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Dinesh redux

Ah, it’s good to see that my old pal Dinesh D’Souza is driving public debate again.  It’s been far too long.  So now we have “Obama is a Mau-Mau, and I mean that in a totally non-racist way” to go long with “Al-Qaeda was right to attack America and its moral decadence,” “what do blacks owe America for the abolition of slavery,” and, from way back in the day, “listening to Jerry Falwell, one gets the sense that something is right about America after all.” Well done, DD!

I know, when people think of me v. foaming wingnut, they tend to think first of David Horowitz.  But D’Souza will always be my first and bestest run-in with a craven lying crank.  And for those of you who are amazed and/or appalled that this latest piece of lunatic neo-birtherism is the cover story of Forbes magazine, let’s not forget that he got his first big break in 1991 with a cover story in the Atlantic.

Posted by on 09/14 at 10:44 AM
  1. What is the proofreader’s symbol for baseball bat?

    I know, the violence of the unhinged left to magazine articles is frightening.

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  09/14  at  12:46 PM
  2. It depends, Pinko.  Is this a European or an anti-colonial African bat?

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  12:50 PM
  3. I’m in ur tropz, liberatin’ ur theeallogees.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  01:11 PM
  4. I have to wonder, are DD and Newtie objectively pro-empire, or objectively pro-the-atrocities-by-which-empire-maintains-itself? The eternal “evil, or more evil” question.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  01:18 PM
  5. This is not an “either objectively pro-empire or objectively pro-atrocities” kind of blog, va.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  01:32 PM
  6. At least for the self-image of anyone associated with Stanford, D’Souza no longer seems to be associated with the Hoover Institute of Sucking and Blowing.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  02:24 PM
  7. I think D’Souza is objectively “when did you stop beating your wife?” Since any response to this smear, like the accusation that he’s Muslim, hurts the Dems and Obama.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  02:32 PM
  8. So now we have “Obama is a Mau-Mau, and I mean that in a totally non-racist way”

    Indeed, there has already been rightblogger / commenter pushback against the widespread disgust with which DD’S’s latest bushel of bovine excrement has been greeted, pushback which primarily relies upon DD’S not using the exact phrase “Kenyan anti-colonialism” in his article.  (That, and the usual blanket observations that critics are the real racists for pointing out DD’S’s sophistry.) So DD’S can go on an on about the President’s sinister African ideological origins, while still pretending that the Banjo of Racism isn’t actually playing in the background. DD’S might not be an intellectual in any remotely complimentary sense of the term, but he can be a master of obviation.  And I do not use that term lightly.

    Meanwhile, Kevin Drum yet again illustrates why American liberalism keeps getting outflanked by the Koch suckers:  “Forbes Jumps the Shark”?  Mr. Drum was still giving Forbes the benefit of the doubt until now?  That’s like saying that Happy Days really jumped the shark when they added that additional niece and nephew in Season 10.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  02:54 PM
  9. I believe i misread the Gingco paraphrasing DD’s comment as “Kenyan anti-colonialism.” I thought, since it was Forbes, that it read: Keynesian anti-globalization!  Was i ever wrong?  Shocked i am to find that anti-colonialism is so very msiguided.

    Then again, i wonder if the POTUS would ever be so distrusting of the British Empire?  Afterall, the Brits were such good hosts and all.

    Posted by  on  09/14  at  03:26 PM
  10. mds, you have to admit that seasons 1-3 of Forbes were pretty good, until they tried to convince us that Steve Forbes was actually a Cylon.

    Posted by Michael  on  09/14  at  04:14 PM
  11. Steve Forbes isn’t a Cylon?!  Then how do you explain the fact that he almost never blinks?

    Posted by gmoke  on  09/14  at  08:54 PM
  12. Well, there non-blinking could be within the range of human variation.

    To be sure, he’d have to dissected, of course.

    Posted by  on  09/15  at  12:54 AM
  13. Ah, I didn’t realize that he’s basically flacking for yet another book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

    In The Roots of Obama’s Rage you’ll learn: Why Obama’s economic policies are actually designed to make America poorer compared to the rest of the world Why Obama will welcome a nuclear Iran Why Obama sees America as a rogue nation—worse than North Korea The real reason Obama banished a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and ordered NASA to praise the scientific contributions of Muslims Why Obama would like to make America’s superpower status a thing of the past

    and

    This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.

    How special is that?

    But it gets even specialer when a nut like Jack Cashill uses it to re-launch his own fevered dreams at The American Thinker “What D’Souza Doesn’t Get Quite Right”).

    As much as I admire D’Souza, however, I must take issue with his argument.  Yes, Obama does seem to espouse a certain inchoate anticolonialism, but the “dreams” do not come so much from his father as from his mother, and they have been given voice by Obama’s muse, terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers.

    We’re insane.

    Posted by  on  09/15  at  09:37 AM
  14. JP, you remind me that it might be time for an Obama Derangement Playoff.  Stanley Kurtz, Dinesh D’Souza, Pam Geller, Jack Cashill ... and who was it that claimed Obama’s father (and Communist mentor) was really Frank Marshall Davis?

    Posted by Michael  on  09/15  at  12:52 PM
  15. Andy Martin (the guy who sues everybody). Via Wikipedia:

    In an interview featured on the CNN network’s American Morning program on October 27, 2008, Andy Martin explicitly abandoned his view that Barack Obama is a Muslim. In the interview, Martin asserts a newer view that Obama is not the son of Barack Obama, Sr., but is rather the son of Frank Marshall Davis,

    Of course one may ask oneself, “How is it that a well-known paranoid personality like Andy Martin gets an interview on CNN two weeks before the 2008 presidential election?” ... or appeared on Hannity a few weeks earlier as a “journalist”? but since the answer would indicate that there are deep, deep flaws in our political discourse best just not to ask. Same as it ever was.

    Posted by  on  09/15  at  01:31 PM
  16. JP, I find your lack of faith in the sanity of our mass media ... disturbing.

    Anyway, how do we want to run this playoff?  Elimination with brackets, or round-robin?

    Posted by  on  09/15  at  02:04 PM
  17. how do we want to run this playoff?  Elimination with brackets, or round-robin?

    Brackets are better for less candidates, round-robin for more.  Thus may we be encouraged to bring more of the fine intellects of the media, particularly the more better right wingers, to the party. 

    And yes, that person that is the GOP nominee for the US Senate in Delawhere is indeed a young-earth-creationist.  Who would have thunk it? Well i am experiencing my freedom to say so, regardless that there is zero evidence to the contrary view that she isn’t.

    Posted by  on  09/15  at  03:47 PM
  18. Well, at least Dinesh is earning his high praise from that paragon of (how did the Onion describe him?) “a pink-faced half wit!” Aye it is the maestro Glenn Beck who is all up in our grill about how totally awesome D’Souza is.

    Posted by  on  09/16  at  01:36 PM
  19. And Forbes think D’Souza was factually accurate.

    Posted by  on  09/16  at  06:29 PM

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