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By From the July 2010 - August 2010 issue

The Great Books Series
Hot off the press -- Prof. David Farber's ill-timed The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism lists the prof's hallucinatory problems "bequeathed" by American conservatism to incoming President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. And now that our modern-day FDR has waved his magic wand, conservatism is in even deeper trouble:

The remnant of the conservative movement found itself without sure direction or answers to the problems that the long conservative ascendancy had bequeathed to the American people -- harrowing economic inequality, a devastated industrial base, ecological dangers, massive government debt, a broken health-care system, a failing social-safety net, and diminished international power.
(From The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism, by David Farber, Princeton University Press, 296 pages, $29.95)

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By From the June 2010 issue

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Wall Street Journal
The clever editors at the invaluable Wall Street Journal publish yet another impenetrable column by their house Liberal, Thomas Frank, in their ongoing clandestine intrigue to demonstrate the tediousness of the Liberal mind:

Indeed, the revelations about porn consumption at the SEC must be a libertarian's own wet dream. Here you have a libertarian cause célèbre -- the endless, uncontrollable oceans of Internet pornography -- somehow drowning that libertarian bête noir, regulatory enforcement. Polymorphous perversity itself managed to muzzle Big Brother.

How awesome is that? Why it's as awesome as if Any Rand herself returned to earth and -- shrieking, "bow to Goldman Sachs, parasites!" -- led the bank industry's lobbyists to victory over the financial reform bill.
(April 28, 2010)

Chicago Sun-Times
The noble vision of A. Lincoln lives on in the dirty mind of Hon. Edolphus Towns (D-NY):

Now that the health-care reform is out of the way, it is time for Congress to tackle another matter of major importance: potty parity.

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By From the May 2010 issue

American Prospect
An exigent dialectic on the pages of AmPros between Adam and Gabriel demonstrates yet again that at least among Liberals there really has not been much evolution since the era of Cro-Magnon man, and that these two nitwits presumably have been college educated has not helped:

Dialogue: Fat of the Land

Adam Serwer: Michelle Obama has launched a campaign against childhood obesity, which some critics say amounts to "fat shaming." But obviously she's not just saying that being overweight is bad, and I think a bit of pressure from the right people can be effective.
Gabriel Arana: All the shame in the world hasn't made us any thinner. And this "pressure" can also lead to eating disorders.
Adam: That's true; it's not a solution by itself. But some encouragement from family members or other loved ones, as opposed to a society-wide stigma, can help.
Gabriel: But so much obesity is related to poverty and access to good food. How much will stigmatizing it help resolve poverty and access issues?

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By 4.3.10

PoliticsDaily.com
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:

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By From the March 2010 issue

The Nation
Decades after the unhappy ending of the Cold War, and for that matter World War II, a Nation sage makes bold to take issue with America's greatest president since Millard Fillmore, who at least kept us out of war:

President Obama displayed his usual rhetorical brilliance in Oslo and acknowledged important principles of peace and nonviolence. But his speech gave a distorted view of America's role in the world and reflected a shallow understanding of the concept of just war.

The president asserted that US military power has helped to "underwrite global security." I almost choked on that line. I thought I heard him say "undermine," which would have been more accurate. Many of Washington's misadventures have eroded global security -- Vietnam, the wars in Central America, the invasion of Iraq, to name just a few. Millions of people have died and many continue to suffer because of unjust and illegal American military interventions.
(January 4, 2010)ng>

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By From the February 2010 issue

The Nation
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:

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By From the December 2009 - January 2010 issue

The Nation
And so concludes another interlude of navel-gazing in the company
of columnist Patricia J. Williams, Obamamaniac
:

So Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is something all Americans should feel good about, a reassurance that we are moving toward a light, a globally hailed goal of prosperity and nuclear disarmament. It speaks to the unfortunate power of our "It's a Good Thing! It's an Evil Thing! Slimeball! Sucker!" habits of thinking, however, that not a single US newspaper I could find had a headline with anything as simple as "Congratulations, Mr. President! Congratulations to Us, Every One!"
(November 9, 2009)

The Great Books Series
Conservatism's mortician, Sam Tanenhaus, serving as the Prophet Obama's cosmetician, and rendering him a "centrist, nonideological presidential candidate," via Botox and a few nips and tucks:

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By From the July 2009 - August 2009 issue

New York Review of Books

Sixty thousand years after the appearance of the species Homo sapiens on the planet Earth, and, according to Bill McKibben banging the pots and pans over at the NYRB, it has all come to this:

2009 may well turn out to be the decisive year in the human relationship with our home planet.

(June 11, 2009)

The Progressive

Professor Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States (which people is not clear), proffers his plan for more wide-open spaces in lower Manhattan:

Obama has talked about a vision for this country. You have to have a vision, and now I want to tell Obama what his vision should be.

The vision should be of a nation that becomes liked all over the world. I won’t even say loved—it’ll take a while to build up to that. A nation that is not feared, not disliked, not hated, as too often we are, but a nation that is looked upon as peaceful, because we’ve withdrawn our military bases, for all these countries.

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By From the June 2009 issue

The Herald
(Sharon, Pennsylvania) 

On the howl page of a great American daily, echoes of the Obama economic plan, also known as the Economics of the Magic Wand:

Why would anyone be against American taxes being spent on ourselves; isn’t this why we pay taxes?

As long as the pork and earmarks mean my tax dollars are spent here in the U.S.A., I don’t care what the earmarks are. If it means family breadwinners aren’t getting laid off then spend, spend and spend.

When the economy is doing bad give us lots of pork barrel spending. When the economy is good then cut out the pork from the bills and budget.
(March 10, 2009)

New Republic

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By From the May 2009 issue

American Prospect

An apparently humorless AmPro intellectualoid catalogues specimens of what very well might qualify as the magazine’s ideal mums:

A mother tells her child that Haagen Dazs is a special medicine for mommies because she doesn’t want to share. Another purposely ruins her daughter’s favorite T-shirt with red nail polish. One joins Weight Watchers so she has a place to go by herself once a week. Another mom admits, “I can’t wait to wean my daughter so I can get stoned again.”
(April 2009)

The Progressive

Interviewed by another glassy-eyed scrivener from imbecility’s Old Faithful, one Miss Arundhati Roy, described by the New York Times as “India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence,” plays the role of the late historian Edward Gibbon bending over the corpse not of Rome but of Washington, D.C.:

Q: What was your response to Obama’s election?

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