PAMELA MISSED

Pamela Bone’s funeral was held yesterday in Melbourne. Mark Steyn:

I didn’t agree with Pamela Bone on most things, even at the end. But she understood in a way that too few of the left do that her culture and her civilization need defending and that the relativist mush of the age (not to mention The Age)  is insufficient to the task. I shall miss her, and I wish there were more like her.

Tony Parkinson:

Towards the end of her life, in her running battle with doctrinaire opponents of the war in Iraq, she fired off a feisty riposte to the anti-war leftist Guy Rundle: “I may be old, weak and sick, but I have one thing Mr Rundle will never have: guts.”

Pam was a feminist, a humanist, a rationalist and a liberal internationalist. But her commitment to progressive intellectual movements was not worn with pretension and posturing, as if a fashion accessory.

And a caring leftist:

The witch Pamela Bone is finally dead and that must be a relief for anyone trying to turn over the wardrome of politics looking for any shell casings of truth, worthy of use as ashtrays.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/02/2008 at 10:06 AM
    1. Linky for “caring leftist” says “This journal/poster is suspended.”

      Posted by burrah on 2008 05 02 at 10:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #1.  Good thing too.

      Posted by Olrence on 2008 05 02 at 10:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. The left is to care as Islam is to peace. Discuss.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 02 at 10:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. I wonder if the irony is lost on everyone on the Left that they like to be seen as caring and open-minded, but in many cases, they’re anything but.

      Pamela Bone will certainly be missed. I didn’t agree with her on everything either, but she always stated her case with eloquence, intelligence, and reliance on facts. That’s a trait that seems to be disappearing more and more in journalism.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 02 at 10:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. Of course, instead of that “in”, I should have written “from”. My excuse is that I’m not a professional writer.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 02 at 11:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. I know it’s early and I’m only a Yojimbo but that sentence by our caring lefty is just gibberish.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2008 05 02 at 11:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Too bad it got cancelled.  I wanted to point out a few things.

      Bush got his eight years.  Turns out the world COULD wait.
      Congress has given up on trying to block war funding.
      Everybody but Hillary knows we can’t pull out of Iraq, and she’s just waiting until she can blame her decision to stay on Bush.
      Conservative governments have been or are being elected in Germany, France and England.
      If we looked at KRudd cross-eyed he’d send subs to freaking Kurdistan.

      Pamela Bone WON, God rest her.  The lefties lost every fight that mattered.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 05 02 at 11:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe now the other caring lefties can all try to turn over the laminated cantaloupe of metaphor looking for any hydrants of coherence, worthy of use as asshat detectors.

      Posted by Bill Spencer on 2008 05 02 at 11:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. The wardromes of politics are tough plaices.

      I prefer the wardromes of footy or nuclear physics.  That’s wheere I wanna be, she may be

      Where your love, like, Kevin?

      Posted by jlc on 2008 05 02 at 11:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. try to turn over
      the laminated cantaloupe of metaphor
      looking for any hydrants of coherenceThis is poetry to me (sniff)
      Bring stears to my eyes

      Posted by jlc on 2008 05 02 at 11:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. For all the hope, charity and good will in life, there’s a distant kind of emptiness when an atheist dies.

      Posted by splice on 2008 05 02 at 12:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Beyond Wardrome:  any number of caring lefties enter.  No one leaves.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 02 at 01:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Humanitarianism is a noble goal and looking at history, it isn’t coded in the DNA. There are some serious steps between barbarity and civilization and they’re not automatic. A search for better outcomes assumes the existence of higher goals. Finding what those ideals are is the ongoing challenge of humanity and Pamela did well to separate the human potential from the cultural context.

      Posted by splice on 2008 05 02 at 01:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Bill…the only things the “caring lefties” should be turning over are the dog turds in my local park…searching for their relatives!!

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 05 02 at 05:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Check that caring lefty’s DNA for traces of Bob Ellis. Their respective strains of venom seem quite similar.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 02 at 05:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is it just me, or has the “caring lefty” link been thrown down the Memory Hole?

      #12 RebeccaH

      Beyond Wardrome:  any number of caring lefties enter.  No one leaves.

      Everybody wins!

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 02 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. caring leftist

      I think we need a Richter scale to measure the virulence of leftist verbal hatred.

      It must be correlated with the inherent decency of the enemy – so that the level of verbal vitriol dished out to John Howard would have to be moderated by his obvious good character at one end of the scale.
      So an ‘H1 attack’ would indicate relatively mild leftist abuse, but still strong since it is directed at a major enemy.
      H4 for Thatcher – feisty, and too successful.
      H5 for Reagan – even more successful.
      An ‘H7 attack’, for instance, would be appropriate for a Pauline Hanson, a dumb failure.

      As for attacking their own, this becomes more problematic as it is also so common.

      I suggest B1 for the low-end attack. B stands for Tony Blair a successful nice leftist, but with serious deficits.
      The imagination can run wild with the size of this B Richter scale.
      B8 for Bob Ellis himself looks about right, as he can put anyone offside.
      Whitlam B3 [hero, but lack of results]- same rating as for Trotsky.
      Castro B4 [hero, but embarrassingly still in power, and a tyrant] Also Mugabe.
      Hayden B5 [nice, but a rat]
      — and so on.

      I thought of calling it The Keating Scale, but even I don’t think the Left deserves that.

      Posted by Barrie on 2008 05 02 at 08:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Liar, The Witch and the Wardrome

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 05 02 at 11:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pam was a feminist, a humanist, a rationalist and a liberal internationalist, and not an oxymoron in this world, that is an quite a feat.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 02 at 11:37 PM • permalink

 

  1. I’m looking over the ashtrays of truth to use as shell casings on the wardrome of politics.

    Posted by dean martin on 2008 05 04 at 04:26 AM • permalink