On Palin; No Animus, No Condescension

In my piece yesterday at Pajamas Media I wrote:. . .thrust-and-parry between a candidate and the media can both sharpen a candidate’s edge and enliven his footwork to his benefit; one smooth slice, well-timed, can topple both press and opponent, and linger in a voter’s memory as a satisfying match they want to see replayed . . . This is something Sarah Palin (and for that matter, the Tea Partiers) may wish to keep in mind for 2012. Palin is perfectly capable of deft bladework, but too often cho … [Read more...]

Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

The Privileged Call for Limited Dictatorships

When I read last week that Woody Allen likes the idea of letting President Obama be a dictator for a "few years" I was repelled; but then I've found Allen to be a repellent individual for decades--since Manhattan, at least--so I just shrugged it off as the foghorn bleat of an over-privileged mediocrity looking for some attention.But then the equally mediocre Tom born-wealthy-high-carbon-footprint-lover-of-Chinese-Communist-Capitalism-I've-got-mine-you-should-not-have-yours Friedman let fly … [Read more...]

The Fundamental(ist) Imbalance

Nowadays, the truth of peace continues to be dramatically compromised and rejected by terrorism, whose criminal threats and attacks leave the world in a state of fear and insecurity. These are often the fruit of a tragic and disturbing nihilism.Looked at closely, nihilism and fundamentalism share an erroneous relationship to truth: the nihilist denies the very existence of truth, while the fundamentalist claims to be able to impose it by force. Both show a dangerous contempt for human beings … [Read more...]

"The narrative WILL be maintained…" -UPDATE

A terrific spiel by Bill Whittle - a nice history lesson and forbidden logic to boot. It's 13 minutes long. Don't miss it.UPDATE: Don't miss this: Another example of how narratives are maintained. But you know that's one of my pet peeves, right - how the press reports on presidents with differing letters after their names?Although I don't hear "the recession is over", anymore. Do you?I don't know how we're supposed to believe in anything, trust anything or have faith in anything the … [Read more...]

Klavan, "Health" Panels & Goldsteins – UPDATED

I'm still in a retreat after-glow that has me only half attending to the world around me, and I am still pushing politics away in the manner of a King's daughter being offered boiled tripe: "- ewww, away with that!"But this piece by Andrew Klavan floated across my email and by the second paragraph I wished I'd written it. It needs a deft touch, though, and can't you just see the movie version?...the logic of this moment was inevitable. Once government got its fingers on the health-care … [Read more...]

Sebelius cheers thugs & a GREAT photo essay

There is offensive language on this video, so if that bothers you, you are warned. To my way of thinking the physical violence is more offensive:Source: The indispensable Hot AirThe day after the attack on a fellow selling buttons and "Don't Tread on Me" flags (and which immediately preceded this event), Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a conference call to the SEIU, during which she greeted her union "brothers and sisters" and said "keep doing what you're doing!"Culture of … [Read more...]

"Shut Up," he explained – UPDATED

Source<centerWrites Allahpundit: "It’s practically a taunt."Indeed, I find it breathtaking. The man is supposed to be the leader of the country, the president of ALL the people, not just the ones who agree with him, and he's basically over half the nation to just shut up and fall in line.In fact, the president and his White House have been so irresponsible this week, what with their, "punch back twice as hard" nonsense (good going, there, chief) and so blatantly authoritarian with t … [Read more...]

Protesting with Detachment, MLK-style -UPDATED

Early yesterday evening, I wrote:You know who could put a stop to the bad feelings arising in this country? President Obama, who is supposed to be the leadership. Just as Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton backed off when they realized America was not into having their Healthcare taken over by the government, Obama could say, “you know, I’m moving kind of fast here, maybe we’ll shelve this for a while and concentrate more on putting people back to work, which is urgent.”Such a move would be an … [Read more...]


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