Archive for May, 2003
Like a bull in a china shop. Literally.
Good piece on Michael Moore by a lefty at Dissent Magazine. “He makes the general left-leaning error of misreading cynicism about politics as thoughtful critique.”
Not a surprise by any means, but Dick Morris’s column praises Bush’s electoral strategy held within his new tax cuts. He argues that by sunsetting tax cuts, Dems will be forced to support tax hikes during the ’04 election or pretty much remain silent on the matter. Check out this great quote:
In the language of electoral politics, that is the equivalent of supporting murder, rape and arson.
It’s definitely worth the read. Slightly interesting is John Fund’s continuing fascination with the Clintons. The guy may be a tool, but he still gets published.
And: Pabst gets some well deserved pub.
What’s this bullshit? I took the “Which X-Men Character Are You Most Like” quiz, and it turned up this:
You are Jubilee! Though you may be young and inexperienced, you have great potential and will someday become an admirable figure. For that to happen, though, you must overcome your juvenile belief system and adopt a more mature view on life.
Jubi-fucking-lee? Are you fucking kidding me? I was hoping for Wolverine, or maybe Gambit, but turns out I’m a 16-year-old Asian Girl who makes pyrotechnics. Fuck that!
Oregon Commentator: Slightly More Credible than the Daily Mirror
Yeah! Julie Lauderbaugh is gone! And she couldn’t leave without taking a cheap shot at us!
Easily one of the worst columnists the Emerald has given ink to, Lauderbaugh never found an outlandish analogy she didn’t like. We also have her to thank for Vincent Martorano, as I’m sure the Emerald held his letter to run right after Princess Julie had a column claiming that hate crimes are more frequent on campus than we think.
Here, I’ve assembled a “Lauderbaugh Greatest Hits” as a tribute.
From Honest War Coverage Under Fire:
From Boycotting Objectification:
From Wal-Marts Dominance Will Eliminate Mom and Pop Stores
Benevolent Tyrant Pretend
It seems that this is what Clinton would like to make out of the presidency. Between Carter sucking up to Castro and Clinton wanting presidents to be elected any number of times, the Dems sure are headed down a good road. Yes, there is what Slick Willy said about still not being able to serve more than two consecutive terms as president, but once the 22nd is weakened, it’s only a matter of time before it goes away completely. Not to play up a much over-used analogy, but Caesar was first installed by will of the people through the Roman senate, and thus began the decline of the republic.
When Solomon was asked by God what, out of anything possible in the world, he wanted to equip him to be a good leader, he didn’t choose intelligence — he opted for wisdom. But our society largely fixates on IQ and “associates intelligence with goodness” as in the case of Clinton’s 1990’s. The link is worth reading, and it is worth considering whether intelligence is always that valuable. I assume we all know intelligent people who aren’t worth much to be around because they lack social skills, maturity or wisdom. It’s one of the Dems’ largest problems– they choose intellectuals instead of people with a folksy, Churchillean-Reaganite wisdom. And they’re much the worse for it.
UPDATE: This guy (in front, looking like Gollum) was my roommate last summer — the one who kind of hit on Beutler’s pre-teen sisters. This guy was at the same party, but is much smoother and has an OC publisher credit to his life story. Also, tomorrow he turns 27. Happy birthday to that man.
AND: You HAVE TO read this if you hate the French and want to see one way Rummy’s sticking it to the frogs.
In defense of Ann Coulter
No, not by me. She’s easy enough to dismiss as our own Michael Moore in a mini-skirt. But the Guardian—yes, the Guardian—goes to bat for her by casting her as the ultimate feminist. Hey… why not?
All time favorite Coulter quote:
Further Despicable Acts by the LGTBQA
Words cannot express how enraged I am with them as well as Elise Self, co-chairwoman of the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays. Not only to they respond to Kyle’s suicide with a “love in” but now they are saying that Vincent Martorano’s piece in the Emerald helped to cause it.
“Elise Self, co-chairwoman of the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays, specifically pointed to the guest commentary published by the Emerald earlier this month that she said could have been one of many factors that contributed to Richmond’s decision to end his life.”
I knew Kyle very well in High School and maintained some contact with him here at the University. Not only was he very straight in high school (me and my girlfriend went on several double dates with him and his SO) but even if he was “questioning” his sexuality I highly doubt it was bad enough to commit suicide over. Kyle was having problems long before any recent inquiries into his sexual orientation. I have no idea what I am going to do, but I am definitely going considering calling his parents and recommending a lawsuit. Just because my friend is no longer here to speak for himself doesn’t mean they can pervert his memory to aid their agenda.
I’m sorry Martorano, but I’m going to have to shoot you.
The Lileks: Reloaded
“Let’s have supper. I want some beans.”
“Ah, you think you want beans. But what are beans? Do you want the beans you are thinking of, or the beans you will have?”
“I am not certain. Perhaps the Oracle will know.”
“Perhaps. The Oracle knows beans. Whether she knows whether the beans she knows are the beans that are right for you only she will know. You must choose whether you accept what she says.”
“But what if I do not?”
“Then perhaps you wanted a nice salad. Perhaps you wanted the salad all along.”
“But I have chosen beans.”
“Did you really? Or did you not choose the beans because you were predestined to do so by the fact that you bought corn chips last week? And is that really choice?”
At the usual place. Right with him on some bits – dialogue – not so much on others – highway sequence – but worth the read as always.
Was It The OC? …
Well, it probably wasn’t just us, since we got the term from David Horowitz, but the term “leftist” has popped up in Bill O’Reilly’s latest column. The column, which labels leftists as hypocrites, is definitely worth the read, though, and it gets its thesis from the Bill Bennett case.
The lynching of Bill Bennett has been designed to send a clear message: If you dare to make judgments about personal behavior, watch out if you have any sins yourself.
Makes sense to me. Someday there will be no moralizers. And while moralizers may not be fun, is it possible they keep morals afloat in society? I dunno. I’m out like gout.
HATE IS HERE
In case you missed the notice, the new issue of the Commentator is online, and it’s pretty damn impressive. They physical copy has a glossy cover, it’s 52 pages and the layout’s great.