It sounds like a lost Goon Show script. Or an episode of Hogan’s Heroes—which made POW life appear so thrilling yet utterly uninjurious that, while other girls daydreamed about Mary Tyler Moore’s mod Minneapolis bachelor pad, I fantasized about the snug, comradely confines of Staling 13.
(By the way: in a delightful pre-postmodern touch, the Nazis on that show were played by Jews. Knowing that makes watching the old reruns super-trippy.)
Yet Bader’s story, if certainly not reflective of the Germans’ (or the Japs’ or the Russians’), is nevertheless true.
It’s enough to turn that German guest’s faint final words—as he stands amid the chaos in the Fawlty Towers lobby—back upon him:
“However did they win?”
I asked my husband, seated beside me on the couch during the Bader doc, if he could imagine ISIS or Al-Qaeda or whoever they are this week coordinating airdrops for amputees, or merely “threatening” to hide their prostheses. It was a rhetorical question.
Dan Bell writes:
Here in the UK, we have our own cottage industry of advocacy research and ideologically driven journalism that’s been pumping out alarming and distorted statistics about campus sexual assault. The EVAW campaign was launched alongside a series of articles in Telegraph Women, with the shocking headline: ‘A third of female students in Britain have endured a sexual assault or unwanted advances at university.’
Let’s leave aside just what constitutes ‘unwanted advances’ – being asked out by someone you don’t fancy? For much later, the statement is qualified by ‘most assaults were more minor offences, including groping’. The headlines and ensuing articles also downplayed how the survey found that one in eight male students had been subjected to groping or unwanted advances and that one per cent of students of either gender had been raped at university. The Telegraph does not provide a link to the report, so it’s not possible to explore the claims in more detail.
Rick McGinnis writes:
I am used to ignoring the proclamations of Bill Donohue since, in my opinion, he speaks for no one but himself, but as a Catholic, remarks made by the Holy Father, even offhandedly, aren’t to be taken lightly. Which is why I have to admit that they left me worried and disappointed. (…)
Saying that you “cannot provoke” just a few breaths after you state that you also “cannot offend, make war (or) kill in the … name of God” seems quite unequivocal, especially within its context. And while I know that this statement was made with the best of intentions, it also seems full of a dangerous naiveté unbecoming of a man who must know that he stands at the head of an institution that has been diminished or even prohibited in less free societies, and whose adherents are under violent assault right now in parts of the world that are very far from free.
It was a statement that argued for religious belief having precedent over the irreligious, and which seemed to imagine a state of civic affairs that we in the West haven’t lived in for decades, if not centuries.
Bill Donohue pays himself almost US$500,000 a year as the one-man, donor-funded operation inaccurately named “The Catholic League.”
(Hint: The noun “league” is a collective one…)
For the past two years, since I’ve spoken more frequently about being in recovery on social media, and as mobile Internet services and social media applications have sought to more aggressively insert advertising into my life, my feeds have become consumed with alcohol advertising. At first, I registered this fact subconsciously, really not thinking much of it as I scrolled through my Twitter feed past booze ads. After a while, it was occurring so frequently on both Twitter and YouTube that I naively assumed that it was an error of some keyword scraping ad targeting bot that was capturing my tweets about alcoholism and recovery and decided in error that I was someone who drinks.
But it wasn’t until I saw Inside Man that I began wondering if this was a deliberate campaign to get alcohol advertising in front of a recovering person with the hopes that I would relapse and become a habitual alcohol consumer again
Jim Goad writes:
There was a point around when she first became a star when it occurred to me that people such as Madonna and Mick Jagger—musical performers whose careers depended much more on their sex appeal than any innate musical talent or virtuosity—would at some point be forced to fade away from the spotlight lest all the flashbulbs catch their deepening wrinkles.
At age 32, Mick Jagger famously told People magazine, “I would continue to write and sing, but I’d rather be dead than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45.”
He’s 71 and still singing it. Probably even still sings it in the shower. And it’s not inconceivable that one day Madonna will be singing “Like a Virgin” while undergoing kidney dialysis.
‘The real enemy is a DC-based conservative establishment that is indifferent or outright hostile to cultural pursuits’
They argue that building a conservative counterculture is a waste of time, and will make no difference. Some even go so far as to argue that middlebrow culture is inherently liberal or corrupting.
It’s as if the right side of the conservative brain has atrophied to such a degree that the people who claim to speak for us can’t see beyond the next election cycle or next Sunday’s news shows.
The very people who claim the legacy of Ronald Reagan denigrate the medium that made his career, and made him the extraordinary leader that he was. Reagan understood the power of the narrative; and he further understood that the story of the average man doing extraordinary deeds defined both conservatism and American exceptionalism.
That, more than any policy choices, is the legacy Reagan left to conservatives. And I firmly believe that the next Reagan will be found not among politicians and lawyers and investment bankers but among writers and directors and actors.
I console myself with the fact that INTJs are rude and the only personality type that is more unlikeable is my husband’s (ISTP).
Grab a coffee and enjoy free audio and video highlights from the week in conservative talk radio:
- Michael Savage says this long-time senator should “retire and open a brassiere shop”
- Glenn Beck talks net neutrality with Mark Cuban
- An MSNBC host applauds… Laura Ingraham