Ironic Times

NO. 37 "Expect the Ironic" MAY 28 - JUNE 3, 2001

May 21
June 4
BUSH, DASCHLE CONSULT ON LEADERSHIP CHANGE
Meeting is “businesslike,” says White House.
 
WORLD NEWS
Mideast Peace “Very Close”
Palestinians almost out of rocks.
Taliban Requires Non-Muslims to Wear Identity Labels
Simply meant to distinguish them as “idolatrous defilers of God,” they explain.
Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia Different Places
But they all get lumped together, say experts.
 
BUSINESS
Ford, Firestone Bury the Hatchet
in Joint Statement

Blame drivers.
 
ALSO IN THE NEWS . . .
QUEEN MUM "FINE" AFTER WILD JOY RIDE THROUGH LONDON
101-year old says she “got caught up with the wrong crowd.”
 
U. S. NEWS
Trent Lott to Switch Parties
Leaving Republicans to join Nazi Party.
Trojan Recalls 13 Million Condoms
Prone to puncturing in back seat of Ford Explorers.
California Will Forecast Blackouts
Burglars, thieves welcome move.
 
SPECIAL BOOK REVIEW
“Zabibah and the King,” by Saddam Hussein

Hereís one first novel that doesnít seem like it was excreted from the same postmodernist neo-deconstructivist meat grinder and, if my suspicions are correct, Hussein (heís also the President of Iraq, it says on the dustcover) will sell this potboiler to Hollywood for many Dinars.

Itís only too bad Adolph Menjou isnít around, for hereís a role perfectly suited for him: a president of a mythical country called "Irok" who falls in love with a beautiful young Shiite (think Natalie Wood), with the backdrop to this May-December romance the relentless shelling from “cruel and Godless oppressors from the West,” in the authorís own words.

Advice: take this one to the beach this summer and beat the crowd.

(Reviewed by Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party)
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