David Kirkpatrick

December 1, 2008

Dreher likes Ron Paul …

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:59 pm

… really, really likes him. Man talk about a day late and a dollar short. Before I dumped my subscription to the Dallas Morning News I regularly read the weak-kneed drivel Dreher puts out. Now it takes a link from some online resource to lead me that way (this time it was the Daily Dish, thanks Sully).

Dreher wants to be a theocrat but lacks the conviction, and clearly he’s no libertarian. So why throw love Paul’s way? Maybe because the rest of the GOP is becoming exposed as a losing option in the voting booth?

At any rate Dreher nominates Paul for the DMN’s Texan of the year.

From the link:

I didn’t vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary (I was a Mike Huckabee man), nor did I write him in on Election Day (I penciled in farmer-poet Wendell Berry). But no Texan this year did more good for conservatism and his country than the congressman from the coast.

Lord knows there was no Republican in the 2008 campaign who talked straighter.

Dr. Paul – he’s a physician – never had a chance, of course. He is too peculiar in his opinions and doesn’t know how to spin like a TV slick. What he had was ideas, integrity and authenticity. On the most critical challenges facing America, Dr. Paul was more right than the well-funded GOP regulars who bigfooted the campaign trail.

His best moment came in a May debate aired on Fox News. Dr. Paul asserted that too much U.S. meddling in the Middle East invites terrorist blowback – a conclusion shared by the 9/11 commission and former CIA bin Laden unit chief Michael Scheuer. Rudy Giuliani pounced, accusing Dr. Paul of trying to blame America for the Sept. 11 attacks.

July 24, 2008

Dallas Cowboys and the blogosphere

Filed under: Media, Sports — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:09 pm

NFL training camps are cranking up all over, and the Cowboys are no exception. If you’re reading my blog you can likely manage to find all sorts of opinion and facts about your team.

For Cowboys fans, here’s some worthwhile links:

— The official Dallas Morning News blog

DMN columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor’s blog

— the excellent Blogging The Boys

— and something for everyone, the also excellent AOL NFL FanHouse

And now, let professional football begin once again …

June 13, 2008

It’s good to see the Texas GOP’s …

Filed under: Arts, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:05 pm

… taking on the big, important issues of the day.

Oh, wait a minute:

Robert Hurt went to Washington and didn’t like what he saw – nudity in the nation’s capital. “Nude women, sculptured women,” he told the state Republican platform committee, which sat in rapt attention.

Of all the evils in Washington that the Texas GOP took aim at this week, removing art with naked people from public view was high on the list for Mr. Hurt, a delegate from Kerrville.

“You don’t have nude art on your front porch,” he explained. “You possibly don’t have nude art in your living rooms. So why is it important to have that in the common places of Washington, D.C.?”

Mr. Hurt offered statistics: He’d heard that 20 percent of the art in the National Gallery of Art is of nudes.

He offered detail: On Arlington Memorial Bridge overlooking the famed national cemetery, “there are two Lady Godivas, two women on horses with no shirt on and long hair.”

Actually, they are classical sculptures about war – one called Valor, depicting a male equestrian and a female with a shield, and Sacrifice, a female accompanying the rider Mars.

(Hat tip: Wes)

February 25, 2008

Rod Dreher’s female trouble

Filed under: et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:13 pm

Last week, Rod Dreher — blogger at beliefnet.com and employee of the Dallas Morning News — had a surprising post.

I’ll let Rod’s title and lede speak for him:

Thursday February 21, 2008

Category: Culture

The bride’s a slut. They call it progress.

The NYT reports today on a new trend in weddings:

The gown was almost wanton — fluid but curvy with a neckline that plummeted dangerously. “It makes me feel sexy and beautiful,” said Natasha DaSilva, who slipped it on for a fitting last week.

Later in the post he exposes his own classiness with this gem:

Natasha DaSilva, that tattoo just above your butt telegraphs to the world that you’re one classy dame. I’m sure your daughters will be so proud of you one day. “Wow, Mom, you really hooched up your wedding, didn’t you?” Dreary old me, I miss bridal hypocrisy.

Not a very christian pronouncement from the ground floor of “crunchy conservatism.” Something I’ve never really figured out. It seems to consist of hippies without the odor or fun, with regular christian church attendance thrown in for good measure.

If you follow the link in my intro, you can see where Rod “closed the comments” on the post due to “porn spammers.”

So if I get all this straight, Rod started a conversation in a misogynist gutter and then threw a hissy when the conversation remained there.

Stay classy, Rod.