The continuing adventures of Oubai

Oubai Shahbandar doesn’t know how to make links. Seriously. When the ASU senior posts one of his frequent contributions to CampusNonsense, he inevitably links back to his group’s weblog, the Conservative Underground. No, he doesn’t link to the post. He links to the top of the damn weblog, so that if you went to CN today you’d have to scour Oubai’s site for this post. The crux of the “story” was a link to a UPI report on threats of violence by a single member of USCD’s branch of MEChA. Before I tear into Shahbandar’s stunningly bad analysis, here’s some background.

Oubai refers to himself as an “American Hero.” To be fair, the term isn’t his own. His majesty was handed down by Frontpage magazine in an article of October 5, 2001.

I read the article when it first appeared. Initially I just chuckled at the lead, with its claim that Oubai “takes the mud and eggs thrown at his face and turns them into an omelet.” (Who eats mud omelets?) But pressing on, I found myself at a loss to see what was so damn heroic about Shahbandar. From the eight grafs that Kabbany gave the incident, it seemed that his claim to fame was not getting impeached for name-calling during a student senate session. I failed to see how sinking to the level of ad hominem attacks helps persuade fellow students to the side of pro-American ideals. I still don’t see it. But Oubai devoured the attention from his scandals and adopted Horowitz’s media-grubbing tactics for his own, with one difference – he forgot to think.

In “The War is Here on Campus, Too,” an opinion Shahbandar wrote for Frontpage, he managed to syndicate a column that included no original analysis, no local interests, and no new information. He wrote:

Brain dead socialists who slept through the 20th Century while receiving their tenure at ASU and other academic institutions are zealous in their conviction that the modern American student should feel guilty for being American. They reflexively confer moral authority on terrorist monsters who are willing to kill thousands of innocents to bring down the symbols of American enterprise and power (aka imperialism and militarism to your average pathetic Marxist professor).

I think a lot of Shahbandar’s problems – by which I mean our problems with Shahbandar – started with that column. After winning fame and acclaim for the simple act of mouthing off, who wouldn’t try it again?

My computer at home logged off and devoured part of my post – will repost later


Being boring

Sorry for being such an idle journal-writer, but I don’t want to clog the busy channels of blogger writing about my days watching Mr. Show and reading books about psychos. I am trying to become a more interesting person so that future journals, written while I am actually doing things, will be more in-depth and rewarding.

Song of the Day: Yes, “Don’t Go”


Manufacturing b.s.

Matt Welch has an excellent read about Noam Chomsky’s post September 11 cult in the National Post. Remember those reports of The Nation increasing its readership this year? This is worse.

p.s. I helped Matt with the lead to this story – he couldn’t sit through the Daniel Pearl video, so I transcribed it. Quite an honor to be part of such a cool story.

Song of the Day: Peter Gabriel, “Here Comes the Flood”


World vs. me

Finished my Astronomy final triumphantly at 10 a.m. today, then came back to the room only to … fall asleep. At first I was very worried. Then I realized that I am one of perhaps 3 people in my Politics and Nature course who has done the reading, so I rustled at 2 p.m. and started reading over the notes. 22 hours til freedom.

Song of the day: Trembling Blue Stars, “Letter Never Sent”