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permlink Word: upheaval

Word of the moment: upheaval

Use the word in a sentence. One sentence per poster. Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after performing the last step above. permlink     5 comment(s)  
The president's self-scribed new anti-terrorism plan "round upheaval doers" was accidentally released to the press without first being checked by the top secret "ministry of malapropism and misspellings". (Bush later exclaimed, standing next to his wife Laura and completely oblivious to freudian overtones: " Can we please get some dang teachers in here to correct my enroniousness?")
      ...posted by Dave T. on February 8, 2002 8:30 PM
The things they were doing created such upheaval that the cats had to leave. Winky, winky!
      ...posted by Mrs. NowThis (aka Medley) on February 8, 2002 8:39 PM
Stomach upheaval, Balloon animal innards, Do not eat the beef. Hey, who doesn't like a good haiku?
      ...posted by Neil on February 9, 2002 3:33 PM
The combination of the chug-a-lug contest and the elevator stopping abruptly caused an upheaval.
      ...posted by Drew on February 10, 2002 6:11 PM
With the upcoming Mardi Gras season, Marge planned for the availability of an uproariously large upload of uppity cocktails -- but the results were an upheaval of the contents of the upended glasses of her umpteen guests, so Marge was upset that she had to use a fire hose to clean her up-artment. (but luckily we live upwind of Marge)
      ...posted by drh on February 11, 2002 1:17 PM
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permlink songs o' the day

Two songs been goin' through my head:
Is your favorite place controlled by
Developing ambition?
Do you think you'll have some power
Signing a petition?
-- "River Valley", Moxy Früvous, Bargainville

Everything is beautiful
Just you wait and see
You are only wasting breath
Spitting nails at me
-- "Spitting Nails", Bob Hillman, Playing God [free mp3]

permlink Rushdie on the war

America and Anti-Americans by Salman Rushdie [NY Times]
America did, in Afghanistan, what had to be done, and did it well. The bad news, however, is that these successes have not won new friends for the United States outside Afghanistan. In fact, the effectiveness of the American campaign may have made some parts of the world hate America more than they did before.

Critics of the Afghan campaign in the West are enraged because they have been shown to be wrong at every step: no, American forces weren't humiliated the way the Russians had been; and yes, the air strikes did work; and no, the Northern Alliance didn't massacre people in Kabul; and yes, the Taliban did crumble away like the hated tyrants they were, even in their southern strongholds; and no, it wasn't that difficult to get the militants out of their cave fortresses; and yes, the various factions succeeded in putting together a new government that seems to have broad support among the people.

Western anti-Americanism is an altogether more petulant phenomenon than its Islamic counterpart and far more personalized. Muslim countries don't like America's power, its "arrogance," its success; but in the non-American West, the main objection seems to be to American people. Night after night, I have found myself listening to Londoners' diatribes against the sheer weirdness of the American citizenry.

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