"Strange New Respect" is a phrase invented long ago by Tom Bethell
of The American Spectator to describe the phenomenon
of liberal media suddenly fawning over a conservative who's unexpectedly
tilted leftward on one or more issues.
Now, also in the Spectator, Shawn Macomber finds one of the stranger instantiations of Strange New Respect: the latest entry in the Saw movie franchise. "Jigsaw", the prime splatterer of the series' gore, turns out to have been driven to his elaborate killing schemes "by a bad experience with an insurance company lackey who denied him cancer coverage on the basis of a—wait for it—preexisting condition." Observes Shawn:
Jigsaw slaughters a few of the establishment left's hackneyed bogeymen, makes a couple scathing speeches about the "f–cking insurance companies," damns the naïveté of the Tea Partier, government-out-of-healthcare set, and—voila!—the series has gone from gutter phenomenon to clever satire, Michael Moore unbound
The NYT story
on the uptick in GDP yesterday contained this:
Before the third quarter, the gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the government’s total goods and services produced — had been shrinking for a year. It bottomed out with a 6.4 percent rate of decline in the first three months of this year, the steepest fall since 1982.Um, see anything wrong there? Mark Skousen does. In addition to more technical quibbles:
… the New York Times may well want “the government” to produce the entire GDP, but it doesn’t yet. Currently government spending represents approximately 20% of GDP. The remaining 80% is privately produced.Skousen is quoted at Steve Landsburg's new blog, already a regular stop for me.
Yesterday, following sheeplike in the opinions of other right-wing
lunatics, I was all depressed about Honduras. The WSJ is
telling us buckaroos today
that we can cheer up, alleging
the agreement was mainly designed as a face-saving
out for Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration. Hope that's right.
Jamie Lee Curtis opines
at the Huffington Post. You'd think that might be interesting,
but … nope.
After seeing The Exorcist for my 15th birthday I received the nickname "Dimmy" from the ghost of the priest, Damien's mother calling out to him "Dimmy, (short for Damien) why you do this to me Dimmy?" I was so freaked out that my 1972 Mercury Capri had the vanity plate "Dimmy."Sure, Jamie Lee. That's why they called you Dimmy.