Monday, December 15, 2008



Shournalists

I love shoes. Women love shoes. Manolo, the shoeblogger blogs for women who love shoes. He wrote a philosophical tractatus: The consolation of the shoes:

"“O, Mistress of All Virtues,” asked the Manolo, the tears welling in his eyes, “why have you come down from the Fashion Heaven to visit this lonely place of banishment and sorrow?”

“I have come to bring solace,” She said, “to you who have begun to toil in my name.”

And with that, Lady Fashion then opened one of her books and pointed to the picture of the most beautiful shoes the Manolo had ever seen. At first glance, the Manolo was suffused with the intense feeling of well-being and happiness, as if the top of his head were being opened and pure grace poured in, filling him to the brim with contentment and joy."


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Great men are associated with shoe idiosyncrasies. The world's most recent great-man-to-be has already been immortalized on camera as wearing threadbare shoes . What does it mean? Is he making a statement, his feet on the desk, and those feet in shoes whose insolent soles seem to
say to the viewer: take that, you punk!

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As you can see from the picture above, President Bush (another great man yet to be recognized as such by the angel of history) has no fashion sense and has provoked outraged, near-choking disbelief by his choice of footwear. Manolo implacably passed his judgment, for which the only punishment befitting the sheer audacity of the man would have to be: "Impeach Him!!!"

At the time I thought that caro Manolo's reaction was way over the top and hysterical. But it appears that other persons harbored similar incontinent indignation and were not to be appeased by merely writing... As we witnessed just yesterday. Bush ducked the hurled shoes with a boxer's dexterity. Nice reflex, there, from the president who has been pelted with any sort of insult you can think of.

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There is no wisdom to be learned from this story, except to muse at the eternal paradox of the human mind. Here is a thinking man of letters, throwing shoes at a foreign dignitary during that most polite of cutthroat tea-parties, the press conference, for liberating Iraq from the brutal yoke of a mafioso dictator. If that liberation had not taken place, the only recourse possible for that very shournalist to redeem his behaviour would be to kiss his leader's shoes or be kicked by them, while the leader's feet are still inside those shoes.

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Normblog recalls some great shoe moments in history, here.

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Update:

A footnote to the shoe story:

Many on the Arab street reportedly erupted into a triumphal celebration, thronging the streets, rapidly moving from worshipping the new hero to burning American flags, etc etc.

I watched the massive demonstrations in favour of the shournalist, and wondered why such admiration poured over the shoe-thrower, someone who cannot even hit with a shoe a target just a few meters away and quite standing in one spot and not going anywhere.

How symbolic --and typical -- of the Arab street to turn a shameful vulgar gesture, which ultimately failed, into a cause for triumphal celebration. It underpins the culture of failure that characterizes the Arab world, a culture that misses out, again and again, on great opportunities and great lessons, it is offered. Never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, as the great Abba Eban once said..

6 Comments:

At 11:59 PM EST, Anonymous nwo/escapevelocity said...

This is the best comment Ive seen about the incident...enjoy!

[Quote]"By working for an organisation that didn't exist under Saddam and attending a press conference that would never take place under Saddam hosted by a democratically elected leader that didn't exist under Saddam and enjoying the newly minted freedom that didn't exist under Saddam and shouting "It is the farewell kiss, you dog" showing he did not feel the threat to his personal safety that existed under Saddam and throwing his shoes at a world leader that under Saddam would have seen him fed feet first into a tree shredder, Muntazer al-Zaidi - journalist, nascent pin up boy of the Muslim world and hero of the world's left - confirmed Bush's greatness." [End Quote]

http://ker-plunk.blogspot.com/



Bravo Shoeless Muntadar al-Zeidi!

 
At 1:32 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Iraqi should be kissing George Bush's feet, considering what he has done for them.

 
At 3:56 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ofourse they are happy.
what do you want them to get angry....its only a shoe.

on the other hand the people who celbrated this in america are as much...
day by day I say that genuin americans have something in common with arabs.


to Bush: I wish the shoe wisperd something in your ears..... that many arab leaders didnt tell you.

there is a saying , if you were not eaten by a lion, dont go after him and hunt him.

here the lion is the normal iraqies.... not the people who advised him and gave him information from their flats in london and paris.

 
At 4:08 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the best comment Ive seen about the incident...enjoy!

[Quote]"By working for an organisation that didn't exist under Saddam and attending a press conference that would never take place under Saddam hosted by a democratically elected leader that didn't exist under Saddam and enjoying the newly minted freedom that didn't exist under Saddam and shouting "It is the farewell kiss, you dog" showing he did not feel the threat to his personal safety that existed under Saddam and throwing his shoes at a world leader that under Saddam would have seen him fed feet first into a tree shredder, Muntazer al-Zaidi - journalist, nascent pin up boy of the Muslim world and hero of the world's left - confirmed Bush's greatness." [End Quote]

http://ker-plunk.blogspot.com/



Bravo Shoeless Muntadar al-Zeidi!




yeah very funney. you dont no how many arabs treid to assasinate sadddam and lost their lives.
and the south demonstrations agianst saddam that america helped saddam to kill them. saddam was americas friend...remember Dude those days....?
they helped saddam with weapons tio kill demonstraters ..... read my friend read about your country.
how it supports tyrants when it serves its interest.

 
At 4:14 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ofcourse thanx to your democracy that is practiced by 15% of americans. at least better then a democracy practiced by 5% at the romans days.

maybe iraq now will be another outcome like gaza outcome in the elections........... interesting future indeed.

 
At 5:02 PM EST, Anonymous N. said...

"... there is a saying , if you were not eaten by a lion, dont go after him and hunt him."

I know a better fable. A Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone. ‘I would give anything,’ said he, ‘if you would take it out.’ At last the Crane agreed to try, and told the Wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the Crane put its long neck down the Wolf’s throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out. ‘Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?’ said the Crane. The Wolf grinned and showed his teeth and said: ‘Be content. You have put your head inside a Wolf’s mouth and taken it out again; that ought to be reward enough for you.’"

I'll let you work out the parallels.

 

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