On October 10, 2007 Brzezinski along with other influential signatories sent a letter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice titled 'Failure Risks Devastating Consequences'. The letter was partly an advice and a warning of the failure of an upcoming
US sponsored Middle East conference scheduled for Nov 2007 between
Israelis and Palestinians. The letter also suggested to engage in "a
genuine dialogue with Hamas" than to isolate it further.
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.
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....
Here's "the washed-up old terrorist," as McCain called him, speaking for himself but also with strange prescience. Highlights:
Asked about his reaction to Palin's "palling around with terrorists
remark, Ayers said: "I thought it was outrageous and profoundly
dishonest, and I chose not to react to it at the time."
Ayers added, "I was on a board with President-Elect Obama, we did live
in the same neighborhood, but the dishonesty of the narrative is that
if you can place two people in the same room or prove that they took a
bus downtown together, that they're somehow responsible for one
anothers politics, policies, outlook, and behavior, and that seems to
me to be patently absurd."
William Kristol made number 1, with his prediction that Hill had the Democratic nomination all sewed up. Kristol is, of course, reliably wrong, which is why we love him so. Cockney Robin wrote a piece back in 2007 deconstructing Kristol's "Why Bush Will be a Winner" that still makes us laugh out loud. (Naturally, we're laughing at Kristol rather than with him).
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.
Peggy Noonan hasn't seen any sign yet of this "recession" thing everyone keeps banging on about---her corner of the world looks pretty comfy and business-as-usual and full of affluent Christmas shoppers to her---and she and her ilk are feeling a bit nervous because now that Bush is going, some menace or threat might saw off the branch on which their designed-by-Hermes silk cocoons are suspended and crush their way of life under its collective heel.
In his interview with his sister, Bush discussed how he wishes to be remembered. If he were someone else, I'd find the hopes he confides rather touching. But he's Bush and I find the whole thing disturbing and embarrassing and distressing in light of the, you know, FACTS.
Give the man this. At least he didn't say he wants to be remembered as a man who left the world a little better than he found it. (He might have implied it, but he didn't actually say it.)
If you hadn't just lived through 8 years of Bush and Cheney, you wouldn't believe this could be possible.
Since you just have, your outrage and incredulity meters shorted out a long time ago and there's nothing left of them but a few busted springs going boingy-boingy-boingy 24/7. You'll probably just say, "Huh." So I'm noting this for later, when we've all had our sense of moral outrage restored at least to pre-Katrina levels.
Bill O’Reilly, as you may recall, doesn’t believe that any homeless veterans
exist in this country as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now this may seem to contradict observable reality, but you have to
remember, this is Bill’s opinion, which is worth millions of
dollars a year to FoxNews, thus making it one of the finest opinions
that money can buy.
by Blue Stockings | Palin is interviewed. Turkeys are slaughtered in the background. I'm just not sure how to interpret that. Or rather, I can't improve on HuffPost.
Some videos you just have to see to believe. On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving. This proved to be a slightly absurd but ultimately unremarkable event. But what came next was positively surreal. After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!! Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Be warned, it's kind of gruesome.
Yeah, it is. But maybe it will do people good to see where their food comes from?
by Teh Nutroots | This is choice. You need to read the whole thing, but here's a taste. From Ripley at Whiskey Fire:
Is it too much to ask for a Thank You from the corporations that are
receiving bailout money from us? Seriously, they're stroking the
Gov't. for a Trillion dollar-plus Happy Ending, and I haven't heard so
much as a peep from the CEOs, explaining to We the People how they'll
use this money to rectify the economic shit hole they've dug
themselves, and us, into.
Jonah Goldberg has an extraordinarily strong Authoritarian drive. It's
strong enough to override an also-strong rebellious streak, embodied in
his love of anti-social pop culture heroes like Homer and Bart Simpson
and in South Park. It's strong enough to crush any creative streak that
might have lurked in this former tv writer and producer. It's even
strong enough to make him support the types of people who would be
horrified by Goldberg, an East Coast elite Jewish writer; the
you can't be conservative without being religious. He appeals to
authority by listing several conservatives that purport to be
religious. It does not occur to him that his Authorities might be lying
or disbelievers ; for instance, it's well know that Karl Rove is an atheist.
Jonah also seems to state that if you are religious you must also be
conservative, or else you will start acting out of mercy and give away
to the poor, which would make you a liberal. QED, in Jonah's snarled
mind. (More at The Hunting of the Snark)
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.
by Teh Puppet Mistress | Wingnuts all over the blogosphere are busily whipping themselves up into pleasurable extremes of terror. It's worrying---what do bloggers such as the one cited below intend to achieve, one asks?---but also, if you can preserve your detachment, exceedingly funny in a horrifying kind of a way.
I thought the news of Obama’s victory would strike wingnuts in one
of two ways. Either they’d sit, stinking and unwashed in a corner of
their room, blinking rapidly and speaking in tongues to a headless
Barbie doll — what we might call “the K-Lo Option” — or else they’d
attach a hobby horse to their computer chairs, sort of like those
Cowboy booster seats you used to sit on at the barber shop, and charge
at full gallop into the World Wide Web on a suicidal crusade of blood
and thunder, hacking at heretics and heathens and howling in rage and
agony like a gutted Mel Gibson at the end of Braveheart. It
never dawned on me that they would arise the next day, scratch their
cat under the chin, pour a nice cup of tea, sit down at the keyboard,
and in a prim, dainty, ladylike fashion, go quietly batshit insane, as
though we’d entered an alternate universe where Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote was the star of Dexter. But color me abashed, because RenewAmerica is proudly offering Mary Mostert’s latest:
As we’ve said before, this wasn’t an election, it was the world’s
longest Usenet thread, and Godwin’s Law is no longer an observation on
probability, it’s a regulation imposed by wingnuts, sort of like those
Homeowner Association bylaws that require everyone to landscape solely
from the pre-approved list of shrubs, and to paint all exterior trim a
by Blue Stockings | This comes from Ken Ashford of The Seventh Sense and relates to the heart-breaking outcome of the various actions by states to ban gay marriage:
have nothing against Mormons per se, but since it was the Church of
Latter-Day Saints that funded Prop 8 in California, which isn't even
their state, I think this call for a boycott of Utah might be a good idea....
It's fine if Mormons don't believe in gays having equal rights, but.... wait, that reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Angels in America:
Harper: I'm a Mormon.
Prior: I'm a homosexual.
Harper: Oh. [pause] In my church we don't believe in homosexuals.
Prior: In my church we don't believe in Mormons. (More)