Posts Tagged ‘Libya’

Sunday Sundry

Posted in General, On This Day on August 28th, 2011 by Eugene Finerman – 4 Comments

Oh for the good old days, when megalomaniac tyrants had a sense of style.  Who wouldn’t want to be under Mussolini’s thumb, knowing those brass knuckles were from Bulgari!  And Saddam Hussein’s palaces were obvious homages to MGM classics; at least one of his wives had to be Norma Shearer.  But Muammar Qaddafi evidently shops at Target.  Perusing the architecture and decor of his homes, the New York Times was dismayed by his tackiness.

Given Colonel Qaddafi’s noted flamboyance, the residences of the House of Qaddafi were not quite as grand as people might have supposed.

They lacked the faux grandeur of Saddam Hussein’s marbled palaces. There are no columns that bear the colonel’s initials, or fists cast to resemble his hands or river-fed moats with voracious carp.

His overt support of terrorism apparently is not so abhorent as his interior decorating.  The man’s style is “Seventies”.  His epauletted wardrobe may have been “Sergeant Pepper” but his living room was “The Wonder Years.”  Qaddafi probably had kept plastic covers on his nuclear reactors.

The New York Times is so disappointed in him.

 

This Week in History:

August 28:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/08/28/a-fool-and-his-empire/

August 29:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/08/29/cheeri-opium-2/

August 30:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2010/08/30/fanny-get-your-gun/

August 31:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/08/31/in-praise-of-impotence-2/

September 1:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/09/01/2529/

September 2:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/09/02/the-regicide-regatta/

September 3:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/09/03/quite-original-sin/

 

 

 

Today’s Headlines and Headcases

Posted in General on August 25th, 2011 by Eugene Finerman – Be the first to comment

Proposed New ‘Star Trek’ Would Return Series to Its ‘Roots’

Infinity
Aug 25th, 2011

A new “Star Trek” series that would “return [the iconic sci-fi brand] to its
original series roots” is in the early stages of development, one of the “Star
Trek” Web sites — is reporting.

Producer David Foster –tells the site that he’s been working on a new “Star
Trek”
series for several years, but has not made an official pitch to any
network.

In the interview with TrekWeb, the producer revealed a deep knowledge of all
the “Star Trek” spinoff series and movies. And while he’s a fan of all of them,
he wants his new version to reflect creator “Gene Roddenberry’s positive view of
the future.”

That means cheap sets, saccharine scripts and a cast of terrible Jewish actors.

Unless…he intends to combine “Roots” with “StarTrek”.  ( I am surprised that Levar Burton didn’t think of this.)  So the Enterprise would become a slave ship, travelling the universe to kidnap and trade various lifeforms.  Imagine the intergalactic demand for Klingon lawn services.

 

Found at Gadhafi compound: Condoleezza Rice photos

AP
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan rebels who took control of Moammar Gadhafi’s sprawling compound made a surprising discovery
in one of the buildings: a photo album with pictures of Condoleezza Rice.

Though maybe the discovery isn’t that surprising. Over the years, the Libyan leader’s comments and actions related to the former secretary of state have raised a few eyebrows.

Consider how he talked about her in an interview with Al-Jazeera television in 2007, where he hinted that then-President George W. Bush’s top diplomat wielded considerable influence in the Arab world.

“I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. …
Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much. I admire her, and I’m proud of her, because she’s a black woman of African origin.”

And here is Monamour Gadhafi to sing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFSczLif0q4

How a “Winton Blount” May Kill Muammar Gaddafi

Posted in General on March 22nd, 2011 by Eugene Finerman – 1 Comment

To finance its military operations over Libya, the United States is now using coin-operated airplanes.  An American plane will not take off until $50,000 in quarters have been deposited in the coin meter.  A Pentagon spokesman admitted that a credit card system would have been  preferable, but no major bank would approve the government’s card application.  At least with this pay-as-you-bomb system, America can measure the true commitment of its allies.  For example, Saudi Arabia has purchased 12 billion dollars worth of quarters, buying out the entire “Postmaster Generals of the United States” commemorative collection.

Just this morning 14 tons of quarters were delivered to the aircraft carrier the USS Fred McMurray. (Yes, it was built during the Reagan administration; how did you guess?)  Then the coins were duly loaded into each plane’s meter.  However, the additional ton of weight left no room for actual bombs.  So the planes bombarded Libya with the quarters.  However, dropped from ten thousand feet, the coins are as deadly as the regular munitions, frequently more accurate, and still less expensive.

In a slightly related story, the State Department felt obliged to explain why U.S. planes had bombed the home of the Dalai Lama.  “No, it is not a change in policy or anything personal.  This was just a monthly interest payment to China.”

Speaking of insolvent governments, let’s not forget the historic significance of this day:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2010/03/22/how-to-run-an-empire-2/

Solving Libya

Posted in General on March 15th, 2011 by Eugene Finerman – 2 Comments

Arab League Demands Imposition of No-Fly Zone Over Libya

(So long as it doesn’t have to pay or provide planes.)

U.S. Senators Demand No-Fly Zone Over Libya

(They are filling out the loan applications at a Beijing Pawn Shop now.  The gravel, formerly known as Mount Rushmore, will make a nice dam on the Yangtze.)

Italy Offers To Take Back Libya

Rome: Responding with an obvious empathy to chaos and corruption, Italy has offered to take back its former North African colony.  Government spokesman Gino Ironi explained, “We wouldn’t be ruling Libya.  We don’t even rule Italy.  However, we are extending the benefits of being Italian to Libyans.  Why not, they practically look Sicilian.  Of course, there will be some adjustments to the Italian style.  A multi-married Libyan will have to reclassify his surplus wives as mistresses.”

Italy also offered employment to Colonel Gaddafi. “He is pompous, tyrannical, self-righteous, and preposterously theatrical.  There is no reason he can’t be the next Pope.”

Let’s not forget the historic significance of this day:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2010/03/15/the-ides-of-march-2/