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Buh...spluh...wha?, or, Town Hall Today

In part 21 (!) of his interminable series on the innate superiority of Judeo-Christian values over anything else, radio dingbat Dennis "My Son Has a Black Friend" Prager drops this baffler:

Overwhelmingly, the "poor" of America live in a home with two or more rooms per person and air conditioning, and own a car, refrigerator, stove, clothes washer and dryer and microwave. They have two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR or DVD player and a stereo, and obtain medical care (even without health insurance). Nearly half actually own their own homes.

This would seem like an odd thing to say without defining the word 'poor' upwards quite a bit, but does Dennis give any kind of citations or evidence of his remarkable claim? Of course not. Nor does he provide any background to this howler:

Now, of course, Judeo-Christian values care about material progress. In fact, it was the Bible that gave the idea of progress to the world.

It might seem foolish to get irate at this sort of lunacy (which is right up there with his claim that there was no democracy in the world until the debut of Christianity), but it helps to remember that Prager has a reputation, like fellow Muslim-basher Victor Davis Hanson, as one of the right's intellectuals -- he's cited by people like Lileks and Goldberg as a reasonable, intelligent, moderate right-centrist and not a flamethrower like Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh. So, in other words: this is the best they can do. And they're in charge! Which proves what? That's right: we R dumm.

Speaking of d-u-m-m, no-longer-so-wunderkind Benny "The 24-Year-Old Virgin" Shapiro coughs up this one while defending chickenhawks:

Deciding to enter the armed services isn't a choice the left understands

Yes, of course! The liberal mind simply cannot fathom the choice of military service, with a tiny few exceptions like Dick Gephardt, Tom Daschle, Al Gore, Bob Kerrey, Daniel Inouye, John Kerry, Chuck Rangel, Max Cleland, Fritz Hollings, all the Kennedys, Tom Harkin, Pete Peterson, Mike Thompson, Gray Davis, Wes Clark, Chuck Robb, Howell Heflin, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, John Glenn, and maybe a few dozen others. Meanwhile, deciding to enter the armed services is definitely a choice the right understands -- they understand it well enough to know they'd rather have no part of it, thank you very much.

For the record, and it's painful to type these words, I agree with Ben Shapiro that there's no reason that civilians shouldn't run the military, and that there's nothing shameful or improper about commanding armed forces even though you haven't served yourself. But he's trying to have it both ways by arguing against the chickenhawk cavil while simultaneously claiming that liberals are cowardly wimps who could never understand serving their country. If that's such an important and noble choice, why do so many Democrats join up and so many Republicans wriggle out? Can't have your war cake and eat it too, Benny.

Finally, Rebecca Hagelin writes a touching piece about how even though it seems like most clothing for little girls is meant to turn them into dirty filthy sluts, there are a few companies, some of them even run by responsible Christians, that sell clothing that modestly conceals their budding man-tempters. Now, I can't argue with her central point -- who wants their little girl to look like a dirty filthy slut? What's funny is that Rebecca, like many Town Hall hired guns, has written her share about those horrible Muslims and their evil, woman-hating ways, and here she is, nakedly endorsing the central argument behind veiling: that the bodies of women -- even the bodies of little girls -- are sacred things, not to be made apparent to the wicked eyes of man, and the best way to prevent immorality is to hide them away under layers of modestly placed cloth. Of course, the hyper-Christian Hagelin would never admit that she's ideologically aligned with the vile Mahometan, so she never makes the link explicit, but dig how she ends the piece:

I’ll close with something Muhammad Ali’s daughter says her father told her:

“Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. … Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered, too.”


Hey, Beck! Guess what religion Muhammad Ali is! Hint: not Christian.
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