"The natural order of the world is chaos, not calm," writes scholar of ancient military history and modrin-day fahmah Victor Davis Hanson in the quotation not of the day or the week or the year but of the centuries. Had we, as a nation, thought to ask Tiny — above keeping the woodpile safe for democracy this morning — we would never have fallen for any of the parade of Utopianist cure-alls that keep torpedoing ineffectually in from the left.
“'They each gambled on a game where they could affect the outcome,' said an unnamed spokesman for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the bi-partisan organization that sponsors the forum," writes our online satirist of choice, Scott Ott of Scrappleface re the repercussions of the fact that the "neutral moderator" of tonight's VP debate — Gwen The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama Ifil, is in the tank for you know who:
“Since we’re letting Gwen play such a pivotal role in America’s second favorite pastime, despite her undisclosed stake in the outcome, it didn’t seem right to keep Pete Rose out of the Hall.”
"Who do you think will win Thursday's debate"? asked the WSJ this morning. Last time we checked, Sarah was the one.
We are of the "breath of fresh air" school and were wicked encouraged with our dear friend neo's totally awesome analysis:
But not being an intellectual is hardly the same as lacking intelligence. As a matter of fact, the two can be — and very often are — mutually exclusive. The former is connected with qualities that have much to do with words and the manipulation thereof: smoothness, syntax, pronunciation and accent. Being an intellectual is also at least partly a reflection of educational background. It’s not enough to have a mere college degree these days (Truman could never, never, never be elected now); one must have one from an Ivy school, although BDS proves that even an Ivy degree is hardly enough by itself to stem the tide of contempt when the smooth flow of highfalutin words just isn’t there.
Tuck and ourselves and the puddies are having a Debate Party this evening . . . Just the four of us. Popcorn on tap. To set the stage, this bit from our classic February 11, 2005 post "Bloggers are 'cracking, popping, drilling and peeling their victims open'":
Leftists have become soft and flabby in their thinking over the last 20, 30 or more years because their fellow travelers in the mainstream media — supposed to be keeping them honest — have been giving them a free ride, even as thinkers of the right, not enjoying such reflexive support, have been honing our debating and intellectual survival skills. That leaves the left soft and lazy and the right battle ready. Enter the bloggers, stage right. As paleontologist Dr. Vermeij might say, "It isn't going to be pretty." Googling the good doctor, we were thrilled to see his field studies of animal evolution had led him to very much the same place Thomas Sowell has come to in his studies of economics. The leftist utopian dream was doomed from the start because it denied the economic logic of nature and human nature. The long-repressed voices of opposition in a free society, now ringing loud and clear through talk radio, cable TV and — of course — the blogosphere, will force the left to rethink its arguments or go extinct.
Neo says "I'm actually considering not watching it at all," but that's like driving by a highway accident. Yah. We can dig it, but could you really do it on the ground?
Update: Viewing relief at Modulator's Friday Ark #225.
Update II: All cats all the time at the fun-filled Carnival of the Cats #238 at the "Weiner Prater" with feline barkers — meowers? — Kashim, Othello and Salome of The Catboys Realm.