La Divina

Did I ever mention that I love Camille Paglia?

Age segregation by grade, in my opinion, is a mechanistic atrocity that spawns ruthless social cliques, who oppress and enrage the losers in the provincial pecking order.

As I have argued for years, we desperately need a return to vocational training. The virtually universal conversion of American high schools to a pre-college track over the past half-century has watered down the curriculum to its present deadening uselessness.

Now if we can simply convince her of the necessity of getting the government out of the picture….

Thank you, Karl Rove

Yeah, about all those Hispanics who were going to vote Republican because they’re so socially conservative….

A new study has struck a harsh blow to the premise that U.S. immigrants, particularly from Mexico, are committed to traditional family values.

The Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies said that immigrants from Mexico and Spanish-speaking countries were not committed to traditional values and pointed to the dramatic rise in illegitimate birth rates among Hispanic immigrants.

People occasionally ask me if the reason my political predictions are more accurate than most is because I’m so astonishingly brilliant. And sure, I am and all, but the truth is that the two really aren’t related. You see, you don’t have to be particularly intelligent to see where things are probably going, you just need to look at what the morons are doing and then consider the ways their idiotic plans are most likely to blow up in their faces.

The only way that Karl Rove could possibly be a genius is if he’s a secret Clinton operative.

Precisely

The Magic Negro has no chance. He never did:

Meet Barack Obama, the BradleyDeanBabbittTsongas of the 2008 election cycle….

Let me repeat: I wouldn’t mind living in a country where Barack Obama is president. Brains; candor; charisma; ambition hitched to a work ethic; I admire those qualities. But frankly, the people who’ve ponied up $4,600 for Obama in this election cycle might as well have piled the money on the kitchen table and set fire to it. Or donated it to the Audubon Society, which has a lot better chance of being in business a year from now than Obama’s presidential campaign.

This guy, whoever he is, understands how it works. The vast majority of commentators and journalists, who fall for exactly the same trap every single time, obviously don’t.

The dish is rancid

Andrew Sullivan demonstrates that he’s not only got a giant fork sticking out of his back, he’s beginning to turn green and smell:

If gun rights are civil rights, why would anyone feel the need to hide the fact that they own one?

Gee, that’s a really tough one. Here’s four reasons off the top of my head. I’m sure I could come up with more if I thought about it for five seconds.

A) They’re worth hundreds of dollars.
B) Criminals who require them for nefarious purposes usually prefer to steal them rather than buy them.
C) Governments continually demonstrate a desire to confiscate them.
D) Liberals have been screaming for decades that the Second Amendment is a collective right, not an individual one.

Does anyone still think this guy is intelligent? I can’t understand why anyone ever did.

Mind your metaphors

No wonder they’re getting their heads handed to them. Mr. Dr. Helen points out a laughable metaphor from a media boss:

“The Googles of the world, they are the Custer of the modern world. We are the Sioux nation,” Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Richard Parsons said, referring to the Civil War American general George Custer who was defeated by Native Americans in a battle dubbed “Custer’s Last Stand”.

It’s not about the battle, it’s about the war, Mr. Parsons. And you’re right, like the Sioux nation, the old media was there first.

So, where should we put the rez? And should we let them have casinos?

Good grief!

Every now and then, someone who wants to make a movie about one of the EW novels contacts me. This sort of thing is exactly why I tell them that I have very little interest in it:

When the historian Dee Brown published “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” in 1971, it became an instant sensation. In an age of rebellion, this nonfiction book told the epic tale of the displacement and decline of the American Indian not from the perspective of the winners, but from that of the Indians.

But the fact that Mr. Brown’s work has been translated into 17 languages and has sold five million copies around the world was not enough to convince HBO that a film version would draw a sizable mainstream audience. When the channel broadcasts its two-hour adaptation of the book, beginning Memorial Day weekend, at its center will be a new character: a man who was part Sioux, was educated at an Ivy League college and married a white woman….

Nicolas Proctor, Mr. Brown’s grandson and one of three people who oversees his estate, as well as an associate professor of history at Simpson College in Iowa, said that as a historian he was “always kind of shocked that history is not moving enough, is not evocative enough and rich enough to keep people from having to get in there and start monkeying around with it.” He said that the estate had no control over the film’s content.

Mr. Proctor said his grandfather wouldn’t necessarily be surprised by HBO’s tinkering. “I don’t think he ever thought anything historically accurate would come out of any film version,” he said. Still, before this, “nobody had ever before gone and gutted it and turned it into a love story.”

I hate Hollywood. Truly hate it. I hate the drivel they produce, I hate their smug pandering to the lowest common denominator, I hate their predictability, but most of all, I hate their unjustified arrogance in insisting that they can tell a better story than the most successful storytellers.

Even Peter Jackson, who did a much better job than I expected with The Lord of the Rings, couldn’t keep himself from occasionally sticking his fingers in, turning Gimli into the stock comic character. Oh, it was funny at times – “Toss me… don’t tell the elf”, but mostly it was lame and it didn’t add anything to the film. I thought the people at Walden did a better job with The Chronicles of Narnia, despite the limitations of the child actors.

Still, Shadow would make for a pretty good movie. I just hope Walden doesn’t mess around too much with The Dark is Rising. Besides LOTR and Narnia, that’s the childhood book I most wanted to see on screen.