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“Hating” Rating

October 10th, 2012 - 8:17 am

Funny experience. I was reading this Big Hollywood story about the new documentary Hating Breitbart — and started watching the theatrical trailer at the bottom — and suddenly thought, “Hey, wait, that’s me!” Yes, the mysterious masked (or at least glassed) man commenting on Andrew’s mastery of information flow turns out to be your humble correspondent. This may be my greatest role since Olivier and I traded off Othello and Iago nightly at the Old Vic. Which, of course, never happened.

Anyway, the story is that the film’s release has been delayed a week so the filmmakers can try to dump the “R” rating they got for language. It’s now scheduled for release 10/19.  And apparently I’m in it!

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On Being the Good Guys

October 8th, 2012 - 12:00 am

“Do not repay evil with evil.” 1 Peter 3:9

Last week on this site, while expressing my opinion that mockery and ridicule should be aimed not at the weak and lowly but at the high and mighty, I remarked that, because I consider conservatives the good guys, I hold them to a higher standard of behavior than I do the left. I have made this comment several times before, and each time, there were people who reacted with dismay. I won’t quote them directly because I feel you should be able to leave a comment here without being called out (unless you’re a real knucklehead). But the gist of their objections is this: “The left is willing to use any method, no matter how low and dishonest, in order to destroy us, therefore we must fight back the same way if we are to survive — otherwise we will die of our own namby-pamby decency.”

Now, I know that sort of thing sounds like tough, realistic talk to some people, but in my humble O, it’s actually fearful and weak — not to mention ineffective strategy. What on earth would it even mean in real life? They butcher the Constitution so, by gum, we’ll butcher it right back? They bus dead men to the polls and appoint dishonest secretaries of State to miscount votes, so we’ll dig up Republican corpses and lie as well? They call us racists for using words like “apartment,” “Chicago,” and “dark cloud,” so we’ll cook up our own idiotic mud pies to hurl in return?

Really? And what exactly is our argument in favor of conservatism then? What exactly would we be fighting for?

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A Fantasy Election; An Imaginary Man

October 5th, 2012 - 2:55 pm

My post-debate piece on Obama is up at City Journal:  A Fantasy Election; An Imaginary Man:

Even before his inauguration, Barack Obama was an imaginary man, the creation of his admirers. Think back to the 2008 Time magazine cover depicting him as FDR, the Newsweek cover of the same year on which he was shown casting Lincoln’s shadow, or the $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”—this in 2009, less than a year after he had taken office. It was not that Obama had done nothing to deserve these outsized comparisons and honors—it was not just that he had done nothing—it was that he seemed for all the world to be a blank screen on which such hysterical fantasies could too easily be projected, a two-dimensional paper doll just waiting to be dressed in leftist dreams.

Read the whole thing here.

The Marriage of Your Dreams

October 3rd, 2012 - 8:04 am

More and more writers are making online “trailers” for their books, but given the costs and logistics, these vids are hard to do well. Here’s a pretty funny one from my pal Rick Johnson advertising his new book, The Marriage of Your Dreams: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Her Man. The part about men tuning women out made me laugh out loud until my wife said…  something…  I wasn’t listening…

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I hate to be sententious — I’m not even sure how to spell sententious — and God knows I like to ridicule my fellow man as mercilessly as the next fellow man, but this video that’s been making the conservative rounds that shows an anti-Romney protester declaring she likes Obama because he gave her a free phone? Not really funny. I know, I know — but really, the woman is clearly poor and not very well-educated. And mockery is a pin for the inflated, no? Though the federal programs liberals propose to help such people as the phone lady only make their lives worse, the principle that we ought to be concerned for them remains (sorry) the right one. Just because liberals call us mean until we want to hurl defiance in their teeth by saying anything we damn well please, doesn’t mean we should actually BE mean! As ever, I hold conservatives to a higher standard, because we’re the good guys.

What DOES deserve our scorn and ridicule here is an administration that has lowered the office of the presidency to the level of a Boss Tweedian city machine, buying the votes of the poor with a free turkey at Christmas or, in this case, a phone. Not to mention buying their votes for policies that destroy them.

And if you really want to make fun of Obama supporters (and who, at this point, does not) why not go after the well-to-do and educated? The guys who tell you Obama makes a better president than Mitt Romney because “He cares.” Or, even more delightfully, try this fellow — Russell Razzaque, a British psychiatrist, who has written a book called, so help me, Obama Karma: Lessons on Living Inspired by the 44th President. I saw it in a bookstore in L.A. yesterday and downloaded a sample because…  well, because I’m always in need of a laugh.

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