Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Check out this piece by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, who is reporting from Baghdad. Check out the first paragraph of his piece:

THE IRAQI PRESS CORPS routinely peppers spokesmen for the American military and the Coalition Provisional Authority with loaded questions about why U.S. soldiers are picking on innocent Iraqi citizens. The Spanish reporters here make it clear they're not sympathetic to America's role in Iraq. But nobody in the media covering postwar Iraq can top the Brits for injecting anti-American themes in their questions.

Now, why do you suppose Mr. Barnes particularly notices some of the Brits and all of the Spaniards are obnoxiously anti-American--rather than, say, Italians, Japanese, Danes, or Swiss, all of whom must have at least several reporters present in Baghdad? Gee, I dunno.

Here, also from the Weekly Standard, is Larry Miller's attempt at humor regarding the situation in Spain since 3/11. Miller manages to spell two words wrong in one paragraph ("Catalan" and "pelota") and doesn't seem to know that it wasn't Aznar who got beat in the election, it was his handpicked successor, Mariano Rajoy. Still, if you're a European who wants to know what a reasonably articulate and fairly well-informed American thinks about events in Europe, read this one. It might help you out if you're trying to understand the American Average Joe and what makes him tick.

I normally don't much like Joe Walsh but he had a song a few years ago that I thought was pretty funny called "Ordinary Average Guy", which is sort of what Walsh has been in music since the 70s, a blue-collar rock and roller, a Pete Rose kind of guy, not much natural talent but a lot of effort. If I recall, some of the words go like this:

On Saturday morning I clean up the yard
Pick up the dog doo, hope that it's hard
This afternoon I clean out the garage
My friend's got a Chrysler, I've got a Dodge
I'm just an ordinary average guy

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