July 18, 2002

I never thought I would have to write these words, but . . . .

I am sincerely grateful to WarbloggerWatch for linking to this picture, which I had not seen before:

They seem to think it a devastating insult to link their pet name for me to this picture. Then again, their standards for humor are rather primitive, to put it politely. I would almost be inclined to make it part of my permanent header if I were sure the owner wouldn't sue for copyright infringement.

The boys at WarbloggerWatch also seem to think that this magazine cover was a devastating putdown of the Bush administration's foreign policy:

Of course, bloggers knew about it, and were admiring it, months ago. See, for instance, Transterrestrial Musings (February 19th). A Google search shows that it was also mentioned with approval or delight by Asparagirl, Tim Blair, the InstaPundit, and Jeff Jarvis, among others, though not all displayed it and some of their archives are currently irretrievable.

Pedantic Footnote:

I hadn't noticed before, but it looks as if there is a pun in Der Spiegel's title. The cover depicts both "Bush warriors" (fighting for George W. Bush) and "bush warriors" (backwoods or jungle fighters). Only a native speaker could say for sure, but my dictionary tells me that German 'Busch' means, among other things, 'bush' in the sense of 'backwoods, wilderness, jungle'. The spelling seems close enough to make such a pun work.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at July 18, 2002 04:37 PM

Wouldn't "Dr. Eevil" have been a) easier and b) lots more cleverer?

Posted by: Juan Gato on July 18, 2002 05:25 PM

I wonder if he is aware of the Axis of Weevil?

Posted by: Charles Austin on July 18, 2002 08:08 PM

Stop it, stop it! The thought of Condi Rice in a leather basque is making me feel all funny. In a good way.

Aaaarrrgh. And I fancy Ann Coulter too. Is there any hope for me?

Posted by: David Gillies on July 18, 2002 08:11 PM

where is the devastating critique of warblogger watch you were promising? or do you not want to piss off the people who have made you feel so important lately?

Posted by: Owen Hughs on July 18, 2002 10:20 PM

Its difficult to do a decent job of critiquing Warbloggerwatch as their act now consists of moronic juvenile insult which is self-parody at best. They make Al Franken seem almost amusing.

Posted by: Robin Roberts on July 18, 2002 10:45 PM

'Owen Hughs' is a sock puppet: he was calling himself 'Owen Smith' earlier today. No doubt both are pseudonyms for one of the WarbloggerWatch boys.

The dishonesty of the questions is another clue. I never promised a "devastating" critique, nor did I specify any date on which a critique would be delivered. All in due time. Of course, it feels good to be loathed by so contemptible a crew, but it hardly makes me feel important.

I am sincerely grateful for the link to the Bogart-Weevil, even though it was obviously not intended as a compliment. (Neither was the Spiegel cover.) Our boy 'Owen' assumes I must be afraid to 'piss off' WBW. That looks like projection to me: if your own motivations are always of the lowest, you tend to assume that the same applies to others.

I will probably delete any further comments from Owen Too-Stupid-To-Remember-His-Own-Last-Name, but I'll leave this one up for now, so Robin Roberts' comment will make sense.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on July 18, 2002 11:12 PM

"Piss off" WBW? As Arthur (King of the Britons) once said on a memorable occasion, "What are you going to do? Bleed on me?!?!"

Posted by: Brian Swisher on July 19, 2002 11:05 AM