July 02, 2002
Hurl alert

The LA Times has managed to outdo itself, because they have not one, but two moronic columns today.

The first is from the (thankfully) incomparable Robert Scheer, who manages to miss the point of the lawsuit (of course), which is to impose the wishes of one upon everyone else. I won't bother dissecting him, because what I have to say has already been said, on this and many other blogs.

The second is a column that states that the United States is a spoiled adolescent, and that we need to grow up to take our place among other nations. A sample:

So, happy birthday to the United States of America. We face a very different future than we did on our last birthday, and, according to tradition, it is time to reflect. Is it to our advantage to remain eternally adolescent, to face the challenges of terrorism and global relations with single-minded determination and resilience? Or is it time to inch into adulthood, cultivating wisdom and restraint?

Yeah, whatever. I must have missed the lesson where we were taught that maturity equated removal of one's spine and intestinal fortitude.

Unlike the last guest columnist I dissected, Ms. Barnow does not appear to have much of a paper trail. The only references I found through a google search were one dealing with tutoring at Howard University, and two references from the National Academy Press, with her name at the very bottom. (It's white type on a white background, so it is probably not intended for reading. Try clicking and dragging across the bottom section of the page to find the hidden type.)

posted on July 02, 2002 06:55 PM


With all that removed, and yet you think his balls are intact?

posted by Laurence Simon on July 2, 2002 07:08 PM

Writing from the Great White North I twigged on the Ms. Barlow. I tried to check it myself, but had no interest in registering with the LA Times. So I'm wondering if the self-absorbed Maude Barlow was the author? Couldn't imagine even a crappy daily like the LAT running the socialist drivel of Barlow, one of Canada's true elite. She knows shit but isn't afraid to spread it out there for all to see. Just wondering.

posted by Larry Stevens on July 2, 2002 08:36 PM

No, it's not Maude Barlow, but Barbara Barnow (there is a link at "google search" in my post, if you want to see the three hits I found). "Barlow" was a typo on my part, which I will fix. Sorry about that.

posted by timekeeper on July 2, 2002 09:35 PM

Timekeeper: No problem. Was just scared that you Americans were being subjected to the same drivel that Maude Barlow and her Council of Canadians have subjected us Canucks to for quite a long time. I, for one, rest easier knowing she's only driving us to drink. With Rall, Chomsky and the like you've got all the crazies you need. Keep up the good work.

posted by Larry Stevens on July 3, 2002 11:12 PM

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