New York Magazine
An innocent headline by the editors of this family publication drives Miss Maureen O’Connor, writer in residence at New York Magazine, into frenzies of libidinous outrage while alone and at the keyboard of her laptop just below her signed picture of Erica:
“The American Spectator Is Flaccid”
by Maureen O’Connor
Conservative magazine the American Spectator has a cover story about “Sarah Palin’s Rack,” about how “the former governor has racked up an impressive record electing conservatives.” I, for one, am disgusted. If you’re going to blow your load on a sexist headline like that, the article should be about Sarah Palin’s gun rack, not some belabored metaphor about political endorsements. The Spectator wanted to be ballsy, but in the heat of the moment, the Spectator fell short. The Spectator is flaccid today. It failed to perform. It is limp. It only wishes it were a goddamn boner.
(April 24, 2013)
The droll Jeffrey Goldberg spoils a rather promising gag by dragging in a rude allusion to President Barack Obama, or is he referring to Bomber Biden:
Q: Last weekend I was in the locker room of my D.C. fitness club, watching a football game while getting dressed after a workout, when a man I consider to be a war criminal, responsible for horrible foreign-policy decisions and the deaths of American soldiers, ambled up beside me, naked, to ask what the score of the game was. What’s the etiquette here? Am I obligated by my conscience to berate him? Or compelled, by the rules of the locker room or by our nudity, to refrain?
You could easily have avoided this situation by doing what I do: never work out and never be naked. Since it’s too late for that, the most graceful way for you to satisfy the demands of your conscience and of locker-room decorum is to politely tell him the wrong score and then walk away. (After first glancing disdainfully at his private parts with shock and a distinct lack of awe.)
New York Times
On the Corrections page of the spell-binding Times, a clarifying note on an earlier story that must have caused widespread confusion amongst the cognoscenti and not a few cancelled subscriptions:
An article on Saturday about “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song,” at the Dixon Place performance space in Manhattan, quoted incorrectly from a comment by Ann Pellegrini, an associate professor at New York University, while she was impersonating the gender theorist Judith Butler and deconstructing the lyrics of “The Girl From Ipanema.” She said that the lyrics reflect “the ocularcentrism of the Western episteme,” not the “oracular-centrism.”
(April 9, 2013)
Thus concludes another gloomy elegy about the Fate of the Planet by Jason Mark, editor of the environmental quarterly Earth Island Journal, as he chats with the celebrated Ann Lewis Seltzer, who knows not the joys of Coppertone and a bikini:
“I think we’re witnessing the death of nature, and that makes me so sad,” a retired attorney from Manhattan, Ann Lewis Seltzer, told me at the Forward on Climate rally. A lifelong cross-country skier who has noticed the winters are warming, she was carrying a homemade sign reading, “Save Our Seasons.”
“I love President Obama,” she said. “I hope he will be brave about what he can do without Congress.”
It’s not her hope alone. It’s the hope of the planet.
And the saintly Tim Wise, by his own admission an “antiracist essayist, author, and educator,” discharges still more of the left’s anti-American bilge on the occasion of the Boston bombings:
White privilege is knowing that if the Boston bomber turns out to be white, we will not be asked to denounce him or her, so as to prove our own loyalties to the common national good. It is knowing that the next time a cop sees one of us standing on the sidewalk cheering on runners in a marathon, that cop will say exactly nothing to us as a result.
White privilege is knowing that if you are a white student from Nebraska—as opposed to, say, a student from Saudi Arabia—that no one, and I mean no one would think it important to detain and question you in the wake of a bombing such as the one at the Boston Marathon.
And white privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Belfast. And if he’s an Italian American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.
In short, white privilege is the thing that allows you (if you’re white)—and me—to view tragic events like this as merely horrific, and from the perspective of pure and innocent victims, rather than having to wonder, and to look over one’s shoulder, and to ask even if only in hushed tones, whether those we pass on the street might think that somehow we were involved.
It is the source of our unearned innocence and the cause of others’ unjustified oppression.
That is all. And it matters.
(April 16, 2013)
From the Howl Page of the venerated Post comes learned commentary on the battle between Odocoileus virginianus along the Rock Creek Parkway and Homo sapiens, and, yes, the good guys are winning:
Regarding the April 2 Metro article “20 deer killed in Rock Creek Park”:
I was a little shocked by the callous, matter-of-fact tone of this headline and the way this issue is being approached by the media in general.
The judgment that deer don’t matter and have no value because there are “too many of them” and because “they eat our flowers” is hard to justify. Can’t find it in the Bible. Can’t find it in the Constitution. I guess the only logical conclusion is that they’re “just animals.” So are we by the way.
Tom Cohen, Rockville
(April 6, 2013)
Hours before the Boston cops closed in on the Brothers #@&*#!, the gentle David Sirota, scribbling away in Salon, lays out the left’s enduring belief in “Blame America First” or rather “Blame White America First.” Well, you lunkhead, you got it half right. The brothers were white, but they were certainly not Methodists:
Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American
There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves, Islamists are existential threats.
… This is most obvious in the context of recent mass shootings. In those awful episodes, a religious or ethnic minority group lacking such privilege would likely be collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse) if some of its individuals compromised most of the mass shooters. However, white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated/targeted for those shootings—even though most come at the hands of white dudes.
(April 16, 2017)