Tuesday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Redemption and a Tolstoy masterwork.
  2. Ms Austen.
  3. Unicorns and the left’s energy policies.
  4. Gun control and those far right nuts in, uhm, Massachusetts?
  5. You know, ’cause we’re at war with them too.
  6. History made simpler.
  7. Our Administration’s financial shenanigans … or put simpler … making sure of your landing pad for after your time in office.
  8. A man and his witness.
  9. Underreported!? or just plain ghastly.
  10. Why not to leave Afghanistan too quickly.
  11. 6 scenarios.
  12. A North American bishop installed.
  13. From the sun-never-sets-on … to lack of pride as a method.
  14. Well, the first step in letting history repeat is to insist that those circumstance were insane, senseless, and incomprehensible. And interesting tactic for a person who is claimed has a special ability to understand others.

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  1. Boonton says:

    #14 Someone should really come up with a name for this genre of hack punditry. It works like this, take a speech a politican makes about something no one really disagrees about (Nazi’s bad, mothers good, children cute, etc.). Pluck out a line that on the surface sounds totally innocent, but demonstrate how not only is it wrong but it’s the spearhead of an evil agenda to to destroy all that is good and holy in the world.

    What’s fun about this rhetorical trick is that it always works. For example, if a politican says a bunch of KKKers who kill someone for being the wrong race are ‘horrible racits’, then make a big deal about failing to call them murders. if the politican calls them murders, note that he failed to call them out as terrorist murders. If he calls them that, fault him for not calling them ‘super evil racist terrorist murders’ etc.

    These are the tricks you have to know if you’re a hack and are expected to produce so much copy every single day to earn your keep.

  2. Mark says:

    That would be interesting … if that was what was going on. This wasn’t a off-the-cuff remark or speech. It was the official US statement made in response to the current memorial/remembrance of the Holocaust some care was made in crafting the statement and accordingly it can be examined carefully.

    But … apparently according to you, no criticism of the sentiments offered is allowed. The criticism I offered on my part was that this shouldn’t be seen as something that happens those “other” evil people. That we need to on guard that that banal evil doesn’t creep into our lives as it did in Germany, that going along with what is accepted isn’t examined because it’s the thing to do (another plug for that other book you’ve been studiously avoiding, Ms Delsol’s Unlearned Lessons). Germany and the Nazis got accepted because their ideals were seen as natural outcomes of the philosophical utopian dreams of the late 19th and early 20th centuries … as did Communism.

  3. Boonton says:

    If Obama had given an untraditional “Nazis were sensible, not senseless, evil’ speech do you think for a moment the National Review would have been running an article “Obama finally gets it!”? Of course not because the piece if partisan hackery. You are free to develop your criticisms of ‘official sentiments’

  4. Boonton says:

    Underreported!? or just plain ghastly.

    Given the history of Israel’s founding, it would be disappointing if this story is true and does not lead to people landing in jail and having their medical licenses revoked.

  5. Mark says:


    If Obama had given an untraditional “Nazis were sensible, not senseless, evil’ speech do you think for a moment the National Review would have been running an article “Obama finally gets it!”?

    I don’t think they would have criticized that. They may have found something else to criticize, but not that.

    For example, when Obama finally shoots some skeet (and finds out its fun) and says so … they will indeed say he “gets it”.