Tagged: Maureen Dowd

Nowhere fast

Maureen Dowd’s 1,536th column about the Clintons, although ostensibly about Mr Obama, is not one of her best.

Vichy Progressives have incorporated the Fox News modus operandi vis-a-vis Ms Clinton.

Game of Thrones will end with Arya on the Iron Throne with two house-broken dragons purring at her feet.

I’m beginning to think that like Mr Reagan, Mr Trump has early onset dementia. Or late onset dementia praecox.

If you listen

Hall and Oates’ “Kiss on My List” is one of the last great keyboard driven pop songs.

The new Hillary Clinton “scandal” will prompt Maureen Dowd’s 1099th to 1121st columns on the Clintons.

The use of hyperbole to sustain an intellectually flimsy argument is a fairly common practice among journalists.

Did you know there’s an “emo rap” musical genre? I’m sad just thinking about it.

Comment te dire adieu

Maureen Dowd’s 1098th column on the Clintons is a doozy.

Hillary’s inability to dispense with brass-knuckle, fanatical acolytes like Brock shows that she still has an insecure streak that requires Borgia-like blind loyalty, and can’t distinguish between the real vast right-wing conspiracy and the voices of legitimate concern.

Unfortunately, it is a variation of every column she’s written on the Clintons. But least we know the thoughts are hers alone (not borrowed from someone else).

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Mr Netanyahu is apparently clueless about that fact that he’s being used by Mr Boehner, who is a risible failure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, mocked by conservatives and pitied by liberals who aren’t prone to slow down and stare at traffic accidents.

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The problem with the New Republic article on the Chapel Hill murders is that it fails to mention any instances (empirical instances) of violent extremism among atheists other than the gun collector in North Carolina. Reference to books by Dawkins et. al and public opinion polling as a sign of extremism is specious. However, the title of the article is good click bait for the New Republic, which has undergone a massive editorial upheaval in recent months.

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Marx’s line in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, “here the content exceeds the phrase,” seems to apply to the historical practice of Christianity in relation to the nice words about loving each other and one’s enemy. Both violence and charity have been equal parts of the very nature of Christianity for much of its history. Physical violence has been largely reined in in the post-Enlightenment era.

Glory box

No actor has ever made an entrance like Lauren Bacall did in “To Have and Have Not.” RIP Slim.

Hipsters have contributed to:

1. Making beer aesthetically relevant again.
2. Saving the vinyl LP.
3. Perfecting the artisanally-poured latte.
4. Making beards relevant again.
5. Making David Foster Wallace a household name (this isn’t a good thing, though).
6. Upgrading the cultural ambience of neighborhoods.
7. Making classic eyeglass frames relevant again.
8. Making intellectualism cool.
9. Making irony relevant again.
10. Saving good taste.

Maureen Dowd’s 1094th column on the Clintons is unreadable.

Peak hazelnut is real.

In country music, it’s OK to cheat on your woman but not on your truck.

D Day

1,093 columns about the Clintons (a world record) and the only thing Maureen Dowd will be remembered for is her account of her experimentation with pot.

You’re more likely to find a well worn, dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest in the hands or messenger bag of the stereotypical Brooklyn hipster than Knausgård’s work.

Pound for pound, Marta is the best footballer on the planet.

The good news is that Thai coups are usually incompetent and, therefore, don’t last long.

The politicians who whine about the Bergdahl case should think twice before sending US soldiers in harm’s way. Soldiers can be captured as prisoners of war and the politicians who send them into battle have an ethical obligation to return them safely. All the rest is just demagoguery in an election year.

Berghazi is a distraction from Bengdahl.

Intolerance

A Pew Research poll shows “Hispanics” are leaving the Catholic Church of America. According to Sister Mary Ann Walsh,

Everyone, including Hispanics, and especially young ones, can fall prey to what has become a new American problem, religious relativism, where, perhaps inspired by exciting music or a rousing preacher, you move from your parents’ church to another to no church at all […] It is scary to consider that religious relativism may be the greatest threat that exists to the increasingly important Hispanic Catholic community.

If all it takes is a rousing preacher or exciting music to turn young people away from the Church, or to fall into the clutches of religious relativism, then Catholicism doesn’t have much of a future in the USA.

Who knew Obama’s shrug could make Putin blink.

The Clintons are to Maureen Dowd what a dry martini is to Peggy Noonan.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is a distraction from Benghazi.

Fly on a windshield

Was Lauren Bacall the first cinematic “mean girl”? Or was it Bette Davis?

In Northern Ireland, it’s a time to settle old scores, and to open up new ones to be settled in the future.

As shadow defense minister in the shadow presidency of John McCain, Lindsey Graham should speak in a more dignified fashion.

Maureen Dowd hasn’t been the same since the plagiarism case. With minor variations, she’s re-written the same column about the Clintons every few months since 1996.

Angela Merkel is a distraction from Benghazi.