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Monday, September 06, 2021

Dowd and Noonan should retire

Maureen Dowd's Twitter page is topped with a photo of Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer from the 1947 movie, "Out of the Past," one of those post-war film noir movies. It was adapted from the novel "Build My Gallows High." It is a convoluted movie in which the femme fatale kills everyone before the police kill her in a shootout.

Maybe Dowd wants to be the femme fatale.

Maybe she just liked the movie.

But she has a longing for days past that predate her entrance into the world 69 years ago.

Tomorrow is Peggy Noonan's 71st birthday. The banner on her Twitter page is blank. Empty. Void of anything.

Much like her columns of the past decade. Much like Dowd's columns of the past decade. Like George Will, Michael Barone, and the host of Never Trumpers, Dowd and Noonan have atrophied as writers. They are in ruts deeper than the Grand Canyon. They have not changed their opinions since Y2K, or earlier.

What has changed is the world. 

9/11 was not the seismic shift in 2001. 12/11 was. We have known since the Iranian hostage crisis that Muslim terrorists want us dead.

12/11/2001 was the date we allowed Red China to join the World Trade Organization as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Bush 43 sold the nation out for the slave labor then-Chairman Jiang Zemin promised. Since then, $4 trillion has shifted from the United States alone to Red China in the form of trade surpluses. The Chamber mocks this as Free Market when it is its opposite.

Red China used the money to buy Western politicians, to build its military, to build highways and coal plants, and to provide foreign aid to bring Africa and Europe into its sphere of influence. It owns the Panama Canal.

Noonan lives in 9/11 land. 

Scott Johnson at Power Line took down Noonan so hard that reading his piece, I could almost hear her hit the canvas.

He wrote, "In 'Joe Biden displays his wisdom,' Paul Mirengoff draws on Peggy Noonan’s current Wall Street Journal column for its insight into the failings of President Biden. I thought it was a good Noonan column and true even if it was Noonan speaking, but late and therefore hurried. Noonan is in a rush to make it clear she sees what everybody else has seen over the past few weeks.

"Noonan doesn’t mention her support for Biden in her September 2020 Wall Street Journal column when the choice was between Biden and Trump. Conrad Black observed that Noonan had gone full metal-jacket for Biden. Black’s column has stood the test of time. Noonan’s is already obsolete."

Well, why not. Noonan is obsolete as well. As a retired newspaper columnist, I know the lure of living safely inside that bubble. Johnson pointed out that she turned on Bush in favor of Obama, whom she turned on.

To her credit, she never turned on Trump. That was because she never supported him. She opposed him because he was in 12/11 land where you realize -- too late, perhaps -- that we were sold down the river. She is stuck on 9/11.

Now she turns on Biden.

Dowd, too, is stale. You can hate them as much as you want, but the new BIPOC columnists are at least interesting. Why, one of them even got cartoon character Pepe Le Pew kicked out of the "Space Jam 2" movie.

Her latest column, "Drowning Our Future in the Past," greatly amused me, so much so that I will link it although it is in the New York Times.

She began, "It isn’t a pretty picture.

"One coast is burning. The other is under water. In between, anti-abortion vigilantes may soon rampage across gunslinging territory.

"What has happened to this country?"

I know the answer.

Weather.

We have had hurricanes since that asteroid landed near Yucatan and wiped out the dinosaurs. We have had western forest fires since the Rocky Mountains rose bringing droughts and floods.

To Dowd, everything is spinning out of control.

She wrote, "Post-Trump, we let ourselves hope that the new president could heal and soothe, restore a sense of rationality, decency and sanity. But the light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be just a firefly.

"We feel the return of dread: We’re rattled by the catastrophic exit from Afghanistan; the coming abortion war sparked by Texas; the Trumpian Supreme Court dragging us into the past; the confounding nature of this plague; the way Mother Nature is throttling us, leaving New Yorkers to drown in their basements. And now comes Donald Trump, tromping toward another presidential run."

There you have it. Dowd lives in Never Trumpland. 

She still blames even the weather on him.

She ended her column, "With a memory like a goldfish, America circles its bowl, returning to where we have been, unable to move forward, condemned to repeat a past we should escape."

Yes, the rest of the country is circling in a fishbowl.

Dowd and Noonan are swirling in a different kind of bowl.

In that movie Dowd referenced, Mitchum's character tells Greer's, "You're like a leaf that blows from one gutter to another."

They belong in new gutters.

I suggest they retire and do something else with their lives. If they want to continue writing on politics, I suggest a blog with open comments and an email address where readers can contact you because Dowd and Noonan need to see the world outside their little newspaper bubbles.

35 comments:

  1. She's talking about being a Lefty.

    For an American, things ain't cool right now, but Trump made things better and the revolution he started, grown by letting the Left expose its true nature, is getting bigger every day.

    I used to see Noonan's columns in the Journal and she always came across as somebody very comfy in that upper class bubble in which some Lefties thought would last forever.

    Like Jericho, the walls be come tumblin' down.

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  2. Talk about 2 people that have passed their sell-by date. Noonan hasn't produced anything worthwhile since "What I Saw at the Revolution." Her breathless commentary on NBC has been old for over 20 years.
    Dowd was amusing the first couple of years when she became a Times columnist. But the need to be snarky ruined any pretense of sophisticated commentary. Instead, she stayed safely in the Times incubator, throwing out bon mots that amused the cocktail party crowd.

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    1. Dowd went after Billy Jeff because Michael Douglas dumped her for Catherine Zeta-Jones and she was angry at all men. Of course, she came around in the end....

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  3. I suspect Dowd and Noonan both have memories like goldfish, but they’re both swimming in a toilet bowl, soon to be flushed.

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  4. Hard to believe elitist upper east side liberal Noonan was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.

    Dowd’s drinking has caused her to lose more brain cells than Xiden, although Xiden didn’t start with that many.

    The two old hags (I’m almost as old as them!!!) should move in together and dream about the good old days.

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    1. Noonan has always said her fave boss was Dan Rather. (Yeah, HIM....) NOT Ronaldus Magnus.....

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  5. Once again, I thank you Don for reading this tripe so that I don't have to. Though you do have strange tastes in entertainment, we do appreciate it!

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  6. Yes, they are both beyond their sell by date. And have been for awhile.

    I would still note that China is not the thing anymore. A demographic time bomb already detonating, with debt bubbles that make our 2009 folly look like a junior high debate. Having to import the vast majority of food and energy without a blue water navy to protect its sea lanes if it every gets dicey.

    The sell out you note however is not incorrect. We were sold out, and Trump was able to show us by how much. But industry had already been souring on China, Inc. The need for finished good inventory to be closer to consumer markets, and the need to not be single country specific, not to mention the big US companies finally realizing the theft of their IP wasn't worth the sales they temporarily gained.

    The news now is that the western elite leaders all have no clothes. And unfortunately for them, that includes the likes of Noonan and Dowd. They are writing like the out of touch people they are, because they fail to see that everything they admired, and strove to be a part of, has been shown to be nothing but a facade. Worthless, and without value. Resting on laurels from so long ago they really no longer support the elevated status they used to have.

    It's over gals. Just retire and go away.

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  8. The left worships at the altar of evolution. Except when it comes to weather. Animals become extinct, others adapted, new species were/are discovered but the Marxists want us to believe the entire universe is dynamic except for the climate. What caused the glaciers to melt? Dinosaurs driving SUV's? What caused land masses to break apart, others to erupt from the oceans? Decades ago when the population of the world was far less than it is today we were lectured that people would be starved and a new ice age was upon us. The opposite happened. Did it not occur to anyone that the climate evolved to accommodate this increase in people who would need more food? We can no more control "climate" than we can control what has happened to this planet for how ever many years it has existed. Those who say we can are using fear porn to bring about their Marxist wet dream of world domination and a cover to steal what does not belong to them. Others think they are on par with the Creator, and many are just people with no purpose in life who think this is the cause that will make them feel good about themselves. Anyone who thinks man controls the climate cannot believe in God. And that fact should scare the hell out of people.

    It's not "climate change". It's EVOLUTION. Use the left's words to undo their deceit.

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  10. Mark Steyn used to refer to Dowd as an "elderly schoolgirl" which was apt even 10 years ago.

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  11. Like many of their generation they wanted civility over stability and got neither. Our country's decline is now accelerating.

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  12. I remember when Dowd dreamed of servicing Clinton, lie Noonan they are fat dumpy teenagers wishing a boy would notice them,

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  13. they are one trick ponies, hate corrodes the vessel. they are well past corroded

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  14. Every time I read Noonan I hear Poppy Bush & Junior.

    And Dowd has the warmth and attraction of a barren spinster.

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  15. These old ladies were raised in a world where a Nationalist assassinated the Archduke and started WWI, the Nationalist under Hitler started WWI, and the Globalist crusaders saved us from that and the Cold War. Its a compelling history thats hard to shake.

    Some of us can think more broadly. Nationalists built America and is supremacy. Nationalists freed India, the Eastern bloc, and most of Sputh America. Moreover, China seems undeterred by Globalist generosity.

    The greatest generation had its virtues and it victories. Now they are feckless when they are dangerous.

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  16. Love your articles, so great to read a person instead of an editorial policy.

    I have a couple of questions that might be a good way for these two fossils to kickstart a new blogger lifestyle.

    The Moderna shot has 333% more material in it than the Pfizer. How much disease am I required by law to inject into myself, to protect me in case the disease I am injecting somehow gets past my natural defenses?

    If a vaccine is only as effective as the host's immune system's ability to mount an appropriate response, then why are infants vaccinated, when they don't develop an immune system until 18 months of age?

    That should be a good start. Maybe they can tie that in to their abortion concerns somehow.

    No problem, you're welcome, free advice anytime!!

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  17. Great column. And a wonderful idea….putting these cows out to pasture.

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  18. Great piece on Dowd & Noonan. They have always beeninebriated with the exuberance of their verbosity. A clever turn of phrase; the fun they could have while scrolling a Thesaurus to find the perfect synonym. The content of their articles was a distant second to their love for words. Dowd tried to pull off a Kate Hepburn, deep-throated whiskey & cigarettes persona. She failed. Noonan was nothing more than an oh, so serious faced female version of George Will. Will is an officious prick. Noonan succeeded. The world would be imminently improved without their presence.

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  19. Meh, may they just quietly skulk off back in to the sludge of the [D]e[C]eit Turd-Pond from wence they first slithered. "Let their names be stricken" from even historical footnotes. Anybody giving them any attention whatsoever wasted their time, including . . . ME. BARF.

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  20. These to old broads remind of my great aunt, who knew everything about anything, my grandfather could not stand the woman. Wonder why? A good example when she drove, she would keep he left front tire on the center white line to keep the car straight
    Great article, I look forward to your column on CFP.

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  21. May I suggest that both Dowdy and Loon volunteer to assist Afgan women in Kabul. Lead by example has always been my motto. Are these two bytchs ready to lead?

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  22. Noonan is responsible for more Wall Street Journal cancellations than anyone on the staff.

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  23. You put this one over the center field wall.

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  24. With both Dowd and Noonan, their only objective has always been to stay on the A List of Upper EastSide "Elites 'R Us" ...

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  25. Those whiny Capital Police aka Mall Cops should have running toward their so called terrorists instead of running to hide inside the builds like REAL cops do every day, unprofessional in every way.

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  29. Fred Reed on Maureen Dowd (11/22/05)

    I read with ashen resignation that Maureen Dowd, the professional spinster of the New York Times, will soon birth a book, no doubt parthenogenetically, called Are Men Necessary?

    The problem apparently is that men have not found Maureen necessary. Hell hath…. Clearly there is something wrong with men.

    I weary of the self-absorbed clucking of aging poultry.

    Why is Maureen hermetically single? For starters, she is not just now your classic hot ticket. She’s not just over the hill, but into the mountains, to Grandmother’s house we go. She probably gets more daily maintenance than a 747, but she still looks as though a vocational school held an injection-molding contest and everyone lost.

    That leaves her with only her personality as bait. The prognosis is grim.

    *****

    Is Maureen Dowd Obsolete?

    The Evidence Speaks, Loudly

    December 22, 2013

    "Without men, civilization would last until the oil needed changing"--Federicius Aurelius Superomnem, 345 B.C.

    Oh god, oh god. Death, taxes, migraine, sinus drainage, beriberi, and Maureen Dowd, the resentment columnist at the New York Times.

    On the web I find her at some feminist bitch-in, called Are Men Obsolete. She has this to say to men:

    “So now that women don’t need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is, ‘You know we need you in the way we need ice cream….you'll be more ornamental.”

    I was delighted to think that I might be ornamental, no one having suggested the concept until now. I could have used it in high school.

    Maureen herself is beyond being ornamental, having that injection-molded look that follows the seventh face-lift, probably accomplished by the surgical use of a construction crane.

    But I will say this to her:

    Listen, Corn Flower. Let’s think over this business of obsolete men.

    Reflect. You live in New York, in which every building was designed and built by men. You perhaps use the subway, designed, built, and maintained by men.

    You travel at in a car, invented, designed, and built by men—a vehicle that you don’t understand (what is a cam lobe?) and couldn’t maintain (have you ever changed a tire? Could you even find the tires?), and you do this on roads designed, built, and maintained by men.

    You fly in aircraft designed, built, and maintained by men, which you do not understand (what, Moon Pie, is a high-bypass turbofan?)

    (continued next post)

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  30. In short, as you run from convention to convention, peeing on hydrants, you depend utterly on men to keep you fed (via tractors designed by men, guided by GPS invented, designed, and launched by men, on farms run by men), and comfy (air conditioning invented…but need I repeat myself?)

    I do not want to be unjust. It is not in my nature. While men may be obsolete (unless you want to eat) I cannot say, Apple Cheeks, that feminists are obsolete. They are not. Obsoleteness implies having passed through a period of usefulness.

    I do get tired of your hissing and fizzing about the noble sex to which I belong. Mercy, I cry. It is not my fault that Michael Douglas didn’t marry you. He didn’t marry me either, but I don’t hate men because of it. (In fact I am grateful to him, and doubtless he to me).

    Don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing against ill-bred viragos—feminism has its place, though I’m not sure where.

    But let’ me be clear, Buttercup. I don’t want to seem rude—nothing could be more alien to my character—but I do think that you and your littermates might essay a civility exceeding that of menopausing catamounts.

    In fact, Sweet Potato, if it were not for my innate courtesy, I might say that [men] being at once useless and insupportable is stretching things.

    A jot—an iota, a tittle, a scintilla—of gratitude might be in order. Should you look around you, you will note that everything that keeps you and the sisterhood from squatting in caves and picking lice from each other’s hair was provided for you by—the horror—men.

    Is it not so, Rose Bud? Can you name one thing, with a moving part, that was invented by a feminist?

    It seems to me that you gals are like African bushmen, but without their dignity.

    A bushman looks at a television (Invented by Men: IBM) in astonishment, and says, “Wah! Bad juju! Spirits inside!” He knows he doesn’t understand it and does not presume. His degree of understanding, I suspect, is exactly yours.

    But I suppose the shrewery are so busy honking and blowing about socially-constructed this and gender-roles that and patriarchal the-other-thing that you don’t understand that there is anything to understand. Is it [this] not so?

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  31. When you sit at your computer spewing bile like a legged gall-bladder, are you aware of 2500 years of mathematics, chemistry, solid-state physics, engineering, information theory—all invented by men, the bastards—that go into the blinking screen? Your vituperative ingratitude, Sugar Britches, is undignified.

    But perhaps, you might say, I am being ungentlemanly—though I would hardly know how. Perhaps, as we said in Alabama, you ain’t got the sense God give a crabapple.

    Maybe, Petunia, you and your frothing friends could profitably come to terms with realty.

    Women make perfectly good dentists, surgeons, reporters, lawyers, musicians, editors, and all sorts of things. They can do some things better than men can. (Dentistry: smaller hands, better fine-muscle control)

    In Latin countries they do these things civilly (consult your dictionary). And I applaud anyone making headway in this world on his, her, or its merits.

    Yet as a matter of observable fact (a category apparently having no place in feminism), we men—patriarchal, capitalistic, macho, immature, savage, testosterone- poisoned, et cetera—seem to come up with everything important that comes up. (I won’t touch that one with a pole.) (Wait, I meant….)

    For example: The transistor, William Shockley and his group.

    Microsoft, Bill Gates. Intel, Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.

    Apple, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

    Dell Computer, Michael Dell.

    Public-key encryption, James Ellis, Clifford Cookis, and Malcolm Williamson at GCHQ in England and later Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman of RSA Security.

    The World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, a Brit at CERN.

    Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

    Yahoo, Jerry Yang and David Filo.

    Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.

    The list could go on for another yard or so.

    It will stay that way, Lotus Blossom, for the same reason that women will never be offensive linemen in the NFL. They can’t. If they could, they would have. If you disagree, I suggest you apply to the Redskins. They need any talent they can get.

    Now, if I were left alone, I would say none of this, having no desire to make women feel bad. But you and yours will not leave me alone, Maureen.

    I am perfectly happy in a world of female doctors and techs and what have you. When women act like what used to be called “ladies,” I act like what used to be called “a gentleman.”

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  32. It used to be that if at the airport I saw a woman struggling with too much suitcase, I would say, “May I give you a hand?,” and put the suitcase where it needed to be.

    The woman would say, “Thanks,” to which I would respond, “Happy to help.”

    And that would be that. It should have nothing to do with machismo, and much to do with a suitcase.

    Now, I’m not sure I would do it.

    OK, I’m bluffing. I would do it. But, Sweet Pea, I hope you have mastered parthenogenesis.

    It is your only hope.

    (end)

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