Friday, March 21, 2008
bush knocked down the towers:
So my friend Sue is trying out for a rollerderby team in Baltimore. A simple inquiry about the best rollerderby aliases -- hers is Chemical Allie -- led to an interesting cultural observation:
Spencer Ackerman
10:33
what are the best rollernicknames you've heard so far

Sue Stormshadow
10:33
ALI KAIDA

Spencer Ackerman
10:34
AHAHAHAHA
you know
i've been noticing that there's been a relaxation of the al-qaeda taboo lately

Sue Stormshadow
10:34
but her number is NOT 9-11

Spencer Ackerman
10:34
OH WHAT A SHAME

Sue Stormshadow
10:35
i say if you're going to make that joke
MAKE THE JOKE
ALL THE WAY

Spencer Ackerman
10:35
totally
That woman would be burned at the stake as few as, oh, four years ago. Meanwhile, Jadakiss, who famously asked why Bush knocked down the towers, recently unveiled his new mixtape persona, Al Qaeda Jada. Two points is a trend.

So what's going on here? My guess is that the Jedi mind trick telling us that Al Qaeda is the instantiation of an almost-primordial evil -- that it's less a jihadist entity than a metaphysical presence -- is wearing off. Which is to the better, when you think about it: we can focus on eliminating Al Qaeda without miscalculation. Bush's approach told us that we'll always have them with us, which is just a different form of defeatism. Fuck Al Qaeda. Let's laugh at those motherfuckers.
--Spencer Ackerman
Remember that business a couple of years ago, where a group of high school musicians (I think it was) tried to call themselves The Taliband, and got smacked down by their school? Seems more likely they would get away with it today.
Blogger Ryan | 10:04 AM

I once almost checked into a hotel as Al Kider, but thought better of it.
Blogger Spencer Ackerman | 10:25 AM

Speaking of al-Qaeda and mockery, I can't remember what website sponsored it, but do you recall when one could submit questions to Ayman al-Zawhiri? Danger Room offered to submit suggestions from their readers (this was back a few months ago). My personal favorite: Ayman, do you think Britney is preggers again?
Blogger Jeff Dexter | 10:52 AM