If you're a Chris Hitchens fan (as I am), you must check out this report from Michael Totten. The post is thought-provoking, informative, and extremely entertaining. I especially liked the part where MJT taught Hitchens about the importance of the blogosphere:
I asked him if he reads blogs.
“No,” he said. “Not really. I could spend all day reading blogs and not get anything done.”
“You can’t afford not to read blogs,” I said. “Because of who you are and what you do for a living, you’ll be hopelessly behind if you don’t.”
“Yes,” he said. “I know, I know,” but I wasn’t sure he really meant it.
Later he told me he recently saw “that little weasel” Juan Cole speak in public.
“You know about that flap he had with Omar and Mohammed from Friends of Democracy?” (I am referring here to Omar and Mohammed of Iraq the Model. They also founded Friends of Democracy.)
I could tell by the look on his face that he didn’t.
“He floated some conspiracy theory about how Omar and Mohammed, whom you spoke to over the phone on C-SPAN today, are possibly CIA plants.”
He stared at me gape-mouthed.
“He completely disgraced himself,” I said. “Most of the blogosphere piled on. You should have seen it.”
“You mean I stood right there in front of both him and his fans without that ammunition?”
He looked despondent. I felt triumphant.
“Like I said, Christopher,” I told him. “You can’t afford to be unplugged from the blogosphere."
“Angel,” he said. “Can I call you angel?”
“Of course,” I said. (Did he actually say that? – ed. I think so, but keep in mind I was drunk.)
“I want to exploit your knowledge of blogs,” he said.
“Email me,” I said. “You know where to find me.”
(He did email me. I showed him all of my favorites. And I showed him Juan Cole’s lunatic post.)
Read the whole thing.
Thanks to Kate for the head's up...
From Iraq to the US and Back Again
What an excellent story from the Sminkster. Here's a teaser:
Born in Iraq, raised in America
Stryker Brigade Soldier’s passion to help comes from his past
QAYARRAH, Iraq – Pfc. Husam Razaq Almusowi was born in Iraq, but raised in Dearborn, Mich. When asked: Where are you from, he replies “that’s a difficult question.” According to his fellow Soldiers in the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, Almusowi’s journey to become an American Soldier is an unforgettable tale of courage and sacrifice.
A young boy
Born in the southern Iraq city of Samawi, Almusowi lived the life of a prince. His room was covered in marble and his peers treated him like a god. In the Arabic culture, the name Almusowi is of great prominence. All Almusowis are thought to be descendents of the Islam Prophet Mohammed.
Okay, now you're hooked. Go read the whole thing (the story is at the bottom of the post). You'll be glad you did...
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