My pneumonia (and subsequent prednisone psychosis) left me unable to post anything coherent, so my Watcher’s postings are late. The week of the 10th was particularly interesting because the council winner came out on top without having been able to vote that week.
With three points, Stratasphere took it away with an piece on the Democratic party’s contract with Al Qaeda. The way AJ describes it sure does make the whole stinky mess look like a Dem deal. Here’s what he thinks the Democrats will put on the plate to make themselves more attractive to voters:
…This year’s election offers the chance, after 4 years of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the Nation’s policies towards Al Qaeda. That historic change would be the end of government that is too focused in Iraq, too intrusive, and too obsessed with possible terrorist attacks. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the privacy of all peoples, including members of Al Qaeda here in the US.
On the first day of the 104th Congress, the new Democrat majority will immediately pass the following major legislation, aimed at restoring the pre 9-11 mirage of security and world harmony and ending this Administration’s policies for National Security:
FIRST, we will finally kill the Patriot Act so that no member of Al Qaeda will fear using our libraries to access international websites, access their email, or do basic research on major US installations and population centers…
SECOND, We will enact legislation to release all Al Qaeda members now held in custody in the GITMO Gulag…
and so it goes, all the way down to Point Nine in their offering, which promises to impeach the Imperial Bush…don’t they just wish. I’ve been hearing this threat ever since Bush was elected — sorry, ever since Bush stole the election from the Democrats.
Great fisk of the Dem point of view, which, when it’s isn’t undiluted vitriol, is simply Looney Tunes. Until the incarnation of the present Democratic Party I didn’t know lemmings could sing in harmony.
Second place was taken by Shrinkwrapped. He is so unobtrusively eloquent. No flourishes or unnecessary words to get his point across. Who else but he could weave the following: “The Academy Awards, Pan-Sexuality, Narcissism, & Loneliness”? I will even forgive him for using the New York Times as his starting point — which is a big deal here, since I give the Old Grey Mare the same credibility I grant Aljazeera, which means little to none.
The following is a small excerpt from a large and wide-ranging essay. I recommend that you RTWT since the changing mores and perspectives of the rising generation of adolescents sounds more like the German youth of the ‘20’s than it does anything we’ve encountered before. But, of course, each generation thinks it invented itself. Perhaps this is necessary in order to invest in the future:
Hollywood has done its part to help “normalize” pan-sexuality and will celebrate their open-minded tolerance in March (one of the nominees for best Actress is for a film about a transsexual); whether you believe this was wise or not, it is hard to argue that such re-definition of what at one time was considered deviant behavior comes at a high price. There is also a vast difference between teaching our children tolerance and teaching that “anything and everything goes” and all sexual behavior is equivalent and represent mere “life style choices.”
From the Non-Council posts, The Anchoress placed first — and created, I think, a good neologism: “wellstoning.” Have you noticed that the various aberrant and vicious behaviors of the Left cause neologisms to come into being? There’s “borking” and “fisking,” and as soon as I say “wellstoning” everyone knows what it means. No explanation required.
In this case, The Anchoress describes what happened at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. An admission of bias: I stopped admiring this woman when I found out that she charged money for copies of the “I Have A Dream” speech. “Tacky” is the most charitable term I can think of for this kind of grasping behavior.
At any rate, Mrs. King’s funeral was finely and truly wellstoned. It was used as a platform to exhibit disrespect to a sitting President while he was a member of the congregation. It was used to revise history, to revile the Republicans, and to create an atmosphere of resentment and pandering. Ugly, ugly moment. As The Anchoress notes:
I’ve come to the conclusion that people who buy their own hype, who believe the press when the press over-does the gushing in order to push their own ideas, are weak-minded, or perhaps simply not very smart.
“Wellstoning” is a useful word. Can’t you just imagine how Ted Kennedy’s funeral will be wellstoned right into the ground?
Have you ever read One Cosmos? If not, you’re in for a treat. He’s not easy to classify so I won’t try, but I highly recommend his second place essay,
“The Pathetic Last Children of Nietzsche’s Pitiable Last Men.” Here’s one summation you won’t forget in a hurry:
The modern conservative movement is not just trying to preserve the traditional male element, but the traditional separation of the various spheres in general–civilized vs. barbaric, animal vs, human, adult vs. child–while the Democratic party is the party of mannish women (e.g., Hillary Clinton, Gloria Allred), feminized men (e.g., Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore), adult children (Howard Dean, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, et al), and even animal humans (PETA members who believe that killing six million chickens is morally indistinguishable from murdering six million Jews, radical environmentalists, etc.). And it is almost impossible to engage in rational debate with the adult child, who has the cynicism of a world-weary grown up but the wisdom of a child, or with the male-female hybrid, who possesses an emotionalized reason that is easily hijacked by the passions…
One Cosmos has a breadth, depth, and height of conveying knowledge that you’re not likely to find elsewhere. He is in his own category. I think he knows this, too.
It’s all still up at the Watcher’s. Go here, and see me in third place with Rightwing Nuthouse. Now there’s an interesting bedfellow…