There's something weird in the air nowadays, maybe we could blame it on global warming. It seems like all kinds of people are behaving in ways counter to their norm.
Or is it global weirding, as Thomas Friedman says in today's NY Times:
Remember: climate change means “global weirding,” not just global warming....And my trip with Denmark’s minister of climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, to see the effects of climate change on Greenland’s ice sheet leaves me with a very strong opinion: Our kids are going to be so angry with us one day.
We’ve charged their future on our Visa cards. We’ve added so many greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, for our generation’s growth, that our kids are likely going to spend a good part of their adulthood, maybe all of it, just dealing with the climate implications of our profligacy. And now our leaders are telling them the way out is “offshore drilling” for more climate-changing fossil fuels.
And we have Mr. Bush saying this:
"America stands in firm opposition to China's detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists," Bush will declare in the marquee speech of his three-nation Asia trip. "We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly and labor rights _ not to antagonize China's leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential.
All true of course, but it's sure to anger the Chinese, and our dear Decider hasn't exactly been on the side of the angels in denouncing any untoward behavior in the world...maybe being a lame duck has put fire in his spine?
Then we have all those strange ads by McCain, calling Obama, in sequence, an empty celebrity, Moses and the Anti-Christ.
And� then Paris Hilton responds to the celebrity ad by making a YouTube video herself with the classic line: "But then that wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means that I'm running for president."; as Seth Grahame Smith notes:
In less than two minutes, she accomplished not one -- but FIVE things McCain himself has been unable to do in two years of campaigning:
1) Come off as intelligent and self-effacing.
2) Present a well-reasoned energy policy.