The charmless David Corn continues in the grip of the Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) long after the Menace has shipped off to the Lone Star state:
Watching President Barack Obama at the White House health care
summit last week, it was hard not to have an obvious thought: Could
George W. Bush have done this? It is tough to imagine Bush leading
a seven-hour gabfest on a complex policy matter, being able to
master the specifics and nuances, and field questions about
in-the-weeds details as Obama did.
(March 1, 2010)
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
(Department of English)
From the website of one of our country’s great cow colleges, a listing of the “research interests” of the esteemed Professor Mark Rifkin, which helps to explain the unusually high incidence of binge drinking in his classroom:
Dr. Rifkin’s research primarily focuses on Native American writing and politics from the eighteenth century on-ward, exploring the ways that Indigenous peoples have negotiated U.S. racial and imperial formations. In particular, he is interested in how U.S. law shapes the possibilities for representing Native political identity and the ways that Native writers have worked to inhabit, refunction, refuse, and displace dominant administrative formulations in order to open room for envisioning and enacting self-determination. More recently, he has been drawing on queer theory to rethink the role kinship systems have played in Native governance and internationalism and to address the ways U.S. imperialism can be thought of as a system of compulsory heterosexuality.
(Fall Semester 2009)
New York Review of Books
NYRB’s doughty war correspondent, Jonathan Raban, files from behind enemy lines deep in enemy territory. Possibly President Barack Obama will give him a Congressional Medal of Honor:
People who watched the Tea Party Convention in Nashville on television in early February saw and heard an angry crowd, unanimous in its acclaim for every speaker. Standing ovation followed standing ovation, the fiery crackle of applause was nearly continuous, and so were the whistles, whoops, and yells, the Yeahs!, Rights!, and cries of “USA! USA!” Inside the Tennessee Ballroom of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, it was rather different: what struck me was how many remained seated through the ovations, how many failed to clap, how many muttered quietly into the ears of their neighbors while others around them rose to their feet and hollered.
It wasn’t until the last night of the event when Sarah Pallin
came on stage, that the Tea Party movement, a loose congeries of
unlike minds, found unity in its contempt for Barack Obama, its
loathing of the growing deficit as a “generational theft,” its
demands for “fiscal responsibility”….
(March 25, 2010)
New York Times
Writing perhaps from Antigua or the Equatorial Guinea, Nobel Prize winning dunce al-Gore informs New Yorkers — at the time shivering under two feet of freshly fallen snow — that the “90 million tons of global-warming pollution” heaved aloft on a daily basis is obviously not enough to keep them warm:
But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has
not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the
thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the past 22
years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact,
the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90
million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the
atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.
(February 28, 2010)
New York Times(Again!)
Glassy-eyed Frank Rich, columnizing for the money-losing New York Times, encounters suicide pilot Andrew Joseph Stack III’s website “manifesto,” which howls against “the vulgar, corrupt Catholic church,” “the monsters of organized religion,” “presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies,” the “rich” also the “wealthy,” and what is Rich put in mind of? Not Gore Vidal, not the Angry Left, not even the doddering librarian at The Nation who is given to drink — but the Tea Party Movement (TPM), many of whom would not think of flying on an aeroplane of any sort:
I’d put my money instead on the murder-suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack III, the tax protester who flew a plane into an office building housing Internal Revenue Service employees in Austin, Tex., on Feb. 18. It was a flare with the dark afterlife of an omen.
What made that kamikaze mission eventful was less the deranged
act itself than the curious reaction of politicians on the right
who gave it a pass — or, worse, flirted with condoning it. Stack
was a lone madman, and it would be both glib and inaccurate to call
him a card-carrying Tea Partier or a “Tea Party terrorist,” but he
did leave behind a manifesto whose frothing anti-government,
anti-tax rage overlaps with some of those marching under the Tea
(February 28, 2010)
Our editor in chief, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., B. A., M.A., proffers a little scholarly advice (see page 82) to the Hon. Hamid Karzai (D-Chicago) and this is the thanks he gets, posted on the Howl Page of a great American daily:
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. has no right to personally attack the
elected president of a country for cautioning against the adverse
impact of collateral damage (“Hamid Karzai, Chicago Democrat,”
Op-Ed, Feb. 26).
Isn’t it the foremost duty of any elected national leader to condemn civilian deaths, regardless of the circumstances, and demand tougher measures to prevent more from happening? Should the U.S. president keep quiet when dozens of brave American soldiers — set aside civilians — fall on the battlefield just because it is war and it’s their duty to fight for the security of their nation? To his credit and deep sense of patriotism, President Obama frequently visits Dover Air Force Base to receive and honor fallen U.S. soldiers.
Similarly, President Karzai sympathizes with his nation and cautions against civilian casualties, which the Taliban use as an effective influence tool against Afghan and international forces. Apparently, Mr. Tyrrell doesn’t get to read the frequent statements of President Karzai condemning terrorist attacks and consoling the families and loved ones of the fallen American and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan.
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?