Friday, October 31, 2008

I'm neither shaken, nor stirred. Just amused to death.

Erica Jong is issuing threats of blood-in-the-streets revolution. It's enough to make me feel all warm and bitter and clingy inside.

Meanwhile, I woke this morning to an Obama commercial on the TeeWee. Either nobody on the campaign has a sense of irony, or we have a mole in his ad agency. There were multiple (at least two) images of The Man Himself with arm raised rigidly at an approximately 45-degree angle, and it closed with him saying "...and that's how we will emerge from this crisis. As one nation! One people!"

"One leader!" I couldn't help but add.

Jeez. Either that was deliberate, or there are some clueless mofos on Madison Avenue these days. (Then again, Madison Avenue thought that "Virago" was a manly name for a motorcycle, so you never know...)


Joe in Memphis said...

+1 on the Madison Avenue comment. The sad thing is how few people actually get it.

John Wayne said it best: "Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."

crankylitprof said...

Erica "Zipless Fuck" Jong is qualified to opine on politics and incite riot?

Jesus, I thought she was still producing poorly-written smut.

Earl said...

Required reading for Women in Literature when I went to college, my remark at the end of all the women I read - aren't there any moral women that don't do sinful things, to themselves and those they 'love'? I don't think I worry about her and the blood in the streets. It takes real commitment for revolution, and that was gone for the ease of divorce...

Tam said...


I know. Florence King is cackling like a loon someplace at the very thought...

alath said...

I can't see a Civil War - like, you know - organized; armed; brave Hippies marching across a cornfield overlooked by Redneck artillery; making actual personal sacrifices for a greater cause and such.

But riots? Looting? Burning down neighborhood stores owned by Asian-Americans? Dragging unarmed white people out of their trucks? I am thinking Rodney King + Katrina writ large. Could happen.

Following your links back to the New York Post article, it is eye-popping to see how extremely emotionally unstable this crowd is. Back spasms? Daily phone melt-downs? They're just aswim in the tempestuous seas of their own emotions; anchorless.

It's easy to see why they think being armed means going on a shooting rampage whenever you have a bad hair day. For people with complete emotional incontinence and to whom the concept of self-mastery is utterly unknown, that's probably what it would be like.

global village idiot said...

At the link from your link:

"My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can't cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves.

"My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium."

Sounds like a feature more than it sounds like a bug.

word verification: hypgrat, Newspeak foreshortening of "Hyperbolic and gratuitous."

Dougfunnie said...

You know, I do have some guns that needed sighted in, save me a trip to the range !

pax said...

"You have to pinch yourself - a Marxist radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshiped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it's considered impolite to say so."

- Melanie Philips, The Spectator ( UK ) 10/14/08

Word verification: quatorso. Four bodies?

Anonymous said...

I've actually seen bumper stickers around with the slogan: "One People, One Nation, Obama." I've also seen the same slogan on signs held by Obama supporters in news coverage of his campaign rallies.

You'd think that people who routinely accuse their political opponents of fascism would have wondered how that slogan would sound when translated into the original German...

--Wes S.

Old Grouch said...

Once again Jong climbs out of her coffin[1] to pen another installment of pre-election hysteria... I'm sure I recall something similar from her in either 2000 or 2004, possibly both. (Not going to bother to search, because she's not worthy of any attention beyond a Reagan-style eyeroll and "There she goes again.")

Jong, and those like her, are fundamentally unserious, "cafe revolutionaries" for whom the "blood in the streets" is always "somebody else's blood." If she was really worried she'd be fleeing the country, not staying up nights trading phone calls with Jane Fonda and Naomi Wolf.

Contemptible, the lot of them.

[1] I'll note, with no further comment, that the Observer article pdb linked uses a 32-year-old picture.

fast richard said...

I once had to explain to a leftist friend that "La Revolucion" would be a bad idea. I told him that revolutions are very nasty civil wars, and he and I would probably wind up on opposite sides. He got awfully quiet for the rest of the drive to our destination.

perlhaqr said...

My comment on the Observer:


Shortest. Civil War. EVAR. </comic book guy>

I mean, seriously. When one thinks of "Gun owners in America", "Democrats" is not the associated word that pops immediately to mind. Has Ms. Jong utterly failed to consider the fact that her side will be rather heavily outgunned? Yes, Iraq has demonstrated quite neatly that irregular forces can hold their own against an organized force that is showing restraint, but it should be noted that the Iraqi opposition forces started out armed, at least. I don't think Diane Feinstein's CCW piece and Rosie O'Donnell's bodyguards will carry the day for that side of the aisle.


Verify: demed. Yes, Erica seems to have de-med'd herself.

Jenny said...

Civil War II? Eventually, probably so - at least unless we dust off the 10th amendment, and maybe not even then. We are getting pretty balkanized.

But next week? Over HerBoy losing the election? Phooey. A few riots maybe.

Though if he doesn't manage to pull it out between most of the newsies cheering him on and the ballot-stuffing his pals are doing... wow. That would be impressive. Guess we'll see.

rob said...

Longtime lurker, first time poster.

My grandfather on my father's side, a WWII vet, told me the age old joke about grenades and pins.

I could very much see the same thing happening if the hippies/ultra left/etc. did manage to organize.

How did we win? Simple, they would throw grenades, we would pull the pins and throw them back.

That and the scent of patchuli can't be to hard to pick out of the landscape.

Mopar said...

Hey! Virago is a perfect name for a motorcycle. Really. Historically mechanical transportation devices have usually been of the female gender.
Virago \Vi*ra"go\
1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage; a woman who has the robust body and masculine mind of a man; a female warrior.

Sounds like a perfect name for the first Jap bike to take on H-D by building a better american style bike then H-D made at the time. Well, except for the horrible starter on the 1981-83 Viragos. That sucked. :)

theirritablearchitect said...

"...can't see a Civil War - like, you know - organized; armed; brave Hippies marching across a cornfield overlooked by Redneck artillery; making actual personal sacrifices for a greater cause and such..."

With what are they proposing to do this civil war/rioting with?

We know that none of them are armed with, ya know, real guns, 'cuz guns is scaaawwwwy, and dangerous.

Fuck 'em. Let them start something.

theirritablearchitect said...

Oh, forgot, they'll use their pitchforks and shovels.

Hmmm, I'm betting none of 'em own any of that type of thing either. Use of such might ruin their manicure or put callouses on their latte' sippin' hands.


Nathan Brindle said...

God, these people.

Bring it on.



docjim505 said...

I'm just trying to imagine the look on Erica Jong's face if she said this and then noticed an onlooker wearing an NRA hat and rubbing his hands with quiet, gleeful anticipation!

MauserMedic said...

You're all leaving hippy chemical warfare. Thousands of unbathed stoners, tightly packed, and upwind....

Stretch said...

Hum, I guess writing a best seller means you can buy a lot of drugs.

Heath said...

Nathan beat me to it.

Has she forget who has all of the guns??

John B said...

Times like this I'm glad I bought my copy of Fear of Flying USED!
I love it when the Left threatens violence, means I can feed them feet first into the meat grinder, and claim self-defense,,,,

PW:nesses.. Maybe Barry and Erica could become Loch Ness Monster Chow... Please don't sic the SPCA on me...