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Times and Bad Timing



Ariel Dorfman
, who thirty years ago was

on behalf of

Chilean Marxist strongman,

, did a major Kerry suck-up story called

Brainy Candidates Need Not Apply
[LA Times,
October 22, 2004] asking

Is John Kerry too
intelligent to be president of the United States?

It was what I felt
instinctively the first and only time I met him, at a
lunch at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,
in 1998. He was subtle, full of cultural and historical
references, elaborating each fine argument at length,
with perception and nuance. I commented to one of his
aides afterward that I regrettably thought his brains
could turn out to be the biggest impediment to a man
like him ever occupying the White House.

Actually, if  Kerry loses, it will be because he has
too many Marxist friends. But even before Sailer`s
revelations, there was
no particular reason to believe that Kerry was even as
bright as Rhodes Scholar
Bill Clinton,
who served two terms.

Sailer and
VDARE.COM In NYT, Etc [James


Steve Sailer`s piece on

Kerry`s IQ
has generated a lot of interest. Old
Media: The New York Times`s John Tierney mentions
it, and us,  in a story called

Secret Weapon for Bush?
October 24, 2004. New
Media: #28 on the Daytop

Top 40
, with links

around the blogosphere.
(Two Blowhards,  Roger

Pajama Journal,


Colby Cosh:
"His finding? You guessed it–the
Republican dummy is the smart one.

The Mighty Barrister
: "here`s an intelligent and
comprehensive analysis of the similar tests taken by the
two men, compiled by Steve Sailer."

Matt Welch
writes on


Do You Care About the Candidates` IQs?
Me neither.
But for those who take nourishment from detailed
political irrelevance, this

Steve Sailer column
is positively swimming in
intelligence-test minutiae.

With all due respect to
Welch, who can be a fairly bright guy, everyone
is interested in Bush`s
alleged stupidity,
and Kerry`s

alleged brightness,
including the

of Reason.Com`s Hit and Run blog.

Saying we`re not
interested is like the

"not interested in Bill Clinton`s sex life"

meme that was popular during his failed


Yes, there were

better reasons
for impeaching him, but everyone was

in his sex life.

Unbearable Whiteness of Being Lutheran



Father Richard Neuhaus
quotes  Mark
the Presiding Bishop of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

that Lutherans should feel guilty about being
too white.

instance, “It better trouble us that the ELCA is still
94 percent descendants of European immigrants in this
wonderfully rich and pluralistic country.” Bearing the
cross of


ancestry is not easy. The ELCA leadership
suffers from a deep sense of guilt about being
noninclusive in a wondrously inclusive culture. Guilt
about being noninclusive is joined to the galling
realization that there are not a lot of people
interested in being included in the ELCA. To paraphrase

Pauline passage
so important to Luther, “Who will
deliver the ELCA from this body of demographic sin?”

it is improbable that millions of blacks, Latinos, or
Filipinos are going to join up any time soon, it seems
that, for the members of the ELCA, salvation must be by
faith alone, combined with profound contrition for being
who they are. As it happens, there are many very nice
people and devout Christians in the ELCA.  I used to be
one myself. (Not unusually nice or devout, but I was in
the ELCA.) They and their church would, I expect, be
more generally appreciated were they not so touchingly
eager to catch up with the cutting edge of a culture to
which the community of faith is to be not a mirror but a
contrast. As for “troubling” aspects of the gospel,
being descended from

immigrants doesn`t even make the list,
except by conveniently eliminating the
real sins
for which

, along with the rest of us, must plead