Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ex-Parrot Sighted

To use an ornithological analogy, finding the following sentences in the pages of The Australian is akin to spotting specimens of the Paradise Parrot, last seen in SE Queensland in 1928 and presumed extinct:

"[Obama's] only obvious failure has been Israel. He misjudged the intransigence of Benjamin Netanyahu and the power of his support on Capitol Hill. But he will keep persisting in trying to rescue the Jewish state from the perils of its own hubris and paranoia."

No, of course it wasn't Greg (Jerusalem Prize) Sheridan - some things never change. It's US 'libertarian conservative' columnist Andrew Sullivan in his review of Obama's first year in office, A pragmatist of ease & grace (The Sunday Times/The Australian, 21/1/10), and it's about as good as it gets in Murdoch fishwrapper.


Anonymous said...

The following from Monty Python seems appropriate here:

Mr. Praline: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?

Mr. Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!

Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.

MERC said...

That's where my 'ex-parrot' came from.

Anonymous said...

A recent editorial on Obamas first year, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, failed to mention the permanent Middle East Crisis.Perhaps this state of affairs is concidered normal at the SMH.