Did you know that Bush is still president? It's true. BUT NOT FOR VERY MUCH LONGER.
Bloggenfreude at Agitprop mourns W's passing. "We will never see his like again."
As a lefty blogger, I will miss him. Sure he’s a dangerous
sociopath, a pathological liar, and a national embarrassment. But he’s
also The Decider, The Commander Guy, and Commander Codpiece. Think about that as January 20, 2009 approaches....
The photographic tributes are particularly choice. We recommend clicking.
Jonah Goldberg said liberals only liked Obama because they didn't know any real (that is, poor and dangerous) black people; Taranto
said Democrats were intimidated into nominating him, as an old lady
might be intimidated into surrendering her purse to a mugger.
All during the campaign we kept hearing from Sarah Palin that Obama and his supporters didn't think about America the same way she and the morons who voted for her aspire to think of it or give it the same blind love and loyalty that the wingnuts claim to give it. In a way, this is true. We think it's the duty of the citizen of a democracy to place democratic ideals before blind loyalty and that "tough love" is required to keep the country on the right path.
Sure, we liberals claim that our love is deeper because we seek to
improve the United States by pointing out its flaws. But calling your
wife fat isn’t love. True love is the blind belief that your child is
the smartest, cutest, most charming person in the world, one you would
gladly die for. I’m more in ‘like’ with my country.”
Conservatives had a field day with this, ingenuously taking him at his word and assuming that he is infallible on the subject of liberalism and is appointed by all liberals to speak for them. And so Clif at Sadly, No! thoughtfully compiled a list of all the things those America-lovin' wingnuts HATE HATE HATE!!!!! about their country.
by Damozel | I read Sexual Personae Vol. 1 in---what was it? 1992? A LONG time ago, anyway---and I really enjoyed it. I love reading other people's literary hallucinations, even when I don't buy into them, and Paglia's hypnotic hyper-visual prose style is exceedingly well suited to the discussion of painting and literature.
Though I couldn't agree less with her fundamental premises, I enjoyed reading her strange and wondrous reframings of my favorite works of art and literature. It was like looking at them...um, through a glass, and darkly. Some of her eerier interpretations (on Sade, on Blake, on Baudelaire, on Coleridge on Swinburne) are forever seared upon my memory, not necessarily in a good way or in accordance with my wishes.
So I wish she hadn't ruined it all for me by trying to get herself positioned as some sort of cultural (including popular culture) arbiter. Not satisfied with being a critic and commentator, she wanted to be Ye Supreme Arbiter of American Popular Culture.
We are talking about rhetorical courage, the
puffed-chest bravado and keyboard-rattling grandiloquence from which
true heros are made. Whether they are warning off the Moorish hordes,
threatening to start a civil war if they don’t get their way,
fearlessly yelling racial slurs from behind a pseudonym on the
internet, or steadfastly proclaiming their indomitable will to continue
blabbing on about all the super-butch things they’d do if only they
hadn’t already made plans to play Starcraft, these Warriors of Words are truly our last line of defense against not having to listen to them.(The Poor Man)
Basically it appears that Prager thinks that individual members of
minority groups should apologize for the bad things that other members
of that group did which forced the majority to enact discriminatory
laws against the entire minority group and then feel vaguely guilty
years later for doing so....
Conservative Andrew Breitbart intends to start a new website on which conservatives will review films. Derrierism, a new school of film criticism that Jon Swift identified in August 2007---and a tag which made its way into the Urban Dictionary--- has evolved from "an esoteric school of film criticism championed by a few forward-thinking critics." (Swift 12-9-2008). Quoting extensively from Mr. Swift, the Urban Dictionary defines derrierism as follows:
The critical method of judging movies by whether your buttocks moves in
the seat while watching them. Derrièrists dispense with such niceties
as subtlety and thought in movie criticism, believing that
intellectuals, relativists, existentialists, pacifists, and no doubt
the Communist Left have had the upper hand in film-making for too long.
In short, a "derrierist" is a film reviewer who pulls film reviews out of his---or indeed her---ass.
At The Left Coaster, Paradox
has put up a post arguing that
it's time for a little less detachment about the impending Depression [see The Agonist]
and a little more thought about the damage that's already been done, and being done, and the suffering that's already started.
Speaking of Wall Street and jackasses, Blue Texan discusses Noonan's post hoc ergo propter hoc argument that at least Bush kept us safe, except of course--as he points out---for the people in New Orleans' 9th Ward during Katrina and the kids we sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. P.S. At her "sparkling" GOPfest, she stillcould not see the foreclosure signs. Walk her out in the morning dew, this morning.
Marc Ambinder is clearly pained that Town Hall is "spot-lighting" a certain questionable fund-raising plea "from a foundation that wants to prove, in court, that Barack Obama
wasn't born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be
president and therefore wants to do a whole lot of bad things involving
amnesty, illegal aliens and the United Nations. Obama'd be the "Usurper
Our co-blog Buck Naked Politics rounded up blogger commentary on the trampling/stampeding death one Wal-Mart employee as a result of over-enthusiastic Wal-Mart shoppers here. Mr. Swift has a somewhat different take. Like William Kristol, who urged Bush to pardon wiretappers and torturers (see our nutshell summary), Mr. Swift would like to see Bush pardon the Wal-Mart shoppers and---following Kristol's lead---award the offenders the Medal of Freedom.
It takes no particular perspicacity to note
that our holidays-without-the-holy came about not through the
secularizing efforts of "Northerners and atheists," the gangs of
post-doctoral post-modernists slavering to gnaw on the soft edges of
Christendom, but through the commercializing efforts of the various and
sundry pillars, columns, flutes, and scrolls of American state
capitalism. The gradual erosion of "Merry Christmas" in favor of "Happy
Holidays" doesn't mark a moral retreat in the face of religious
multiculturalism or anti-Christian laïcité. It marks the commerce-driven extension of a shopping season,
one that now extends from before Halloween to the post-New Year sales.
"Happy Holidays" isn't culturally inclusive; it's commercially
Which --- as the sinners of Hadleyburg remarked in a slightly different context --- has got the Hallmark on it.
by Blue Stockings | I can't stand Sarah Palin, but the squeamishness over Turkeygate doesn't sit well with me. I said why here, but IOZ says it better. Thanksgiving Day seems like the right time to make this point.
Thanksgiving celebrates the day that Pilgrims and Indians sat down to eat together before the gay secularist
Indians divided this country and tried to foist their atheism and
savage decadent culture on the God-fearing pilgrims.
by Damozel | ....wielding Jonah Goldberg's hilarious, oxymoronic diatribe as her personal weapon of choice. As chronicled by Gavin M. of Sadly, No!, this tale is (partly, though only partly) the tale "of her New York rampage, baying through the streets with book
The United States has some serious problems: an ugly war, a shaky
economy, a bad government (on the way out, at last). It's been a rough
eight years. So of course it must be someone's fault, and Daniel Henninger has a simple explanation: blame the atheists.
Especially blame the atheist's successful war on Christmas. He says, "A
nation whose people can't say 'Merry Christmas' is a nation capable of
ruining its own economy."
by Teh Puppet Mistress | I've been steadfastly ignoring this latest wingnut meme all week, but The Toot sees off the most recent attempt of wingnuts who miss blowing hard on the big bullshit horn about their superior superiority and want to feel right-eous and holler and bloviate about something. They need their fix of self-congratulatory self-righteousness.
by Teh Nutroots | This time it's Jon Henke at Pajamas Media. I wouldn't be bothering were it not for the awesomeness of Roy Edroso's response.
At Pajamas Media, Jon Henke looks to rightwing history for guidance:...
Left did not retake the executive and legislative branches by being
more liberal or more moderate, or by clever political jujitsu.
Democrats became the majority because they changed the story.
true. And what a story it was: "The Republican have fucked this country
up so badly that you'll even vote for a black guy to get it unfucked."The Republicans are welcome to top it if they can. I suspect their offer will be some variation of "we hate fags." [Narrate This]
by Mr J.Q. Public | On the heels of Powerline's concern about Obama's recent unseemly gaffes comes Jon Swift's withering summation of Obama's disastrous press conference. It seems that Mr Powerline---I do not believe that is his name, but I haven't time at present to look him up---may be right after all, despite the mockery to which his piece was subjected by my liberal co-blogger. Obama does require tutelage in speaking without going awry and should probably take W as his model, as Mr Powerline (again, apologies) suggests.
by Blue Stockings | First, Hilzoy said that she's done taking the wingtards at The Corner seriously, now that they're washed up as a force of any sort. And added, "I wish
them well, but I will not comment on them unless I see some particular
reason to do so. I now have the luxury of debating only thoughtful,
sane conservatives who argue in good faith, and I intend to enjoy it."
from Nicholas | Always keen to explore what’s out there, to seek out new blogs and new civilisations, I boldly went today to a blog called Five Feet Of Fury. Fury is right. It’s one of those angry right wing blogs written by someone who is seemingly consumed with loathing for anyone who is not exactly like her. The conservative blogosphere is like that – they seem perpetually angry, always wanting to make life as miserable as possible for everyone else. Go have a look, if you’re not trying to digest something.