Our arrangement with AOL has set us up on a News Bloggers site with a trio that goes under the name The Young Turks. I’ve come to think of them as the Young Jerks. John and Paul are engaged in a running battle with them at the site. Check out John and Paul straight, sans Young Jerks, at least in theory, at the AOL Power Line site. At the moment, however, Young Turk Cenk Uygur has a post that has infiltrated our AOL site.
That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, AOL has also yoked us to Dinesh D’Souza, who has been posting responses to conservative critics of his rotten new book such as, well, me:
Shortly after the controversy erupted over my book The Enemy at Home, with not only liberals but even some conservatives having epileptic fits, I got an email from a man I was glad to hear from. Not that I was feeling discouraged at the time. True, this is my first book to draw fire from the right, but I have not exactly been intimidated by the lectures I am getting on Islamic theologiy and practice from people like Roger Kimball (editor of a literary magazine), Victor Hanson (an expert on ancient Greece) and Scott Johnson (a lawyer who blogs in his spare time). My substantive criticism of these weekend students of Islam will be out soon, and it will be worth the wait.
My essay on D’Souza’s new book is “D’Souza goes native,” in the current issue of the New Criterion that features Mark Steyn’s essay on Kingsley Amis. As a weekend student of Islam, insufficiently learned to appreciate the brilliance of D’Souza’s new book, I’m in good company.
UPDATE: Don’t miss the kickoff of Paul’s series today: “Cenk Uygur — hysterical and dishonest, Part One.”
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