Congratulations, Britney Spears! Consider this the most heartfelt expression of my personal regards that I, a guy with a blog, could possibly extend to you, Symbol of America's Hubris.
Speaking of America's hubris, there are reports that Ann Coulter is going to be on the cover of Time magazine. Hmm. How charming. Just think of the inspiration this will be to young goose-steppers the world over: "That's right, honey, you TOO can encourage ethnic cleansing, decry homosexuality as a crime against nature, blame Jesus' death on the Jews, hate black people, call for America to close its borders, claim absolution via your religious superiority, and they'll put you on one of the world's most famous weekly news digests!"
Not to say Japan is devoid of such ugly, troglodytic bigotry: Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara juggles racial slurs like Strom Thurmond in a circus. His xenophobic worldview is precisely what is sparking the tsunami of anti-Japanese protest in China.
I'll defer a long-winded examination of who's more wrong, Chinese nationalists or Japanese revisionists, because, in all honesty, I need to take a shower. So let's wrap things up quickly: what does all of this prove?
Well, on the hundred anniversary of his greatest achievement, let us remember the eternal wisdom of Albert Einstein:
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."