Posts Tagged ‘New York Times

04
Dec
10

Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. has the intellect of a gurgling infant

Nile Gardiner is a university educated man who boasts a doctorate in shit eating grins; he’s also a widely read columnist in the UK and a pundit on Fox News and NPR (a fair and balanced resume if I’ve ever seen one!). He is also, apparently, a blithering idiot.

On Thursday, Paul Krugman unleashed his righteous liberal fury at the Obama administration’s latest struggle with intestinal fortitude over the Bush Tax Cuts and the new-fangled freeze on federal pay raises. As a tribute to the man’s continued relevance, Krugman’s lament reverberated throughout the online echo chamber with liberal bloggers struggling to come to terms with it and conservative bloggers salivating at the prospect of further dividing and conquering the failing liberal tide

No conservative critic drooled more than Britain’s Dr. Gardener who managed to shout through the slobber proclaiming Krugman’s critique a watershed moment in the “liberal civil war.” His post, which is short on substance and long on Brit-con gusto simply points out that the American Left is engaged in escalating infighting because everyone is suddenly figuring out that Obama is not the ideologue that the Right always wanted him to be.

Of course, Paul Krugman, who’s intelligence and straight forwardness cannot be overstated, has been on to the dichotomy between Obama’s political image and his policy substance since, well, forever. Still, this is news to Dr. Nile, who is apparently as much an op-ed junky as I am:

There have been some scathing attacks on the president from high-profile traditional supporters. Recently New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote of “a spineless spiral” in reference to the Obama White House, while over at The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson spoke of an “uninspired and uninspiring president”. But it is today’s piece in The New York Times by Paul Krugman which is by far the most damning.

There are a number of issues I have to take up with this fluffy piece of armchair analysis: One, in what universe is Maureen Dowd a “liberal” voice?  What sorry excuse for an analyst tries to claim that MoDo doubting Obama’s cajones qualify as news (even that lovable dunce Matt Drudge is in on it.)? I know he’s an ocean away and it must be tough getting access to our free press while he toils under the Queen’s yoke of tyranny, but did he just neglect to read every op ed written during the “Summer of Discontent?”

The reality of the situation is that Nile wrote a blog post that says nothing, which would be plenty milk toasty if it wasn’t wrapped in the sort of insufferable douche-baggery we’re used to reading from his pasty ilk. Observe the thesis of a genius:

While US conservatives are focusing on cutting the budget deficit, creating jobs, winning the War on Terror, and protecting the United States from dangerous treaties such as New START, America’s liberal elites are investing a great deal of energy fighting each other, and blaming the White House for, incredibly, not being Left-wing enough.

I won’t even bother to go through this business line by line and expose the brilliance of this sentiment; so let’s just remind ourselves that at this point in the Bush administration the conservative government had enacted massive, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, and America was still sifting through the rubble of the worst terrorist attack in world history. This attitude that conservatives are somehow more serious about either the deficit or the war on terror is laughable, even more chuckles spring forth from the concept that Republicans have introduced a single substantive measure to bring the jobs back since the housing bubble burst.

Maybe Dr. Nile could benefit from reading more dispatches from Dr. Paul.

(Via The Telegraph)

14
Oct
09

Ross Douthat is an idiot (part II)

So I’m back after an extended Columbus Day break, and while I was gone, this came to my attention. You guys know me, and you know I love the Times, but to publish Ross Douthat’s blithering stupidity is ridiculous and shameful for such an important and righteous publication. Now Ross has published garbage in the past, and he’s been a target here before as well, but in the Sunday Times, he went too far!

In a snarky little peice, Mr, Douthat helpfully pointed out not only is Barack’s Nobel Prize bad for the country, but also that it’s most likely bad for him as a president as well. In the world that Ross occupies (and gets paid by the New York Times to muse about), Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize is the rough equivalent to invading a country for no reason, failing to do anything about the visible signs that the economy was about to collapse, letting the infrastructure of the nation fall apart, and illegally torturing people because it raises the stakes on the already “implosible expectations” that his presidency was burdened with.

Ross Douthat, you are sniveling puddin’ head of a nincompoop. This article has it all, the classic anti-European xenophobia:

Here was a chance to establish himself, definitively, as an American president — too self-confident to accept an unearned accolade, and too instinctively democratic to go along with European humbug.

He didn’t take it. Instead, he took the Nobel Peace Prize.

Big mistake.

Good work Ross, looking back at history, all great American presidents have defined themselves as definitely not European, which means they are de facto American. Not this latte sipping arugula eating Hawaiian bastard, though.

The article also bears the stamp of the classic conservative double standard called “American Exceptionalism.” Conservatives like Ross Douthat like to talk loudly about how America, the greatest, most righteous and powerful nation on the planet has the right to dick over the Third World, invade countries meaninglessly, and act unilaterally against reason because we’re freakin’ awesome. And then, when it’s convenient they love to tell you that America should aim low because they’re pragmatists and they know what’s up. For instance, America can’t have universal health care like every other industrialized nation on the planet because we, the richest, most powerful nation on earth can’t afford to cover all the Mexicans running across our border. This rears it’s stupid head repeatedly throughout Ross’ stupid article:

Here was an opportunity to cut himself free, in a stroke, from the baggage that’s weighed his presidency down — the implausible expectations, the utopian dreams, the messianic hoo-ha.

Here was a place to draw a clean line between himself and all the overzealous Obamaphiles, at home and abroad, who poured their post-Christian, post-Marxist yearnings into the vessel of his 2008 campaign.

Yes Ross, those over-zealous “Obamaphiles” who hoped that a charismatic black man with a background in social justice work and constitutional law might bring his intelligence and rhetorical gifts to the White House and have the US not look like an asshole country for a change, those pie in the sky post-Christian, post-Marxist hope that our country can do better. You got us, buddy.

I wonder if the ineptitude of the Federal Government’s response to Katrina would have been harder to take if Bush had set the level high during the first six or so years of his presidency? Maybe Reagan looked so good (through rose colored retrospectacles) because Jimmy Carter was such a load for his four preceding years? I wonder if it would have been more difficult to see horrible pictures released from Abu Ghraib if we didn’t already know Bush was a crook and an asshole after he needlessly invaded Iraq and had signed the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act into existence?

Ross Douthat, you’re an idiot.

06
Oct
09

Paul Krugman layeths the smacketh down

Paul Krugman, the Pulitzer Prize winner, economist, notorious truth-teller, and sensible human being, delivered a wollup to the lazy stinkers on the Right who have lauded America’s failure to bag her ninth Olympics, in the Times yesterday. Mr. Krugman, who unlike me, has a firm grasp on actual economics and the proper use of commas and such, delivered a stunning tirade shaming the Republican Party’s “puerile” pettiness over the whole Olympics ordeal, here’s just one example of this stunner:

So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.

And what must hurt most, it’s true! Those bums on the Right have made politics into some sort of angsty sociopathic teenage MySpace drama replete with bilking rumors and playing the crying game when faced with their petty reality:

Anyone surprised by the venomous, over-the-top opposition to Mr. Obama must have forgotten the Clinton years. Remember when Rush Limbaugh suggested that Hillary Clinton was a party to murder? When Newt Gingrich shut down the federal government in an attempt to bully Bill Clinton into accepting those Medicare cuts? And let’s not even talk about the impeachment saga.

Right on, brother! The shameful obstruction of any national agenda on the part of the Republican minority draws so many parallels to an over eye-linered Saves the Day fan’s jilted lover pose, making a Faustian deal with a useless Mephisto to spite their wayward former lover. But Kurgman has more important things to say than simple name calling:

The only difference now is that the G.O.P. is in a weaker position, having lost control not just of Congress but, to a large extent, of the terms of debate. The public no longer buys conservative ideology the way it used to; the old attacks on Big Government and paeans to the magic of the marketplace have lost their resonance. Yet conservatives retain their belief that they, and only they, should govern.

The result has been a cynical, ends-justify-the-means approach. Hastening the day when the rightful governing party returns to power is all that matters, so the G.O.P. will seize any club at hand with which to beat the current administration.

It’s an ugly picture. But it’s the truth. And it’s a truth anyone trying to find solutions to America’s real problems has to understand.

What do you expect Paul, these people are animals.

Read the full story here.

21
Sep
09

Ross Douthat is an idiot

Ross Douthat, the conservative Times columnist and author of the oh-so-freakin’ timely (and tellingly titled) book, Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class & Save the American Dream has joined the dwindling ranks of Bush apologists today, rhetorically soiling himself in America’s journal of record’s opinion page. Given how blatantly disastrous the last eight years have been for America at home and abroad, Douthat’s piece is cautiously optimistic about the possibility that maybe History will judge Bush for having messed up big time and then, somehow, rectifyed it all without anyone knowing it just in the nick of time.

For instance: Douthat pulls the classic conservative claim that “The Surge” was a total success and that Bush ought to be vindicated for the criminal invasion and occupation of Iraq because it turned the whole thing around! Well, regardless of the fact that Bush and his administration lied about the reasons for war, used the war to milk profits for their corporate friends fairly openly, and embarrassingly paraded around in the Emperor’s New Clothes (a flight suit, how 20th Century, Mr. Bush) declaring preemptive victory, the war is not over. We’re still “nation building,” Mr. Douthat, and the world’s still waiting for the new guy to pull us out of there.

Douthat pulled out another classic conservative dud later, lauding Bush’s work in Africa, specifically with AIDS. For those in know, Bush’s record on AIDS and on the democritization of Africa has always sided on the pro-Christian and anti-Islamist end of things, with his AIDS policies being atavistic and harmful (think “absitence only” for an AIDS ravaged continent… YIKES!) and his anti-Islamist game of favoritism echoed Cold War anti-Communist policy and showed a similar indifference to difficult and complex tribal and ethnic issues. CBS had a handy late Bush era Africa round-up that can (and should) be read here.

Beyond all of the wrong-headed stuff that’s in the article, it’s what’s not in the piece that makes it so offensive. While giving front-loaded nods to the damning Census Bureau reports on the well being of the nation at home during those two terms, the article fails to once mention Katrina, the bridge collapse in Minnesota, and the terrible legacy of war crimes and immorality, all of which show America scraping rock bottom at home and abroad. All three of those stains will forever be a black mark upon the most powerful nation on earth. And while we can blame the lazy, cheerleading media, and the lame duck Dems, and even the downright dumb population of the country (all of which Douthat does),  at the end of the era, the man (and his men) in the White House were the ones to carry it all out.

For shame, Mr. Douthat, you’re a real animal, you know that? Read the full piece here.