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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Obama Bow-cklash

November 20th, 2009 | 9 comments | Posted by Diana

Obama Bow Japan

To the angry, inflammatory, right-wing pundits (like Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh), and all of the folks that are losing sleep over the fact that President Obama (gasp!) bowed while shaking the hand of Japanese Emperor Akihito…

Kirk Walters Bow Cartoon

…there’s a fascinating new concept we’d like to introduce to you called “SHOWING RESPECT.”

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Musical Relasians

February 25th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The NY Philharmonic, led by honorasian music director Lorin Maazel, performs today in Pyongyang in an unprecedented visit to North “Love Our Nukes” Korea.

Bucking criticisms that the visit and performance signifies support of the country’s questionable political policies (Human rights? Psshh), Maazel firmly stands by his quest to use cultural diplomacy as a gateway to political diplomacy.

Reuters reports:

“I am a musician and not a politician, but music has always been an arena or area where people can make contact. It is neutral, it is emotional,” the philharmonic’s music director, Lorin Maazel, told reporters at the airport.

Will Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World” move Kim Jong Il so much that he starts singing songs of Jeffersonian Democracy? Maybe not. But throw in an encore of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and who knows? Il just might.


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