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12/22/2013

Phil Robertson Preaches While Paul Whitefield Crashes and Burns

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:34 pm

Phil Robertson is a heck of a preacher:

I watched this all the way through to the end — which was interesting, because he makes a point of saying Jesus’s name in his prayer . . . and noting how the television show edits it out.

Meanwhile . . . a fellow named Paul Whitefield at the Los Angeles Times preaches his own “wisdom”:

Having grown up living in a trailer — but having never, ever watched “Duck Dynasty” — I feel uniquely qualified to say this: Enough with the trailer-trash TV shows.

. . . .

But I also know the trailer life — been there, done that. I spent a few years crammed into an 8-foot-wide, 50-foot-long trailer with Mom, Dad, two brothers and two sisters. We moved a lot.

Sometimes people didn’t want us; sometimes they used names, like “trailer trash.”

Growing up, my brothers and I (even my baby sister) worked with Dad; he was a pipeline welder. Many of those guys were the salt of the earth, but others could barely read or write. And some of their views, their language, their morals were, to be kind, coarse. What we wanted, and what my parents wanted for us, was to rise above that. So we went to college.

And now I turn on the TV and see that the vulgarity, the racism, the sexism, the crudeness I encountered as a youth is not only being broadcast but celebrated?

No thanks.

Except, you just said you don’t watch it. You “never, ever” watched it.

So, how’s about you shut your pie hole? You’re “uniquely qualified” to show us (along with your co-tool Michael Hiltzik) how embarrassing blue state nincompoops have become.

I sent Whitefield this tweet tonight:

Ah, the irony! We’ll see if he bites. I’ll correct the record after a day or two, but let’s hope he flames out in the interim.

Oh, I read his piece all right. In fact, I think I have read this guy before. Yes, here we go. Paul Whitefield is the guy who wrote this piece in 2007. He thought he was being Jonathan Swift here, as you can tell from the phrase “Modest Proposal” in the headline. (He doesn’t trust you to grasp his cleverness.) Enjoy:

LISTENING TO President Bush’s speech on Iraq earlier this month, my first thought was: “Where the heck are we going to get 21,500 more soldiers to send to Iraq?” Our Reserves are depleted, our National Guard is worn out, our Army and Marine Corps are stretched to the limit.

Then it hit me: Re-up our Vietnam War veterans and send them.

They’re trained. They’re battle-hardened. Many already have post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, some have their own vehicles — Harleys mostly, which are cheap to run, make small targets and are highly mobile. I’ll even bet that lots of these guys still have guns (you know, just in case).

OK, some vets are a bit long in the tooth (or don’t have teeth — because of Agent Orange?). Or their eyesight isn’t what it was. Or their reflexes have slowed. But with today’s modern weaponry, how well do you have to see?

Too out of shape, you say? Listen, if Rocky Balboa can step back into the ring at age 60, all these Vietnam War vets need is a little boot-camp magic and they’ll be good to go. I mean, who doesn’t want to drop a few pounds?

Don’t want geezers fighting for us? Well, let’s face it, our young people have greater value right here. Most of us want to retire and collect our hard-earned Social Security, and we need those youngsters here, working and paying taxes — lots of taxes.

Finally, these Vietnam War guys are hungry for revenge. After all, they fought in the only war the U.S. ever lost. And they didn’t even get a parade. So this is their chance. We can throw them that big parade when they come marching home.

This is who you’re dealing with, OK?

82 Comments

  1. Many of those guys were the salt of the earth, but others could barely read or write.

    You can’t be the salt of the Earth if you can barely read or write. You gotta be edumacated like Paul Whitefield.

    I guess Paul Whitefield thinks “salt of the Earth” is a metaphor for LAT commentator. In which case he falls into the barely can write category.

    Comment by Steve57 (be5be1) — 12/23/2013 @ 12:09 am

  2. Note the link to the LA Times article is “bad”:

    http://patterico.com/2013/12/22/phil-robertson-preaches-while-paul-whitefield-crashes-and-burns/Let%27s%20pluck%20%27Duck%20Dynasty%27%20and%20sweep%20away%20trailer-trash%20TV%20%20

    First part of link has pointer to Patterico.com

    Rest of link is good:

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-duck-dynasty-the-end-of-trailer-trash-tv-20131219,0,5995552.story#ixzz2oHQ0MFKD

    Comment by BfC (a1cf00) — 12/23/2013 @ 12:46 am

  3. Many of those guys were the salt of the earth, but others could barely read or write.

    Some of the most honest and hard-working people I ever knew could barely read or write. Several of the men left school in 3rd or 4th grade to support their families. Some of their kids quit after 6th grade because they were needed in the fields. Most of them were/are functionally illiterate and needed help with paying bills, etc.

    But perhaps the greatest blessing of having been born in a poor rural area and still being able to get a top-flight education was being able to learn that knowledge is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t make you better than anyone else for having more of it.

    And I promise you all on my mother’s grave that if you were stranded in some strange place with no money or way to get help, you would pray God that the next people to come along were some of those poor farmers who could barely sign their own names.

    If you saw Whitehead at all, it would be as he drove past you without looking. You don’t need a trailer to be trash, Paulie.

    Comment by Estragon (19fa04) — 12/23/2013 @ 1:40 am

  4. And now I turn on the TV and see that the vulgarity, the racism, the sexism, the crudeness I encountered as a youth is not only being broadcast but celebrated?

    – You get all of this in an episode of Duck Dynasty?
    I gotta start watching!

    Comment by Icy (3fee81) — 12/23/2013 @ 4:44 am

  5. How’s about YOU shut your pie hole? This is not, as you pathetic losers imagine yet again, some turning point in our culture where everyone is going to wake up and see that it is actually the gays and blacks and immigrants who are the tyrants. No, these are the spasms if a dying breed of hateful, anti American religious zealots. So give us all a break and just STFU and get over the fact that the culture war is over, and you lost.

    Comment by Gaylib (3c72b7) — 12/23/2013 @ 5:06 am

  6. Heh! Gaylib just said it, everybody who preaches courteous discourse with the subcultures. Ken? They want you to STFU. They will shout you down. They do not know decency and courtesy. They know happyfeet’s word of the day. “Bareback”. With a little meth before and after. That’s their thought process and their morality, their hearts and their minds.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/23/2013 @ 5:29 am

  7. PS to Gaylib. http://i.imgur.com/PlGH7rr.png NSFW

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/23/2013 @ 5:35 am

  8. He was fine as far as preachers go, but that’s not saying a whole lot.

    Comment by Former Conservative (6e026c) — 12/23/2013 @ 5:37 am

  9. If comment #5 is an example of high culture, then indeed, we — all of us — HAVE lost.

    Comment by Icy (3fee81) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:03 am

  10. I saw this earlier, but didn’t listen to it all.
    Mr. Whitefield can be relieved to know that Mr. Robertson still loves him, even if he is a Californian who hates him and calls him trailer trash.
    Unlike what happens if you say mean things about many other groups of people.

    From what little I’ve seen, it seems that Mr. Robertson as a speaker has the advantage of telling the truth as he sees it, so he doesn’t have to make sure he is not caught in his lies.
    DRJ and I each posted links to this, which is a nice narrative of the life of the Robertson clan:
    http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/the-robertsons/
    I found it interesting that a grandson talks about being a cynical and suicidal teenager from a rich family; quite the full range of experience on the other end of the spectrum from grandad growing up where a bottle of coke was an unaffordable luxury.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:05 am

  11. Great post.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:20 am

  12. He does ‘end all doubt’, I’m sure he thought Obama was the best thing since sliced bread, and looked down on the Huntress, because she wasn’t properly credentialed,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:22 am

  13. I imagine if Reagan has shaken hands with Pinochet, at some gathering, he would not be so copacetic,

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-obama-castro-handshake-casablanca-20131210,0,7968725.story#axzz2oJAJD7EK

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:27 am

  14. He’s as predictable as a Timex watch;

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/la-times-give-obamacare-give-us-single-payer

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/23/2013 @ 6:29 am

  15. this one guy in my high school lived in a trailer

    i wonder what happened to him

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:22 am

  16. So give us all a break and just STFU and get over the fact that the culture war is over, and you lost.

    Nothing new under the sun.

    Famous ancient Greek philosopher Plato originally said that opposition to homosexuality was something only cretins expressed, and then later in life not only repudiated such behavior but even thought there should be laws to ban it.

    The most liberal hierarchy in America, the world of Hollywood, even today, for any number of reasons, has most of its main players of not demonstrably totally straight background tap dancing around their sexuality.

    I’m still waiting for a time when Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, etc, will ever casually, happily start interviewing an actor and asking about his boyfriend or “husband,” or more of such celebrities walking down the red carpet hand-in-hand with a same-sex partner.

    If the dynamics represented by Plato in ancient Greece existed over 2,000 years ago, there’s no reason to think human nature will ever totally transform itself in the 21st century. And thank God for that.

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:41 am

  17. Famous ancient Greek philosopher Plato originally said that opposition to homosexuality was something only cretins expressed, and then later in life not only repudiated such behavior but even thought there should be laws to ban it.

    You keep saying that and the support you have cited is a secondary reference to Phraedrus and the Symposium, which do not say what you say. Both instances which make it clear that Socrates was no pederast and used reasoning (Phraedrus) and example (Symposium) to dissuade young men from it.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:52 am

  18. I watched a couple of episodes of the DD show last night and found it very amusing. This LAT fellow? Not amusing, but definitely TRASH.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (a6caa8) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:57 am

  19. Both instances which make it clear that Socrates was no pederast

    But he certainly originally expressed the biases of a nose-in-the-air liberal.

    “Homosexuality,” Plato wrote, “is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love – all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.”

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:07 am

  20. Many of those guys were the salt of the earth, but others could barely read or write. And some of their views, their language, their morals were, to be kind, coarse. What we wanted, and what my parents wanted for us, was to rise above that. So we went to college.

    A liberal newspaper can write this about trailer park culture, but they would never, never write this about ghetto chic culture. Because, you know, that would be blaming the victim or something.

    Comment by JVW (709bc7) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:14 am

  21. Sometimes people didn’t want us.

    Does this guy live in California? I need proof, because several things he says, like Harleys are cheap to run, make it sound like he’s never even visited.

    My family on my mother’s side came here from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, and the people who were here definitely didn’t want us. No need for qualifiers, like sometimes.
    My grandfather worked in a sawmill. Within my living memory the state all but abolished that occupational category.
    Today is the last day for people to sign up with Covered California. Tomorrow the state will start charging me a fine for the offence of existing.

    Comment by papertiger (c2d6da) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:16 am

  22. Gaylib–in the world I inhabit Bill Cosby is a great American and Al Sharpton not so much. Michael Tilson Thomas adds beauty and depth to the culture of our time and Dan Savage’s rage and vulgarity subtracts from it. The idea you seem to have that a nation’s culture is merely the result of a war for power by special interest groups, rather than something created in mystery and molded over time via a nation of individuals, shows a lack of imagination on your part.

    Comment by elissa (a65140) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:18 am

  23. More reason not to give the LA Slimes even a second of my time. Pat, you and Drudge are my only remaining links to that fishwrap. Cool video of Phil, btw.

    Comment by Dirty Old Man (5b158d) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:32 am

  24. #20… Spot on, JVW.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (f69c28) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:32 am

  25. JVW, fo shizzie, my nizzie. (I concur wholeheartedly my African-American brother, in English.)

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:37 am

  26. Link to crappy LAT piece fixed.

    Comment by Patterico (abba35) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:45 am

  27. Many of those guys were the salt of the earth, but others could barely read or write. And some of their views, their language, their morals were, to be kind, coarse. What we wanted, and what my parents wanted for us, was to rise above that. So we went to college.

    So much gobbledygook and arrogance and logical fallacies in his lecture to the masses. Who is this little man to define salt of the earth through his narrow minded lens??? If he believes that salt of the earth must be able to read and write, then he must also believe that during our nations ugliest period of time an entire population of African American slaves (and let’s throw in American Indians) could not possibly be ‘salt of the earth’ people. Shame on his bigotry.

    Coarse and vulgar language and morals are taught and learned from the ground up -during one’s formative years and is the job that parents are charged with. One of the courses I took in college was an advanced writing course wherein I listened to the prof discuss having sex on his kitchen table with his student gfriend. Suffice it to say, education does not ensure refinement, morals, or things noble.

    Comment by Dana (a53109) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:48 am

  28. Is it ironic or not that “Salt of the Earth” is a Biblical phrase?

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (c45233) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:51 am

  29. Coarse language and morals? What does he think of Hollywood, President Clinton, Martin Bashir, Alec Baldwin, etc? I suspect what he deems coarse language and morals is defined by sides of the political aisle and not at all defined by a personal sense of ethics…

    Comment by Dana (a53109) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:54 am

  30. R.I.P. Mikhail Kalashnikov

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:09 am

  31. Comment by papertiger (c2d6da) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:16 am

    Today is the last day for people to sign up with Covered California. Tomorrow the state will start charging me a fine for the offence of existing.

    I don’t think this is correct, unless the State of California is charging a special fine.

    First, after today, maybe, you won’t be able to get insurance that goes into effect starting January 1, 2014. But the federal fine only applies if you go three consecutive months without insurance – thus, if you don’t have insurance by April 1. But keep listening for further developments.

    Second. the fine isn’t “charged” – it is withheld from your federal income tax refund.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/your-money/weighing-the-risks-of-going-without-health-insurance.html

    The I.R.S. can withhold money from people who are owed a refund, but it is not clear what happens when people aren’t owed anything.

    Third, anyone who previously had insurance is exempt, if he files a claim saying the new insurance is too expensive for him.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (dbe090) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:10 am

  32. Dec 21: 100th anniversary,, or centennial, of the crossword puzzle.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579268330149375204

    Merl Reagle, a legendary crossword constructor whose puzzles appear in the Washington Post, GHC +0.51% Graham Holdings Co. U.S.: NYSE $646.82 +3.27 +0.51% Dec. 23, 2013 4:23 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 5,185 P/E Ratio 143.19 Market Cap $8.00 Billion Dividend Yield N/A Rev. per Employee $231,384 More quote details and news » GHC in Your Value Your Change Short position the Los Angeles Times and many other newspapers, had been hunting for information about Mr. Wynne and his family for many years. Finally, in July, he discovered that a daughter of Mr. Wynne, Catherine Wynne Cutler, was still alive, having just turned 80. And he found that she lived in Clearwater, Fla., not far from his own home in Tampa Bay.

    Mr. Reagle and his wife, Marie Haley, who assists him in the puzzle business, met with Ms. Cutler, forging a link to the past. I called her to ask about the oft-repeated tale of the typesetter changing “word-cross” to “cross-word,” and she confirmed that her father said it was a mistake.

    “He laughed about it,” Ms. Cutler told me. “He said that the typesetter had come to him and said he had done this, and he was sorry. And Daddy laughed and said he liked it better, actually.”

    Dec 23: 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve Board.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (dbe090) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:17 am

  33. “I surely don’t have anything against hardworking everyday Americans. That describes me too.”
    Oh. OK. Sure.
    Whitefield ascends to the penthouse from the outhouse and now sits in judgement of the people who have (more money than he does) and have chosen to remain out on the water and the land, clinging to their guns and their religion.

    Comment by steveg (794291) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:19 am

  34. tell you what Finkelman. You can call it a tax if want, but let’s name it accurately.

    It’s the “Mom was supposed to abort you” tax.
    Or maybe the “How dare you breathe my air” tax.

    Comment by papertiger (c2d6da) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:54 am

  35. “Third, anyone who previously had insurance is exempt, if he files a claim saying the new insurance is too expensive for him.”

    Sammy – Why do they call it the “Affordable” care act anyway? I thought it was supposed to save families $2,500 each. Is this basically an admission they lied again, prices are up pretty much across the board and people can’t afford it?

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:59 am

  36. “Third, anyone who previously had insurance is exempt, if he files a claim saying the new insurance is too expensive for him.”

    Sammy – That seems like blatant discrimination against people who did not have insurance for whatever reason and find the new insurance too expensive but are not allowed to file a similar declaration. What are they thinking?

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:02 am

  37. My daughter’s boyfriend told her that he saw 0bama yesterday over theyah in Hawaii. I asked her to check w/him to see whether that sighting made him feel blessed. She rolled her eyes, canya believe it?

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (e1b5c1) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:09 am

  38. People who had insurance before, when they weren’t being forced, are pretty likely to keep on having insurance without being forced. This waiver does very little.

    The REAL problem with people who used to have insurance and cannot get signed up now is that they won’t have insurance, which they think they need. I guess it is helpful that after taking their needed insurance away the government doesn’t penalize them, too. But it is cold comfort.

    This (and the extension of (now HSA-less) catastrophic plans) is just a cosmetic sop to Dem Senators that have been screaming Do Something, but it actually doesn’t do anything excpet make a bad deal look worse.

    I guess that’s something after all. A Festivus miracle.

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:12 am

  39. That seems like blatant discrimination against people who did not have insurance for whatever reason and find the new insurance too expensive but are not allowed to file a similar declaration. What are they thinking?

    They are thinking, cynically, that people who had insurance don’t want waivers, they want insurance. So, they get waivers and no insurance.

    And that people who didn’t have insurance possibly didn’t want it, and still don’t want it, so they don’t get waivers and have to get insurance.

    How is this discriminatory? They all get fracked.

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:17 am

  40. the SyFy channel has particularly stupid reality shows I know cause of you could see them on hulu, if you wanted to watch a particularly stupid reality show

    maybe not as dumb as the one about how animals can see ghosts, but still

    Comment by happyfeet (c60db2) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:23 am

  41. “And that people who didn’t have insurance possibly didn’t want it, and still don’t want it, so they don’t get waivers and have to get insurance.

    How is this discriminatory? They all get fracked.”

    Kevin M – The people who had insurance but had it taken away can file a form and not purchase new more better affordable insurance because it is too expensive or have the option of purchasing a more stripped down catastrophic coverage policy, which was not previously an option for them.

    The people what did not have insurance for whatever reason must purchase the more better affordable insurance even if it is too expensive for them or face fines which will be taken out of any tax refunds now or in future years.

    The options for the two classes of people are different. Obamacare was supposed to treat everybody the same.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:27 am

  42. Ducknado?

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (a6caa8) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:32 am

  43. those shows are agonizingly bad;

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/susan-rice-on-60-minutes-nsa-officials-didn%E2%80%99t-lie-they-%E2%80%98inadvertently-made-false-representations/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:33 am

  44. Hiltzik just a “co-tool”? I can’t get past the second paragraph of a Hiltzik column before I risk projectile vomiting. I do at least glance at his most recent pile of steaming dung when it shows up in the Daily Dog Trainer. I’ll give him that but he’s such a predictable bunghole that the first two paragraphs will let you know where he’s heading. I rarely have to make the jump to the inside pages.

    I don’t watch Duck Dynasty either; but I’ve read some of what Robertson has to say. Seems reasonable enough to me and in line with generally accepted Red State Christianity. I’m not a practicing Christian, but what they have to say won’t harm me. Which is a hell of a lot less toxic and dangerous to the common good than Blue State liberal secularism. What those folks will do if not restrained will harm me and the common good.

    As for Whitehead and Hiltzik they are simply useful tools (they don’t rise to the level of “idiots”) for the left.

    Comment by Comanche Voter (bd140e) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:34 am

  45. I feel bad for some people who live in trailers that may not be able to experience the finer things in life, like a Chick-Fil-A sammich.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:36 am

  46. Ducknado?

    Colonel – Only if Paris Hilton stars.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:37 am

  47. i wonder what it’s like to have sex in a trailer

    that’s so kinky

    Comment by happyfeet (c60db2) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:40 am

  48. My wife, as a child, spent some years living in a trailer. She is the most hardworking, honest and diligent person I have ever met. Also, the most beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. I am a lucky man, indeed.

    Comment by Gazzer (74e832) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:41 am

  49. Making your appeal more selective;

    http://twitchy.com/2013/12/23/former-mass-gop-senate-nominee-gabriel-gomez-says-two-conservative-activists-belong-to-a-klan/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:42 am

  50. I went to t he end of the video and actually heard him say “Jesus” at least three times in the last two minutes, nothing seemed edited out

    Comment by phaedruscj (dc2574) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:44 am

  51. Comment by phaedruscj (dc2574) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:44 am

    You mean the video above? That was a talk he gave at a church, not something on A+E.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:57 am

  52. No, daley… gotz to be Lindsay Lohan as teh Swamp Harlot.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (c0dc59) — 12/23/2013 @ 10:59 am

  53. I think Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton (she did some farm thing, right?) ought to make guest appearances on Duck Dynasty, it might do them some good.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:00 am

  54. Hate when that happens, phaedrustic.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (c0dc59) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:01 am

  55. boat sunk in teh swamp
    four hunnerd pound guy sez hands
    smell like chili meat

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (df0ea2) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:05 am

  56. “I went to t he end of the video and actually heard him say “Jesus” at least three times in the last two minutes”

    HOLY CRAP!
    He’s not allowed to do that even if the video is of him preaching in church. Where were the speech police while this was going on?

    Good thing this never would have happened on one of our college campuses where impressionable. pre-indoctrinated ears could have heard him. They’ve got speech codes, you know.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:06 am

  57. Here is something interesting:

    http://mosaicmagazine.com/supplemental/2013/10/better-to-be-wrong-than-right/

    Excerpt:

    The special indulgence granted to intellectuals who have been consistently wrong emerges from things big and small. In the 1950s, for example, an industry developed that specialized in the fabrication of Soviet memoirs. Some were produced by enterprising individuals out for material gain; others may have involved intelligence agencies.(Grigory Besedovski,a Soviet diplomat who defected in the 1920s but then seems to have re-entered Soviet employ, is frequently cited as a main author.) Although a number of these productions were quite sophisticated, most were so primitive that no deep knowledge of things Soviet was needed to spot them as fakes. Nevertheless, Deutscher was taken in by a book by Stalin’s nephew, Budu Svanidze (My Uncle Joseph Stalin), whom no one had ever met because he did not exist, and another (I Was Stalin’s Bodyguard) by Ahmed Amba, likewise non-existent. He also believed the rumor of Stalin’s third marriage to a Rosa Kaganovich. Carr, for his part, was fooled by the fake memoirs of Maxim Litvinov, the longstanding Soviet foreign minister….

    In the comments: Walter Laqueur

    My apologies to Michael Dworkin and other readers. About Rosa Kaganovich, what I meant to write was that Stalin was never married to this person. The rumor was an invention either by the Nazis or an individual entrepreneur.

    Note: The Rosa Kaganovich who is probably meant died in 1924, so this would have been a claim she was alive later.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (dbe090) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:06 am

  58. “boat sunk in teh swamp
    four hunnerd pound guy sez hands
    smell like chili meat”

    and you got a purty mouf

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:08 am

  59. 53. It was Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, maybe you didn’t mean to say Lindsey Lohan did it, who did the farm thing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simple_Life

    Originally it was supposed to be Paris and Nicky Hilton.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (dbe090) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:19 am

  60. One of the more incredible statements recently delivered by President Obama:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/04/remarks-president-economic-mobility

    When millions died without health insurance, LBJ fought for Medicare and Medicaid.

    He also said in that speech:

    And as people in states as different as California and Kentucky sign up every single day for health insurance, signing up in droves, they’re proving they want that economic security. If the Senate Republican leader still thinks he is going to be able to repeal this someday, he might want to check with the more than 60,000 people in his home state who are already set to finally have coverage that frees them from the fear of financial ruin, and lets them afford to take their kids to see a doctor. (Applause.)

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (dbe090) — 12/23/2013 @ 11:27 am

  61. Apparently some at NRO seem to be more on the side of Whitefield than Robertson, and GLAAD than Steyn.
    Hmm.
    http://blogsforvictory.com/2013/12/23/mark-steyn-nro-liberal-fascism-and-the-conservative-coward/

    Sammy, no I didn’t mean to suggest that LL did the farm thing with Hilton.
    But LL did go to camp and went skinny-dipping (allegedly, it wasn’t shown, you know) when she was a young youth before she went through late adolescent child actor go crazy.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/23/2013 @ 1:06 pm

  62. into an 8-foot-wide, 50-foot-long trailer

    Having known someone who actually lived in such a structure for their entire life (i.e., a former GF in high school) I challenge his claim because I noted that people who live in them are pretty damned defensive about them being “trailers” — the structures being described are “mobile homes”. “Trailers” are the things you tow behind your truck that are more like 15′ long and streamlined….

    Comment by IGotBupkis, "Not Home For The Holidays" (155353) — 12/23/2013 @ 3:16 pm

  63. There’s a silver lining to this controversy.
    It finally answers the burning question of; “Hey, so what became of ZZ Top ?!”

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 12/23/2013 @ 5:38 pm

  64. I think sex in mobile homes and trailers and tents and cabins and shacks and those Sears garden shed has been all good… sorta drafty at times, however I live in CA so no frostbite to report

    Comment by steveg (794291) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:28 pm

  65. you should have your own reality show

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:41 pm

  66. There’s already enough sex on TV.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:52 pm

  67. not mobile home sex there’s not

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 12/23/2013 @ 7:54 pm

  68. Just FYI, the LA Times art critic, believe it or not, recently penned a column that apparently bashes George W Bush, in part due to his appearance on the Tonight Show. I understand Bush showed Jay Leno some of his artwork. Interestingly enough, the readers’ forum to that article article has been shut down.

    I don’t mind the ludicrous leftism of the LA Times, just as long as they’re not doing well financially. On the rare occasion when I do peruse the hard-copy edition of that paper and notice few to no advertisements, a smile forms on my face.

    Let them eat cake.

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 12/23/2013 @ 8:13 pm

  69. I was a trailer court kid growing up and resent Whitefield’s attempt at some kind of white trash street cred. Personally, I rarely talk about my childhood. Unlike Whitefield, I don’t claim any special sociopolitical insights into the human condition or the nature of poverty and poor people. Who I am is who I am right now, at this moment. Growing up poor didn’t define me. So I had a lousy childhood. So what? So did (and so are) millions of others. I’m guessing many or most of us made out all right.

    Abraham Lincoln, by all accounts an affable man, is reputed to have grimaced at mention of his hardscrabble frontier background, and is said to have deeply resented his campaign manager’s use of that background as a presidential campaign ploy (although Lincoln was a pragmatist and understood its usefulness). Lincoln worked hard to leave it behind him where it belonged, and did. So did I. So do most people who strive and aspire to a better life.

    Comment by Troy Riser (d42ba8) — 12/23/2013 @ 9:56 pm

  70. Poor Paul. Gets himself a fancy journ-O-lism degree, goes to the big city …

    … and turns out he’s still just trailer trash.

    Comment by CiceroTheLatest (9f0b2d) — 12/24/2013 @ 5:57 am

  71. If this idiot’s car broke down, I doubt he’d think twice about how superior his education was to the semi-literate who fixed it for his sorry @$$!

    BTW, I’ll bet he’s more mathematically challenged than most of the people he’s mocking.

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 12/24/2013 @ 6:25 am

  72. “There five stages of drinking. Six if you live in a trailer park.”—Larry Miller

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 12/24/2013 @ 6:30 am

  73. “There are”

    Arrrgh! More coffee is required!

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 12/24/2013 @ 6:31 am

  74. I have no doubt that liberals like Paul Whitefield are fully aware of the following and instead of thinking “trashy,” they get pangs of tears and sympathy. And not even so much about the idea of “well, so many Americans have had run-ins with the law,” but also — and this is the kicker — about whether such people are possibly quite relevant or not in the hip world of GLBT—ie, there’s no definite public record about whether the person involved in the arrest was a male or female prostitute, although murmurs in the grapevine are that it was the former, not the latter.

    Obama and his friend

    AP, December 22: Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. Oregon State is coached by Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson. The Obamas sat just behind the Oregon State bench, with the president sitting in between his wife and friend Bobby Titcomb.

    staradvertiser.com, April 2011: A regular Hawaii golfing buddy and Punahou School friend of President Barack Obama was among four people arrested Monday night during a prostitution sting operation in Kakaako by Honolulu police. Waialua resident Robert Richard “Bobby” Titcomb, 49, was arrested at South and Pohukaina streets at 9:40 p.m. Monday.

    Titcomb, interviewed for a 2004 Honolulu Star-Bulletin article on his childhood friend and then-U.S. Senate candidate, was described as a “commercial fisherman and Continental Airlines flight attendant.”

    Titcomb was one of four men arrested in a “reverse sting” targeting prostitution customers. HPD declined to give specifics about the location or other details about the operation. In a complaint filed in District Court yesterday, prosecutors said that on Monday, “Robert Richard Titcomb did engage in or agree or offer to engage in sexual conduct … with another person, for a fee thereby committing the offense of prostitution.”

    In June 1987, Titcomb was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a petty misdemeanor, and striking an unattended vehicle, a violation. He also was arrested for criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor, and driving without a seat belt. He pleaded guilty to those charges in August 1989, was fined $290 and had his license suspended for 90 days.

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 12/24/2013 @ 7:32 am

  75. Mr. Robertson is indeed a good preacher. Timing is the key.

    Now days I feel blessed if the sermonizer is a Christian let alone whether they can they preach.

    When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say.

    Comment by gary gulrud (e2cef3) — 12/24/2013 @ 4:56 pm

  76. 10. Today, I am again reminded of my failings.

    Shall sin abound that grace may abound all the more? May it not be!

    Noisy gong.

    Comment by gary gulrud (e2cef3) — 12/24/2013 @ 5:42 pm

  77. Wonder if Bobby Titcomb was in the Choom gang? Maybe Five-O has a planned sting operation going since Mr. Big is now on the island. It’s about time, I say.

    Comment by Paul Chapey (2f8051) — 12/24/2013 @ 11:37 pm

  78. I dunno why anyone should be surprised:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/12/24/Terry-Bradshaw-on-Duck-Dynastys-Phil-Robertson

    God plants his select men just anywhere, and can use anyone and/or their works to his good purpose.

    1 Kings 18@19

    Comment by gary gulrud (e2cef3) — 12/25/2013 @ 8:34 am

  79. 61. The offending Steyn column, should anyone care to read it again:

    http://nationalreview.com/article/366896/age-intolerance-mark-steyn/page/0/1

    Comment by gary gulrud (e2cef3) — 12/25/2013 @ 2:47 pm

  80. After all, they fought in the only war the U.S. ever lost.

    umm, the USA won that war as well. Despite traitors like John Kerry and others, N. Vietnam essentially asked for peace after Nixon bombed the cr@p out of them.

    What was lost was the peace and that was lost because Democrats abandoned S. Vietnam.

    Comment by iconoclast (44cdb8) — 12/27/2013 @ 11:00 am

  81. Comment by iconoclast (44cdb8) — 12/27/2013 @ 11:00 am

    N. Vietnam essentially asked for peace after Nixon bombed the cr@p out of them.

    But they didn’t realize it. Obama is making the same mistake now about Iran.

    If Iran is willing to agree to anything it’s willing to agree to everything we want

    What was lost was the peace and that was lost because Democrats abandoned S. Vietnam.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 12/27/2013 @ 11:04 am

  82. Hat tip via Ace – where he also reports it is his 10th aniversary.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/life_on_glaads_blacklist.html

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (b9404b) — 12/30/2013 @ 1:14 pm

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