'Boston fans are far too kind':
Hub Blog's favorite Ex-Sox Immortal Gods of Hub Glory -- Orlando Cabrera
-- came back to the power and majesty of Roma Boston yesterday. ... But our boys nonetheless taught the visiting Visigoths
a lesson just to be sure.
... Forget the gay bashing.
I want to know if the Sox have or had jumped some sort of shark with the overdone Queer Guy stuff. ... Wouldn't be at all surprised to see a Wally the Green Monster reception at Fenway today. ...‘The gulags of our time,' Part IV:
Amnesty International's Kate Gilmore
smugly dismisses criticism of use of the word 'gulag,' brags about cocooning recruitment trends and then warns about 'a ruthlessness that is deeply troubling.' And what could that ruthlessness possibly be? Criticism of Amnesty International. ...
Reader No. 1's observations on Peggy Noonan's own over-the-top rhetoric (see post below):
"I think Peggy overstepped in implying a direct link between Nixon's departure and certain subsequent events in Vietnam. I'm no Vietnam scholar but... Nixon's major actions on Vietnam, including cinching 1972 re-election with Henry Kissinger's October peace plan, suggest he recognized the obvious: the American public wanted OUT, and as events since show, we avoid foreign entanglements that don't directly impact us. It's hard to imagine our getting re-engaged in Southeast Asian combat after the last helicopter left the embassy roof in 1975 under a President Nixon.
"But Peggy's not at all wrong that the bitterest enemies of Nixon were -- heck, are - more concerned with him as 'Great Satan' than they ever were with Pol Pot, or with American decline in the decade of the 1970s. We live in Nixon-Hater Central and know this from our lifetimes of political and social awareness.
"And Peggy was especially on the mark here that 'History is an irony factory.' "
Hub Blog's response
-- History is indeed an irony factory. But if one is paralyzed about taking necessary actions because of the likelihood of ironic consequences, no necessary actions would be taken. That's where Peggy's logic starts to unravel into Pol Pot blather. ...
... FYI: I happen to admire Felt's Watergate action. But if you want to read a non-left/right critique of him, check out Peter Gelzinis' scathing sub.-req. column
on Felt's probable Hoover-groupie culpability in the sordid Boston FBI affairs. It's the best argument, bar none, for being cautious in praise of Felt....Update
-- I was going to mention how a Holocaust comparison must be around the corner. But Ben Stein
beat me to it. Via Andrew.