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Location: Dayton, OH, Heard & McDonald Islands

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. I represent no one but myself, and barely do that. I'm here mostly by accident.

Friday, April 04, 2008

News from Lake Coulterville

La Coultera, who by dint of her brains, hard work, and pluck managed, somehow, to rise above the overwhelming obstacles placed in her path to go to Cornell and then the University of Michigan Law School, has—perhaps unintentionally—put herself into a trap.

To maintain her presence in the media, while decrying how she is ignored, she has to raise the ante. Just as Howard Stern or Jerry Springer have to keep pushing the envelope to avoid becoming tedious, so La Coultera can't rest on her well-established credentials as the Shock Jock of commentary. She has to increase the volume, the shrillness, the outrageousness. It isn't enough, now, to say the kinds of things that get one fired at National Review. It isn't enough to mock some of the widows of 9.11 (the ones who don't act as La Coultera demands). Ratchet up the animosity, the vitriol, and fire away, Gridley.

Evidently based on a reading of his autobiography that shows the same insight, sensitivity, understanding, and care she brought to reading Charles Darwin's works, La Coultera has pronounced her verdict on Obama and his first book Dreams from my Father. (The book has been out for awhile, but evidently she has just caught on that reading his book(s) might provide material for a column.)

Her conclusions? Obama is a two-bit Hitler. Dreams from my Father is best compared to Mein Kampf. Obama is a "lunatic" and "bonkers." He makes Jeremiah Wright look like Booker T. Washington.

These are valuable insights. Her quotes from the book are invaluable. When Obama expresses views that are remarkably similar to those of Clarence Thomas, Obama becomes Hitler, while Thomas is, of course, the poster child of the righteous. Perhaps this has little to do with, say, minor issues—e.g. the content of the statement—and a great deal to do with who states it.

I bet even at the University of Michigan Law School they introduced La Coultera to the argumentum ad hominem. Perhaps she was out getting a bikini wax the day that her professor added that it is a fallacy.

It is, finally, of interest to note that La Coultera frequently complains that "liberals"—i.e. everyone who disagrees with her—fail to read her books carefully or correctly. It is pretty clear that she hasn't read much pop psychology with equal care, as she might consider this "projecting." Today's trivia question: which book did she understand least? On the Origin of Species? Mein Kampf? Dreams of My Father? Or, in her analysis of Jeremiah Wright's remarkable claim that God does not, in fact, bless the intentional murder of thousands of people, perhaps it was the Book of Ezekiel she kinda sorta skimmed, rather than seeing that there, God does, in fact, damn a nation that carries out such an act.

I thank the good folks at FOX for providing the fair and balanced treatment that can, with a straight face, continue to promote La Coultera. To be fair (and balanced), she doesn't equate Obama with Hitler, but only because he is a "two bit" Hitler. Perhaps she would like him better if he were better at it? Say, a six-bit (75 cents) Hitler?

Perhaps we can start seeing a couple of those Christians who constantly worry about employees at Target being forced to say "Merry Christmas" come out and discuss the content of Wright's sermons—not just the sound bites—and the justice of comparing Obama to Hitler, and the value of this kind of approach as a model of Christian love.

Or is that too much to ask?


Blogger Bazarov said...

It's too much to ask.
Women like Coulter are the reason why the word 'cunt' is extant. The only thing I look forward to about her is her aging. I think she'll be one of those adolescent worshipping idiots who will go through all sorts of treatments and surgeries to keep her 'looks' and forget about the whole aging gracefully thing. (Can she do anything gracefully?) I can't wait to see her twenty years from now. She'll be like Skeletor with a tanned bag of skin stretched over her brittle frame topped with a bleached flaxen mop. Old age onset dementia could only help her intellectual abilities at this point.

8:48 AM  
Blogger kmosser said...

Oh my.

Unlike Bill O'Reilly, I regard all comments the views of those making them.

I will add that while that word may be, and stay, extant, I don't like it much.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Bazarov said...

Yes, in America it seems to be the most dreaded curse word, which I find funny because in many other parts of the english-speaking world it's quite tame. It can even be used in a loving manner, something one may call their friend, but then gender doesn't matter much because it can be used for male friends. For some reason it has taken the status of worst possible curse word one could utter in polite society here in America. I like it because I don't think you have to speak english to realize it's a "bad" word. It's short, sharp and staccato-ish, and begins and ends with sharp sounds, as all curse words should.
I didn't mean to offend, but it is perfect for describing certain people on this planet, but I do apologize for correlating those people with a part of the female anatomy. But such is english; few other languages would ever equate sex with a curse word, such as "fuck", certainly not swedish at least. George Carlin is far more eloquent in talking about this matter so I'll leave it to any reader to seek out his performances on said subject. Sorry, but I didn't make her that way, I just described her with the proper contemporary language, in my opinion, as offensive as that may be. I'll make a note to avoid it in future comments.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, when you turn your sights on the real idiots in this country instead of turning on your own party, you actually make some sense.


11:41 AM  
Blogger kmosser said...

I don't know who you are, Duke--although I'm assuming you're not John Wayne--but I'm glad you come by and read this. I stand by my assessment of Geraldine Ferraro, but I'm glad to see someone defending her.

Possibly uniquely so.

I may generally vote Democratic, but I resist the idea that I'm a member of that party. It's more like I have little choice in the matter.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous bmackintosh said...

It seems that La Coultera has an obsession. She’s dropped Der Fuhrer’s name when she suggested that conservatives should vote for Hillary, comparing it to the Allies siding with Stalin to defeat Germany. She also blames Darwin for Hitler due his belief in natural selection, offering that as a reason to keep Darwin from schools. Enough with the Hitler! I think that comparisons to Hitler are over done. It seems like everyone has been Hitler at one time or another. Johnson, Reagan, Nixon, P.Diddy. I think we need a new Evil Genius as a point of comparison. I suggest Jack Welch, a perfectly modern embodiment of Evil. The man has left a wake of destruction just in the last 15 years. He’s brought poverty, uncertainty and despair to many families through layoffs, outsourcing, and heartless purchasing. Check out the beautiful brownfield in Evendale off the I75, one of his first employment hack jobs, they don’t call him Neutron Jack for nothing. His refusal to clean up the Hudson River was a nice touch, even Bush’s Secretary of the Interior was horrified. I just love his “differentiation” policy of firing the bottom ten percent performers at GE. Textbook Sadism, I bet you really can smell the fear. Coultera, it'stime for new, modern point of comparison.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Bazarov said...

Henry Rollins' letter to Ann...


8:48 AM  
Blogger kmosser said...

bmackintosh reminds me of Hitler.

I mean Welch.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Women like Coulter are the reason why the word 'cunt' is extant."
-Always glad to see good liberal arguments.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Bazarov said...

It wasn't an argument; it was an observation. Who said I was a liberal? I suppose on certain issues I would be considered one, but as far as American politics go, the closest label that would fit (and poorly at that) would be libertarian, with a bit of socialism thrown in for good measure. I place individual rights above most everything but I'm smart enough to realize no one chooses which crotch they pop out of, hence the little bit of socialism.
I stand by my observation by the way.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Nichelle said...

Good words.

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