As the absurdity of the present has continued to increase, the sharpest minds around have somehow found ways to offer ever-sharper, more insightful, and more devastating analyses.
Also, read this again.
- Juan Cole, in the second of two parts, tears Jonah "Doughy Pantload" Goldberg...not to shreds, not a new asshole - we need a new word for what Juan does to Jonah here. A man with either a sense of honor or shame would never show his face in public again, and instead dedicate his life to educating malnourished children in the Third World; however, as we've covered before, it's clear that these people are without honor or shame, so Jonah will continue to skip merrily along in all his ignorance.
- James Wolcott, oh James Wolcott, you are so beautiful and cruel and wonderful and right:
If the cultural-values conservatives ever succeed in cleaning up culture, they won't know what to do with themselves since it was never culture they were interested in anyway. The cultural conservatives of decades past actually read T. S. Eliot, Irving Babbitt, F. R. Leavis, and other custodians of tradition. Today's cult-cons scrutinize cartoons for butt-cracks and tabulate penis references in sitcoms, and then wonder why no one wants to sit next to them in the sauna.Oh, yes.
- If you haven't already been reading The Daily Howler every day, you should start. Somerby's been welding words with the white-hot phosphorous flame of righteousness for quite some time now, and it continues to become more and more necessary. A sampling, from Monday:
Good God! How to describe the irresponsibility (and the sheer dumbness) displayed by the Washington Post’s Steven Luxenberg? Luxenberg edits the paper’s Sunday “Outlook” section. How to describe the irresponsibility he displayed when he published yesterday’s “opinion piece” by know-nothing twenty-something Laura Thomas? ... Let’s say it—almost surely, Thomas doesn’t have the slightest idea about the way that money has been handled. But she has proven herself the perfect mark for a generation of disinformation. So as she ends her hapless piece, she falls back on Santa again:Also, read through his incomparable archives.
THOMAS: Politics notwithstanding, my logic goes like this: It's time to "prepare and plan" for the future as the president put it Tuesday. That's why last week, as soon as I hit the one-year mark at my job and became eligible for a 401 (k) plan, I signed up—much to the relief of my family, I'm sure. And I don't think other people my age are just sitting in the dark waiting for a glimpse of Santa Claus, or tossing their money up the chimney while counting on Social Security.There’s a term for that: clueless know-nothing. But conservative propagandists have labored for decades to get those ideas into young people’s heads—and to produce a generation of editors who are willing to print such disinformed thoughts in our most important newspapers.
- Josh Marshall has been waging a one-man crusade for truth at Talking Points Memo; if you want to actually know what's going on with Social Security, this is the only place you need go.
Also, read this again.
I really wish the "blogosphere" were a high school, so Juan Cole and Jonah could fight after classes. And we could all gather round and shout "Fight! Fight!" That'd be swell. Oh and in this odd fantasy...Jonah Goldberg has a tag team partner and it's Bill Lascher.
Well, if the blogosphere were a high school, Juan and Jonah wouldn't really fight - they'd be on the debate team, and Juan would challenge Jonah to a debate, and Jonah would beg off, schmuckily. Just like in the real blogosphere...because, really, it IS a lot like high school.Post a Comment