Thursday, January 07, 2010

I didn't have anything to say about Brit Hume's comments about Tiger Woods other than "awesome," but as usual, Ann Coulter has plenty to say. 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, you think he should give up his Buddhism?

Jason said...

Found that moving, did you?

Anonymous said...

Bill Kristol is reminscent of a talking frog that attempts to condescend to a princess

KingM said...

So, in spite of all your realism about race, gender, power, etc., you think that Christianity will solve his problems? Right.

Jewish Atheist said...

Some statements are so stupid and so vacuous as to not allow for debate. Pointing and laughing is the only rational response to a comment like Brit Hume's.

So LOL.

gayle said...

I happened to have been watching Fox when Hume said that, and frankly, I was shocked.

I'm conservative (a liberal years ago), was baptized a Methodist at 12 and went through a religious phase from then until college, but I haven't been to church in decades. My head says there's no God, but my heart often clings to the thought there could be, might be, wish there were, and even when I am the ultimate skeptic about the existence of a supernatural presence, I still believe that overall the belief in the existence of a loving and forgiving God has been a positive force for mankind.

That having been said, I was shocked when Hume went in that direction with his remarks. He was, w/out doubt, prostelytizing. There's just no other word for it.

I realize he's a commentator, not a straight news journalist (do they even exist anymore?) but that kind of comment bothered me a great deal so I can imagine what it did to libs and Fox haters.

It would have sufficed had Hume said that he has always had a high regard for Tiger, that he feels bad that Tiger has lost his family (even if it's not clear that Tiger feels bad), and if he had said that he hopes Tiger finds a path in life that offers him peace and forgiveness and yes, even change.

I don't fault Hume for thinking that Christianity offers such a path, but he undermined his credibility with me because he went further by urging Woods to seek Christianity. That was the prostelytizing. Further, Hume seems to know nothing of Eastern philosophy. Buddhism, if it is practiced, places a great deal of import on integrity. So, add to the prostelytizing a lack of basic knowledge about one of the great faiths of the world and you have a man who undermined his credibility, at least from this viewer's standpoint.

I watch Fox a great deal, mostly because I think Charles Krauthammer is the best mind/writer in the business of commentary, and while Hume suffers in comparison to Charles, I still find him to be insightful most of the time, but he went too far.

As I understand it, he lost a son, his only child, to a suicide, and I believe that's when he probably sought solace in Christianity. It seems he wishes to share his peace-finding with others, but I really would rather he had reached out to Tiger and others in some other, private way.

Anonymous said...

Ann Coulter is a dirty mudshark. Her opinions are worthless.

gayle said...

I can't stand Coulter, mostly because she never wins points for conservatism from moderates, independents and the like, which is what conservatives have to do to regain power. In fact, her style is so off-putting that she causes those who might otherwise entertain thoughts of abandoning the libs to turn away in disgust.

Yes, of course, to the choir she is great at the occasionally funny right cross and uppercut, but to the people you want to win over, she is simply someone who hits below the belt, holds on every pass play, spears the QB with her helmet when he's already on the ground, weilds her hockey stick above the waist, etc.

Sure, she's right about a lot of things, but that's not good enough to win anyone over.

Of course, she doesn't care--she's an entertainer, one who does well selling books and promoting those books by being outrageous enough to get booked on the talk shows. She's the only one who benefits here.

What really ticks me off is that she often wears a cross which she makes sure is highly visible to the tv audience. That she can, with a straight face, pretend that she believes in the Christian virtues that cross represents is laughable.

I'd like to see her stick to arguing the merits of things and lose the sarcasm, venom, and hyperbole. Can't and won't happen, of course.

She's the female Olberman. They're both reprehensible and they both love it.

gayle said...

Okay, after having criticized Ann Coulter, I do have to say that, having just seen a clip of her eating Al Sharpton alive on points on a recent Geraldo Rivera segment about Harry Reid's "Negro" dialect remarks, there are certainly times she can be highly effective w/out being outlandish. Good for her.

Then again, who can't make Al Sharpton look bad?

Anonymous said...

And now that I've spouted off about Coulter and her comments about Reid, I'd like to point out that I applauded her because her criticism was of the Dems' hypocrisy --they attacked Trent Lott and called for his resignation while they defend Reid.

I'd like nothing better than to see Reid lose re-election, but it's this kind of stuff that makes me despair. Hypocrisy? Of course.

However, were Reid's remarks "racist"? Nah, he simply knows that one has to look a certain way and speak a certain way to be able to garner a Presidential nomination, but no one wants to talk honestly. The Repubs didn't even want to make a big deal about this until the press started pressing the issue and their goal is simply ratings.

It was just recently that I told friends that it was too bad that his thick Mississipi drawl and portly shape, both of which remind one of a character on Dukes of Hazzard rather than an attractive Presidential candidate, would prevent a very competent guy, Governor Haley Barbour, from ever having a realistic chance at winning that office.

What accounts for that? Well, it certainly is indication that there's an aversion among many to taking seriously someone whose dialect labels him as a "Deep South" guy. On one level, there's a strong dislike among many Americans for the very sound of such a dialect, much as there's a strong dislike for dialects often spoken in black communities. Southerneres suffer in this regard as do blacks, even if the language they speak is Standard English. Barbour uses Standard English grammar, but his accent is enough to label him as "backwater white."

In fairness to Reid, he was right--Obama's ability to speak Standard English w/out an accent that is repugnant to voters (as Barber's accent is repugnant to many) was indeed a point in his favor.

We can't even seem to talk about language with any honesty, much less race and skin color.

gayle said...

Whoops, forgot to type in my name, Gayle, on the previous post.

Mercer said...

From Coulter:

"Buddhists don't believe in God, but try to become their own gods."

Where does she get that Bhuddhists want to become a god? That sounds more like the Mormon faith.

More Coulter:

"if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies -- no doing what all the other kids do."

"With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don't deserve it. "

She says Christianity is strict and that it is not. It can't be both. I think Coulter picks out what parts of the Bible she wants to follow and ignores the rest.

gayle said...

Coulter's got a shtick--the cross around her neck she juxtaposes with her frequent black leather dominatrix clothing and personality. She knows what she's doing--to make money.