If the (Columbia) president thinks it's a good idea to have the leader from Iran come and talk to the students as an educational experience, I guess it's OK with me, Bush told Fox News.
It would be scary if we the people acted to secure our union by denying certain people the right to speak. President Ahmadinejad's views are repugnant to me, but getting to hear his words, first hand, is an excellent education. I hope it serves to remind the upcoming generation of how important, how precious, our separation between church and state is.
And I must confess that at first I really laughed when Ahmadinejad said, "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," but then I immediately felt horrible; it's not funny. Ahmadinejad is executing gay men, but denying their existence. This is obvious, but without Ahmadinejad's presence, this fact would not have been as much in our news as it is now.
Some people fear that some of these students might be moved to agree with Ahmadinejad, but I don't think he changed any minds.
What's more annoying, that blinking, or the fact that I agree with Bush?
A little snippet of the Columbia Spectator is interesting for an array of opinions.
Wait--tonight is the Harvest Moon. It looks like a big pizza pie, huh? Oh, wait, I have pizza on the brain. It's supposed to look like Swiss cheese, but right now it's looking like the top of a beer bottle. Or a doorknob on a black door, or an old night light, or one of the holes in the Albert Hall, or a finger painting inside a round construction paper border, or a gilded marble, or a brass button, or a thumb tack, or a peephole in the wall of a dark room, ohmakemestop
Incidentally, "once in a blue moon" actually means "once every two-and-a-half years". There were two full moons in May of 2007--that's the way we perceived it in America, anyway. However, there will be no blue moon in 2008. Oh, well. If we were hoping for any of those once in a blue moon things to happen, we'll have to wait 'til 2009.
Painting by Yuroz
Incidentally, I might have experienced my blue moon in a tipsy sort of way; not only did I find the chocolate stout on a closeout, but Mike and I walked into the state store* last night, and before we even started looking for a nice red wine to take to that Italian byob, we saw
2002 Katnook Estate Shiraz
FIVE BUCKS? How bad can it be? Of course, we tried this one. This shiraz is from down under, and it was a real treat. If you happen to see this one, know that it gets two thumbs up.
*A state store is where you get wine and liquor, if you live in Pennsylvania. Yes, there is no beer. You'll have to go to a beer distributor to get a case, and a bar to get up to two six packs. Want three six packs? Too. Bad. (Unless there are two or three of you)
Happy Last Wednesday of September 2007.