May 3, 2005
BLOG: Quick Links 5/3/5
*Christina Hoff Summers has a hilarious account of a College Republicans counter-protest against "V-Day" and the Vagina Monologues (warning: extensive penis humor involved). It appears that the use of the costume is what got these guys in trouble. Yet again, proof that the conservative movement's vibrancy draws strength from the fact that humorless authority figures on college campuses are invariably on the Left. (Link via Althouse)
*I didn't do an obituary for Earl Wilson, but Attila recounts some memorable moments from Wilson's career. Of course, my all-time favorite pitcher baserunning moment remains the time Sid Fernandez got confused on a bunt and ran up the third base line.
*It's never too much - Matt Yglesias refuses to state any amount of taxation he would view as unfair or unjust. At most, he'll concede that "it's quite unjust to implement massively unwise or counterproductive policies". Kevin Drum, on the other hand, takes a whack at answering the question.
*John Perricone blows his top over Congress threatening action on steroids. As I've indicated before, I'm not as unconcerned as Perricone about steroids, but I'd agree that actually passing something like this into law would be a bad idea, in the sense of being a waste of government resources for a fairly localized problem.
*First Goering, now Hitler: a new interview with Hitler's nurse about his final days. I believe this is the first time someone who was there when Hitler killed himself has spoken publicly, but I could be wrong about that.
*The Washington Post had a good article a few weeks back about changing approaches to DC scandals, specifically a few cases where embattled figures seem to be succeeding in riding out the storm rather than putting it all behind them. Time will tell; I doubt this is a good strategy in most cases.
*A defense of everything that is wrong with the extreme Left: this article could be a parody, not only of the Left and political extremism generally but also of immaturity and the effort to justify immaturity as an end in itself. (Link via Althouse).
*I still think peace between India and Pakistan has to be the most underappreciated development of the past decade.
*If you missed it, a writeup of the first Medal of Honor awarded in Iraq, for a firefight at the airport during the invasion.
Right back at ya: here's a defense of everything that is wrong with the extreme right. Why aren't conservatives condemning this guy?
Pat Robertson affirmed his belief that Democratic judges are a greater threat to the U.S. than Al Qaeda, Nazi Germany or Civil War
On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Pat Robertson, founder of Christian Coalition of America and host of the Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, defended his comments in his latest book, Courting Disaster, that Democratic judicial appointments are the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years. Robertson also recently announced that God told him, "I will remove judges from the Supreme Court quickly, and their successors will refuse to sanction the attacks on religious faith."
From the May 1 broadcast of This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But, sir, you have described this in pretty -- this whole battle in pretty apocalyptic terms. You've said that liberals are engaged in an all-out assault on Christianity, that Democrats will appoint judges who don't share our Christian values and will dismantle Christian culture. And that the out-of-control judiciary -- and this was in your last book, Courting Disaster -- is the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years of history, more serious than Al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War?
ROBERTSON: George, I really believe that. I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together. There is an assault on marriage. There's an assault on human sexuality, as [U.S. Supreme Court] Judge [Antonin] Scalia said, they've taken sides in the culture war. And on top of that, if we have a democracy, the democratic processes should be that we can elect representatives who will share our point of view and vote those things into law.
Robertson has done some good at times in his career, but he's always been given to idiotically extreme rhetoric (not for nothing did Glenn Reynolds dub him one of the original 'idiotarians'). This is yet another in a long line of these kinds of statements from Robertson.
"I believe this is the first time someone who was there when Hitler killed himself has spoken publicly, but I could be wrong about that."
Traudl Junge, Hitler's private secretary, wrote a book about Hitler’s final days in the bunker called Until the Final Hour. It was adapted for the film “Downfall”.