Michael O'Hare unleashes some hilarious righteous anger on the State Department:
Of course the State Department tradition of stupidity and ignorance, matched as precisely and properly as gray slacks with a navy blazer, is long over. The exclusion of Nalini Ghuman from the US in August '06 after a decade of living here and teaching music at Mills College, on the strength of a State Department finding, might seem to be some sort of anachronistic debacle; indeed, one of our faithful readers hipped me to the story all indignant and angry about it. But I know that reader to be a Democrat, therefore ceaselessly working for the collapse of America, and she's not fooling me for a minute. Read the story (remembering of course that it's shot through with the Times' lefty defeatist bias), and now I wish to explain why this episode is actually a reassuring occasion for pride in our leadership: Ghuman is a foreigner. She plays the violin (see her photograph, redhanded with that vile instrument), which is much too hard for anyone not a fanatic, and anyway also foreign. Her scholarly specialty is Edward Elgar, a known, admitted Brit unrepentant to the day he died, who would be ducking out of Basra right now if he were alive and a soldier. In Basra. His Pomp and Circumstance March #1 is played at graduation in universities with liberal pinko treasonous faculties, specifically to corrupt youth by secret mental tricks well known to foreign terrorist musicologists.
Too bad it's not actually funny.