"You're a funny man, Sully ...

that's why I'm going to kill you last."


Saturday, February 25, 2006


Yglesias (via Atrios) probably won’t get any eponymous award, or any award, from Sullivan, for pointing this out but it’s still true.

posted by Sully 2/25/2006 12:03:00 AM

Thursday, February 23, 2006


P O’Neill calls out none other than Michael Oakeshott to take Sullivan over his knee with a paddle.
But not less characteristic are the diligent search of the present generation for an innocuous power which may safely be made so great as to be able to control all other powers in the human world, and the common disposition to believe that political machinery can take the place of moral and political education.
Nice work, but Rudyard Kipling says it best, in a poem that seems ever more relevant to the Bush administration, a poem we’ve quoted here before.

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.


With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
In fact, some of these lines seem extremely relevant to the port deal:
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."


Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire
As Steve Gilliard notes, eight million New Yorkers are not going to take Bush’s word for it when it’s their asses on the line if he’s wrong.

UPDATE: Wait a minute ... Pink Floyd (who else?) had the even better and shorter response to Sullivan’s naïveté a quarter-century ago:

nd the sea may look warm to ya, babe,
And the sky may look blue.

Oooooo babe.
Oooooooo baby blue.
Oooooo ooohh babe.

If you should go skating,
On the thin ice of modern life,
Dragging behind you the silent reproach,
Of a million tear-stained eyes,
Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice,
Appears under your feet.
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind,
With your fear flowing out behind you ...
as you claw the thin ice.
The Silent Reproach of a Million Tear-Stained Eyes. God, that’s a great Bush administration book title waiting to happen (and its sequel, to come from the following track: Daddy, Whad’ja Leave Behind for Me?)

posted by Sully 2/23/2006 12:21:00 PM

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


What is the Carlyle Group’s interest in all this?

posted by Sully 2/22/2006 12:09:00 PM


That bear article has, like so many other LGBT-themed material, been in Wikipedia for a very long time — over three years, in this case. See the original edit here, from late 2002. Slightly POV:
Unfortunately, as is the case with many of the sub communities of the gay community, they tend to be exclusive of people who do not fit into their own standards of what a "real man" is.

In the end, belonging to the bear community is very much like being part of any other clique or cult. If you want to belong, you can (barring your lack of body or facial hair) change your body, style of dress and mannerisms, and you will be accepted.

but the current article is better, much better (And it’s under “bear community,” not “bear (gay)”).

Is it that hard, when reading Wikipedia, to learn to use the “History” tab as even the newest editors know to do?

Oh, perhaps this line: “In August 2003, weblogger Andrew Sullivan (himself a bear) wrote an article on the bear community for,” made it worth The Blog Queen’s while? (Full disclosure: we’re not immune from this criticism ourselves. See “External links” under the article on Sullivan himself. Yes, we get a fair amount of hits from that one, every day).

posted by Sully 2/22/2006 11:36:00 AM

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


A day without P O’Neill saying something about Sullivan is like a day without sunshine, and after a long drought this weekend he had this tidbit.

posted by Sully 2/21/2006 01:52:00 PM


He might want to take a second look at why Iran is officially releasing Queen’s greatest hits album with Farsi translations of, and commentary on, the lyrics:

The album contains hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, The Miracle and I Want to Break Free, but reportedly omits a number of Queen’s love songs.

The cassette, costing less than $1 (55 pence), comes complete with translated lyrics and an explanatory leaflet.

It tells Queen fans that Bohemian Rhapsody is about a young man who has accidentally killed someone and, like Faust, sold his soul to the devil.

On the night before his execution he calls God in Arabic, “Bismillah, and so regains his soul from Satan.

As usual, clicking on the link explains a lot that he doesn’t.

(Speaking of which, does the Iranian version include “Another One Bites the Dust,” which would be a perfect theme song for the Islamic state’s Ministry of Justice?)

posted by Sully 2/21/2006 01:21:00 PM


Has anyone else been having the problem we’ve had with Sullivan’s site since he switched to Time as his host?

To wit, none of the links work unless you either open in them in a new tab or window. We thought this might be peculiar to Firefox (like his old link-underlining problem) but the same thing happens in IE.

posted by Sully 2/21/2006 01:19:00 PM


Speaking of Atrios, he has more on Sullivan’s latest presentation of the common conservative fallacy that if they’re for something, liberals must ipso facto be for the exact opposite:
For a long time the Left was tarred as idealistic utopians, addicted to ways of doing things no matter what the consequences. I have no real opinion on whether that criticism was ever true, but in any case it’s something which has been embraced wholesale by the Right. They have a small government fetish, and that fetish is linked almost entirely to the top marginal federal income tax rate. Liberals have no such corresponding fetish for “big government” even if they tend to be fans of some government programs conservatives like to demonize as being “big government liberalism.” No one’s going to enjoy sweeping up after Bush’s fiscal train wreck.

I wonder if people like Sullivan truly don’t understand this, if they’re unable to see beyond their own silly worldview, or if they’re just full of it.
In time we will come to understand modern “conservatism” not as an ideology derived from the political philosophies of Burke et al but as a political psychopathology. Bushism was not so much a departure from it as it was an inevitable consequence.

One of the symptoms of said affliction is this exact use of a Lacanian Other, to provide one’s own positions with a justification they could never claim of themselves.

posted by Sully 2/21/2006 01:13:00 PM


Regarding that “superb” Leon Wieseltier (remember, as per an old Spy column, to say his name aloud as “Wee-ZELL-tee-yay”) review of Breaking the Spell, we refer you (with assists from Atrios and Brad DeLong) to this devastating critique — no exposé is a better word — of the flamboyant cokehead’s shocking intellectual shoddiness:
There is more one could say about the muddled particulars of this display of mindless anti-intellectualism and feeble apologetics for religion, but other work beckons this Sunday afternoon. Mr. Wieseltier concludes that Professor Dennett's book is “shallow and self-congratulatory.” Perhaps it is, but on the evidence of this review one is actually warranted in applying those adjectives only to the review's author.
Go read the whole thing.

Steve Mussina also chimes in, noting a teeny bit of trademark Wieseltierian intellectual hypocrisy.

Well, on the bright side it looks like those two have patched up the differences which cost Smalltown Boy his TNR job.

posted by Sully 2/21/2006 01:04:00 PM

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