And if that doesn't do it, this will…
By James Taranto:
The Onion Gets Scooped
The Los Angeles Times headline reads, "Martyrdom Beckons Lebanese Teen, but She Really Wants to Direct." We thought this was a case of life imitating the Onion, but we searched the Onion Web site and couldn't come up with a suitable antecedent. (The closest we found was "Terrorist Hero of New Film," but that was about an actual film, "V for Vendetta.") So let's call this "The Onion Gets Scooped." Here's how the Times story begins:
Hiba Qassir dreams of making movies. She's ambitious and precocious enough. At 18, she's taught herself how to edit video and sound on a computer, and has her sights set on directing gripping social and psychological dramas.
But if the movie business doesn't work out, that's OK. She has other dreams: perhaps to become a cop or a pilot. Or maybe a suicide bomber.
"Martyrdom is the shortest way to heaven, and the history of martyrdom is not like any history," Hiba says. "It made victory. We wouldn't have achieved victory without these martyrdoms."
It's actually a good piece of reporting, a window into the depravity of Islamic supremacy. But the entire thing is written in the same chirpy human-interest tone as the first few paragraphs. The author, Borzou Daragahi, doesn't exactly glorify terrorism, but it is as if he has no clue that murder, suicide and hatred are wrong. If it were a parody, it would be hilarious. That it is not, is a little nauseating.
And I think I've pinpointed the problems to why all I see are negatives as far as the eye can see – it's because the people I read are too intelligent for my own good, and none more so than Jimmy T. who's column today is depressingly brilliant.
But that's the point – liberals only read idiots, so it's perfectly understandable if they think things are looking up now.
Except I wonder how many actually think that since events have overtaken ideology, and unemployment might not be the change they were looking for?