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Radio Derb Is On The Air: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown (Especially In Jordan), Etc.
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February 07, 2015, 04:45 AM
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Radio Derb is on the air.  To get the podcast, follow the instructions at Taki’s Magazine.   The transcript will be archived on my own website Tuesday morning.

This week, while commenting on the situation in Jordan, I indulge myself in some late-20th-century news-junkie nostalgia:

Jordan’s a monarchy, current monarch King Abdullah. For news junkies of my generation, though, it’s Abdullah’s father we remember as emblematic of the country: King Hussein, who ruled Jordan through almost the entire second half of the last century.JORDAN-HUSSEIN-CANCER/FILES

Hussein was a piece of work. He survived Allah knows how many assassination attempts, in one case at the controls of his own plane, flying evasive maneuvers to escape from Syrian jets trying to bring him down. He also survived losing a big chunk of his territory, the West Bank, in the 1967 War, and then defeated an insurrection by Palestinian refugees. The guy was indestructible until cancer got him. British journalists called him the PLK, the Plucky Little King, not altogether sarcastically. The “little” anyway is excusable: Hussein stood five foot three.

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Being King of Jordan is not a job you would take if anything less stressful was available: lion-taming, perhaps, or bomb disposal, or bomb disposal in a cage full of hungry lions.

The full Radio Derb playbill:
  • The Vaccination vacillations. (Needling the pols.)
  • Liberty vs. public health. (It’s nontrivial.)
  • Herding the GOP cats. (One for the donors, one for the voters?)
  • Roll, Jordan, roll. (ISIS has a strategy.)
  • The next big one. (What will we do?)
  • Snippy about “Sniper.” (A night at the movies.)
  • White Guilt Porn Lit. (There’s gold in them thar ethnomasochist hills.)
  • Paging Rev’m Jeremiah Wright. (Obama pronounces ex cathedra.)
  • Pussy of the Week. (Microsoft CEO: “Down with meritocracy!”)
It’s all there at Taki’s Magazine.