The Greeks believed that the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, in August made the sun grow hot, and hence inaugurated a period when people acted a little crazy — as we ourselves all saw the past few weeks. But beside the natural tragedy of Katrina, the panic of rising gas prices, and other assorted August calamities such as the stampede that cost hundreds of lives in Iraq, there were also other depressing events over the course of the month.
In Crawford, Texas, there grew what many would call a Star Wars bar of sorts, as almost every strange character in our cultural galaxy flocked to the corner table of Cindy Sheehan.
Not since the California recall election have we seen such a cast. When Ms. Sheehan slurred Israel, David Duke sent his praise, while assorted white supremacists and neo-Nazis showed up to express their solidarity. When it was known that she called the president the “world’s biggest terrorist,” everyone from Martin Sheen and Viggo Mortensen to Al Sharpton popped in. It is a strange world when Code Pink and Aragorn are in the same chorus of adulation as the National Vanguard
.” Continue reading Our Dogs Days by Victor Davis Hanson..

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