Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"Moderation Was The Disguise Of Unmanly Weakness"

One thing I am certain about: If Karr is guilty, if he did this, he should be executed, and executed soon.

Jonah Goldberg 8/17/06

Prosecutors abandoned their case against schoolteacher John Mark Karr on Monday, saying that DNA tests failed to link Karr to the slaying of child beauty contestant JonBenet Ramsey.

CNN 8/28/06

If you're looking for sloppy, faux-populist rhetorical excess, parts of the commentariat once known for intellectual rigor have become reliable purveyors of it. If only un-invading a nation was as easy as testing DNA.


Blogger Old Lady said...

Something is not right. I am still waiting for the other shoe to fall.

8/29/2006 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mama's boy from Goucher sure does like to talk tough. So how come he's not in the U.S. Infantry? They need some true believers, last I heard.
-- sglover

8/29/2006 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's definitely something not right about Karr, but it looks more like a 'why wasn't I powerful enough to do that' kind of response. What has yet to be learned is what *was* Karr powerful enough to do. There's more story here, just not related to JonBenet.

8/29/2006 3:03 PM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

Part of the rush of the internet age is the rush to judgement.

8/29/2006 6:14 PM  
Anonymous dm said...

Ignorance makes me ask. When was the National Review (either print or online) or its so-called brethren or counterpart(s) on the other side of the so-called spectrum, viz., New Republic or Nation or any one of a host of such so-called standard-bearer publications, actually known for intellectual rigor?

8/29/2006 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

In my view,
The Nation scores high on intellectual rigor.
National Review is scoring high on rigor mortis.
New Republic borders on rigorous autoeroticism.

8/30/2006 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, doesn't he qualify his statement with the statement that "If Karr is guilty, if he did this"? So, he's saying: "IF Karr's guilty, he should be executed and soon."

I'm thinking that most of you are against the death penalty in all cases, and that is what is causing you to be up in arms about this, as there are many crimes that I have no problem executing people for committing - if they actually committed the crime. And therein lies the rub.

8/30/2006 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If George W. Bush is guilty of child rape and murder, he should be convicted and executed---and soon".
Anything wrong with this statement, anonymous?
Or how about this:
"If Saddam is about to unleash a series of nuclear terror attacks on the United States---and we cannot rule this out---then we need to invade Iraq, deposing Saddam, and as a side benefit, liberating 25 million people."?
Is there something about the lemming-like rush to judgment of the wrong wing that you like better than waiting for the evidence to come in?

As to what's behind the Karr stor, it seems that there are two factors. First, Karr is a sicko who had learned secret details of the Ramsey murder case through 10 years of correspondence and phone calls with investigators. When Karr was facing prison time in Thailand for other offenses, he saw a chance to get back to the US using a false confession. No doubt this is why he was drinking champagne on the flight back---his plan had worked.
The second element of the story is that the Homeland security department leaked the story to the media, creating yet another circus to distract the public from Bush's continuing failures. My guess is that the DA in Colorado is too much of a good soldier to pin the blame for this fiasco where it belongs.

8/30/2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

C.R., How about re-posting some of the comments made by the crew at NRO in the aftermath of Katrina to honor the hurricane victims?

I'd have to say that when you directed me to the NRO website and I read what Goldberg, Lopez et al were writing, I was then 100% certain the NRO was run by some of the nastiest and most crude people in politics today.

8/31/2006 2:17 PM  
Anonymous martin said...

I really think the blogs should lay off Goldberg.

True, he's an idiot, but his idiocy is so blatant that bashing him is veering into making fun of a retarded kid.

9/01/2006 3:00 PM  

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