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!
The old media won´t tell you so, but President Obama is facing a revolt from within his own political party. It was bound to happen once the dimensions of the ObamaCare disaster started to become obvious. Yesterday, I pointed out that Charles Rangel is an early indicator of the discontent bubbling beneath the surface, and that he is freer to speak than non-black Democrats. But today we have another leading indicator. (snip)Rosslyn Smith points out: "If Obama has lost Gergen, he´s lost the entire DC establishment. Gergen is almost the perfect indicator of the conventional wisdom inside the beltway.
MSNBC is the gift that keeps on giving, serving up propaganda intended to benefit the far left, but which in its absurdity repels people grounded in reality. Now, one of its hosts, Melissa Harris-Perry, already familiar to AT readers for her theater of the absurd political performance art, has played a race card so bizarre that it self-discredits. (snip) "I want to talk today about a controversial word. It´s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it´s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a
Like communism, the collapse of the Obama Administration agenda is inevitable, not solely as a result of its many flawed policies, but because it lacks an ethical dimension in regard to individual rights, justifiable criteria for its use of state coercion and, in particular, a respect for the truth. Stated simply, Obama lies because the true objectives of his fundamental transformation of the United States are incompatible with American democracy and tradition. (snip) The arrogance and mendacity of the Obama White House is directly proportional to misplaced political loyalty and a submissive and willfully blind press.
By now, the news has spread online of the IRS audit notices sent to two Obamacare whistleblowers. On November 25th, cancer victim Bill Elliott and C. Steven Tucker were informed of the ordeal each was to face. Elliott has been waging a pitched battle with cancer. Tucker is the insurance agent and healthcare freedom activist who informed him that the canceling of his insurance, wrought by the Obama administration for the sake pushing citizens into Obamacare, was illegal. Tucker reached out immediately after Elliott appeared on Fox News´ The Kelly File, Nov. 7th, and Elliott´s insurance was hastily reinstated.
I claim no special insider knowledge of the Democratic Party´s inner workings, but still I am rather certain that discontent with President Obama is bubbling beneath the veneer of public unity behind the Nation´s First Black President. (snip) They´re two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land. And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other. The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words - Obama´s assertion that Rangel is a "hack," according to the political tome "Double Down" - is just one element of a long-dysfunctional relationship.
Well, well, well. It´s always a glorious day in a socialist paradise when the lefties show their tyrannical hand and try to suppress speech. They want Americans to have accessibility to healthcare, but not to any information about the insurance they are forcing millions to purchase. In order to arm Californians with accurate information about the California Healthcare Exchange, the California Republican Assembly launched a website this past August called CoveringHealthcareCA.com -- clearly setting forth what you have to do, the date by which you have to do it and the consequences if you don´t.
The GOP establishment is loath to admit it, but the government shutdown is turning out to be a brilliant political chess move on the part of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The Obamacare disaster, fully predictable by anyone who understands the effect of incentives and the fundamental incompetence of academic theorists and left wing ideologues, has made the go-for-broke attempt to stop it an obvious profile in courage. (snip) The budget and debt limit fights lie ahead. Cruz and Lee have laid out the path for us. The GOP can now say that that because the Democrats have shown
Something is up! The "young invincibles" who were largely responsible for catapulting Barack Obama into the seat of power appear to be spurning ObamaCare and its joke of a website. (Snip) In hopes of driving home his point, rather than sports, split lips, and stitches, the president, well-acquainted with the subject, chose to discuss substance abuse dangers. Let's remember, Barack Obama, Sr. was an alcoholic who lost his legs and later his life in two separate drunk-driving accidents; the president's illegal Uncle Omar manages a liquor store and, before getting a green card, was arrested for drunken driving.
Among the many blessings granted us by ObamaCare (PPAHCA), a new one will be coming soon, starting in January 2014. We will acquire "standing." Legally, the word standing refers to the "ability to initiate a lawsuit." (snip) Those treatments deemed "Not Cost Effective" will become unavailable, even when that care is what you need to stay alive. Thus, insured or uninsured, as a direct result of government action, you are less able or unable to get the care you need in 2014 after ObamaCare implementation. You now have legal standing.
The poor, pathetic Democrats trying to defend Obamacare have adopted the talking point that there is "pent-up demand" for "affordable" (i.e., subsidized by other people) health care insurance. The citrizens of the Garden State have just flipped the bird on this argument. (snip) fifty thousand people signed up online for New Jersey´s gambling sites in the first week. That compares with 741 who signed up for Obamacare during all of October. Yes, the Obamacare website has been plagued with problems, but the disparity between the two programs is still eye-popping
Barry promised a zillion times on camera that Americans under ObamaCare would be able to keep their health care insurance if they liked it, that they would be able to keep the same doctors, and so on. Were these lies? (snip)Next November, Republican political ads from coast to coast should say something like this: "The leaders of the Democratic Party are doing the very best they can. That is the problem our nation faces today: that Democrat leaders are doing the best that they can. We cannot expect them to fix the problems they have created or the other problems
Oops! First it was ´if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance.´ Then it was ´if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.´ Now, after the president´s spokes-prevaricators said that Barack Obama had never met his father´s half-brother Omar Onyango Obama, affectionately referred to by many as Uncle Omar, we come to find out that that´s another lie. Yet in a way it´s understandable that Barack Obama would want to place distance between himself and his colorful Kenyan family, some of whom have lived America illegally for 50 years, still mooch off of welfare, and in Omar
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The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
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