by Kieran Healy on August 24, 2006

Now that there’s something like a ceasefire in Lebanon, I think what needs to happen is for Hezbollah to relocate to the DC area and start firing rockets at suburban homes in the region. This would have the advantage of combining two of “David”: “Bernstein’s”: three main interests in life. I imagine gleeful posts about the sudden drop in housing prices combined with dark suspicions over photos of dead realtors being carried out of the rubble. If the rockets could be launched from the safety of campus free-speech zones, we’d have the trifecta.



Steve 08.24.06 at 12:58 pm

Wouldn’t it be the suburban homeowners’ fault?


talboito 08.24.06 at 1:18 pm

Whatever happened to the term “monomania” it seems to pop up in translations of Dosteovsky all the time.

Seems a perfect place for usage. Bernstein’s monomaniaical focus on X….


P O'Neill 08.24.06 at 1:40 pm

On a somewhat related note, it would be interesting if Kurdish separatists in Iraq started bombing Turkey from the Iraqi side, since under the new principles enunciated by the US for such a scenario, Turkey would have the right to bomb Baghdad.


Adam 08.24.06 at 1:41 pm

That’s just snarky and mean. You, and the great mass of other harping, argumentless critics of Bernstein, come off as incredibly petty.


gravy boat 08.24.06 at 2:11 pm

I agree with Adam. There’s a terrific discussion of some of these issues in Professor Bernstein’s excellent book, “You Can’t Say That!” currently available on for the low price of $20.


Uncle Kvetch 08.24.06 at 2:14 pm

Oooh, I’m liking this new and improved CT. Now with 33% more cattiness!


abb1 08.24.06 at 2:21 pm

I’m concerned about the anti-semitic overtones of this post. I can’t put a finger on it, but my gut tells me it’s there, it’s gotta be.


Mary Catherine Moran 08.24.06 at 2:23 pm

I’m disappointed the post didn’t end with a Paddy joke.


Henry 08.24.06 at 2:31 pm

Anyone paying $20 for Bernstein’s latest is being very badly ripped off. As he announced a while back, it was remaindered; big square stacks of ’em are available at $6.12 and up.


DB 08.24.06 at 4:31 pm

I’d respond in kind, but I don’t read Kieran often enough to know what he most frequently writes about.


Justin 08.24.06 at 7:17 pm

Even easier, just accuse his book of being garbage while admitting you haven’t read it – he’ll challenge you to read it and send it to you for free.

Sadly, I was right. The thing makes Ann Coulter look like an academic.


Justin 08.24.06 at 7:18 pm

“I’d respond in kind, but I don’t read Kieran often enough to know what he most frequently writes about.”

And wow, DB misses the point entirely. Woosh.


koshem 08.24.06 at 7:43 pm

If we are at it: let Arizona and California have a Mexican Hezbollah. Vancouver to rocket Seattle. And ab1 be conscripted into the Iraqi police.


Thomas 08.24.06 at 10:00 pm

DB, Kieran posts about the posters at Volokh Conspiracy. An obsession even more bizarre than any of Bernstein’s.


Omri 08.24.06 at 10:33 pm

When you decide to go lighter on snark and heavier on content, if you so decide, could you announce it on, oh, I don’t know, Ezra Klein’s blog?



PG 08.24.06 at 11:56 pm

I heart the snark. Bernstein is getting to the point where even people who agree with his politics are annoyed by him.


Craig 08.25.06 at 12:58 am

It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

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