Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jesus Wept

Shorter Kathryn Jean Lopez: Sure, child raping and molesting priests are bad, but do you know what's really bad? Liberal priests!

13 comments:

bulbul said...

Should have stayed in the boat, as the good people of S,N! say.

Susan of Texas said...

Social justice is heartbreaking, I tell you!/K-Lo

Batocchio said...

I'll hold my nose and plow through that one, but in the meantime, from McMegan: also, too, etc. The threads are good, too.

It is fucking unbelievable. McMegan produces pieces of astounding vapidity and illogic like clockwork. Each month, if not each week or day, she spews something up so train-wreck awful it would swiftly lead to reprimands and then being fired in a meritocracy. There are twits in Jane Austen novels with more sense. The woman just babbles on and on, perhaps because thought never penetrates her head to slow her down. I guess it's a good thing both she and Jonah Goldberg are already taken, otherwise they might breed.

(I apologize for that image.)

bulbul said...

Batocchio,

I read all you linked to, including the threads. And then I went to McMegan's originals and expansions and read the threads there, too.
Fuck me.

Mr. Wonderful said...

You know you're in bad hands when a piece starts with the lament that Michelle Malkin wrote something "heartbreaking."

K-Lo has her own naivete and simple peasant nature to excuse her shortcomings and her silliness. Malkin, in sharp contrast, is an evil sprite escaped from Satan's bordello.

Pick someone else to feel sorry for, and with, K-Lo. God wants you to.

KWillow said...

Batocchio: ArgleBargle would make a splendid (awful) Jane Austen character. Where Loadpants reminds me of a particularly repellent Mr. Collins, I can't quite place ArgleBargle. Perhaps a combination of Mrs. Norris & Lady Katherine De Burgh?

Lurking Canadian said...

The superficially friendly, but actually malicious and graspy woman from Northanger Abbey, who's name escapes me just now.

Susan of Texas said...

Yes! Mrs. Elton, who counted heself part of the upper class because her husband's father died about five minutes after he bought an estate and became landed gentry.

Susan of Texas said...

I suspect Mrs. Norris might be like McArdle's mother. She taught her nephews and nieces that they were due all of the privileges of their class without any of the responsibilities.

Batocchio said...

I finished Malkin and then KLO late last night - it's rabid spittle against the supposed heretics followed by pearl-clutching over the supposed heretics. It's interesting (although not unique) that KLO refers to the Catholic Church as feminine when it's one of the most patriarchal institutions around. It's also interesting that these two will defend not only the faith, but zealously defend their interpretation of the dogma, and especially defend the institution itself - except when members of that same institution honor people they don't like. They are the keepers of the true flame, of course. As Malkin well knows from dealing with Graeme Frost, the scripture says: "Cast the first stone, the second, the third, shrieking at a wounded child, yea, until you have built a wall around your heart."

I think I'd enjoy McArdle much more if I only needed to read her thoughts when mocked by a sardonic Jane Austen heroine. Surely we can get a grant to do that. (Otherwise, I might try a post on that theme, but anyone's free to run with it!) As someone in one of the threads noted, quoting McArdle is sorta like Tina Fey mocking Sarah Palin by quoting her verbatim.

Susan of Texas said...

It would be so very nice to be paid to write. *sigh*

I love the Jane Austen idea. It would take a lot of time to write but it sounds like so much fun.

I looked up The White Ribbon, by the way--it sounds very, very interesting. I'll have to find it and watch it.

Susan of Texas said...

I gave it a shot.

aimai said...

I'm late to this one. But that Klo piece is really pretty abysmal. I agree that, as compared to Malkin, Klo is at least without malice. She's intellectually and morally self neutered, a peasant cow who sweetly prides herself on the quality of the nobility who milk her and kill her for her hoof and hide.

But that essay is pretty bad, even so. I'm interested in the fact that she sees the great struggle of "being Catholic" as totally distinct from "being Christian" and that she sees it primarily as a struggle--a "combat" to continuously proclaim catholicism as a dogma and a few catholic practices. That's Jesus and the eucharist, to her. Not any of this social justice stuff, which is so scary that it goes undiscussed. Certainly not anything political or acorny or race-y.

What's the function of the side swipe at ted kennedy? It reflects her belief that a public funeral is, above all, a moment when important catholic figures should excoriate and terrorize sinners in the pews. Uncertain of god's love, and even uncertain that god hate with the same intensity and the same directionality as K Lo herself, she's disappointed that the Cardinal didn't denounce Kennedy and all his works right there before his grieving family and friends. Because that, apparently, was necessary to keep other Catholics happy and on the right path. Vengance is mine, saith the lord, but if the CArdinal doesn't get his licks in how can we know?

What a craptacular religious vision is K'los.