Monthly Archives: August 2010

“The Waterworld of White Self-Pity”

Hitch on the Glenn Beck rally:

In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It’s not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.

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Making It Fresh

My review of the surprisingly good comedy “The Switch”is online at Philly.com. In posting the review, by the way, I broke a tie on the movie’s RottenTomatoes page, which had been 50/50, and personally knocked it into the “fresh” category. I feel like Joe Biden.

Quote of the Day

Adam Serwer, on a poll showing that more than 50 percent of Republicans believe that “Barack Obama sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world”:

The poll result is also another example of the remarkable ability of the conservative base to hold two entirely contradictory impressions of a person at the same time — on the one hand Obama is a social libertine who wants to teach sex ed to children, end discrimination against gays and lesbians in the armed forces and allow women unfettered access to abortion, and on the other he’s part of a global conspiracy to institute a repressive interpretation of Islamic law that would prohibit all of those things.

He’s also both a milquetoast weakling, and a rough Chicago political hack.
The Onion got this right earlier in the week.