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Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make Proud


Nemesis, according to the Ancient Greeks, keeps the list of the arrogant and their hypocrisy, and metes out justice untempered by mercy to those who top her list.


The Pagans would note that these last few years have been full of signs and portents; omens which the godless (what need has the Left for gods when they have their own articles of faith immune from the divine and not subject to rational criticism) ignore.

The Collapse of a Rotten Edifice

June 6, 2011 - 3:08 pm - by Victor Davis Hanson

Nemesis is always hot on the trail of hubris, across time and space, and the goddess has been particularly busy in destroying the carefully crafted images of Bono, John Edwards, Timothy Geithner, Al Gore, Eliot Spitzer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner, and a host of others. What do their tax hypocrisies, sexual indulgences, and aristocratic socialist lifestyles all have in common?

Collectively, they represent a self-appointed or elected global elite that oversees, lectures about -- in sanctimonious fashion -- the ethical responsibilities of the redistributive state.

These paragons of hubris are finding, to their sorrow, that their transgressions are not private matters.  A political life spent lecturing the public on the evils of society make their tawdry and venal personal lives a meet commentary on their political sermons.

Certainly all have sinned, and fall short of the grace of God, but most are sufficiently humble to avoid such blatant hypocrisy.

UPDATE: Nemesis claims another.

ANTHONY WEINER'S COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Barbara Walters. "When Joy Behar, of all people has to defend Sarah Palin from your bizarrely gratuitous swipe, you know you let your hate lead you too far into Whackyland. . . . As you listen to Walters, all you see is passionate advocacy; not a newswoman concerned with the truth of a story, but a partisan doing everything she can to divert attention from a story she doesn't like. . . . We don't actually have a genuine press any more. Thank God for the Internet, says I. I wonder how much longer we'll be able to traipse its environs freely." ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ: Molon Labe (Come and take them)

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Comments (16)

Hot dog! I love that Weiner... (Below threshold)

Hot dog! I love that Weiner man!

Michael,That was l... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Michael,

That was low... Humorous, but low...

Barbara Walters is a talk s... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Barbara Walters is a talk show host. Nothing more. Ascribing to her "journalistic" creds so you can take them away is childish.

Greta VanSustern, on the other hand, is a partisan hack parading as a journalist.

Van Susteren graduated from Xavier High School in Appleton in 1972 and the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1976, where she studied geography and economics. She later earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979 and prior to the start of her television work returned to Georgetown Law as an adjunct faculty member in addition to her full-time legal career.

During coverage of the O. J. Simpson murder trial, she appeared regularly on CNN as a legal analyst.[11] This led to her stint as co-host of CNN's Burden of Proof and The Point.

In 2002, Van Susteren switched to the Fox News Channel after a highly publicized contract bidding war. According to People Magazine, Van Susteren has utilized cosmetic surgery to enhance her screen presentation.[12] Since then, she has hosted the current affairs show On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.

See anything in there that resembles a journalism degree, or an hour of training as a journalist, for that matter?

Nope. Yet on Fox News she's a "journalist"?

B.S. - she's a partisan hack She's a lawyer with an axe to grind who pushes her partisan viewpoint into everything she does.

Once again we see the faux pain and anguish of a right wing blogger 'lamenting' as he rails against a "liberal" while ignoring the conservatives around him who do the exact-same-thing.

And THAT is the definition of a partisan hack.

Nemesis is always hot on... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Nemesis is always hot on the trail of hubris, across time and space, and the goddess has been particularly busy in destroying the carefully crafted images of Bono, John Edwards, Timothy Geithner, Al Gore, Eliot Spitzer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner, and a host of others. What do their tax hypocrisies, sexual indulgences, and aristocratic socialist lifestyles all have in common?

Juxtapose this with the... um... er... what erupted from Bawbawa Wawahs' piehole.

Who crafts those images of lefties as morally superior people? MiniTru. It's understandable, really: MiniTru supports the policy goals of people like Weinerman, Tax Cheat Timmy, DSK, et al; people who think alike naturally believe their compatriots to be intelligent and thus rather virtuous people (who would knowingly consort with a stupid dirtbag?). As far as MiniTru was concerned, Weinerman was "one of us"; it was incomprehensible that "one of us" could do anything so base and outright stupid. Therefore, he HAD to be telling the truth. There HAD to be a hacker. It HAD to be another lie by the odious Breitbart.

The Anchoress makes another connection:

They “know” the people they’re supposed to be covering, and they consider themselves “friends” of those people.

Contrast, of course, with MiniTru's treatment of Sarah Palin. She's not "one of us", they DON'T agree with her politics, and therefore they have no problem demonizing her as stupid, dishonest, immoral, and all the other things that Anthony Weiner actually is.

Art W-"And THAT is... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Art W-

"And THAT is the definition of a partisan hack"


Thank Art! Spoken like a true partisan hack.

Shorter Art W - Look over t... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Shorter Art W - Look over there! What was that?

Friendly advice for Art W - Stay off line for a while. Practice at your craft. You still have room for improvement.

Let's see--Rodney points ou... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Let's see--Rodney points out that Walters' attempt to compare Palin with Weiner was so odd that even Joy Behar called her out on it.

So, naturally, in response, Art W pastes part of a Wiki page and concludes that, since nothing in the paste says that Greta Van Sustern took a jounalism class, Rodney is a "partisan hack."

Got it.

Next time you're on Wiki, Art, try this page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_sequitur_(logic)

Greta is a lawyer who comme... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

Greta is a lawyer who comments on legal issues. Seems like relevant experience to me. Given the reporting of most people holding journalism degrees, I can't say I put much value on it as a qualification. Know it by its fruit. . .

Barbara Walters gave up her... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Barbara Walters gave up her creds years ago to become a media whore. She is a bitter old lady who hides her bitterness in a "sweet as apple pie" tone. ww

Ryan,One must wond... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Ryan,

One must wonder what a degree in Journalism qualifies one to speak on, other than their own navel.

Art W:"Barbara Walte... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Art W:
"Barbara Walters is a talk show host. Nothing more. Ascribing to her 'journalistic' creds so you can take them away is childish."

Yeah, how could you ascribe journalistic credits to the 20+ year host of the ABC news show 20/20, or the former anchor of the ABC Evening News, who got her job on The View to bring it some credibility?

Or the fact that she's still a correspondent on ABC News? Or still does other "news" jobs for ABC?

Yeah, how could anyone think that one of the major news personalities for ABC for the last quarter-century has any journalistic credibility left?

Art W will be back as soon ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Art W will be back as soon as he gets a Kool Aid refill.

Good for you @11! You aske... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

Good for you @11! You asked and answered your question in the last sentence.

(what need has ... (Below threshold)
(what need has the Left for gods when they have
...their mirrors.)

FTFY.

McGehee @ 14,You h... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

McGehee @ 14,

You have a point!

If you look past dingbat ba... (Below threshold)
moseby:

If you look past dingbat barbara and her nauseating palaver, did anyone notice woopi dressed up like Copernicus...WTF?




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