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A Hip Homicidal Apocalyptic Lunatic?

From Matthew Yglesias via Hotline's Blogometer:

I keep talking about this with people in real life, but it deserves a blog mention as well -- Mahmoun Ahmadinejad has a pretty sweet hipster style. It all starts with a beard not unlike the one I and many of my twentysomething male friends sport. But it goes deeper. The man went without a tie to address the UN General Assembly. And I was in a bar where the TV was showing his interview with Anderson Cooper (it's DC, these things happen) and while there was no sound, he certainly looked witty and charming. There was also this clip of him walking down some hallway shooting the shit with Kofi Annan. It's like diplomacy! Bush should try it. One gets the sense that he's getting his stody red tie-wearing ass kicked this session by sundry third world goons and it's really not a proud moment for the United States.
Sorry, but I can't even begin to know what to say about that. My jaw is still on the floor.

Okay, I do have something to say about it, but it is extremely superficial. I can't stand those "can't grow a real beard" excuses for a beard. I know there are some guys that look good wearing them, but frankly all I think of when I see those "beards" now is Kevin Federline. Sorry, but I can't even begin to address the bigger issue of how anyone could look at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and see anything but a raving lunatic. As for "proud moments," Mr. Yglesias certainly did not experience one with this post.


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I didn't think there was an... (Below threshold)
Feldspar:

I didn't think there was anything hip about him . I was floored that he went to the UN without a tie. Plus, his suit looked like it was a Wal-Mart purchase. I thought he looked about as hip as a cab driver.

Also, there is nothing diplomatic about showing up to a body of "stody red-tie wearing asses" and not wearing a tie. You just insult the rest of them by not showing enough respect for the group. I suspect the author makes a point of going to job interviews with two days growth of beard an no tie, too. Then he complains because he is still unemployed.

Just wondering... If Ygles... (Below threshold)

Just wondering... If Yglesias had been alive in the 1930's, would he have also found a stubby little mustache, riding pants and high black boots "pretty sweet hipster style?"

Is there really anything to... (Below threshold)

Is there really anything to say besides this being a victory of style over substance? Perhaps THE exemplar of that notion?

J.

As usual,. the Republicans ... (Below threshold)
Frenchhater:

As usual,. the Republicans in the room have no sense of humor. If you now Yglesias's style, you'd know that the comment was completely tongue in cheek. It may not be that funny, but it was meant to be.

If you now Yglesia... (Below threshold)
If you now Yglesias's style, you'd know that the comment was completely tongue in cheek.
Unfortunately I read the comments and there is little humorous about the post. It's not that we don't get it (you know us stiff wingnuts); it's that the left doesn't get it.

There is nothing lighthearted about a madman Holocaust denier wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Worse, the comments on his blog post demonstrate just how far off planet earth the left is.

Perhaps if those on the left tempered these lighthearted posts with some genuine outrage at the real threat to the world then we could take a moment to laugh at Iranian nutjob.

Also, there is nothing d... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Also, there is nothing diplomatic about showing up to a body of "stody red-tie wearing asses" and not wearing a tie. You just insult the rest of them by not showing enough respect for the group.

You have to remember that the 20-somethings out there think it's cool to show up places wearing suits with their shirt tails untucked and flip-flops on their feet.

I blame their mommas.

Hackonmydinnerjacket has a ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Hackonmydinnerjacket has a classic case of small man syndrome. Notice me, please notice me!

*It all starts with a beard... (Below threshold)
billy:

*It all starts with a beard not unlike the one I and many of my twentysomething male friends sport.*

Because his female friends usually sport mutton chops or a simple soul patch (which is really so out, but what do the girls know about fashion?).

--if this comment does not cause you to laugh, you simply don't know my style and should get with the program. I'm the david foster wallace of the blogosphere. and that's still not funny.

stody [sic]... (Below threshold)
paul a'barge:

stody [sic]




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