December 31, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:49 PM
Susan Sontag has passed away, much to the regret of her fawning admirers in the mainstream media. Ironically, considering Sontag's assertion that "the white race is the cancer of human history," she succumbed to her third bout with cancer. Other nuggets of wisdom by this rigorous intellectual include:
- "The AIDS epidemic serves as an ideal projection for First World political paranoia."
- "Risk-free sexuality is an inevitable reinvention of the culture of capitalism."
- "The people staffing IBM and General Motors, and the Pentagon, and United Fruit are the living dead."
- "The Cuban revolution is astonishingly free of repression and bureaucratization."
- "America has become a criminal, sinister country--swollen with priggishness, numbed by affluence, bemused by the monstrous conceit that it has the mandate to dispose of the destiny of the world."
Anti-American, pro-totalitarian political activities took her to Cuba and North Vietnam in 1968, and China in 1973. To quote Roger Kimball (my source for the quotations listed above), "Few people have managed to combine naïve idealization of foreign tyranny with violent hatred of their own country to such deplorable effect" -- which probably explains her popularity in the MSM.
At one stage of her life, Sontag seemed capable of maturing into an adult. She enraged fellow members of the intelligentsia during the crackdown on Solidarity by stating that "Communism is fascism with a human face." Personally I don't see the human face -- the faces I associate with communism are more demonic than human: Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Jaruzelski, etc. But the comparison with fascism is certainly apt. Maybe she should have said, "Communism is fascism with trains that don't run on time."
On the war against Slobodan Milosevic and his merry band of genocidal maniacs, Sontag had this to say: "There is radical evil in the world, which is why there are just wars" -- a quote that could just as easily be applied to Iraq.
However, the events of 9/11 caused an appalling relapse into adolescent leftism. Following the most heinous act of terrorism in American (if not human) history, Sontag's essay in New Yorker made heavy use of sneer quotes to make clear where her sympathies lay:
Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a "cowardly" attack on "civilization" or "liberty" or "humanity" or "the free world" but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?
This shameful and outrageous essay went on to make clear who the real cowards were in her estimation -- you guessed it, Americans -- and inspired blogger Andrew Sullivan to create the Sontag Award (awarded for "glib moral equivalence in the war on terror and visceral anti-Americanism").
The regrettable lapse in discipline that led to the Abu Ghraib fiasco resulted in a feeding frenzy for MSM leftists. Sontag joined the party with a piece that was granted the front page of New York Times Magazine, in which she argued that the college fraternity-style pranks inflicted on suspected terrorists were actually "torture" -- that is, indistinguishable from the real torture carried out in the same prison under Saddam. (I'd rather have woman's panties put on my head than have my tongue ripped out; I wouldn't even have to ask whose panties they are. Although I'd prefer if they weren't Ms. Sontag's.) The crux of the article: "the photographs are us" -- meaning, apparently, that the pictures from Abu Ghraib sum up America.
Susan, if you can hear me down there, look at the bright side: at least there's one less white person on the planet.
December 30, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM
Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. Attorney General now serving as Moonbat at Large, has joined Saddam Hussein's legal team.
Like fellow moonbat luminaries Dan Rather and Sean Penn, Clark has visited the Butcher of Baghdad, and was apparently favorably impressed.
Clark's other jaunts on behalf of totalitarianism, terrorism, and genocide have included traveling to Iran during the hostage crisis to participate in a forum on the "Crimes of America," to Tripoli to bond with Muammar Qaddafi after Reagan's retaliation for the murder of U.S. citizens by Libya, and to Belgrade in support of Slobodan Milosevic.
His legal support has also gone out to the Palestinian terrorists responsible for killing Leon Klinghoffer aboard the Achille Lauro, Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic, and Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, the Rwandan pastor who lured Tutsis into his church to be massacred by Hutus.
Clark has served as the figurehead of the Workers World Party, a Stalinist sect that supported the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary in 1956, Kremlin hardliners opposed to Gorbachev's glasnost, and even the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of "counter-revolutionaries."
In support of the birds of a feather maxim, Clark worked with John Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War and again with Kerry in the 1980s to block Reagan's struggle to defend Nicaragua from communism.
Click here for more on Clark's impressive resume, which also includes support for the 1993 World Trade Center bombers and the lovely people being detained at Guantanamo Naval Base.
To quote the hardly rightward-leaning Salon: "As a revered spokesman of the left, he is a perfect symbol for its near-impotence in American politics today" -- an impotence for which anyone in his right mind will be supremely thankful.
Previously there had been concerns that lack of qualification would prevent Clark from serving on the genocidal dictator's defense team, as he has no knowledge of Arabic or of the laws of the region. But for some jobs, love of evil and hatred of America are qualifications enough.
December 29, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 PM
Moonbats have got to be relieved to have put another Christmas season behind them. All those mangers and angels and worst of all crosses, whichever way they turn. It must be like taking a shower in holy water, or walking around with a clove of garlic stuck up one nostril.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, "an international, interfaith, public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions," has announced the winner of their annual Ebenezer Award for 2004, awarded for "the most ridiculous affront to the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays."
This year's proud recipient of the prize, a lump of coal in a red stocking, will be Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington, whose Principal, one Mark Robertson, canceled a performance of A Christmas Carol by a private theater group on the school's campus, reportedly on the grounds that this world famous piece of literature could be regarded as religious.
"Dishonorable Mention" was earned by the Plano (Texas) School District for totalitarian efforts to suppress any reference to the holiday many if not most Americans regard as the most important of the year.
Second runner-up was Macy's Department Stores, where the phrase "Merry Christmas" was banned. Something to keep in mind if you're ever tempted to shop there.
It should hardly come as a surprise that the top two outrages occurred in that dystopian alternate reality known as our public schools. Fanatical administrators will intone that some (meaning themselves) find Christmas "offensive," but why exactly is Christmas offensive? Are they really afraid that any reference to Christianity will cause their skin to sizzle and smoke? Or could it be that hatred of their own civilization makes them resent Christmas for representing it at its best?
December 28, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 PM
Nut job and wannabe POTUS Al Gore may not have made it to the Oval Office, but apparently he did leave a legacy. As of today 100% of precincts have been counted in the Ukrainian revote, and the final preliminary results released by the Central Election Commission have 51.99% for Yushchenko vs. 44.19% for Viktor Yanukalgorovich I mean Yanukovych. Considering the election was such a squeaker, who can blame Yanukovych for refusing to concede? Why, he only needs about 2,000,000 hanging chads; let Putin arrange a recount, I have no doubt he'll find them.
Closer to home, the Ohio recount is over, and although Kerry picked up a few votes, he still came up well over 100,000 short. At least he had the grace to concede in a timely fashion, unlike his ambulance-chasing Howdy Doody look-alike sidekick, who continued barking that he would "fight for every vote" until the ground beneath his Gucci loafers crumbled away and he vanished into oblivion, hopefully never to return.
December 27, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 PM
Limousine leftist conspicuous consumer extraordinaire and moonbat icon Michael Moore is reportedly planning an assault on the pharmaceutical industry. In an effort to prevent the corpulent propagandist from molesting innocent receptionists, at least six drug companies have released internal communications warning employees to be on the lookout.
Drug companies present a natural target for Moore. After all, the products they develop save millions of lives around the world, significantly extend our longevity, and make life endurable for patients suffering from a wide variety of horrible diseases. In time, if allowed the opportunity, pharmaceutical companies will no doubt find cures for cancer and AIDS. If they don't, who else will? So it follows that a man depraved enough to regard al-Zirqawi and company to be heroes comparable to America's Founding Fathers would consider these companies to be a scourge.
The symbiosis between moonbat activists and vampires of the John Edwards stripe couldn't be clearer. If the point of an information war against the drug-makers isn't to soften them up for some lucrative lawsuits, what could it be? It isn't as if Moore won't be dipping into the medicine cabinet after his gluttony lands him in the ER with a heart attack. The campaign against the makers of breast implants serves as a model. After demonizing Dow Corning for oppressing women by giving them the implants they wanted, sweeping in to bleed them into bankruptcy with a bogus lawsuit was as easy as sucking blood from a baby. The biggest cut of the loot goes to the lawyers, who pay massive kickbacks to the DNC (after all, it isn't Republicans standing in the way of tort reform), who in turn are willing to treat even scum like Moore as if he were a respectable human being -- for example, by seating him prominently at the Democratic Convention.
But will the audience buy the concept of drug-makers, who have worked such miracles to improve our lives, as the bad guys? I guess we would, if, as Moore believes, Americans "are possibly the dumbest people on the planet." And if we don't buy it, the Europeans are sure to. After the thousands of people who are paid good wages by these companies are thrown out of work, he might do another documentary on how their lives have been blighted by capitalism.
Moore might hope to provide as much inspiration to ambulance-chasing parasites as he already has to terrorists, whose help he has accepted in distributing his anti-American propaganda among potential recruits.
Apparently Moore has gotten word that drug-company security may be ready for him, because he has recently altered his appearance, going so far as to shave and visit a barber. It must be said, his looks have improved.
In related news, Moore has revealed that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is plotting to deny him an Academy Award for Best Picture for his schlocumentary defaming President Bush. Previously it had been rumored that this same VRWC had poisoned Moore with dioxin, but as reported by Sean Gleeson, it was not dioxin but probably bean dip, and came right off with a washcloth.
More on Moore:
December 26, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:32 PM
Any fan of vintage horror flicks is familiar with the climactic scene where the villagers, sick of having their blood drunk by decadent elitists, take up their torches and pitchforks and storm the castle. At this point the jig is up; no matter how the Count hisses and spits and flashes his fangs, it won't be long before he gets the stake through the heart he so richly deserves.
An obvious corollary of Castle Dracula is the Ivory Tower of Academia, where isolation from reality allows the moonbat denizens to subsist among the cobwebs of a decomposing past. Creatures spawned in this unholy tower venture forth to cause havoc under cover of sanctimonious rhetoric.
On college campuses, the villagers are taking up their pitchforks. They are lighting their torches. A few have already begun to lay siege to the Tower.
This just in from the Transylvania Tribune (aka The Boston Globe, via boston.com):
Conservative Students Battle Academia: Criticize Liberals Over Curriculum
Not surprisingly, considering the source, the article begins by trying to spin the students as religious zealots.
At the University of North Carolina, three incoming freshmen sue over a reading assignment they say offends their Christian beliefs.
Never mind that one of the students is Jewish, not Christian, because the religious beliefs of the students are beside the point; they were only asking not to have Islam rammed down their throats for the sake of political correctness.
This seems to be the Left's last line of defense; you know they're up against the wall when they point a trembling finger at their enemies and hiss, "Christian!" -- as in their explanation of President Bush's reelection. It's as if they don't understand that, like sunlight and garlic, crosses don't carry such dreadful connotations for the rest of us.
The article laments that the peasants, I mean students, are "trying to dictate what they do not want to be taught," which of course is "deeply troubling" and "puts a chill in the air."
But despite himself, the Associated Press author makes some good points:
Traditionally, clashes over academic freedom have pitted politicians or administrators against instructors who wanted to express their opinions and teach as they saw fit. But increasingly, it is students who are invoking academic freedom, claiming biased professors are violating their right to a classroom free from indoctrination.
In many ways, the trend echoes past campus conflicts -- but turns them around. Once, it was liberal campus activists who cited the importance of ''diversity" in pressing their agendas for curriculum change. Now, conservatives have adopted much of the same language in calling for a greater openness to their viewpoints.
Similarly, academic freedom guidelines have traditionally been cited to protect left-leaning students from punishment for disagreeing with teachers... Now, the same guidelines are being invoked by conservative students who support the war in Iraq.
What's the expression? Hoisted on their own petard?
Conservatives say they are discouraged from expressing their views in class, and are even blackballed from graduate school slots and jobs.
"Conservatives," in the context of academia, could loosely be defined as any non-Muslims to the right of Chairman Mao.
The need to imbibe left-wing and usually anti-American propaganda extends to classes where the subject matter has nothing to do with current events or politics. Any sort of objection can be hazardous to a student's GPA.
But as a famous moonbat once screeched, "the times they are a-changing"...
As referred to above, the University of North Carolina responded to 9/11 in typical moonbat fashion by forcing incoming students to read a book that whitewashes Islam and even to listen to suras in Arabic. Students struck back with the Left's favorite weapon, the lawsuit.
At Columbia, The David Project has taken faculty to task for using the classroom as a platform for anti-Israeli propaganda.
Students for Academic Freedom has been promoting an "Academic Bill of Rights" authored by David Horowitz that proposes putting an end to (anti-)religious and ideological persecution on college campuses. This group has also launched a campaign in Indiana to raise public awareness of the “Peace Studies” program at Ball State, "which promotes anti-American views and pro-terrorist sympathies."
It can't be pleasant, that sinking feeling in the gut as you look out from your tower to see the line of torches snaking its way toward the castle walls... knowing that you live in the past, and time will not stand still for you, much less reverse itself and return to the days when you were relevant... knowing that the people you look down on no longer take you seriously... knowing that the stake with your name on it has already been sharpened....
I could almost feel sorry for them. Almost.
December 25, 2004
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
PEST may be old news, but no blog devoted to placing moonbats in proper perspective could fail to document this fascinating phenomenon -- so what better topic for this blog's first post?
"Post Election Selection Trauma" (PEST) is a mental condition afflicting moonbats unable to come to grips with Bush's reelection. Symptoms include trembling, sleeplessness, hostility, listlessness, depression, and bizarre emotional outbursts. Treatment has consisted largely of nurturing the patients' childishness by encouraging them to vent their hatred of President Bush and America in general.
If the first step to getting better is admitting that you're sick, the PEST epidemic could be a positive development. Or it could be just another opportunity for the vampire class to suck up some easy money. Rather than take up the generous offers made by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to provide free counseling to those stricken with the disease, some moonbats have preferred to pay "professionals" to indulge them in their neuroses, outrageously passing the fees along to their insurance companies. As Center for Individual Freedom points out, insurance companies may not dare to deny these claims "lest they find themselves besieged by trial lawyers, who have an amazing ability to transmute trauma into treasure." Anyone wonder why health insurance has become unaffordable?
But is PEST really a new disease, or an old sickness by another name? According to Robert J. Gordon, American Health Association Executive Director (as quoted in Boca Raton News), "If you even mention religion, their faces turn blister-red as they shout at Bush.” Could this be diagnosed as Tourette Syndrome? Hebephrenic schizophrenia? Demonic possession? Or are we really only talking about severe cases of the neurosis formerly known as SoreLoserman Syndrome?
A common symptom of PEST is for suffers to assert their intention to leave the country --loudly, frequently, and with a characteristic lack of sincerity. It can only be hoped that future Republican victories will exacerbate the disease to the point that these promises are acted upon.
Moonbats suffering from PEST: