New America, Josh Micah, dictators around the world, neocons, John Bolton, your mother and mother-in-law, Andrew, your dogs, their veterinarian and sll us loyal readers of TWN–i.e.,prepare an appropriately much-too-long acceptance speech!
    Congratulations!
    Linda

    Reply

  26. David Billington says:

    Back when I was a student at SAIS, the Canadians had an embassy building next
    door that they used on occasion for receptions. The Canadian students got to
    take away any unconsumed refreshments, Moosehead included, for the utility
    maximization of the rest of us.

    Reply

  27. Sand says:

    Ha! who on earth designed those awards — he or she must be a Flubber fan.
    http://img.listal.com/image/1509876/600full-flubber-screenshot.jpg

    Reply

  28. Carroll says:

    Congratulations Steve!
    But hope you didn’t wink back at Ross…that could lead to selling your soul.

    Reply

  29. rc says:

    Yeh, ok, … meanwhile out here in the real world …
    We find an unusual touch of bad timing by the Israeli government imo –http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/201142231017418.html
    “Goldstone chaired a fact-finding mission which, in a 2009 report to the UN Human Rights Council, said both Israel and Hamas – which controls Gaza – were guilty of war crimes in the conflict.”
    The truth of the matter is, there should be a full UN investigation into why the Israeli government will not accept the 2009 Goldstone Report.
    Perhaps the UN review could ask if this view is shared by Israeli citizens – both Jew and Arab, and, of course, the Palestinian peoples who formally occupied the land in that regions.
    If NATO’s civilian killing record in Libya could improve then it might be a good idea for NATO to be deployed by the UN to help stop civilians being killed in the former UN mandate of Palestine.
    “The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a resolution adopted on 29 November 1947 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its title was United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181.” see — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine
    The 60-year review on the ‘success’ of the 1947 UN decision is 3 years over due.
    I suggest the UN should use this opportunity of reviewing Israel’s objections to the Goldstone report as a vehicle for this.

    Reply

  30. Don Bacon says:

    Congrats, Steve.

    Reply

  31. questions says:

    Try this one for an award!
    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2011/03/my-final-word-to-daniel-drezner-on-zombies
    Charli Carpenter’s video take down of Dan Drezner at the ISA.
    Amusing, informative, spot on!
    Get creative! Learn new metaphors! Move the discourse along! Don’t accept terms that others use just because they use them. Create your own, and above all else, know thyself! For the unexamined life might just be that of a cyborg.
    (Of course, part of the use of “zombie” is to capitalize on its use on econ lately.)

    Reply

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *