Welcome to the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend! Here in Texas, we’re going to celebrate the long weekend by building arks and gathering up two of every animal.
Archive for the ‘Media Watch’ Category
Six Writers have announced that they object to PEN giving a free speech award to Charlie Hebdo. The reason? Because Muslims are “disempowered.” Also known as “six writers whose work you should never buy”: Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi. (Hat tip: Jihad Watch.)
This received fierce pushback from the man who radical Muslims want to see suffer the same fate as Charlie Hebdo writers: Salman Rushdie. Mincing no words, he called the boycotting writers “pussies.”
“The award will be given. PEN is holding firm. Just 6 pussies. Six Authors in Search of a bit of Character.”
This issue has nothing to do with an oppressed and disadvantaged minority.
It has everything to do with the battle against fanatical Islam, which is highly organized, well-funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence.
These six writers have made themselves the fellow travelers of that project. Very, very bad move.
I fully expect the Social Justice Warriors to be more incensed over Rushdie’s use of the word “pussies” than they were over radical Muslims gunning down Charlie Hebdo writers in the first place…
Did you miss the riots in Baltimore on Saturday? You know, the ones CNN and other media outlets didn’t cover because they were too busy covering the White House Correspondent’s Dinner? Because mere rioting by the uncouth peasantry must wait while the overclass is engaged in glad-handing celebration of itself.
In other news:
I tell Burrows that if he is willing to submit to an interview, I am willing to review his book at length in The Washington Post. The only catch, I said, is that I am going to say that it is, in my professional judgment, the worst novel ever published in the English language.
“My review will reach 2 million people,” I said.
Okay,” he said.
It does not sound like a deathless work of timeless literature.
Me: It is possible that some people might have found the plot a little improbable. They might find it hard to believe that, in order to garner political support for his tax cuts, George W. Bush would secretly arrange a giant parade in Washington honoring the richest people in America, who would march front to back in order of their net worth. Or that a cadre of earnest, teetotaling college students would get wind of this and, encouraged by Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, rise up to stage a heroic counter-parade honoring basic American values like morality and hard work. Was this perhaps deft satire, a nifty Swiftian touch?
Anyway, the review is well worth your time…
Another Friday, another LinkSwarm. There’s almost enough news here to break out a separate “UK child rape cover-up update,” but I found the idea too depressing…
What set off this new round of ominous Israel concern-trolling was Netanyahu’s assertion that leftist NGOs, billionaires and consultants were making sure that “Arab voters are going to the polls in droves.”
Which was a fact.
The leadership of the Arab front has openly stated that it wanted to pull together any and all factions of Israeli Arabs, including communists and Islamists, for the single political purpose of removing Israel’s prime minister. Arab political forces are free to rally to unseat Netanyahu, free to aspire to dismantle the Jewish State, but if Netanyahu mentions any of this he’s a racist undermining Israel’s formerly pristine democracy. Or so we’re told.
— KillerBunnyFooFoo™ (@PolitiBunny) March 18, 2015
Shockingly, A.) It’s pretty evenhanded, and B.) It doesn’t suck.
On the other hand, Too Many Cooks was four months ago. It shouldn’t take more than a week to crank this out. Even if they did take a day to get the perfect font match…