Patterico's Pontifications


The Best Argument I Have Heard for Abortion

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 8:46 pm

Baldilocks has this delicious quote from Maxine Waters:

I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion.

As the song goes: “If I could turn back time . . .”

P.S. Kevin Murphy, whom I met yesterday, has a similar take.

P.P.S. I can’t find the original source for the quote. Guys, is this for real?!

P.P.P.S. Kevin Murphy passes along this cite to Lucianne, and this cite to K. Lo. at the National Review. Hmmm. . . . It’s not that I doubt Maxine Waters’s stupidity, but this still sounds like a late April Fool’s joke.

The Big Picture

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 8:41 pm

Easily the most important op-ed in recent memory is here.

Music Question

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 7:10 am

For the classical music buffs out there:

Did Richard Wagner borrow heavily from Felix Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony in constructing one of the major leitmotifs of the Ring cycle?

If so, what does that say about Wagner — who reviled Jews in general and Mendelssohn (and his music) in particular?

I’ve never seen this discussed anywhere.

Maybe we can get M. Croche to weigh in.

P.S. For a $30 donation to Spirit of America, you can demand that Dean Esmay write an essay about a topic of your choice. The sadistic side of me (which is not insignificant) says this would be a great topic . . . Lucky for Dean, I have control of my sadistic side.

P.P.S. Okay, Croche is avoiding the question, so I’ll be more specific. I am referring to the opening theme of the first movement of the Mendelssohn Third, as compared to the leitmotif commonly known as the “Annunciation of Death,” or what some have called the “Judgment Motif.”

P.P.P.S. Croche has weighed in. Unlike his political comments on this site, which are often trollish and annoying, he has some interesting thoughts on this topic.

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