― and what (ooo), Monday, 25 September 2006 12:44 (6 years ago) Permalink
By Jonah Goldberg
There's no substitute for a good pope. What other religious leader can start a global argument about theology? The Dalai Lama? Perhaps. The archbishop of Canterbury? Doubtful. Pat Robertson? Please.
Notice how the pope doesn't have a Muslim counterpart to “dialogue” with. It's the pope vs. 10,000 imams, scholars and other self-anointed spokesmen for Islam. It's a bit like Gulliver vs. the Lilliputians.
So, where is the Muslim pope? This question isn't often asked in the West. Particularly among left-leaning scholars of Islam, the search has been on for a “Muslim Martin Luther.” Martin Kramer's blistering 2001 study Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America catalogued how for decades, scholars have been “so preoccupied with ‘Muslim Martin Luthers' that they never got around to producing a single serious analysis” of Osama bin Laden and his cause.
This quest for a Muslim Luther centered on the understandable hope that such a person could reform Islam toward liberalization and modernization, just as Luther supposedly did in Europe. The problem is he did no such thing. His gripe with Roman Catholicism wasn't that it was too reactionary and rigid, but just the opposite. He thought the church had become too worldly and licentious, selling “indulgences” — or divine do-overs — to the highest bidder and the like.
The early Protestants were hardly “moderates” and, normally, secular liberals are keen to make this point. When was the last time you heard a Western liberal pine for a return of Puritanism? Luther and his immediate successors were true believers. And, while enormous theological and historical differences shouldn't be overlooked, today's Islamic fundamentalists have quite a bit in common with these religious crusaders.
Many Protestant sects were as austere as bin Laden's Wahhabi faith. The doctrines that birthed the Amish were hardly “modernizing.” Other faiths were more violent. Mobs of Protestant iconoclasts rampaged through European capitals smashing “Catholic” sculptures and burning paintings that violated biblical injunctions against graven images.
In the early 20th century, Muslim zealots launched a remarkably similar project. For example, in 1925 Ibn Saud, a patriarch of the Saudi dynasty and a follower of the puritanical Wahhabi sect of Islam, ordered the destruction of the sacred tombs and mosques of Mohammed and his early followers. They razed Mohammed's home and the graves of the prophet's mother and first wife. The prophet's tomb was barely spared thanks to popular opposition. Today, Saudi authorities are in the process of destroying ancient art and architecture of Mecca and Medina out of the same puritanical zeal. A similar fanaticism inspired the Taliban to blow up the Bamiyan Buddhas, to ban music and even kite flying.
The West is surely indebted to Protestantism. But the idea that liberal secularism was born from it steals a few bases. Protestantism lent itself to being a state religion even more than Catholicism did. And while Christianity has long recognized the distinction between secular and religious authority, the reality is that secularism rests on a foundation of blood, not theology. The Reformation inaugurated an era of relentless religious wars. French Catholics slaughtered Protestant French Huguenots. Calvinists and Lutherans beat the stuffing out of each other. The bloodshed continued until, as British historian Herbert Butterfield put it, religious tolerance became “the last policy that remained when it had proved impossible to go on fighting any longer.” Secular tolerance, in other words, defined the terms of cease-fire.
What might be called the Muslim Protestant Reformation began with the demise of the closest thing the Muslim world had to a Catholic Church: the Ottoman Empire. Unfortunately, unlike the church, which was strong enough to fight back, the “Sick Man of Europe” just up and died, ceding the battlefield to zealots. Without the push-and-pull that birthed Western social compromise, Islam simply replaced religious authoritarianism with religious totalitarianism. Tellingly, Lebanon, which endured years of religious civil war, is an exception to this dynamic in the Arab world.
Today, Islam is chockablock with Muslim Luthers claiming to have a monopoly on the Quran's true meaning. Murderers can shop around for a fatwa endorsing the most horrific — and technically un-Islamic — barbarism like junkies searching for a corrupt doctor with a prescription pad for hire.
No, what the Muslim world needs is a pope. Large, old institutions such as the Catholic Church have the “worldliness” to value flexibility and tolerance, and the moral and theological authority to clamp down on those who see compromise as heresy. Pope Clement XIV's famous, or infamous, suppression of Jesuits in 1773 might be an example of both qualities. The Ottoman Empire played a similar, if imperfect, role before its demise. In its absence, Islamic Lilliputians run amok. Ironically, Muslims don't want this divisiveness. The jihadists strive to restore the caliphate as an Islamist thousand-year Reich. But even the moderates long for unity among the Islamic nations. They might one day forge the sort of compromise we in the West reached, but the road map there isn't well illuminated by our past.
― and what (ooo), Monday, 25 September 2006 12:48 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― and what (ooo), Monday, 25 September 2006 12:50 (6 years ago) Permalink
hahahaha this guy is ignorant.
― EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Monday, 25 September 2006 12:51 (6 years ago) Permalink
― and what (ooo), Monday, 25 September 2006 13:01 (6 years ago) Permalink
You have a lot of guts putting out that article in the USA Today. About 5% of Americans on a good day are even going to get what you are trying to say. Maybe half of those will agree. I think it's a pretty good thesis, myself, but if I hadn't been reading your stuff for years, I would have brushed you off as a weird crackpot.
It says so much.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 25 September 2006 13:04 (6 years ago) Permalink
From a reader:
Dear Jonah, Clinton claimed that some republicans were accusing him of being obssesed with OBL while he was in his office. I just simply dont recall anybody accuisng him of that, do you remember anyone?
Me: I have no memory of any such thing whatsoever. Anybody else? Update: A quick — and therefore imperfect — Nexis-Lexis search finds not a single story from 1998-2000 mentioning Bin Laden in which "Clinton" and "Obsessed" appear in the same sentence, except those mentioning "sex-obsessed" or obsession with his own legacy. None talk about obsession with Bin Laden, in other words.
in fact, from 1995-2001 the republican senate never once passed a resolution containing the exact phrase 'clinton is obsessed with bin laden' - looks like slick willie strikes again!!
― and what (ooo), Monday, 25 September 2006 13:18 (6 years ago) Permalink
I do not dispute that I often get things wrong, or even "quite" wrong. But I also try to correct the record. I'm not sure in this case what I've gotten "quite wrong."...
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 25 September 2006 13:27 (6 years ago) Permalink
↑ New York Times, "Writer Declares She Was G.O.P. Spy in M'Govern Camp", August 19, 1973, p. 1
cant find it on google news/the nytimes site & no longer dating girl who has lexis-nexis (plz save coulter jokes) can somebody good at finding shit (i.e. noted black british journalist dastoor) dig this up for me?? i assume its about goldberg but wtf!
― anticon jemima (ooo), Thursday, 23 November 2006 15:27 (6 years ago) Permalink
August 19, 1973, Sunday
SECTION: Page 1, Column 4
LENGTH: 221 words
Freelance writer L Goldberg says on Aug 18 that Nixon pol adviser M M Chotiner recruited and paid her $1,000 a wk to travel with press corps accompanying Sen G McGovern during '72 Pres campaign, and that she made daily repts on McGovern's personal and pol activities; says she used code name 'Chapman's friend' in calls to Chotiner over special telephone line in his Washington law office; says Chotiner paid her directly by personal check; says she had no connection with Com for Re-Election of Pres and does not know if Chotiner gave her repts to com; says 'implication was very strong' that Pres Nixon knew and approved of her activities, but that Chotiner never explicitly told her this was so; says she heard that other 'Chapman's friends' were planted in press corps traveling with Dem Vice Pres candidate S Shriver, and with Vice Pres Agnew; says Chotiner was especially interested in 'sexy' details such as 'who is sleeping with whom,' but that she never had access to that kind of information; says she saw job as opportunity to have unusual experience at nobody's expense; says she planned to write book about it; notes she told Chotiner she was going to reveal her spying activity and that Chotiner told her to tell 'the whole truth'; says she did nothing wrong and would do it again; illus of Goldberg and Chotiner
― benrique (Enrique), Thursday, 23 November 2006 15:33 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― anticon jemima (ooo), Thursday, 23 November 2006 15:41 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 22 March 2007 02:13 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― modestmickey, Thursday, 22 March 2007 06:44 (6 years ago) Permalink
Check this out now, it probably won't be up long.
― Rock Hardy, Saturday, 27 October 2007 22:47 (5 years ago) Permalink
So much for the holiday season.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 27 October 2007 22:56 (5 years ago) Permalink
Apparently, advance copies are out, to the great sarcastic joy of some.
Chapter 2: Adolf Hitler, Man of the Left
Chapter 4: Franklin Roosevelt’s Fascist New Deal
Chapter 5: The 1960’s: Fascism Takes to the Streets
Chapter 9: Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism.
Chapter 10: We’re All Fascists Now
― kingfish, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 20:56 (5 years ago) Permalink
does he script those automated spam messages I get? There seems to be similar logic working there.
― bnw, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 21:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
You own the book, kingfish?
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 21:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
page photos have been all over the past few days!
― gff, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
the "war on smoking" is New Age?
― dally, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:09 (5 years ago) Permalink
Today's funny. I love the 'stolen base' comment because har har do you see etc.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:13 (5 years ago) Permalink
"We're All Fascists Now" has a nice punky ring to it, i must admit. i'm sure it's an obvious reference to something my dulled brain is missing at the moment, but w/e
― gff, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
it might be making you think of McCarthy's "We Are All Bourgeois Now"?
― Simon H., Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
i think the "we are all x now" phrase is pretty old but i don't know where it's from
― gff, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:34 (5 years ago) Permalink
He's such a cock.
― Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
'Dachau hosted the world's largest alternative and organic medicine research lab and produced its own organic honey.'
from fascist bees!
― haitch, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
i don't own a copy; some of the lefty blogs are posting pics from the pages, since some of the shit is so fucked that you have to see it to believed that some publisher actually put down time & money to print up such madness.
― kingfish, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
f'rinstance, this bit about how the KKK were "ironically" called fascists, or this chapter list
They've been posted pages at http://www.sadlyno.com/
― kingfish, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:12 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dave Neiwert reviews the book well.
― kingfish, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 01:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
ornicus is one of my favorite blogs and my work filter now blocks it due to "racism/hate"
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 02:01 (5 years ago) Permalink
the angries, there are so many of them
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 02:04 (5 years ago) Permalink
in my hart
The Corner has been all about promoting that tract in the last two days. Jonah actually visited local bookstores to see where it was posted
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 02:07 (5 years ago) Permalink
haha essentially no one in a chain bookstore gives a shit about the dude's politics. front-of-store placement is driven by how many copies have been ordered/how much co-op money the publisher has spent, none of which goes on at the store level. no one outside of ny/dc stocked the book in huge quantities because no one knows or cares who jonah goldberg is. if he were a tall blond chick with an adam's apple, they'd stock more because that shit sells. for such a tough guy he sure loves playing the victim
― mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 03:53 (5 years ago) Permalink
can an rss reader get thru your filter? Also, he posts a good deal at places like FireDogLake.
Then again, there's always Google caches.
― kingfish, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 05:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
>>'Dachau hosted the world's largest alternative and organic medicine >>research lab and produced its own organic honey.'
This is the kind of lunatic statement which editors simply don't have the guts to decline to publish.
Actually, from the pages I've seen excerpted, you could simply take out all the references to liberals and his usual targets and substitute Republicans and it would work the same way.
F'r instance: Dachau played host to the most advanced, if unsanctioned, medical techniques in the west. It is well known that many people in the Republican party benefit from and support the cutting edge practice of medicine.
It's astonishing to me that the LA Times hasn't fired him from its editorial pages. It won't stand for anyone being called names and putting about half the population of the country in the same league as Nazis would seem to broadly fit the paper's list of no-no's. By his screwy book, many Jews in the entertainment industry must be closet Nazis, too.
― Gorge, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 07:41 (5 years ago) Permalink
In fact, most of the other columnists at the paper would have to be closet Nazi-Jews, too.
― Gorge, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 07:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
i've already seen several references to this shit in non-goldberg writings (DUH NATIONAL SOCIALISM IT'S GOT SOCIALISM RIGHT THERE GUYS!). gonna be a fun year.
― GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 10:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
oh teh lulz:
― gff, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:46 (5 years ago) Permalink
guys come on this is hilarious:
doughy pantload (140)
wingnut welfare (114)
editor promised cake (95)
i can has job mom (93)
liberals bashing books not yet published (38)
censored by liberals (34)
censored by the left (34)
must read (34)
banged out by howler monkeys (16)
books written while high on cheeto dust (14)
the truth (10)
ten pounds of crap in a five pound book (9)
finally the truth (8)
a fascist wannabe publishes his fantasie... (5)
if michelle malkin is over your head (5)
its not cheapening when we do it (5)
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bird vomit (4)
how not to design a book cover (4)
makes ann coulter seem sane (4)
pathetic revisionism (4)
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― gff, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 18:04 (5 years ago) Permalink
poor catnip substitute (4)
spend your money on tragic legacy (2)
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 18:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
doughy pantloads premiere (3) OTM
― John Justen, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink
i don't get the 'cheetoh' meme, but i approve
― gff, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 18:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
The invasion of Georgia elicited a wan written communique instead of the sort of exciting rhetoric we've come to expect from his make-believe presidency. But he did make it in front of the cameras the next day for a rally celebrating his vacation in Hawaii. He promised "to go body surfing at some undisclosed location."
During Obama's make-believe presidency, we've heard about bold action, about the courage to talk to dictators. When faced with a real "3 a.m. moment," Obama -- who boasts about 200 foreign policy advisors, broken into 10 subgroups -- proclaims, "I'm going to get some shave ice."
Wtf, Jonah? How do you call it a make-believe presidency, and then complain he's on vacation at the SAME TIME? ARE YOU A FUCKING IDIOT?
― Mordy, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:08 (4 years ago) Permalink
Jonah Goldberg can hum on my balls, and you can quote me on that.
― burt_stanton, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:19 (4 years ago) Permalink
I tuned into Rush for my 2 min wtf moment as I sometimes do and he was explaining how Russia invading Georgia proves that diplomacy doesn't work, blaming Obama and the left wing. Then he started talking about how maybe John Edwards wanted a wife "who does something with her mouth other then talk".
― bnw, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:44 (4 years ago) Permalink
Just saw what's left of that Jon Stewart clip. Too bad it only survives in this form, cuz Stewart isn't in great form. The best approach would have been to allow Goldberg to unspool his gibberish before interjecting "lol fascism /= liberalism" remarks.
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:54 (4 years ago) Permalink
When that motherfucker's wrong, he is truly RONG:
― Formerly Painful Dentistry, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 22 August 2008 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
Jonah Goldberg is on fire tonight. When did he come out as a rabid sexist?
Hillary Speech So Far [Jonah Goldberg]
Is a lot about...Hillary.
08/26 10:57 PM
Lilly Ledbetter [Jonah Goldberg]
Wow, she was even worse than Sebelius. Tootsie with a southern accent. I burst into laughter when they started playing "I'm so excited" after she finished.
Sebelius...Boring....Losing Consciousness [Jonah Goldberg]
Wow, that is one low energy lady. Attractive but duller than watching moss blow in the wind.
08/26 09:10 PM
― Mordy, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 03:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
DePaul Tuesday Night [Jonah Goldberg]
Thanks for all the queries about tomorrow (10/28) at DePaul. Here's the info: 08:00 PM Debate, Lincoln Park Campus/MPR Room 120.
10/27 10:58 PM
should i go to this y/n
― joe 40oz (deej), Tuesday, 28 October 2008 07:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
― Mordy, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 07:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
But only if you're willing to bring the lolz back to ILX afterward.
Kathleen Parker says things.
Jonah is annoyed.
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
can we adapt "YAAAAH SCHISM YAAAAH" as an official meme now? (royalties to TOMBOT effective)
― HI, YOUR BAND! (Mackro Mackro), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
The best part is that Kathleen is unrelentingly OTM.
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
My email box runneth over with nice attaboys and more than a few interesting criticisms regarding my post about Kathleen Parker. Keying off some of the criticisms, here's one thing I want to know, as I sit here at the Whither Conservatism conference. What aspects of the Christian Right amount to oogedy-boogedyism? I take oogedy-boogedy to be a perjorative reference to absurd superstition and irrational nonsense. So where has the GOP embraced to its detriment oogedy-boogedyism? With the possible exception of some variants of creationism (which is hardly a major issue at the national level in the GOP, as much as some on the left and a few on the right try to make it one), I'm at a loss as to what Kathleen is referring to. Opposition to abortion? Opposition to gay marriage? Euthanasia? Support for prayer in school?
There are all sorts of legitimate positions on all sides of these issues and I don't necessarily agree with the conventional religious right view on all of them. And as a committed federalist, I'd like to see most if not all of them settled as locally as possible. But I think it's silly and offensive to describe the mainstream social conservative positions on these issues as "oogedy boogedy" stuff. Moreover, as a matter of political analysis it's beyond absurd to think the GOP can become a majority party by adopting a rhetorical tone toward religious conservatives usually found at the Huffington Post or the Daily Kos. I'm sure Bill Maher agrees with Kathleen. But normally, at least for people who call themselves conservatives, when Bill Maher agrees with you it's a sign that you took a wrong turn somewhere.
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink
You aren't a martyr smoking your last cigarette. You're just another columnist, talented and charming to be sure, but just another columnist.
this reads like pulp lyrics
― most important concept of all -- THE CONCEPT OF LOVE (donna rouge), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:13 (4 years ago) Permalink
Oh Jonahpaws, let's start with the charming local priest who told his Catholic congregation that they would not receive Communion until they asked for forgiveness for voting for Obama and then work our way through a myriad of televangelists.
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
should be under the wiki for butthurtedness
― bnw, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink
I thought that you were joking / When you said "I want to see youTo discuss conservatism / and the future of our nation's heart and soulSix o'clock, my place, DC" / Well I arrived just after sevenBut you said "It doesn't matter" / "I understand your irritationAnd your image, and I'm flattered / Oh and I'd just like to tell youThat I love all of your writings / Could you sign this for my editor?She's on a cruise, her name is K-Lo / Now get down to the gist:Do you want a line of this? / Are you a (sniff) / columnist?"
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
It reads like John Prine!
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink
It can be all these things, and more!
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink
But look at it through the eyes of a conservative. This is a Democratic city, run almost uniformly by liberals. While many of the problems most prominently on display can certainly be traced back to racism, racism itself is not a central issue in the Wire (nor is racism an inherently or historically conservative phenomena). These drug gangs and the poor souls in their orbit, are not trapped by racism so much as by a dysfunctional culture.
― as a dude (goole), Monday, 1 December 2008 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
― 666 BESTIAL WALRUS 666 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 15 June 2009 11:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
"By the way, this email is not for publication."
― Alex in SF, Monday, 15 June 2009 12:45 (4 years ago) Permalink
haha just heard some rightwing talkradio dbag refer to him as "the great jonah goldberg"
― livestock crush (velko), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 15:48 (3 years ago) Permalink
Someone wrote him a letter about jury duty.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
<3 <3 <3
Airplanes can be used for good things and bad things. Some airplanes carry medicine or ice cream, but other airplanes carry bombs or bad people. But an airplane with bombs might be good because the bombs are for using on bad guys, and on the other airplane maybe the ice cream has melted.
― mookieproof, Thursday, 10 May 2012 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
Loved it. Looking forward to Goldberg's response: "I have no time to answer this – my daughter's getting her rabies shot."
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 May 2012 20:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Friday, 11 May 2012 04:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
Dear Jonah, Even Hamilton would not have found this fellow to be duel worthy.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 May 2012 11:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
Those quotes from the book are amazing.
― Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 11 May 2012 12:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
Loved it. Looking forward to Goldberg's response: "I have no time to answer this – my daughter's getting her rabies shot."
Well, you were close:
I’m not going to bother with most of this garbage since I have actual work to do
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 May 2012 12:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
"waddup alex. U gonna get urs. Jonah"
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 May 2012 13:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
In which max plays Aaron Burr.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 May 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh my god somehow i had never encountered that "the white male is the Jew of liberal fascism" line
― horseshoe, Friday, 11 May 2012 15:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
what a horrible idiotic man
― horseshoe, Friday, 11 May 2012 15:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
"the white male is the Jew of liberal fascism"
Genuine lol. I loved Alex's airplane analogy, too. So sad about the melted ice cream. It's not fair.
― Love Max Ophüls of us all (Michael White), Friday, 11 May 2012 16:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Jonah is mad at Joel Klein's review.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 May 2012 12:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
authors shouldn't respond to negative reviews IMO, it's undignified. in his post jonah proceeds to commit every sin he accuses klein of. i can't imagine reading an entire book by this assclown but that post illustrates his unique fusion of pseudo-erudition and juvenile putdowns. klein was too kind!
― (REAL NAME) (m coleman), Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
I suspect Jonah took Alex P's comment about him never addressing criticism to heart -- and this is the result.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
as Pareene has noted, Jonah craves the affection of guys like Klein (who's a hack himself).
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
"We've invited Klein, Goldberg, Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly to this debate inside a vacuum-sealed tube we've dropped in the middle of the ocean. Now, an hour of gentle new age music."
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
i don't think much of klein either. people like his book on woody guthrie but on politics he's always been a conventional-wisdom pez dispenser
― (REAL NAME) (m coleman), Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
don't forget this smug dickweed:
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
I can’t imagine a person dumb enough to actually believe that Jonah Goldberg had been seriously considered for a Pulitzer. (Well, OK, I can imagine one person dumb enough.)
A+ Klo zing.
― Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
I align myself with GK Chesterton, William F. Buckley, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Friedrich von Hayek, Ludwig Von Mises and quite a few others on this point.
Don't forget Von von Vonvonvon
― i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Sunday, 20 May 2012 14:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
jberg is good evidence that all the advantages of an upper class, urban, educated, political upbringing cannot substitute for intelligence. he just seems really dumb idk.
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 May 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
pareene piece an excellent takedown to read sunday morning. my only complaint is that having already attacked goldberg it's unlikely pareene will follow-up with more goldberg pieces throughout the rest of the year.
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 May 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Don't worry -- Jonah will provide more fodder!
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 May 2012 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Sunday, 20 May 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
In short, I’m really not all that bothered by what I think are his unjustifiably low opinions of my work, but I really can’t abide his unjustifiably high opinion of himself.
― Sisig Steve (stevie), Sunday, 20 May 2012 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink