August 20, 2004

Grand Rounds

VICTOR HANSON The Biteback Effect "Yet the United States itself has not changed its character under Republican hands. Its government and people are as they were, thus ensuring the more the Left lashes out about losing the republic, the more their charges seem strident and extremist — bringing them shame as the additional wage to their irresponsibility."

THE CHILDREN'S ARMY? by Mark Steyn: "That seems to be difficult for the Left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as 'children'. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee 'child' who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing."

COBB TAKES A HARD LOOK at Watts & Militant Posers. "This militant pose has worked miracles in the academy where a great deal of black
success has taken place. I needn't tell you how ridiculous it sounds in the context of world history to recount the sieges of undergraduate dorms and administration buildings, but somehow this has become legend. What an embarrassment."

THE GLITTERING EYE asks: Has television changed everything? in how people respond to terror and the images of terror.

ROBER EBERT'S "MOST HATED FILMS OF ALL TIME" is long, but not nearly long enough.

THE WATCHER proposes a name for those to the far left of 'chickenhawks: "What about turtledove?  It may not be as insulting, but at least it makes some kind of sense...  and I think that it sums up their idiotic "peace at any price" mindset rather nicely.  Why is it that no military service (voluntary or otherwise) is required in order to support the appeasement of tyrants, thugs, and terrorists?  What is the special qualification that supposedly allows leftists to decide exactly how many innocents need to die for the sake of their illusory peace?"

FELLOW LAGUNA BLOGGER Right on the Left Beach has been spending too much time in my comments sections. "I just love leftists, they think so clearly. They really do grasp complex [BUSH LIED] and nuanced [NO WMD] analysis. They really grasp concepts like - the President has to rely on information developed by the intelligence establishment [NO: BUSH LIED] that was consistent throughout the Clinton era and the Bush Administration pre-OIF. They really know how to understand that mistakes are made in something as complex as a war [DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? BUSH LIED]."

RIGHT THINKING GIRL in "Feminism & Raunch Culture" observes that "Feminism and raunch culture are attempts to manipulate the sexual responses of men, to arouse without the responsibility of acknowledging that arousal."

ICE-COLD CASE FILE: Judge Crater Disappearance Possibly Solved: "The New York City Police Department's longest-running unsolved missing-persons case — the bizarre and legendary disappearance of Judge Joseph Force Crater — may finally be solved."

Posted by Vanderleun at August 20, 2004 9:45 AM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

The term "Chickenhawk" in NOT a left term, altho the Left uses it -- it is a long standing term designed tpo describe people who cheerlead and/or promote war when they themselves have evaded service. (Or as Chris Rock says, the people who say "Get me some more Niggers and Mexicans. Got a lot of people dying over there.")

I personally prefer the term "Rec Room Patriots" for people like Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton who were just too goddamn precious to answer the call to do the one thing their country asked of them prior to saying "Go thou, and loot the treasury." At least Cinton had the sense to shy away from overt warmongering.

It's ironic -- the Left, the Democrats were always denounced by the Republicans as "The War Party" the party that gets us into war. Short memories -- seem to forget the people who demonstrated against Nixon and Kissinger were the same people who demonstrated against Johnson and Macnamara. In fact, by the time people were going up against Nixon and Kissinger, there were a lot more of Nixon's "silent majority" involved.

It's not a Left-Right issue. It's a Life-Death one. Or to paraphrase an Ancient Asian philosopher -- "Those who don't know talk and talk and talk."

Posted by: Saintperle at August 20, 2005 11:15 AM

Thanks for the link, Gerard. Gratefully received.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at August 20, 2005 12:10 PM

Exactly so!Problem with you is that you did not notice he[not she] was talking about you SAINTPERLE.

Posted by: Al.Dr. at August 20, 2005 12:31 PM