As recently as five years ago, I counted Ann Coulter and Camille Paglia among my favorite authors, and my guiltiest but most delicious reading pleasures. In the famous tome Sexual Personae (1991), Camille Paglia drove a fearless bulldozer over the grove of feminist shibboleths, celebrating a street-smart feminism poised against the frigid and increasingly tiresome academic left. For much of the Clinton era, it was refreshing to hear her devilish witticisms. Her main target was the ironic puritanism of leftists
A sharp and interesting essay. I think he comes down too hard on Paglia, I liked her recent essay he pillories, but I agree with his conclusions - that Mitt was a weak candidate (even though I thought he´d be a good president) and new critics and new ideas are needed.
For me, the important thing is that the GOP not become the party of austerity, the tax collectors of the welfare state. Instead of cutting benefits on social security for instance, why aren´t we talking private accounts - a la Chilean Model - that can never be stolen or used as a constant political football and that pay us a 9% return over 30 years instead of a zero-to-negative return? That´s the opposite of austerity. The Heritage Foundation thinks cutting benefits is a dandy idea. The Cato guys say Chilean Model or nothing and the Cato guys are right.
Even the greats are bound to hit some sour notes. I was always more partial to Coulter than Paglia, though. Paglia´s critique of feminist culture was great, but her odd worship of Madonna has never made sense. Madge shares Camille´s Italian heritage, but beyond that, I don´t get the artistic kudos Camille heaps upon her. She´s an awesome self-marketer, though.
Ghastly article and not the first one from this clod. So Mitt was a weak candidate and we sat at home and didn´t vote for him and now we have a moron, tax raising, globe trotting, stupid dolt in the White House. Ain´t that grand. I do not know who watched the debates and speeches that Mitt gave but they were tons better than flappears and his complete stupidity and now we have people dying while he flies to Las Vegas saying it was a bump in the road. I am not a big fan of Ann, but I agree the American people deserve what they get, if they live through this administration.
Elegy? As in "dead"? I don´t think so. All writers/commentators come up with duds every now and then. The biggest hazard for them is to not fall into the trap of having a shtick that takes over and starts to control them. Then the freshness of their thinking disappears and they become driven by the shtick to predictability and excess.
That, my friends is their real problem now. I continue to find both of them having interesting and thought-provoking ideas, but much of their delivery now is unfortunately predictable and shrill.
I don´t know about Paglia but this dude is way off base on Coulter. So what if Romney has blemishes? He was running against Obama and he should have won. I didn´t like a lot of what Bush did but he wasn´t Gore and he wasn´t Kerry and we were the better for it.
I do hope we all get out of the dumps over this election... we´re going to need to fight for a spot in the life boats when the Titanic goes down. Of course we just tell people they can get double rations on their food stamp cards and then they should wait in their cabins for their new 5G Obama phones while the ship is sinking we won´t have to fight for life boat spots at all....
I´ve been unhappy with Ann Coulter since she pushed Mitt Romney so hard. I think he would have made a good President, but obviously as a candidate he was not the best.
And yes I do believe that there was enormous cheating in the battleground states, probably enough to have changed the outcome.
What is so annoying is that we have to hear the pResident gloating about how he won. How low class is that? Whatever happened to being gracious to the other side which lost? I HATE the coarseness which I am afraid has become the norm instead of an aberration.
Another good article, although I´m saying that just from a thought-provoking view and not because I necessarily agree with its premise. The comments after it were even more interesting.
I would like to posit that the conservative problem of the "browning of America" has more to do with the mindless willingness of the majority of those certain classes of people to allow themselves to be defined by their race/color/gender - and the conservatives unwillingness to address that. The great conservative minorities like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas, Marco Rubio, etc... and the conservative female heroines, have no intention of ever being defined as a hyphenated American.
The liberals are hell-bent on maintaining the race (and gender) classifications - they know that is their bread and butter voter. And that´s why they relentless eviscerate those who dare stray from the plantation. Conservatives best chances in future elections will come by making more people refuse their liberal-made and kept classifications. Break down THAT wall!
How much in actual health care could have been paid for with the taxpayer amounts currently being spent on developing websites for people to sign up for health insurance plans they aren´t happy with?. Consider Oregon. According to the most recent numbers from the Kaiser Foundation the average cost of one day of in patient hospital care in Oregon was $2,967. Oregon has 36 hospitals with a total of 5916 beds, $300 million in state and federal funds used for Oregon to build its website. would pay for 101,112 days of hospitalization - enough to fill every hospital bed in Oregon
The liberal media starts to take the measure of a media figure they must be afraid of. Make that very, very afraid. Dan Zak of the Washington Post has a long and interesting article on Megyn Kelly, whose new show on Fox News Channel has become a major hit (snip)My gut instinct tells me that a media career, however successful, will not be the end point of Megyn Kelly´s professional achievement. In fact, I faintly recall that once upon a time there was a media figure with incredible charisma, intensity, and likability who decided that the nation needed conservative politics
The introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as revealed by the roll-out of HealthCare.gov, is an epic public embarrassment, living up to predictions of a train wreck. We´re watching government at its most harmful and ineffectual. This is not rocket science -- no risky new technology is required; no laws of physics have to be invented or repealed. While the technology itself may present some challenges, problems like this more often than not stem from poor leadership, discipline, and accountability. We were privileged to spend our careers on a team responsible for the Aegis Combat System, a complex, mission
ObamaCare has as its modus operandi a focus on medical management by already beleaguered primary care physicians and para-health professionals, at the expense of medical and surgical specialists. The law´s administrators hope to control costs by cutting already bare-bones specialty physician payments, limiting medical technology and access to imaging, and instituting de facto health care rationing. Medicine has been increasingly high-tech and more specialist-oriented, resulting in better, albeit more expensive, care. To cut expenses, ObamaCare is naïvely turning to an outmoded model of health care delivery -- one that has been shown to have comparatively poor patient outcomes.
One of the most startling revelations of late was that Congress has not seen the videos made by the Predator/Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that were flying during that event we now call Benghazigate. This detail is one of many arising from the recent classified hearings held by the House Intelligence Committee in which five eye-witnesses to the event gave testimony for the first time (snip) The key point of the revelation is that not just that audio and video tapes of those events exist; that audio and video record was available to multiple command centers, commanders, and decision makers in
It isn´t my intention to compare and contrast the performances of Julie Andrews and Carrie Underwood, both of whom sang the lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music. (snip) The Sound of Music reveals the culture shock that typified the sixties. During that time there was a titanic wrestling match between traditional America and radical America. For the time being, it appears the radical version of our country has prevailed. I watched both the staged and on-screen versions. I honestly felt I may as well have been watching a musical about medieval England. The story seemed as far removed
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
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