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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:02 AM
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Another Bookful of Conservative Wingnut Toilet Paper on the way...
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 06:03 AM by JHB
Dinesh D'Sousa's discovered that people have forgotten his name, so a few thousand trees are going to have to die so that he can put something out for the conservative bulk-buyers to give away as party favors.

James "Attack Poodles" Wolcott has an early peek:

Ratfink Writes New Book
Posted by James Wolcott

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As when yesterday I received the galley of Dinesh D'Souza's new book from Doubleday, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, to be published in January 2007. It isn't rare that I take instant animus against a book like this. But I don't tend to react right away. The responsible thing for me to do as an occasional book critic is to wait until the official pub date, find a suitable venue for review, and thrash the book based on its merits.

But this is a special book, deserving special mistreatment. With The Enemy at Home, I prefer to do the irresponsible thing and declare war on Dinesh D'Souza and his stinking mackerel of a book starting now. I intend to pound this scurrilous piece of scapegoating at every convenient opportunity. It is long past due that the likes of Ramesh Ponnuru (Death Party A-Go-Go), Jonah Goldberg (Hillary Clinton Was Himmler's Mistress), and now D'Souza be put on notice that they are not going to get away with vilifying liberals, mainstream Democrats, radical thinkers, academics, and entertainers as traitors and terrorist sympathizers. They want to wage culture war? Then, to quote Nabokov, they should brace themselves and prepare for the next crash. They want to practice character assassination? They've picked the wrong time, the wrong adversary.

It's one thing when Michael Savage or Ann Coulter denounce liberals as heathen traitors. One spouts halitosis on the radio, the other is an exhibitionist hag; both cater to their fan base. But D'Souza isn't some low-grade, high-volume performance artist. He's a research scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, which he thanks in the acknowledgments "for providing me with the institutional support to do my work." D'Souza writes, speaks, and thinks like something hatched in a think tank--a careerist toady.

The theme of the book is quite simple, and vile. "In this book I make a claim that will seem startling at the outset. The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11." Then the qualifiers begin multiplying. The term 'cultural left' doesn't refer to the Democratic Party, nor to all liberals. (Peter Beinart presumably gets a pass.) Nor is he saying that cultural lefties actually brought the towers down. He isn't so rash as to suggest Molly Ivins piloted one of the planes, parachuting to safety before impact. So what is he saying?
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Full article at:
http://jameswolcott.com/archives/2006/10/ratfink_to_rel...


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Freedom_from_Chains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:24 AM
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1. This part really needs to be understood.
"Note well: the primary cause. Not the treatment of the Palestinians, the caging and starving of those on the Gaza Strip, the hundreds of thousands of clusterbomb droplets left behind in Lebanon, the U.S. military bases on Arab soil, Abu Ghraib, the Mideast tyrannies propped up by American money and influence--these are secondary. Muslims are angry, D'Souza concedes, but they are mostly angry because their anger has been fueled and fanned by the cultural left."


It's the same point that Ward Churchill was trying to make in his essay, "When Chickens Come Home to Roost," but since he wrote it a couple of days after 9/11 and was very angry at the time, the incendiary devices he used was just a little too much for some. But the basic underlying point was still the same.
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