Monday, April 14, 2003

Where Are the Lava Lamps and Fondue Pots?-Steven Den Beste reports on an ABC piece on Saddam's love nest
However, I think we may have finally found what's needed to make even them recoil in disgust. The message has to be tuned to the audience, after all, and the discovery of what is apparently Saddam's love nest, complete with mirrored bedroom, must surely offend Europe's effete elite. After all, it's just so bloody tacky!
But this home was different: beanbag chairs, a garden of plastic plants, a sunken kitchen and a room for a servant, all 1960s-style. The sunken wet bar was stocked with 20-year old Italian red wines and expensive cognacs, brandies and Scotch whiskeys, the same brands found in several presidential palaces.
The only thing that was missing was pink plastic flamingos. (And Italian wine? Not French, for God's sake? Who in their right mind would admit to drinking Italian wine in polite company, no matter how good it might actually be?)
I thought that the shag carpet was missing, too. However, my hopes were dashed when I got to the end of the ABC piece
The home's 1960s look parodied in the series of "Austin Powers" spy spoofs inspired a round of imitations from soldiers slogging door to door. "Yeah, baaabeee," said Carter, doing his best imitation of actor Mike Myers' character. "Shagadelic," another soldier shouted. Indeed, the carpet was navy blue shag.
Now, an orange shag would have the coup de grace to all good taste.

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