Lileks’ Newhouse column (the nationally syndicated one) is out, and he gives us a view of the First 100 Days if Democrats win:
Some on the left believe this election has been stolen in advance. Races are tightening, as they always do - ergo the fix is in. What to do?
Braving the inevitable midnight knock on the door, Lyn Davis Lear, the wife of activist/TV genius Norman Lear, proposed on the Huffington Post blog that angry citizens "take it to the streets" if the sweet anticipated victory is snatched away by the Cheneyburton overlords. Lear quoted Gore Vidal's dark view: If the election went against them, "the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law." No doubt. One last election, a few cleansing rounds from the Brownshirt burp guns, and it's the Reich Stuff for us and our descendants.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) gave an interview in which she set forth the broad new agenda, just in case martial law is not declared:
"The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of
Without bursting into laughter?
It’s typical James: funny and on-point. Brief, too.
In the “Well, It’s About Time!” department…there’s this lil screed in the Boston Herald: “Grammar: It’s good for you.” The lede grafs:
The Washington Post says it’s spotted a trend: High schools in the D.C. area are teaching grammar more than they used to. If true, this trend - admittedly slow - is worth a few cheers.
For several decades grammar was de-emphasized. The National Council of Teachers of English in 1985 actually discouraged drills in grammar on the alleged grounds that they were “a deterrent to the improvement of students’ speaking and writing.”
Far from it. Good grammar brings to writing of any kind the clarity and precision that are the foundations for all other effects and techniques such as argument, narration and description. In the long run, command of grammar can enhance ambiguity and muddle, the opposites of clarity and precision, if that’s what the writer intends. (Artists and craftsmen have to master the rules before they can know when and how to break them. Picasso was a highly skilled draftsman, something not always apparent in his greatest work.)
Amen. “Clarity and precision,” God knows we need a
Could they write? Not only no, but Hell, No! I suppose I should be grateful, because my peers’ inability to string three sentences together into one coherent thought was the basis for my semi-success in the business world. In the beginning I made damned good money translating incoherent geek-speak into plain English, and that skill was the jumping-off point for bigger and better things later in my career. Still, and even, it’s good to see the flash of recognition in our educators that grammar matters. More power to ‘em!
I learned a couple of things this weekend, courtesy of C-SPAN2’s “Book-TV” series of interviews and speeches. First and foremost, I learned Scott Ritter is still a “useful idiot,” perhaps even more so than he’s previously demonstrated. Mr. Ritter has a new book out, and the subject matter is all about the coming war with
The program was presented by The Nation Institute. Cosponsored by The New York Society for Ethical Culture, Democrats.com, and the Public Concern Foundation, and was taped before a live audience on
‘Nuff said, eh? I don’t know exactly why you’d want to listen to such drivel, but Hey! It’s good to know what the moonbats are up to, no?
Speaking of moonbats, I also learned George McGovern is still in that category. I won’t call Senator McGovern an idiot because I believe the Senator is a patriot and he’s sincere in his beliefs, wrong-headed as they may be. He also has a new book out, and his subject matter is a plan for withdrawal from
from October 29, 2006
George McGovern and William Polk argue that the war in
As I said, wrong-headed. But sincere. Senator McGovern and his co-author, Mr. Polk, were a lot easier to listen to than that idiot Ritter. Just sayin’.
And finally…C-SPAN wasn’t all bad this weekend. I was privileged to watch Ilario Pantano deliver one of the best speeches/talks on the war I’ve ever seen, period. Here’s the program capsule, as found on the Book-TV web site:
Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy
from October 29, 2006
Ilario Pantano argues that the U.S., as a society, has moved away from embracing offensive warfare. He says that in
I looked high and low for a link to a podcast or video of Mr. Pantano’s presentation but was unsuccessful. Aside from the summary above, Mr. Pantano is a forceful advocate for crying havoc and unleashing the dogs of war. If I become aware of a scheduled re-broadcast of this lecture/talk, I’ll post it. Because it really should be seen, heard, and taken to heart.
Today’s Pic: More Plane Pr0n, this time an F-84F from the AF Armament Museum’s static display collection. Eglin AFB, FL - November, 1999.