Karol has a really nice photographic commemoration for Veteran's Day, as well as links to various ways you can do nice things for our troops serving today.
While Jon Stewart and crew continue to be so partisan that they're no longer funny -- the only measure of bias that matters at all for a comedy show -- The Onion appears ready to let the healing begin. Their post-election man-on-the-street thingie is hilarious and manages to take good shots at both sides. My favorites:
"So they still control the House, Senate, and Oval Office? Well, at least we still have the smug, condescending attitude that cost us the election in the first place." -Beverly Banks, Systems Analyst
"What's so bad about this? Could some Democrat explain it to me in under an hour, without starting to scream or cry?" -Sam Howell, Credit Checker
Note to Jon Stewart: You're Hurting Comedy! And I shudder to think what Wonkette's doing nowadays.
(hat tip Frank J.)
Variety, "Get Ready for More Moore":
Michael Moore met with Harvey Weinstein and Moore says they plan to start working -- now -- on "Fahrenheit 9/11½." "We want to get cameras rolling now and have it ready in two-three years," Moore says. . . .And as for those who claim that Hollywood was an albatross on the Democrats' neck, Moore says, "America loves Hollywood. When given a chance to vote for someone from Hollywood, they jump in." He cited the history of successful Republican actor-politicians from George Murphy to Ronnie Reagan to Arnold.
I've just begun chilling the champagne to celebrate Rudy Giuliani's being elected to a second term as President in 2012. Thanks Mikey!
(hat tip da blogfadda)
The liberal elite showed it was way out of touch even before the election. I was at a dinner party in New York and when everyone was wondering what to do about Bush I suggested they might do like me and vote for him. There was silence around the table, as if I’d said “by the way, I haven’t mentioned this before but I’m a child molester”.
Now, like Chicken Licken after an acorn fell on his head, they think the sky is falling. I have to laugh. It reminds me of Pauline Kael, the film critic, who said, “I don’t know how Reagan won — I don’t know a soul who voted for him.” That was a classic and reflects the reaction of New York intellectuals now.
Also of note is James Carville's reaction:
"If this is an election that we couldn't win . . ." Mr. Carville said, his voice trailing off, as he sat next to Mr. Shrum and Mr. Greenberg. "The purpose of a political party is to win elections, and we're not doing that.
"I think we have to come to grips with the fact that we are an opposition party right now and not a particularly effective one. I'm out of denial. Reality has hit."
As the friend who sent me this says, "Carville used to be a funny guy, what happened. Now he is all negative and down on his old friends." Heh.
There are a lot of different blogged accounts of the big center-right-leaning New York-based political blogger Chili-cook-off at Karol's place the night before last. (Or TBCRLNYBPBCCOAKPTNBL for short.) Most important from my perspective is cook-off winner Ken Wheaton's words of praise for my and my girlfriend's classic "Texas Red". He's from Louisiana and knows how to cook.
The judging occurred according to some sort of totally opaque, inscrutable process reminiscent of the Iowa caucuses. There were scattered allegations of irregularities, but in the end Jessica, the consensus 2nd place chili-cooker took the classy John Kerry route and not the sleazy John Edwards route, ending with a moving plea for chili-eating unity.
I should also note that my girlfriend's chocolate-pecan pie has been described by Ari as something "that I might forsake my random sexual incidents for." Clearly the next move needs to be a bake-off in which I enter something Kim cooks under my own name.
So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of secularism. Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now. And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the left. From the first day of the immolation of the World Trade Center, right down to the present moment, a gallery of pseudointellectuals has been willing to represent the worst face of Islam as the voice of the oppressed. How can these people bear to reread their own propaganda? Suicide murderers in Palestine—disowned and denounced by the new leader of the PLO—described as the victims of "despair." The forces of al-Qaida and the Taliban represented as misguided spokespeople for antiglobalization. The blood-maddened thugs in Iraq, who would rather bring down the roof on a suffering people than allow them to vote, pictured prettily as "insurgents" or even, by Michael Moore, as the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers. If this is liberal secularism, I'll take a modest, God-fearing, deer-hunting Baptist from Kentucky every time, as long as he didn't want to impose his principles on me (which our Constitution forbids him to do).
One probably should not rest too much on the similarity between Bin Laden's last video and the newly available DVD of Fahrenheit 9/11. I would only say that, if Bin Laden had issued a tape that with equal fealty followed the playbook of Karl Rove (and do please by all means cross yourself at the mention of this unholy name), it might have garnered some more attention. The Bearded One moved pedantically through Moore's bill of indictment, checking off the Florida vote-count in 2000, the "Pet Goat" episode on the day of hell, the violent intrusion into hitherto peaceful and Muslim Iraq, and the division between Bush and the much nicer Europeans. (For some reason, unknown to me at any rate, he did not attack the President for allowing the Bin Laden family to fly out of American airspace.)
(hat tip Mark Poling.)
I know. I know. It's barely worth linking to or commenting on Ted Rall anymore. I know he just does it for the attention and shock value. But really, doesn't this comic represent some new line being crossed? I mean, I thought making fun of the "mentally challenged" in this mean-spirited a way was one of the last taboos? And a taboo started by the left which Rall claims to represent at that. And this is a comic that is published in such "progressive" publications as The Village Voice, and occasionally, the New York Times. Remarkable.
Peace and tolerance have long been the words to live by in San Francisco, known for its large gay community, broad ethnic mix and frequent anti-war protests. But days after the election, many residents said they were so worried about an erosion of civil rights, environmental standards and the escalating violence in the Middle East, that they did not know how they could tolerate the Bush administration, or Americans who voted to re-elect him.
"I have family in Idaho, but I told my wife we're not going to visit them now. It's all Republicans there," said Ron Schmidt, a public relations executive. "We have family in Indiana and I don't want to go there either."
Schmidt said: "The ideologies of the two parties are too different. I don't see how healing can take place. I feel like the disenfranchised minority now, and that's a funny thing for a tall, good-looking white guy like me to say."
The article also makes it sound as if these people, who make the same "threat" to leave the country before every election, might actually be serious this time. We can only hope.
(via Tim Blair)
If you read only one post-election column read Mark Steyn's. It combines all of the various "the electorate is stupid" comments by Europeans and coastal elitists in one handy place, and also demolishes the conventional wisdom that voting on "moral values" can mean nothing other than gay-bashing. Here's the best part:
I had a bet with myself this week: How soon after election night would it be before the Bush-the-chimp-faced-moron stuff started up again? 48 hours? A week? I was wrong. Bush Derangement Syndrome is moving to a whole new level. On the morning of Nov. 2, the condescending left were convinced that Bush was an idiot. By the evening of Nov. 2, they were convinced that the electorate was. Or as London's Daily Mirror put it in its front page: "How Can 59,054,087 People Be So DUMB?"
Well, they're British lefties: They can do without Americans. Whether an American political party can do without Americans is more doubtful. Nonetheless, MSNBC.com's Eric Alterman was mirroring the Mirror's sentiments: "Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the 'reality-based community' say or believe about anything." Over at Slate, Jane Smiley's analysis was headlined, "The Unteachable Ignorance Of The Red States.'' If you don't want to bother plowing your way through Alterman and Smiley, a placard prominently displayed by a fetching young lad at the post-election anti-Bush rally in San Francisco cut to the chase: "F--- MIDDLE AMERICA."
Almost right, man. It would be more accurate to say that "MIDDLE AMERICA" has "F---ed" you, and it will continue to do so every two years as long as Democrats insist that anyone who disagrees with them is, ipso facto, a simpleton -- or "Neanderthal," as Teresa Heinz Kerry described those unimpressed by her husband's foreign policy. In my time, I've known dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and other members of Britain's House of Lords and none of them had the contempt for the masses one routinely hears from America's coastal elites. And, in fairness to those ermined aristocrats, they could afford Dem-style contempt: A seat in the House of Lords is for life; a Senate seat in South Dakota isn't.
William Sjostrom, also has a handy round-up of some of the more hysterical reactions by various intellectuals and journalists.
I know most of the NYT audience will likely relate to the people quoted here. But in the realm of stereotype-building, the story is without peer in recent journalistic history. This would be like, if Bush had lost, a newspaper had sent a reporter to a NASCAR track and quoted a bunch of people with mullets bitching about the disproportionate electoral influence of the “niggers, fags, and Jews,” before adjourning to go shoot beer cans off each other’s heads.