10 November 2007

The Quisling and The Dead

Norman Mailer is dead at 84. For someone who wrote one good novel in his life, he sure made the most out of it. You can credit that with his long history of Left Wing political screeds.

He ran with the Manhattan elites and towed the anti-war, America-as-Imperialist line. That kept him within the Liberal Establishment and they do take care of their own. I certainly won't miss him.

And let's not forget his biggest snafu: petitioning to get Jack Abbott out of prison. In 1980, Mailer spearheaded convicted killer Jack Abbott's successful bid for parole. He helped Abbott publish a collection of letters to Mailer about his experiences in prison. Abbott committed a murder within weeks of his release, and consequently, Mailer was subject to criticism for his role; in a 1992 interview, in the Buffalo News, he conceded that his involvement was "another episode in my life in which I can find nothing to cheer about or nothing to take pride in."

Here are some of Mailer's quotations:

America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.

In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.

We are going to occupy Iraq and occupy it for a long time. Then it all does begin to make its own kind of sense. Because that means we are inaugurating the commencement of the American World Empire.


His personal life was an absolute wreck: 6 marriages (he stabbed his 2nd wife during a drunken brawl, almost killing her), an alcohol abuser, pot smoker and counter-culture icon - there seems to be very little in his personal life that one would emulate. His personal life seems to have been the engine that drove the Liberal Establishment to buoy his mediocre writing.

If you want to read an excellent writer of Mailer's generation, read Tom Wolfe. He's a tremendous person of high character and the clarity founded in a stable life shines through in his novels.

21 comments:

THE PATRIOT said...

Great post RUE!!
You forgot to mention that he won an ED ASNER(another fat,useless liberal)look alike contest as one of his life achievements....

THE PATRIOT said...

Well, I just got off of a website that listed hollywood types that fought for/served their country in WW2.
Mr. Mailer served in WW2. I too, hated his politics, but I owe him a salute for Veteran's Day.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sure Coldtype will be weighing in. That's good because I need a nap on this rainy, dreary day.

BurbCopsChicago said...

His personal life was an absolute wreck: 6 marriages (he stabbed his 2nd wife during a drunken brawl, almost killing her), an alcohol abuser, pot smoker and counter-culture icon

Sounds like Drew Peterson

rosco said...

Wasn't Quisling a Nazi in WWII????

Anonymous said...

I wanna' bash the guy, but he's done a hell of alot more than I have.

Heck he's got an independant mind and could speak it without retribution.

Can smoke a little weed.

And was really rich.

Sounds like Heffner.

God bless the old guy.

Coldtype said...

“I'm very sure Coldtype will be weighing in. That's good because I need a nap on this rainy, dreary day”
-10:21 AM

How true.

“America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind”
-N. Mailer

This is merely a statement of plain fact. If it were possible, we could confirm it with testimony from the millions we slaughtered in Indochina or from the tens of thousands of victims from our terrorist wars in Central America. Perhaps nothing better illustrates Mailer’s position than the indifference most Americans evince regarding the estimated 1,000,000+ Iraqis killed as a result of Team Bush’s criminal war of aggression in Mesopotamia.

“We are going to occupy Iraq and occupy it for a long time. Then it all does begin to make its own kind of sense. Because that means we are inaugurating the commencement of the American World Empire”
-N. Mailer

Again, it takes real willpower not to see this. We are REQUIRED to believe that Team Bush would have launched its illegal assault on Iraq even if (to paraphrase Noam Chomsky) that nation’s principle export had been lettuce and pickles, and the worlds major oil reserves were located in Central Africa.

“He ran with the Manhattan elites and towed the anti-war, America-as-Imperialist line…”
-RSM

Where would anyone get the idea that American foreign policy is nakedly imperialist? Our “defense” expenditures only outstrip those of the next 25 industrial nations combined, and we have managed to garrison the entire globe with over 700 military bases. Furthermore, the Bush administration’s National Security Strategy of 2002 formally put the world on notice that the US would henceforth pursue a course of PERMANENT military dominance up to and including a radical (and illegal) policy of “preventive war” against potential rivals to this dominance.

Oh yeah, we also lauched a little mass-murderous war of aggression in violation of the UN Charter against a nation that just happens to sit on the second largest known oil reserves on earth. And those 14 massive, permanent military bases we’re building in Iraq, right in the heart of the world’s energy producing region—along with the largest “embassy” on earth? Pay them no mind.

Liberals, they’re such scare-mongers.

the patriot said...

Yea, Im sure mailer hated serving in the Armed Forces that stopped the Nazis from slaughtering the jewish race(6 million before we stopped them?)and whoever else stood in their way.I wonder how mailer would have done under Hitler's regime?
Lets not forget about the Japs;how many Chinese,Koreans,Filipinos,etc
were slaughtered before the rotten,brutal American military took that regime down? I wonder how an opinionated author would've faired under those guys?
I wonder how mailer would've liked living under an islamo regime;w/his wives(all 6)faces wrapped in cloth?
As far as us going into Iraq for the oil,Im really enjoying the low
gas prices...............

Anonymous said...

Raise the gas prices to $5 a gallon! To fool the public just convert to pumps to the metric system, charge say $1.50 a liter. The typical american will think its a good deal.....

Coldtype said...

"Yea, Im sure mailer hated serving in the Armed Forces that stopped the Nazis from slaughtering the jewish race(6 million before we stopped them?)"
-Patriot

Check your history books again Patriot, "we" didn't stop the Nazis, the Russians did, we merely helped. Berlin fell to the Russians remember? The Russians defeated Hitler's forces at Stalingrad, the most important battle of the Second World War, this made the fall of Berlin possible. Try to bear in mind that 20 MILLION Russians perished in the battle against Nazi Germany.

the patriot said...

Sorry Coldtype that I didnt respond
quickly, but your lack of history info made me faint.
Im well aware of Russia's fight w/Germany,the battle of Stalingrad is some of my favorite reading.
How bout giving your own country(and Im assuming your American)a pat on the back. Germany fought a war on 2 fronts and lost; while the US did and won. Remember our little excursion into the Pacific?
Its true,Russia tied up alot of Germany's resources,but they had no choice,they were fighting for their own survival.
Its my conclusion that w/o Russia,and us not fighting the Japs,we would've still defeated the Huns. That should make u proud
to be a Gringo today..........

Anonymous said...

Only the Germans are war criminals, not the Japs! Everyone forgets that Stalin killed far more people than anyone in history. Hell, Pol Pot killed more than the Nazis did. But since it was Jews, the nazis were bad.

Anonymous said...

have to say hated what Nazi stood for and what they did but you have to admit they did have the nicest uniforms of everybody

Anonymous said...

Who is this guy HARLEY SCHENKER and why is he saying terrible things about me

Anonymous said...

Did you ever notice how Steven Speilberg keeps picking on those poor guys(the Nazis)?

Coldtype said...

"How bout giving your own country(and Im assuming your American)a pat on the back."
-Patriot

I have no problem applauding the good things my nation has accomplished, however, I am not blind to its crimes either--as you are.

"Its my conclusion that w/o Russia,and us not fighting the Japs,we would've still defeated the Huns."
-Patriot

Your conclusion indicates how little imformed you are of Germany's strength relative to our own by 1938. Its power was unmatched by any force on earth and certainly by any in Europe. America had largely demobilized after WWI and was no match for Germany at the start of the conflict in Europe. The US could have defeated Germany without the British Expeditionary forces, the remnants of the French resistance under de Gualle, and the Red Army? In 1939-41? Sheer fantasy.

Anonymous said...

Man for man, U.S. forces are just a second rate Army. Israel has the best in the world!

Rue St. Michel said...

Hey ColdType - I love how you just throw out only the facts that support your little world-view. And I don't know which public school you attended but your knowledge on history and 'facts' is shallow. We haven't killed "millions" in Iraq, nor "tens of thousands" in Central America.

You nitwits in the "Blame America for Everything" crowd need to wake up from your Bush Derangement Syndrome and quit dabbling in hyperbole. Where do you get your information - seriously - I'd like to know. www.myDD.net? www.prisonplanet.com? The DailyKOS? You LeftWing Nuts just make it up as you go along. You're probably a fan of that other retarded playwright Harold Pinter, huh? "Nothing is real" and all that esoteric non-sense.....

Of course we couldn't have taken on deutschlund in 1938 because Quisling, Hand-wringers like you had effectively dismantled our Armed Forces.

And Fuck that worm Norman Mailer - it turns out he was a cook in the service. I'm guessing he didn't see much combat. So much for our "war hero".

the patriot said...

Good response RUE. I can hold my own against "him", but I get tired at times.
By the way, I was reading on the NYPD Rant that that WEATHERMAN lefty lawyer RABINOWITZ croaked this week also. Thats 2 big ones in a week! Hopefully him and mailer
are sipping tea together in purgatory waiting to be shipped down below!
TO 6pm:
Israel wouldn't be a pimple on the Mideast's ass w/o the backing of the U.S.(90% of the reason we were attacked on 9/11).And no thanks to the "chosen ones "who live here who refuse to back the country that gave them their wealth. F*k u!

Anonymous said...

The Jews have been hated thru all time by most groups of people. They have been money grubbers and cheats. Shit happens to those despised.

Coldtype said...

"Good response RUE. I can hold my own against "him"..."

Some evidence of this would be helpful.

"...but I get tired at times"

Thinking will do that to you if you're unaccustomed to it simpleton.