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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Before Don’t Think, Smile!, before No More Nice Girls, before Beginning to See the Light, before Dissent, The Nation, the Village Voice, even before the New Yorker, there was ...

College Bowl 1959!*

Check out the contestant at 2:11, who identifies herself as being from “Bayside, New York,” just east of my old stomping grounds in Flushing:

Yes, it’s her, all right.  I’d know those arched eyebrows anywhere.  And in her spirit, here’s my very first contribution to Dissent’s new blog, “Arguing the World.” (That’s a catchy title!  Perhaps someday it could be a major motion picture or something.) “Arguing the World” doesn’t have comments (yet!), so if you want to argue the world with me, you can do so right here on this humble blog.

Oh, and in other news, last week my friend and former Penn State colleague Amitava Kumar won the 2010 Strange Quark from 3QD for his short story, “Postmortem”.  Congratulations, Amitava!  The story is terrific, and I think Amitava should have won some kind of ancillary award for his reply to this comment.


*H/t to Steve Rubio, who sent me the clip this morning.  I asked him, in reply, whether he had found this gem lying somewhere under Tony Peluso’s sheet music for “Goodbye to Love”....

Posted by Michael on 03/29 at 02:04 PM
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Friday, March 26, 2010


Must credit American Airspace

Richmond police have now determined that the bullet that was meant for Eric Cantor’s heart
was fired by one of those anti-Semitic, gun-obsessed liberals
destroyed Eric Cantor’s campaign office
randomly broke a window in a building that also houses Eric Cantor’s campaign office is the very same bullet that was fired at Lou Dobbs five months ago.

Posted by Michael on 03/26 at 05:10 PM
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Earlier this week I noticed that Josh Marshall is practically writing off Romney for 2012.  Then Eric Kleefeld followed up on Wednesday, as did Jed Lewison at Ye Great Orange Satan this morning.  Josh:

If the Republicans want to make Obama’s signature piece of legislation a centerpiece of their 2012 campaign (and it’s hard to imagine they won’t since what else will they run on?), they can’t very well run a candidate who supported and passed close to an identical bill. It’s a no-brainer.

I too don’t like broad and blanket statements about what has to happen two or three years down the road. But can anyone explain to me why this doesn’t fatally hobble any GOP presidential campaign in 2012? And because of that make Romney close to impossible to nominate?

Well, let me give it a shot.  Let’s imagine, crazy as it might sound, that Mitt Romney might try to go around fiercely repudiating positions he once held and policies he once promoted.  Sort of like the way Some Bearded Guy suggested back in the winter of aught-seven.

Posted by Michael on 03/26 at 10:13 AM
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New poll on GOP beliefs about Obama

And the results are in:

Barack Obama is a socialist—67 percent

Obama is a Muslim—57 percent

Obama was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be President—45 percent

Obama is doing many of the things Hitler did—38 percent

Obama shot a man in Reno just to watch him die—36 percent

Obama personally killed my grandmother at some point between 1980 and 2007, and then killed his own grandmother in 2008 when she threatened to release his real birth certificate—42 percent

Obama authorized ACORN to award two votes to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and that’s the only reason health care reform passed the House—78 percent

Obama has decorated the Oval Office with the skulls of his enemies, mounted on sharp sticks—53 percent

Obama swiped a chicken from my shed last summer—28 percent

Obama may be the Antichrist—24 percent

Obama probably did steal Susan Smith’s car and kidnap her children—22 percent

When Scooby-Doo finally pulls off Obama’s mask we will learn that he was Huey Newton all along—16 percent

Posted by Michael on 03/24 at 12:56 PM
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Health care and civil rights

Special guest post by the intellectual leader of the Republican Party

Hello, American Airspace!  It is a pleasure to speak to the readers of this patriotic blog.  This is a very dangerous moment in the history of our Republic, and it is critical that conservatives get the word out by every medium available. So I am especially grateful to Mr. Berude for allowing me to guest post here today.

It is very appropriate that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us done, time and time again through history. Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say: no health care reform today . . . no health care reform tomorrow . . . no health care reform ever.

We can no longer hide our head in the sand and tell ourselves that the ideology of our free fathers is not being attacked and is not being threatened by another idea—for it is. We are faced with an idea that if a centralized government assume enough authority, enough power over its people, that it can provide a utopian life; that if given the power to dictate, to forbid, to require, to demand, to distribute, to edict and to judge what is best and enforce that will produce only “good.” And it shall be our father—and our God. It is an idea of government that encourages our fears and destroys our faith; for where there is faith, there is no fear, and where there is fear, there is no faith.

It is, therefore, a basically ungodly government; and its appeal to the pseudo-intellectual and the politician is to change their status from servant of the people to master of the people.  To play at being God without faith in God—and without the wisdom of God. It is a system that is the very opposite of Christ for it feeds and encourages everything degenerate and base in our people as it assumes the responsibilities that we ourselves should assume. Its pseudo-liberal spokesmen and some Harvard advocates have never examined the logic of its substitution of what it calls “human rights” for individual rights, for its propaganda play on words has appeal for the unthinking. Its logic is totally material and irresponsible as it runs the full gamut of human desires, including the theory that everyone has a right to health care without the spiritual responsibility of preserving freedom. Our founding fathers recognized those rights—but only within the framework of those spiritual responsibilities.

Not so long ago men stood in marvel and awe at the cities, the buildings, the schools, the autobahns that the government of Hitler’s Germany had built, just as centuries before they stood in wonder of Rome’s building.  But it could not stand; for the system that built it had rotted the souls of the builders, and in turn rotted the foundation of what God meant that men should be. Today that same system on an international scale is sweeping the world. It is the “changing world” of which we are told; it is called “new” and “liberal.” It is as old as the oldest dictator. It is degenerate and decadent. As the national racism of Hitler’s Germany persecuted a national minority to the whim of a national majority, so the international racism of the liberals seeks to persecute the international white minority to the whim of the international colored majority, so that we are footballed about according to the favor of the Afro-Asian bloc. But the Belgian survivors of the Congo cannot present their case to a war crimes commission ... nor the Portuguese of Angola ... nor the survivors of Castro ... nor the citizens of Oxford, Mississippi.

Ahhhhh ... I seem to have lost the thread there for a moment, thinking about the evils of Hitler and the real victims of colonialism.  (Note to self:  the white man is the Jew of liberal fascism. That’s got a catchy ring to it!) I was supposed to be talking about health care, wasn’t I?  Right. Yes, well.  Obamacare is the most radical social experiment in modern times, and Democrats have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years.  The South will rise again.  Thank you.

Posted by Michael on 03/23 at 11:21 AM
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Monday, March 22, 2010

The night the country died

In the deep of a Sunday night
In the land of the health care bill
When the free republic died
And they talk about it still

When a man named Al-Barack
Took his fascist voting bloc
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed

And we took our tea in bags
Through the streets around the Hill
As we screamed at blacks and fags
Chanting, “n****r kill the bill.”

There was Boehner on the floor
And threats of civil war
But by midnight it was done
And the socialists had won

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed

Then there was no sound at all
But a hush upon the Mall
For as the clock struck one
The death panels had begun
And then at the break of day
Obama took grandma away*

The night the country died
The night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed


* Sure enough, even as he read her the relevant sections of the Health Care Rationing and Euthanasia Act of 2010, he had to use a Teleprompter.

Posted by Michael on 03/22 at 10:41 AM
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