Matt Yglesias has the best take on the Shoe-Lobber so far, after being reminded by all how insulting this is in Arab cultures:
The Iraqi journalist also calls Bush a "dog," and indeed you can see from these grainy screen caps, Commander Guy does indeed cower like one.
Is it possible that there’s a region somewhere where throwing shoes is a compliment?
Nothing wrong with the old man's reflexes, that's for sure. Thoreau's poo-flinging, non-violent scorn probably sums up my sentiments best.
In a better world, the people who orchestrated that war would be unable to walk down a sidewalk without facing a torrent of rotten tomatoes, eggs, and insults. Everywhere they go, decent people should shout curses and wave middle fingers. When walking down the street after a rainstorm, kids should stomp mud puddles in their direction to dirty the clothes of the war pigs. Old World church ladies should make the sign to ward off evil in the presence of George Bush and his fellow war-starters. Dogs should bark as they walk by, and monkeys should fling poo at them when they visit the zoo. None of these things will physically harm them, but it’s the sort of utter rejection from polite society that they deserve. That’s right, even the dogs and monkeys should reject them.Here's the video if you haven't seen it yet.