Sunday, March 15, 2009

Late Sunday Perspective

Poe-tay-toe. Townhall brings us Doug Giles' amusing report on the rise of gun sales. Others have ascribed it to fear of gun regulation, Giles sees it as the result of Obamian stimulus. Over at NRO, Peter Geraghty would seem to agree listing gun sales as one of the 5 ways Obama's economic stimulus is already working. Perhaps it is an evolutionary thing, witness Santino the Chimp over in Stockholm who armed himself with a pile of stones in anticipation of gawkers. Here.

Poe-tah-toe. In keeping with the previous post, here is a column by Robert Samuelson in the Washington Post in which he takes Obama to task for the verbal sleight of hand which is not only dishonest but obscures the more weighty considerations that we, as a nation, face. Worth a read.

Toe-may-toe. As noted earlier, the administration is abandoning the term enemy combatant. As the article here makes clear, there is great care being taken to explain that the change in terminology does not reflect a gentler, kinder approach. Question is: can anyone tell me what the new descriptor will be? Whatchamacallit isn't going to work. It is a legal definition after all.

Toe-mah-toe. Let's go highbrow. Here's a thought provoking review of Elaine Showalter's A Jury of Her Peers; American Women Writers by Katha Pollitt over at Slate, particularly notable for what it conveys about the lot of women writers and their absence in the boys club that divines the canon, as much as its evaluation of the Showalter book. Some of the best feminist literary criticism still belongs to the first chapters of Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in The Attic.

Let's just call the whole thing off.

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