The year in diatribes (first quarter)

Dude, let’s sit around and fart, eat wings and watch some football! Then check out some strippers, perhaps? By all means, if you’re a “guy’s guy.” It’s your nature. It’s what you’re wired to do. Trends come and go, but this one seems buried in granite. While it’s an improvement over the Promise Keepers fad (and the aging hippies beating drums in the forest), casting all men as immature frat boys is yet another step back into stereotype. Of course, my opinion is minimized because of my sexual proclivity. But I know men, straight men, who are actually discreet with their bodily…

Noted and quoted, the Ford epitaph

From Christopher Hitchens: One could graze for hours on the great slopes of the massive obituaries and never guess that during his mercifully brief occupation of the White House, this president had: Disgraced the United States in Iraq and inaugurated a long period of calamitous misjudgment of that country. Colluded with the Indonesian dictatorship in a gross violation of international law that led to a near-genocide in East Timor. Delivered a resounding snub to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at the time when the Soviet dissident movement was in the greatest need of solidarity. Instead, there was endless talk about “healing,” and of the “courage”…

Hypocrisy alert

According to The Washington Times (links down, so take my word for it), Democratic presidential candidate — and self-appointed champion of the poor — John Edwards never took a pro bono case during his career as a trial lawyer. Reminds me of Bill Clinton — champion of public education — who sent Chelsea to the exclusive Sidwell Friends School.

Kill the bastard

I’m opposed to the death penalty, both in principle and practicality. That being said, I shed no tears when human scum like Richard Allen Davis (convicted for killing Polly Klaas) buy the farm. And I have no problem with hanging Saddam, though I’m aware of the contradiction. It’s up to the Iraqis; God knows they’re entitled to a little bloodlust. But provincial Europeans, including Italy’s prime minister, predictably disagree. TNR honcho Marty Peretz wonders if they would’ve said the same about Mussolini, or Eichmann? Even if Saddam is not exactly in the category of Eichmann, he–like Pol Pot and other leaders of…