Lovely link from Andrew Sullivan, but I think my Wayne's World "sucked Hoover" ref slipped under his high brow radar. Too little SNL during his formative years.
What a let down. My buddy Ebo and I attended Horowitz' opening night of Islamo-Fascism Awareness week and if this is our answer to sharia, then I guess Dirka Dirka Mohammed Jihad it will be.
Both of us were predisposed to agree wth most of what Horowitz was saying, but as is my complaint fairly often, his tone and delivery ruined his chances of doing his cause much good. He spoke in front of what was potentially a very hostile crowd 3/4 or so antagonistic to his viewpoint. He was so uninspiring a speaker they didn't even really heckle him. I will give credit to the Muslim Student Association and the other groups who were there in opposition, they maintained more decorum than Mr. Horowitz. By the end he was saying "Well I guess you just aren't able to read" and "I don't know what to do if you can't add two and two and get four"
The highlight of the event, but not the night, was when deranged 9/11 Truther and UW lecturer Kevin "I take moonbat as a compliment" Barrett jumped up early and tried to ask Horowitz to investigate 9/11. Much of the crowd knew who he was and they still began yelling for him to sit down and shut up. There was a Q&A scheduled for after but you know Truthers. He had to have his moment. Well he got it. The crowd both right, left, Muslims, Jews, Christians all decent people began the perfect chant. A**hole, A**hole, A**hole. He was browbeaten from the theater, deemed beneath the dignity of the proceedings.
We held out 'til the end and the Q&A had Horowitz launching the testy ad hominems I noted and complaining that the questions were too long in comparison to his epic length musings on how dumb his audience was. I heard the College Republicans, who sponsored him, were wicked pissed.
It would have been a total bomb, but Ebo decided we needed a pitcher of Optimator in the Rathskeller and we spent about an hour talking with a couple of groups of folks who came in opposition to Horowitz. It was enagaging, entertaining and so completely superior to the waste of time that was the theater in the theater, that we resolved to attend the Muslim dialogue tomorrow night. I truly enjoyed the discussion with some folks who, although we disagreed on much, came with much more open minds and helpful attitudes than the headliner.
I have a bunch more video, although editing will leave little. I will be sitting down and talking with these same folks and more tomorrow and will film that. I actually had more common ground with the Muslim Student Association tonight than with my zionist neocon overlord. Hmmmmph? Here is the Truther idiot ejected by the crowd, reminds me of the end of Dangerous Liaisons, when Glenn Close slinks out of the opera. Nah more like when a drunken fool is ejected from a tavern.
Here is an interview I did a while back with the organizer of the International Conference on Islam also here at the UW.