Rich Galen

  • This deeply unhelpful language might have been driven by the UN Security Council adopting, on July 31, Resolution 1696 which, according to the UN website,
    "[D]emanded that Iran suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, and gave it one month to do so or face the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions."

  • About which, Ahmadinejad said, "Those who think they can use the language of threats and force against Iran are mistaken … If they don't realise that now, one day they will learn it the hard way."

  • There is no word out of Oslo as to whether that business about "learning it the hard way" in any way affected Ahmadinejad's Peace Prize campaign. Mel Gibson did not immediately return phone calls from rehab.

  • Speaking of Mel Gibson, the reports that his blood alcohol level was .12% at the time of his Ahmadinejad-esque outburst means that prior to the mid-1970s in most states he would not even have qualified as being legally drunk. The limit was .15%.

  • As recently as 1991 the Federal Government only required state limits to be at .10% before dropping it to .08% after that. So blaming it on demon tequila doesn't hold water. Or Triple Sec.

  • Not to put too fine a point on this, but we haven't heard much out of the two National Guardians of Political Correctness - Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - on this Gibson thing.

  • Jackson, of course, gained infamy in 1984 for referring to Jews as "Hymie" and New York as "Hymietown." And, according to 2001 column in the Seattle Times, columnist Edward Alexander wrote of Sharpton:
    "[I]t is common knowledge that [Sharpton] incited anti-Jewish violence in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in 1991 and in Harlem in 1995."

  • So where are Al and Jesse? Why, they're over in Connecticut helping out on the campaign of Ned Lamont, primary opponent of Sen. Joe Lieberman. See a pattern here?

  • It is a pattern which is deeply unhelpful.

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  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at