Thus begins an anfractuous little essay by one Miss JoAnn Wypijewski, apparently a recent participant in the Nation’s Learn to Write English Project. How this rubbish ends God only knows, though it appears to be about sex:
In the beginning there was sex. And sex begat skill, and skill
(or its absence) begat judgment, and judgment begat insecurity, and
insecurity begat doctors’ visits, which begat treatments, which
have flourished into a multibillion- dollar industry, so that sex
between men and women is today almost inconceivable without the
shadow of disorder, dysfunction, the “little blue pill” or myriad
other medical interventions designed to bring sex back to some
longed-for beginning: a state of certified healthfulness, the
illusion of normal.”
(September 28, 2009)
Palo Alto Daily News
On the howl page of a great California daily Fox News’ plot against Muslims and Mexicans is exposed, apparently by a retired professor, possibly with a criminal record:
The hatred fostered by Fox News and some right-wing cable talk shows has to be held responsible for the shootings at Fort Hood. They have consistently tried to blame Muslims and Mexicans for all the ills in “merica” and I fear it is just about to get worse.
These people have to be shut down for the good of world peace. If they’re not a real news show, take them off the air.
If they’re a so-called church preaching hatred take away their
tax-exempt status so they can stop funding rightwing candidates who
reject all forms of legislation that can solve America’s
problems-global warming, the environment, education, health care
(November 10, 2009)
A dispiriting report from one of the Women of the Fevered Brow’s diehards, Miss Barbara Ehrenreich, lifelong opponent of lingerie:
Feminism made women miserable. This, anyway, seems to be the most popular takeaway from The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, a recent study by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, which purports to show that women have become steadily unhappier since 1972. Maureen Dowd and Arianna Huffington greeted the news with somber perplexity, but the more common response has been a triumphant: I told you so.
On Slate’s DoubleX website, a columnist concluded from the study
that “the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s gave us a steady
stream of women’s complaints disguised as manifestos…and a brand
of female sexual power so promiscuous that it celebrates everything
from prostitution to nipple piercing as a feminist act-in other
words, whine, womyn, and thongs.”
(December 2009/January 2010)
Thanks to historian Andrew Roberts’ sedulous researches into the anti-American archives, we reproduce a lewd rant that the Current Wisdom Department had inexcusably missed from Joyce Carol Oates, leading proponent of the Hangover Theory of History:
How heartily sick the world has grown, in the first seven years
of the 21st century, of the American idea! Speak with any
non-American, travel to any foreign country, and the consensus is:
The American idea has become a cruel joke, a blustery and bellicose
bodybuilder luridly bulked up on steroids, consequently low on
natural testosterone, deranged and myopic, dangerous.”
On a famed lunatic Web site Mr. Andrew Leonard traces the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy back to its artistic roots, and of course, slanders An American Hero:
I am always on the lookout for interesting interconnections between unexpected endpoints, but today’s installment-bridging together cyclisthate and the infamous right-wing Arkansas Project witch-hunt against Bill and Hillary Clinton-is a doozy, even by my standards.
Copenhagenize.com, The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog, somehow managed to dig up clipping from the Indianapolis Star, circa 1980, that trashes the notion of bike lanes in New York City in language so malevolent as to beggar description.
A couple of excerpts:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?