Monday, December 11, 2006

Time's almost up

My time in Italy is almost up. On the 23rd of December I go back to the States to spend Christmas with my family.

I have to say, I'm really sad to have to go. I've made so many friends here and had a chance to hang out with people from all over Europe. I'm not going to miss Italy really. It's a nice country, but nothing special. I'm going to miss EUI. Not the classes, but the people. I've only been here for a few months, but I feel like I fit right in. This is somewhat rare for me. I don't normally fit in most places. Here, on the other hand, everyone's just a little bit weird, so it's been really easy making friends.

And of course, I'm going to miss Bar Fiasco, the greatest student bar/hangout imaginable.

I can't believe the semester is almost over. Come on, Michigan, let me stay just one semester longer...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen: Israel got unstuck from nuclear ambiguity.
Ehud Olmert doesn't want you to forget how stupid he is. Israeli apologetics has always relied on what simple people call dishonesty for the best of reasons. One of the signs that things are falling apart is when what has already been done is wildly abandoned without reason or adhered to brainlessly without comprehension, the way religious rituals in South America became rote repetitions illogical by the standards of the original. So long as Israel was obscuring its all-but-proven nukes with pilpul (one the one hand, and the other hand, and on every hand that doesn't cut through the fat and say anything) and hasbarah (If they had nukes, they're certainly the best, nicest, most apt, most sensitive nukes) it could simultaneously enjoy regional hegemony (such as it is for Israel) and play the phony, superficial "liberal" card Jews appear to be addicted to beyond all pretense of utility. Coming off a massacre as embarassing for its incompetence as it was for its brutality, ratcheting up the war on Islam, you might think Israel would try to not look as crazy as possible. But then you'd be forgetting that Olmert is still trying to prove that his penis is larger than Sharon's belly. I anticipate war with Sweden -- with Israel declaring itself the winner by default, then suing the Swedish government for not having sought to make peace -- by summer.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er, here is the link I forgot to post. Wonder how Jon Stewart, the only honest man on American TV except when it comes to his own tribe, will play this: if the past is any indication, unfunny rehashing of obsolete and forgotten stereotypes without any of the contextual sensitivity that distinguishes satire from bad chatting-up.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll miss you too! Come visit Wisconsin sometime during the upcoming semester :) Katherine

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel's nuclear threat is really almost the same thing as you coming home when you think about it. To continue pissing on Israel's Dumbya, Mordechai Vanunu has been imprisoned more or less for life (he was recently released from formal prison to strict house arrest) for originally telling the world about Dimona and a certain club of 200. Now the freaking head of state has told the world, yeah, not only do we have nukes, but we are going to frack all of you up with them too, and Vanunu wants to know why he's still in the dog house for leaking information Olmert considers fodder for boasting. Interestingly, in the fascinating new intelligence doctrines pioneered by the American neocons (which in their Zen brilliance sometimes almost suggest stupidity to the unenlightened), intelligence leaks are only bad depending on how high-ranking is the leaker. This really just goes to show the value of hard work: were Vanunu a secret sharer as PM, instead of as a middle-class emigre, maybe the government wouldn't have imprisoned him.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Borat in reverse? Polish exchange student writes about crazy American fundies he lived with.

12:21 AM  

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