Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 20, 2012
I generally avoid PowerLine because I can only stand so much anti-truth in a single day and ALEC Cabin Boy John “Hindrocket” Hinderaker seems to view truth the way vampires view sunlight and garlic, but every now and then somebody brings some particularly (and unintentionally) hilarious emanation of his under the spotlight.
So it was when TBogg shared this recent Hinderaker hawking with us:
We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on. In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.
Funnily enough, I was on Twitter just now and saw these two tweets that came out a little over an hour ago (here and here respectively) from Election Analysis (http://2012twit.com/):
.@MittRomney gained 1,100 new followers, 3,058 mentions, 61 retweets in past 24hrs. Via http://2012twit.com
.@BarackObama gained 39,228 new followers, 8,779 mentions, 2,908 retweets in past 24hrs. Via http://2012twit.com
If this is what Assrocket calls ‘winning’ the Twitter war, I’d hate to see what he thinks losing it looks like.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Barack Obama, George Orwell, John Hinderaker, Mitt Romney, TBogg, twitter | 1 Comment »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 1, 2012
So I’m reading a review of Stephen King’s new novel 11/22/63 by a guy, Charles Taylor, who I know from past experience of his work to usually be honest almost to a fault and therefore trustworthy as a reviewer.
And it’s going good so far — Stephen King, underappreciated: check. Reference to Leslie Fiedler praising King: check. Mention of prior misapprehended novel written in the wake of 9/11: check.
But then I stumble onto this paragraph, written to describe his take on how different King’s treatment of 9/11, especially in its immediate aftermath, has been from other writers:
That alone put him at odds with much of the commentary and decision-making that followed 9/11, from the sanctimonious pronouncements made on the left about the cause of the attacks before anyone had claimed responsibility for them, to the right’s use of them to justify its slavish militarism and contempt for human rights. Implicit to many of these responses was the belief that nothing had happened that couldn’t have been anticipated, and consequently that not only the causes of the attacks but the proper response to them was self-evident. Against these arrogant certainties, King focused on uncertainty as the very currency of American life.
I certainly don’t recall any “sanctimonious pronouncements made on the left about the cause of the attacks before anyone had claimed responsibility for them”. I do recall one very accurate piece by Gary Kamiya, Taylor’s fellow Salon writer at the time, and done after the attacks had been linked to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. (By contrast, PNAC member Donald Rumsfeld, hours after the 9/11 attacks, while the Pentagon fires were still burning, urging his people to “go massive” in trying to find a link to Saddam Hussein, so as to find a way to carry out the wishes of PNAC guru and Iranian government operative Ahmad Chalabi and attack Iraq. Most sane people would find this, ah, somewhat more reprehensible than Gary Kamiya’s being right about 9/11.)
Either Charles Taylor’s dictionary states that “sanctimonious” means “correct and accurate”, in which case he needs a new dictionary, or he’s indulging in the favorite activity of American mushy-middle centrists seeking to render a coherent defense of their ideology, which is inventing imaginary irrational just-as-bad-as-righties progressives to attack.
Taylor then returns to reviewing 11/22/63, discussing the problems with time travel as a means of righting wrongs and solving problems, the chief wrong in this case being JFK’s murder (which in Stephen King’s mind set off a host of ills), and then sets up another, erm, interesting passage: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 9/11, Barack Obama, Charles Taylor, intellectual honesty, JFK, Obama apologists, progressives, Stephen King, symbolism over substance | 5 Comments »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2011
The whole ridiculous whine of John Boehner’s about Obama’s speech’s timing brings back memories.
The first thing Obama should have done is to point out that Republicans proclaimed this as a slap because it’s the sort of slap that Republicans like to admininster.
Case in point: the June 2003 Democratic presidential candidiate get-together planned for the downtown St. Paul Radisson. According to the Kerry staffers in attendance, Bush White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove told then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to make sure a key vote was scheduled for that day, thus ensuring that most of the Democratic candidates (many of whom were Senators themselves) couldn’t show up in person that day, but appeared via satellite. Howard Dean was one of the few to make it there in the flesh.
If only Obama showed spine when dealing with anyone besides his base, he wouldn’t be in trouble come next year.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 2003, Barack Obama, dirty tricks, Howard Dean, John Boehner, john kerry, karl rove | 3 Comments »