Saturday, February 02, 2008

Some Zingers

Apparently sardonicism is the new black.

Here's Irfan Hussain on Shaukat Aziz:
Since writing it, I met Shaukat Aziz, our ex-prime minister who is presently living in London. After our conversation, many pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. As he insisted that the interview was to be off the record, I am professionally bound not to quote him. But I am allowed to say that I have seldom met anybody as complacent and self-satisfied as he is.

Here's Slate's movie-reviewer on "Meet the Spartans":
Isn't it massive consumer fraud to charge $10.50 for a barely hour-long movie? Perhaps, but it would've been unforgivable to make Meet the Spartans any longer than an hour. This was the worst movie I've ever seen, so bad that I hesitate to label it a "movie" and thus reflect shame upon the entire medium of film.
Here's Adrian Wojnarowski on Kobe after the near-criminal Gasol trade.
As it turned out, Bryant didn’t need to go find a championship team contender.

It came to him.

“My first thought was with Kwame and Javaris," Bryant said Friday, and yes, you had to laugh a little. Rest assured, Kobe’s first – second, third and fourth – thoughts were with Kobe.

Here's Arif Rafiq on foreign sponsors of ethno-nationalism in Pakistan:
Afghanistan, India, and the Soviet Union actively supported, armed, and housed Baloch, Pashtun, and Sindhi separatist groups. Baloch separatists remain housed in Kabul. India’s dozen or so consulates across Afghanistan surely aren’t just giving out free copies of Bollywood VCDs or posters of Salman Khan.

Gail Collins, on why primary voters in the U.S. shouldn't base their decisions on who they think is most electable in the Presidential race.
Experts in voter behavior could not figure out what little New Hampshire was going to do five minutes before the primary. What makes you think you can predict how people in Ohio and Florida are going to feel in November? This is the line of thinking that led us directly to John Kerry.

All of the above also happen to be completely and utterly true, which is always nice.

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