Then came Jos. A. Bank.
The Spectacle Blog
Last month, I was in New York City to visit my Dad for the Thanksgiving weekend. On Thanksgiving morning, my father and I attended the Macy’s Day Parade. The parade begins on the Upper West Side making its way down Central Park West.
The Upper West Side is arguably the most liberal neighborhood in New York City. And yet, aside from Santa Claus, the loudest cheer during the entire procession was for the flotilla containing the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. Duck Dynasty has permeated our public consciousness in such a way that even those who don’t watch the show are familiar with the beards, their business and the values behind them. This consciousness has been favorably disposed to the Robertson family including the Upper West Side. However, I am certain that disposition has changed in light of Phil Robertson’s interview with GQ.
Not a great year for books, was it? Still there were standouts. Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop told us why we shouldn’t trust our local police: Because they’re liable to kill us (and then get away with it). And just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, Charles Murray comes along in Coming Apart (2013 reprint edition) to tell us how the rot has spread throughout the underclass, white and black.
Feature of the Day: Living Sick and Dying Young in Rich America
It seems that Matt Walther is more outraged that I would assert that Roger Waters’ words and deeds are anti-Semitic than with anti-Semitic behavior itself:
So, is Roger Waters the world's first anti-Semite who does not dislike Jews? There is a huge difference between saying that someone is guilty of making statements--even frequent statements--that suggest the influence of anti-Semitic propaganda and saying that someone is an anti-Semite: having and giving voice to idiotic ideas is not the same thing as hating millions of people. If Waters does not hate or dislike Jewish people as such, then he is quite simply not an anti-Semite, though he may be a great many other nasty things.
A friend recently remarked that if Hillary Clinton wins the election in 2016, then three families will have controlled the presidency for 32 consecutive years. Ditto Jeb Bush. That seems problematic for our constitutional republic.
Think about this duration…32 years is longer than it took 10,000 laborers to build the pyramids at Giza. You’ll have paid off the average mortgage in less time. To put it in perspective, that’s “older” than the minivan or The A-team. Kermit Gosnell was only sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The word “democracy” doesn’t appear the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution. This fact begs several questions. If the founders framed our government to protect Americans from the tyranny of a monarch (and the tyranny of the majority) then what are the implications of a hereditary democracy?
The Stalinists have terrorized the A&E network.
The “A&E” standing for “Arts and Entertainment” — an industry that depends on free speech for its very existence. No irony there.
In case you just returned from deepest Siberia, last night word broke that the network has suspended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson for the politically incorrect interview he gave to GQ. Among things he opined that in his view “bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men” is a sin.
Note: contrary to the headlines, he did not compare being gay to bestiality. He rattled off a list of things he thought a sin. One of them, note again, involved heterosexual men who are “sleeping around with this woman and that woman.”
Right on cue the American Chapter of Stalinists — this time it’s the GLAAD division — instantly jumped in to defend heterosexual men and defend our right to sleep with “this woman and that woman.” Hats off to GLAAD for….oh…oops…sorry. GLAAD didn’t give a rats rear end about defending heterosexual men from Phil Robertson’s anti-heterosexual playboy rant.
Writing for (believe it or not) the Aspen Times, my friend Melanie Sturm offers an excellent summary of the danger posed by the Obama administration's ill-conceived charm offensive with Iran:
The A&E network has suspended Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, for perceived anti-gay remarks in a recent GQ interview. While discussing God, sin, and repentence, Robertson was asked what he found to be sinful:
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he says. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right.
The reaction from A&E was swift and decisive. In a statement the network said: