Friday, April 29, 2005
IRISH BLOG, ENGLISH HEART:
It’s good to see Sullivan finally delineate where he now stands vis-á-vis Derb, whom, let’s not be too hasty to forget, he has an award named after for really disgusting right-wing speech (he had to disqualify Coulter, otherwise she’d dominate the category).
But what’s with the odd parenthetical aside about his Irish roots? What does that have to do with anything that makes him different from Derb? Given that Derb is, as far as we know, from the English North whereas Sully is a Sussex lad, wouldn’t that distinction seem more important to the two of them?
P O’Neill, naturally, has taken note of this before, and we think it’s only a matter of time before he breaks out into a rendition of that Morrissey song, the lyrics of which are not, apparently, online — and that’s probably not such a bad thing, given its typically Morrisseyesque conceit of I-want-you-to-think-I’m-joking-when-I’m-really-not lines such as his looking forward to a time when “being English/ Will no longer be painful.” (How long before Sullivan signs on to that one?)
Or was it shameful? Like many players of EA Sports FIFA 2005, we’ve been subjected to it entirely too much during breaks in play (Every once in while, it makes sense, but to have it playing over the replays of the game we played as Juventus recently, beating Lazio 4-1, where David Trezeguet scored all four goals including two nifty rebounds, kinda takes the edge off making the CPU your bitch). At least, though, if you win enough points you can do what we did and unlock a really good classic track that works over replays: New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Bitchin’.
posted by Sully 4/29/2005 12:44:00 PM
THIS WILL JUST ABOUT FINISH HIM WITH THE RIGHT:
Sullivan has finally been approvingly linked to by Armando at the Daily Kos.
posted by Sully 4/29/2005 12:41:00 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
WE’D HATE TO SEE PARTISANSHIP, THEN:
How like Sullivan to start off by saying “In fairness, I should point to Richard John Neuhaus’s defense of Father Maciel,” and then proceed to rip Neuhaus a new one.
Not that Neuhaus doesn’t deserve it, of course, but when you start off by invoking fairness the reader is led to believe that you found some possible intellectual merit in the argument advanced, even if you don’t agree with it.
posted by Sully 4/26/2005 11:31:00 AM
THIS IS A NEW RECORD, EVEN FOR HIM, IN BEING BEATEN ON THE STORY:
R Morgenstern, the other half of Best of Both Worlds, pops up (as it were) with this tidbit on Sullivan’s visit to the ballgame.
posted by Sully 4/26/2005 11:26:00 AM
Sorry for the long absence; it’s not so much that we were busy but there was really nothing we could say, aside from Roger Ailes noting that, contrary to earlier reports, Pope Benedict XVI’s early membership in the Hitlerjugend may not have been at all forced but rather voluntary, the catch being that he joined only to get a discount on his seminary tuition and kept playing hooky from meetings after he got in.
This can’t help but remind us of a joke the late Johnny Carson cracked when the (non-late, as it turns out) Kurt Waldheim’s past as a Nazi soldier came to light: “Kurt Waldheim has admitted that, yes, he was a member of the Nazi party, but that he made a point of always paying his dues late.”
The story keeps changing. Maybe we’ve seen Das Schreckliche Mädchen one too many times (i.e., once), but it is based on a true story and it is set in Bavaria and it just seems to us that there’s far too many hands there not as clean as their histories would like to have them, far too many Altkämpfern whose exculpations rely on testimony not only uncorroborated but rendered conveniently uncorroboratable.
For one thing, we read in this Times article devoted mainly to how Ratzinger was a liberal sort of guy until he was confronted with the student protests of the late 1960s, and, like David Horowitz and Allan Bloom and the claimed histories of so many other American neoconservatives, went apeshit reactionary, that Ratzinger pére was anti-Nazi ... but also worked as a policeman in the many small Bavarian villages the family lived in.
We wonder, how was this possible? Anyone who knows anything about the history of that time period in Germany would have to ask how it was that someone so opposed to the Nazis, even discreetly, would have gotten anywhere near a police job, much less kept it, even in some small backwater villages, especially in Bavaria.
And remember, whenever someone says that they were “only a policeman” during the Third Reich, there may have been more to it than that.
posted by Sully 4/26/2005 10:49:00 AM