Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WE REGRET THE ERROR.

Jonah Goldberg:
I haven’t read the whole New York Times profile of Sarah Palin... in part because I have some more pressing things on my calendar (clean out the drier lint, stare vacantly into space) and in part because I resent the transparent effort to make Sarah Palin into an intriguing or compelling personality. It’s all so manufactured, like they have a checklist she’s got to work through before she can be one of Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People,” despite losing an election. I give it 50-50 she has a daytime syndicated talk show by the end of the decade.
Oops, sorry, I have misquoted Goldberg here -- please substitute "Wendy Davis" for "Sarah Palin" in every instance, and add "farrrrrrt" randomly throughout the passage.

UPDATE. The whole NRO Corner is especially nuts today. There's another Goldberg essay, about some book he hasn't read, that is literally incomprehensible. Can one of you tell me what that rap about "America, or liberals, or Jews — or all three!" is about?  Also, here's increasingly mad torture enthusiast Andrew C. McCarthy's money shot for the day:
So now Obama, like a standard-issue leftist dictator, is complementing lawlessness with socialist irrationality.
For embarrassing-to-conservatives-in-retrospect-and-to-everyone-else-right-now, this is almost at an "Is Shirley Temple a Communist?" level. Also, assuming Obama evades arrest by the Freedom Commandos and continues to serve as President without actually declaring martial law, where can McCarthy go rhetorically from here? "Obama, like his dark lord Satan...." "In emulation of his best friend and spiritual twin Adolph Hitler..." "Commissar Obama... " Whoa, actually the National Review editorial board already got there in 2008. Maybe I only imagined they weren't always this bad.

UPDATE 2. Commenters, commenters, I'm only one man! I can't possibly address all the National Review crazitude (though if someone wants to pay me to do that, I'm all ears) but I do appreciate it being brought to my attention -- for example, Victor Davis Hanson's ode to Vladimir Putin, which coozledad encapsulates as "shirtless Putin is more honest than metrosexual golfer Obama," which is fair though it does miss some of the rhapsodic nuances of Hanson's prose; for example, Hanson finds "value" (Greek for "schwing," I guess) in Putin's "confidence in his unabashedly thuggish means," like how he kills dogs and does other lovable-dictator stuff, and though Hanson tee-hees that Putin is "what we should not be," his eyes say yes, we should! Balloon Juice captures it best: "Victor Davis Hanson channels his inner bottom."

Jack Fowler dishing out the institutional self-pity is also mentioned, and I must say his claim that Politico never "called" National Review for its story on them (Rich Lowry was interviewed by email) establishes new frontiers in hackdom. But I am grateful to him for bestowing on NR the slogan I shall associate with it henceforth: "a magazine that has lost money for 58 years."

UPDATE 3. Speaking of ObamaHitler, Bloomberg reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has reversed a federal law that would have required tax preparers "pass a certification exam, pay annual fees and complete at least 15 hours of education courses annually." Here's how Charles C.W. Cooke plays it:
Court Slaps Down IRS Power Grab  
More often than not, conversations about the Obama administration’s executive overreach end up with apologists asking, petulantly, “well, what are you going to do about it anyway"...
I bet when his parents give him a hard time, Cooke mutters "Whatever you say, Hitler."

147 comments:

  1. catclub10:45 AM

    I figure you did more work finding and reading and quoting that than Jonah. The work ethic is not dead.

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  2. I haven’t read the whole Wall Street Journal profile of Jonah Goldberg “Can
    Jonah Have it All?” in part because I have some more pressing things on my
    calendar (eat Cheetos, faaaaaaart) and in part because I resent the transparent effort to make Jonah Goldberg into an intelligent or complex personality. It’s all so manufactured, like they have a checklist he’s got to work through before he can be one of G. Gordon Liddy’s “Stacked-n-Packed”
    calendar models, despite never having had an erection. I give it 50-50 he has a daytime syndicated radio show by the end of the decade.

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  3. I haven’t read the whole New York Times profile of Wendy Davis “Can Wendy Have it All?”


    You know, you could cover up the masthead and 90% of the people coming here would know who wrote this line. Writers call this "voice," as in "he's truly captured the voice of a lazy, spoiled hack ensconced in a comfy sinecure."


    As for the second Jonah link, I don't think it says anything beyond "liberals hate America, liberal Jews hate Israel." Still, I do love the pretenses toward intellectualism. "Mono-causal explanations"? Really? I'm not sure what's worse - Jonah trying to be witty, or Jonah trying to be erudite.

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  4. Dr. Hunky Jimpjorps11:09 AM

    Thanks, Obama: after reading Jonah Goldberg complain about someone getting a pundit job they don't deserve, I can afford to repair my busted gut!

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  5. Derelict11:17 AM

    I'd say that they're going to have to invent a whole new language to carry their invective to even greater heights. However, they're already speaking in a code language that only the most acutely in-tune conservatives can comprehend.


    And since there's already a substantial body of rightwing Xtians who are screeching about Obama being the new anti-Christ (I guess the Pope ALSO being the new anti-Christ just means Satan has multiple personality disorder, or something), I just don't see how they can go any further without speaking in tongues.

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  6. redoubtagain11:18 AM

    I imagine one of Wendy Davis' campaign interns reading Jonah's essay out loud, with accompanying sound effects.

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  7. Derelict11:19 AM

    Lazy and entitled is no way to go through life, son.

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  8. whetstone11:37 AM

    What an asshole. Goldberg on the collapse of support for "Israel and/or Zionism" (Jonah's finger is clearly on the "and" button, though it's polite of him to include "or"):

    But it’s hard not to see the liberal and Jewish propensities for
    self-loathing — not necessarily in a psychological sense, but in a
    political and cultural sense — being part of the equation. The
    assumption that America, or liberals, or Jews — or all three! — are to
    blame for all of their problems, and the world’s problems, is rarely
    far from the scene. The endless search to find new and clever ways to
    blame “us” first is both arrogant and unfair. It’s arrogant because it
    assumes the Americans, or Jews, or liberals have special access to the
    divine truth and the implicit power to act on it. It’s unfair because it
    assumes that other human actors can’t be to blame for their own
    problems. The great narcissistic fun of always blaming yourself for
    everything is that you make everything about you.


    Coming from the Pantload, I can see where he'd think it was arrogant for someone to know shit about shit, and that recent history or politics might seem as distant as "the divine truth." But you'd think at least one little partially-firing neuron might suggest that blaming skepticism on the stereotype of the self-loathing Jew--what an asshole!--is, uh, also "unfair."

    One thing I'll give him is that he's quite skilled at summarizing his intellectual project in practically everything he writes; in this case "we cannot know the direction of history, so... I'm right. Or not, fart." Why do you keep hitting yourself, Jonah? It's arrogant and unfair of you to ask me to stop! Oh, alright then. Proceed.

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  9. tigrismus12:11 PM

    But it’s hard not to see the liberal and Jewish propensities for
    self-loathing ... being part of the equation. The
    assumption that America, or liberals, or Jews — or all three! — are to
    blame for all of their problems, and the world’s problems, is rarely
    far from the scene.


    "Liberals/Jews assume they're to blame. I blame liberals/Jews."

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  10. Mark_B4Zeds12:13 PM

    It's going to be a hell of a burn for Jonah when Wendy wins.

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  11. and add "farrrrrrt" randomly throughout the passage

    I had broccoli for lunch, I can do this.

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  12. Roy, you simply have to get over to VDH's paean to Putin. They have it up at Balloon Juice and it may be able to give JennofArk some ideas for her octopus/celery/monster porn novel. That piece is dripping with something...lettuce?

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  13. He could imagine it but he lacks the time. Maybe an intern or a reader can do it for him?

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  14. I think its weird he has confused his neo-nazi, conspiracy theorist, right wing friends with liberal jews who are sceptical of American exceptionalism and Israeli right wing politics. Its not the liberal Jews who think that America is evil and the Jews control everything.

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  15. That'll be good practice for Hilary crushing her GOP opponent in 2016.

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  16. tigrismus12:20 PM

    So now Obama, like a standard-issue leftist dictator, is complementing lawlessness with socialist irrationality.


    This ACA is terrible! And the portions are so small!

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  17. Jaime Oria12:20 PM

    Enter Harpo squeezing a jalopy horn: A-rooooo-gala!

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  18. tigrismus12:24 PM

    Oh holy crap, MUST YOU? My lettuce may never be watered again, thank you SO very much.

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  19. Finally, the jape juste.

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  20. shortstop12:27 PM

    Yes, the whole Corner IS especially nuts today. Check out Jack Fowler's tearful remembrance of the day when journalists protected each others' rights to flagrantly libel people. Roy Edroso, Roy Edroso, pick up your red-meat sangwich at the window, please.

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  21. Mark_B4Zeds12:38 PM

    I was having my doubts about Wendy's candidacy at first, because normal working class Texans hate politics and are very cynical about it. It turns out that cynicism is brought about by the cynical campaigns run by the so-called conservatives which have had a stranglehold on Texas politics for the last couple of decades. This is anecdotal, but I've talked to several people who I've always considered apolitical who are excited about Wendy running. I don't know if this translates into a win, but I think it's going to be a competitive race. She's already proven she can raise the money, and I think it's very winnable.

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  22. shortstop12:38 PM

    Please credit the ACA in all further references to this matter.

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  23. shortstop12:40 PM

    Oops, you did in your first two words. I R sooper dum 2day.

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  24. Sociologically, the disintegration of support for Israel and/or Zionism
    among politically liberal Jews (or at least politically liberal Jewish
    journalists) is as fascinating as it is dismaying.


    Reading accounts of ultra-orthodox Talmudiban types throwing stones at female journalists and calling 9 year old girls "whores" has got nothing to do with it, nothing at all.

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  25. Spaghetti Lee12:45 PM

    Conservatives avoid such problems by never blaming themselves for anything.

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  26. edroso12:47 PM

    Here's what I had to say about that:

    https://twitter.com/edroso/status/433276082641317888

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  27. coozledad12:48 PM

    it was the George W. Bush administration, not the Putin regime, that had either inadvertently or provocatively offended the other’s sensibilities — was invented before the 2008 election on Obama’s partisan and political considerations, not empirical observation.



    Funny, I don't remember Obama looking into Putin's soul and finding his spiritual analog. I always thought it was the crosseyed dipshit with the fake southern accent.

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  28. And we'll farrt, farrt right in the Pantload's face.

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  29. Spaghetti Lee12:50 PM

    in part because I have some more pressing things on my calendar (clean out the drier lint, stare vacantly into space)

    Ha, ha, I can literally refuse to do my job and still not get fired. Suck it, peasants!

    I resent the transparent effort to make (Wendy Davis) into an intriguing or compelling personality.


    This from the magazine that thought Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan embodied the soul of America.

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  30. trizzlor12:52 PM

    Well, there's also Quinn Hillyer's column ( http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/370888/clarence-thomas-wrong-quin-hillyer ) that Clarence Thomas was wrong in saying liberals are the most racist, it's actually blacks that are the mostest racist! He does a lot of throat-clearing about what a great guy Thomas is and certainly liberals are pretty bad, but at the end of the day we all know who the real racists are. It's basically the entire Republican African American Outreach program summed up in a single column.

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  31. coozledad12:57 PM

    Oh for fuck's sake.

    After all, were not the Lotus-eaters nearly as dangerous as the Cyclopes, the nonviolent Eloi almost as pitiful as the savage Morlocks? And is not the triple-talking postmodern man often as empty as the premodern brute?

    And does not the right wing classics professor find his closing sentence by looking at a twelve sided die shat by Bulwer Lytton?

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  32. Punditry is an exclusive club and needs to remain that way. If we let any bojo off the street do it, then the whole system will (went on Mountain Dew run, plz finish)

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  33. Derelict1:05 PM

    So, the ultra-leftwing president with pretentions to dictatorship who has been enacting laws willy-nilly is not enforcing laws, which is unlawful lawlessness and socialist irrationality.
    I'm glad that the Republican response to Obama's not enforcing the law is for them to refuse to pass any laws. These people must be very interesting to watch on the highway.

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  34. tigrismus1:07 PM

    Or refuse to fund laws that already passed. I guess that's not lawless or irrational because...?

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  35. Derelict1:08 PM

    Just wait until Jennifer Rubin makes the jump to NRO space. Talk about efforts to make (name of GOP candidate) into an intriguing or compelling personality!

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  36. tigrismus1:16 PM

    in part because I have some more pressing things on my calendar (clean out the drier lint, stare vacantly into space)

    Torpor is a force that gives him meaning? AND PURPOSE.

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  37. I also love the embedded "bleg", and the admission that they perpetually lose money. Where's your precious Free Market now?

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  38. M. Krebs1:22 PM

    And the fun part is that there are nearly three full Obama years left.

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  39. Derelict1:23 PM

    Not to worry: Exposure to Jonah the Fail has been known to lower IQ by up to 30 points. Ask your doctor is you're healthy enough for Jonah Goldberg. And remember: Seek immediate medical attention for projection lasting more than four hours.

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  40. M. Krebs1:24 PM

    Stand back, man. I had chili.

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  41. Derelict1:30 PM

    The free market is using the invisible hand to give them the finger.
    I wonder how their lawsuit defense is going? Have they managed to sever their case from that of Mark "the human" Steyn?

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  42. M. Krebs1:31 PM

    I wonder which GOP stiff she'll be running against.

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  43. Derelict1:32 PM

    Yep. By the time Obama leaves office, they will all sound like they're speaking Orc or Klingon.

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  44. mgmonklewis1:35 PM

    "not necessarily in a psychological sense, but in a
    political and cultural sense"

    Huh? WTF? I didn't know there was such as thing as "cultural self-loathing," let alone "political self-loathing." Culture and politics have anthropomorphic Selves, which are capable of loathing themselves?

    The English language, how does it work? I'm up against a deadline, but maybe a reader or an intern could work it out for me.

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  45. coozledad1:35 PM

    Stiff is right. I'll bet it's gonna be the Lt. Governor and his hair product.

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  46. Derelict1:35 PM

    On a related note, I'm in central Florida right now. Over the last two days, I've passed three street corners festooned with "IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!" signs and Teahadists handing out literature.
    I guess it's only a matter of minutes now before we start "having a discussion" on the evening news about impeaching the president "because it's out there."

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  47. Ellis_Weiner1:36 PM

    His dishonesty is a thing of wonder. Has anyone ever heard about "the liberal propensity for self-hatred"? No. And if he's linking "all three," why not add "the American propensity for self-hatred"? Because his knuckle-dragging readers would take offense, is why.

    Jonah is a professional bullshitter: indifferent to the truth, too lazy to do the necessary work to justify occupying his position, and happy just to write truthy crap in order to gratify his ego with the applause of idiots.

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  48. shortstop1:40 PM

    Also too, yet another use of "glee" to describe progressives' stunningly unfair reaction to the death of NR, the political career of the governor of New Jersey, etc., etc. "It was bad enough when they were all peace-loving pacifists who declined to own semiautomatics and couldn't get it up for the death penalty. But now they're...mirthful."

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  49. Well, the dodecahedron is a Platonic solid.

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  50. redoubtagain1:49 PM

    VDH's Putin: "Nice democracy you got there. Shame if something happened to it."
    You know, this open admiration of, and wishing for, a Stalin-like figure by America's right wing forgets: Stalin always had the people who did his shooting, shot.

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  51. Feral1:53 PM

    "The endless search to find new and clever ways to blame liberals first is both arrogant and unfair. It's arrogant because it assumes wingnuts have special access to the divine truth and the implicit power to act on it."


    Fixed that for ya, Jonah.

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  52. Mark_B4Zeds1:54 PM

    It's going to be Abbot. Dewhurst is running for re-election as Lt. Gov, which he should win easily. Abbot is in a wheelchair, and he's smartly using that as a way to deflect any criticism or ridicule. Any slogan that uses the word 'stand' is somehow pointing out that he's in a wheelchair.



    One funny thing about that. He apparently got a 7 figure settlement for the incident that injured him, but he's working to make sure that injured parties in the future can only get minimal settlements.

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  53. Mark_B4Zeds1:59 PM

    Dewhurst (the current Lt. Governor) isn't running against her, but his major claim to fame is attempting to cut off Wendy Davis' filibuster with various parliamentary tactics which involved tortuous interpretations of the rules and where he promised that he would follow a procedure, which promise he reneged upon when time got short. He was so overconfident about his lies and underhanded tactics working that he ran out of time and failed, which we can be grateful. I don't think Dewhurst wants another piece of Wendy Davis. He can still taste the last time she defeated him.

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  54. XeckyGilchrist2:00 PM

    You work with what you got.

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  55. mortimer20002:01 PM

    Damn, he could take a chain saw to such prose and it still wouldn't help, if a savage Morlock hadn't stolen it out of his driveway.

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  56. I just skimmed over that excerpt but wasn't the gist of that piece that both Obama and Putin are dictators, but at least Putin does it with style?

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  57. Derelict2:14 PM

    Well, maybe later.

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  58. Derelict2:14 PM

    This, too, shall pass.

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  59. coozledad2:15 PM

    Shirtless Putin is more honest than metrosexual golfer Obama.
    This should win Hanson a Golden Ass.

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  60. Derelict2:17 PM

    If Obama went shirtless, the resulting round of fainting on the right would break seismic stations around the northern hemisphere.

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  61. smut clyde2:45 PM

    self-loathing — not necessarily in a psychological sense,
    Ah, so without the "self" and the :loathing" parts of the definition.

    but in a political and cultural sense
    Jonah has invented a kind of Reverse Logical Positivism. If something is meaningless, then it cannot be falsified!

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  62. smut clyde2:49 PM

    Lettuce spray.

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  63. Demonic style. As someone at balloon juice said there was nothing in that essay that couldn't have been said by a 9 year old in the back seat holding up two plastic action figures.

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  64. As we all know the happiness of others is the ur traumatic wound of the conservative psyche. Somewhere, every time the glad giggles of a baby ring out, a conservative bursts into tears.

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  65. Well, if they don't have time to look it up for Jonah maybe they could just loathe him. What else are they being paid for, anyway?

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  66. KatWillow2:58 PM

    Jonah's next book will be a comparison of mythological characters with modern day sci-fi I mean comic books I mean movies.

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  67. satch2:58 PM

    Jonah IS a professional bullshitter and all that other stuff, which would be of consequence if he were writing for US, or people in general who care about truth and facts (which, I'll admit, are not always one and the same), but he's not writing for us, he's writing for a subset of wingnut whackaloons who eat this shit with a spoon and have much different standards. The only thing he needs to worry about is cranking out pieces which tickle the ids of the NRO commenters, and it must be granted, he can really deliver on that level.

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  68. KatWillow3:02 PM

    She actually stood up for her beliefs, and didn't read "Green Eggs & Ham!"

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  69. KatWillow3:05 PM

    He misses his previous incarnations when he was an actual Sloth. Ah, good times, good times.

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  70. mgmonklewis3:09 PM

    Well, maybe more rage than tears, but I get your point.

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  71. satch3:11 PM

    I'm sure Roy could have done a hell of a job on VDH, but Charlie Pierce got a head start

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  72. satch3:15 PM

    "Can one of
    you tell me what that rap about "America, or liberals, or Jews — or all
    three!" is about?"


    Wait a minute, Edroso... you expect one of US to go over there, read that, and figure it out? Hell, no...I didn't sign on for THAT!!11!!

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  73. smut clyde3:15 PM

    Send the intern!

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  74. shorter jonah goldberg: "rocky road?"

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  75. hahaha did you write that nro interns are paid?

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  76. smut clyde3:50 PM

    The evidence suggests otherwise.

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  77. Bubba Zanetti3:51 PM

    Ja he is the pooperman (super duper pooperman!)

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  78. j_bird3:54 PM

    After initially scrolling past this comment in confusion, I have now learned to never read the alicublog threads out of order.

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  79. William Miller3:57 PM

    Please tell me you're in Ocala. Those folks have been out at the town square for months, if not years.

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  80. mortimer20004:06 PM

    Shorter VDH:
    I disdain the prissy putting-green Pericles,
    Give me my Brass-Putin, the rock-hard Testicles.

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  81. Derelict4:30 PM

    Orange City

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  82. Derelict4:34 PM

    I want to put this comment on my mantelpiece so I can admire it for the next few weeks.

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  83. Halloween_Jack5:01 PM

    Putin is almost saying, “You have ten times the wealth and military power that I have, but I can neutralize you by my demonic personality alone.”


    "I find your lack of faith in the Force... disturbing."


    Bare-chested Putin gallops his horses, poses with his tigers, and shoots his guns...such a coiled cobra


    Suddenly, I realize why someone would buy this.

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  84. Helmut Monotreme5:01 PM

    He wanted to take a chainsaw to that prose. But someone stole it.

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  85. Halloween_Jack5:03 PM

    I'd sacrifice any number of old ladies for it.

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  86. To the dismay of some on the left.

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  87. Slocum5:33 PM

    Putin-style propaganda is shirtless, posing with wild animals. Which is not a "style"... its some kind of deep-state, parapolitical hanky code.

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  88. Now he's even trolling his paymasters.

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  89. smut clyde5:43 PM

    I would write more, but the deadline approaches.

    http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/collections/permanent/object_genres/photographers/muybridge/animation/750x.gif

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  90. smut clyde5:50 PM

    the disintegration of support for Israel and/or Zionism
    among politically liberal Jews [...] is as fascinating as it is dismaying



    Does Jonah explain either the fascination or the dismay? I guess they would be natural responses if you take it for granted that Jews have some duty to support Zionism, but evidently they don't, with many prefering to live in (e.g.) the USA rather than emigrate.

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  91. buyaclue6:10 PM

    the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has reversed a federal law that would have required tax preparers "pass a certification exam, pay annual fees and complete at least 15 hours of education courses annually."

    silly rabbit, exams and certifications are only valid when republican govs force them on health care navigators.

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  92. Derelict6:19 PM

    Only if they're based on the Donald Duck series. Otherwise, it'll get Jonah's standard treatment: TL;DR

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  93. Derelict6:22 PM

    I can write that column now: Davis did not win! All the wrong people voted, and if you don't count any of the votes she received, her opponent won in a landslide!

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  94. Derelict6:23 PM

    Obviously, only elitists would expect their taxes to be prepared by someone prepared to prepare a return. It's just like medical licensing--ask Rand Paul about that!

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  95. The second link is an unselfaware meditation on narcissism, projection, and incoherence.

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  96. TGuerrant7:07 PM

    But have they passed their drug tests? Rick Scott's wife wants to know!

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  97. TGuerrant7:11 PM

    In all fairness, let's back away (ha ha) from physiological traits where Africans are widely known to have advantages.


    MOOB BATTLE AT 20 PACES!


    Whose nips are perkier? Those of the Kenyan Pretender or those of the he-man Russian that real American patriots want to lay?

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  98. randomworker7:11 PM

    They must have got an assist from their new bff Matt Drudge on this one (democrats running ads criticizing obamacare-charles-c-w-cooke) because it's up to nearly 2000 comments. Genius comments like this:

    You can run, but you can't hide Demoncraps.

    13 up votes!!! That's poetry. No wonder he quit his job in order to write it.

    And this:

    PELOSI EQUALS PIG SQUEAL PIG SQUEAL

    I mean...wtf. I posted two polite comments in guest mode on a sleepy thread about felons who have paid their debts to society getting their franchise back and they were almost immediately deleted.

    I think my work is done over there. Funny thing was one of the Drudge mob was asking where all the "trolls" were. Unironically, I'm sure!

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  99. TGuerrant7:12 PM

    I'd send my Duck Dynasty jockstrap to Sochi to be dipped in the blood of savaged gays and dead dogs for this comment!

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  100. TGuerrant7:19 PM

    In the 60th year, they will be, dex. By God, they will be! Ayn left a smidge in her will that's just about compounded enough for a modest stipend - or a styptik pencil if the market quavered in one decade or another.

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  101. M. Krebs7:24 PM

    The shittier their fortunes turn, the more nutzoid they get.

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  102. glennisw7:33 PM

    I can't pop over there to read it now. What is Obama being a dictator about this time, is he changing a deadline date?

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  103. randomworker7:38 PM

    Yeah, you know I thought that too a few minutes ago when I read some positive ACA accounts regarding young people signing up in the MSM.

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  104. TGuerrant7:41 PM

    Funny you should mention that. Today on Fox Bidnissnooze, Lou Dobbs bit Louie Gohmert on the rhetorical ankle.

    Apparently, Lou is John Boehner's last friend, and was personally affronted that Louie and 98 other Republicans went against the Great Orange on the debt limit. Facing a world famous method actor, Lou asked Louie, "What is your motivation?"

    Louie said, "Pelosi." (Maybe he meant "Benghazi." They sound a lot alike - all foreign and having an "i" at the end.)

    How in the world do you expect the Republican Party to not find itself in the same strategic blind and bind that it was in last year when you guys shut down the federal government?” the host wanted to know. “There comes a time where there just has to be some pragmatism. Go out an win an election, get 400 members, get 100 senators, get a presidency.



    Rove and the Pragmatics - too hep to hop and too old to bop, but damn, they can disavow any knowledge of who laid Tea Party eggs in the Cloakroom.

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  105. M. Krebs7:41 PM

    And with Boehner and McConnell folding like cheap suits, we're fortunate that the moon is not full.

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  106. TGuerrant7:47 PM

    O NOES, we haz run out of dismay on the left!

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  107. TGuerrant7:49 PM

    Good name for a cocktail that's shaken, not stirred.

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  108. TGuerrant7:54 PM

    Oh, but he has. He has.

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  109. TGuerrant7:57 PM

    In his vocabudairy, pulling any teat produces milk.

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  110. M. Krebs8:04 PM

    Unilaterally even, without the approval of congress. The nerve of this guy! He must think he's a chief executive or something.

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  111. M. Krebs8:14 PM

    Speaking of which...

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  112. tigrismus8:19 PM

    Just give it a day...

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  113. LittlePig8:24 PM

    Hold up there, Skippy. If the GOP takes the Senate in 2014, Barack Obama has about one year left. After that, it will be the Presidency of Smilin' Joe Biden.

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  114. LittlePig8:26 PM

    So is Victor Davis Spartacus Leonidas Pericles Hanson.

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  115. LittlePig8:28 PM

    "The gaudier the crook, the snappier the patter"

    S. Spade

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  116. Derelict8:33 PM

    And the Earth did not shift orbit!?!?!?!

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  117. Happenstance8:35 PM

    It's single unifying theme behind all of Goldberg's work: I shall not be arsed to expend even the slightest effort--to do my homework, to back up my blather, to defend my position. But I still think I'm right. Farrrrrrt.

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  118. parsec9:17 PM

    Some years ago when their inability to make a profit was pointed out, Archbishop Bill the Buckley replied that you don't expect the mother church to actually make money.

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  119. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person9:19 PM

    Weeeeelll...

    Brutal New Tea Party Ad Unloads On ‘Bully’ Mitch McConnell (VIDEO)---(TPM)

    A group of House Republicans has received a mysterious threat in recent weeks: an anonymous email that promises political retribution for those who vote yes to a debt-limit increase -- sent to their closely guarded personal email addresses.

    "Stanton talked to one Republican who speculated on who was responsible for sending the message: "It's got to be another member. Probably one of the crazy ones.""
    ---(Maddowblog)

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  120. M. Krebs9:27 PM

    Oh shit, you're right. The moon is full on Friday.

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  121. Tehanu9:33 PM

    "I haven’t read the whole New York Times profile of...." Hell, you don't even have to print the whole line. Just the "I haven't read..." bit is enough to show it's Jonah.

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  122. KatWillow11:38 PM

    MONEY is what most churches are about and for.

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  123. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person12:06 AM

    VDH was one of the guys pooting forth their manlove of the 300, wasn't he?

    with its fetishistic depiction of the nearly naked male body as nothing more or less than a merciless instrument of warfare, it fills a much-needed gap between gay porn and recruitment film



    Heh, indeedy. But, how do you know he isn't (secretlysecretlyssshhh) pining for Pericles' Putter, or even his Wood, in the heat of the night?

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  124. AGoodQuestion12:09 AM

    work finding and reading and quoting that than Jonah.
    We have it narrowed down to positive numbers, then.

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  125. AGoodQuestion12:15 AM

    It was Sylvia Plath who said "Every woman adores a fascist."* But VDH's love of same dwarfs them all.


    * It's from a poem, so expect some poetic license.

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  126. AGoodQuestion12:20 AM

    PELOSI EQUALS PIG SQUEAL PIG SQUEAL
    You're supposed to call out Pelosi's name when you're being violated by two Georgia mountain men? That's an etiquette tidbit I did not know.

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  127. AGoodQuestion12:29 AM

    Staring vacantly into space? Sounds like his speed.

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  128. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person12:41 AM

    Bang--ZOOM!
    One shot, one kill. A .140 caliber ain't a cannon, but it's deadly accurate...

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  129. Wrangler3:25 AM

    "Nonviolent Eloi"? Dear me: has Victor Appius Claudius missed what is possibly the central point of The Time Machine? That the seeming gentleness of the Eloi is only seeming; that their society, and even more so the luxury of their society, has been purchased with extraordinary cruelty and oppression? Of course he has missed this point. If he had understood this, he wouldn't be Victor Weena Hansen.

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  130. smut clyde3:31 AM

    Jonahby the Scrivener.

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  131. Derelict6:56 AM

    Paul Broun and Lester Maddox?

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  132. I wouldn't give him even that much credit.


    When your cooking is so crap that only dogs and your grandfather, who smoked all his taste buds away years ago, will eat it, is it fair to say you are a great cook for dogs and old men? Or, is it more accurate for folks to consider your cooking crap, pure and simple?

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  133. philadelphialawyer8:51 AM

    Even the commenters at NRO don't get what Jonah is on about.
    Self loathing Jews? Sure. That's standard. Any Jew not one hundred per cent on board with even the very worst of Israeli policies is a "self hating Jew." Blame America first? Pretty much ditto. Any American not on board with the worst of American policies is a "blame America firster."
    But self hating liberal? Where is that coming from? Liberals blaming themselves first (even if such a thing does exist in the real world) is not part of the right wing taxonomy. Indeed, the standard conservative notion is that liberals are oblivious to all the harm they do. Or, perhaps, some liberals do realize it, but try to cover it up. No liberals, in standard right wing rhetoric, blame themselves, blame liberals or liberalism, for anything.
    I think Jonah got confused. In the standard wingnut discourse, liberal versions of things that wingnuts like tend to be the self haters, blame firsters, and so on. Thus, it is liberal Jews who are self hating Jews. It is liberal Americans who are blame America firsters. Continuing with the notion, it is liberal white people who worry about white privilege and liberal Westerners who worry about colonialism and the like. Liberal men are the man hating feminists. Liberal heterosexuals, liberal cis gendered folks, liberal rich folks, etc, etc, etc. worry about the respective "Others" implicated, and tend to blame themselves for the "Other's" problems.
    So, Jonah thought he could just create a short cut in the meme, and go straight from liberal to self hating, without having the intermediate step of the liberal also being a Jew, an American, a white person, a heterosexual, a man, etc. But that misses the wingnut point, and leaves the wingnuts confused or sad or angry. Liberals ARE to blame, Jonah, duh, that's what the wingnuts think. IF only they realized/admitted it! They should loathe/blame themselves, but they don't! It is only in their incarnations as good things (white race members, Americans, rich folks, etc) that liberals blame/hate themselves, and then, being perverse liberals, naturally, they get it completely wrong and blame/loathe their good attributes (whiteness, American-ness, wealth, etc) rather than their bad attribute (their liberalness) , which really IS to blame, and really SHOULD be loathed.
    Poor Jonah, he can't even get the most basic components of wingnut bullshit down, even though he rolls around in it 24/7! And even though it is the only thing he is expected to do.

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  134. I think you're right; it's just a mental shortcut that JG is using here, and he ends up confusing his intended audience.


    But your comment did make me attempt to imagine a conservative's notion of a self-hating liberal. What would that look like?


    I'm imagining a guy sipping a latte and watching Masterpiece Theater and hating himself because secretly wants to watch NASCAR while sipping a Budweiser. "Bad self!" his internal voice says, "Bad! Do not change the channel!"

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  135. Smarter than Your Average Bear9:43 AM

    I can't wait for one of the uneducated tax preparers to con his way into some 1%ers circle and totally fuck up his taxes - in the interim he'll just destroy the finances of the few raining middle classers - but that's OK they don't count.

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  136. Ellis_Weiner10:41 AM

    "I am too lazy to."

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  137. RogerAiles10:49 AM

    This is good news for the little guy Patrick Cox.

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  138. tigrismus10:54 AM

    Do any of his readers mention this? Maybe they read with as much detail and care as he writes with.

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  139. Given that the DC court has two justices who believe almost all regulation is unconstitutional, this is not terribly surprising. They would hold the FDA unconstitutional if they could.


    Janice Rogers Brown is especially nutty.

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  140. Two-thirds, DiminuitiveSwine. Two-thirds vote required for conviction. November's Senate map is tough, but not that tough.

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  141. Well, I sure felt the earth move.

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  142. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person4:30 PM

    I think one reason Loadpants has Nazis-on-the-brain so often is that any room he spends much time in inevitably ends up as a gas chamber...

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  143. M. Krebs5:34 PM

    -rimshot!-

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  144. satch6:03 PM

    In questions of executive power vs the constitution, I always like to hear the thoughts of Richard Bruce Fourth Branch Of Government Cheney...

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  145. philadelphialawyer8:22 PM

    Well, there are currently only eleven comments total! So maybe they aren't reading him at all, or really are dumbfounded by his self defeating stupidity.

    But one of the commenters does appear to notice Jonah's short circuiting of the meme....

    "Nonsense.

    "Liberals generally do not blame themselves or their policies at all. They blame conservatives for what's wrong with the world today."
    It is amazing that so little is asked of Jonah, and yet he still can't deliver. How hard is it to get a Two Minutes Hate right?

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  146. ... they only know about exclusive or?

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  147. marouanerossi1:49 PM

    I disdain the prissy putting-green Pericles,
    Give me my Brass-Putin, the rock-hard Testicles.

    Signals To Profit

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