Obama/Wright: A Pastor is not a community

Barack Obama has made a strong statement of repudiation as regards the extreme sermonizing of his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, which has been the subject of much attention, particularly here on the internets.Spake Obama:I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue. Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of … [Read more...]

Noonan, Buckley & the Paradox of Privilege

Thank heavens for Peggy Noonan who so often manages, so elegantly, to articulate the meandering germs running through my brain but remaining unexpressed due to my lack of skill.In appreciating William F. Buckley today she writes:...When Jackie Onassis died, a friend of mine who knew her called me and said, with such woe, "Oh, we are losing her kind." He meant the elegant, the cultivated, the refined. I thought of this with Bill's passing, that we are losing his kind--people who were deeply, … [Read more...]

Stupid men, Stupid Parents, Stupid Madison Avenue

My son Buster's pet peeve is the way fathers and young men are portrayed on television either by advertisers or in sitcoms. Overall it seems to Buster that in sitcoms men are fat, sloppy, stupid, lazy, sex-obsessed and unable to function without the help of the fit, very together, stylish, driven, educated and sex-sensible woman. In ads, young men are brain-dead, game-playing couch-potato louts or stupid, monosyllabic Jeff Spicoli knock-offs, and in ads fathers are routinely portrayed as … [Read more...]

Mrs. Clinton, mind your grammar!

James Taranto, in todays Best of the Web, tells us that Hillary Clinton is not too keen on getting tough with Iran over nuclear or humanitarian concerns, but she'll give 'em the back of her mighty hand if they mess with the oil!What if we told you one of the presidential candidates accepted the last rationale--blood for oil!--but rejected arguments for war based on concerns about human rights or nuclear proliferation? Based on the media stereotypes, you'd probably think Dick Cheney had thrown … [Read more...]

How you receive a thing is up to you

Cannot write long today - the back is better but the schedule is full and guests are on the horizon, so that's where my focus is.But I wanted to just link you to this story, because it's something to think about.A walking stick is the unlikely center of a debate about political protocol, theological precision and news-marketing as a corporal work of mercy.President Bush gave the odd, carved walking stick to Pope Benedict XVI on June 9 on a visit to Rome. In some quarters, the gift … [Read more...]

Anchoress, why aren’t you writing?

I'm getting all these emails..."Anchoress, you depressed?""Anchoress, your computer on the fritz?""Anchoress, why aren't you writing..."Aside from being busy, as indicated yesterday [edited for clarity] I have felt disinclined to write. I feel like I have nothing constructive or positive to say.I'm not writing because...well, it's all beginning to feel a little futile, isn't it? The daily grind of news is essentially the same. Bush is an antiquated manly sort who is also bad, evil, … [Read more...]

NBC plays down US Gold

One of the most moving parts of past Olympic broadcasts, and the most enjoyable to me (even back when I was a liberal Democrat) was watching some American Gold Medalist receive his or her medal and the playing of the national anthem.I assume such things are still going on in Torino, but you wouldn't know it from NBC's coverage. Last night, we watched and noticed that at the end of the program...well, we saw the last 13 notes of the American anthem and then things immediately switched to a … [Read more...]

Speaking of dreams – a repost

Since this is, for reasons I don't understand, getting lots of hits googled hits today, I'll repost, from August, 2004, when the GOP was holding its convention in NYC:America is wide awake, and dreaming glorious dreams“You are such a shy person,” my husband asked as we drove home from a long, pretty good concert this evening. “You stammer and get red whenever you meet a stranger. How is it you manage, time after time, to get into these loud, public brawls?”Well, alright, there is all that I … [Read more...]

Labias Up! Vagina-gazing season is open!

Or something. (H/T Tongue-tied.) No, REALLY. :-)Calling all women of color.“The Vagina Monologues” wants you.That’s the message students have heard in the past weeks, as the annual show has opted to bring women of color center stage, while planning to leave many white women behind the curtains. ... But many other students who participated in previous shows said women of color have stayed away from the play because they believe the script portrays minorities negatively. ... “We can’t change … [Read more...]

DNC uses Bush’s PHYSICAL for fodder?

Really...this is pathetic. When you have to use the report on the president's annual physical to give a shrill yell, throw hate darts and play politics, then you might as well just give it up, get back into the sandbox and stop even pretending that you are grown-ups.ATTENTION DEMOCRATS: If you want to be taken seriously - at all - in the next two elections, then you must learn appropriate responses. In this case, the appropriate response to good news about the president's health is … [Read more...]