Tuesday, September 13, 2005


The New York Times reports that some prominent conservatives have gone bonkers for "March of the Penguins," for reasons that probably escape the discerning attention of ordinary film viewers. DJW at Lawyers, Guns and Money happily swings a sack of doorknobs at the wingnuttery of Michael Medved and Rich Lowry, so I won't duplicate his fine efforts here. My favorite moment in the Times article, however, comes when Rich Lowry of the National Review urges a gathering of young Republicans to reap the powerful lessons of penguinhood:
Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, told the young conservatives' gathering last month: "You have to check out 'March of the Penguins.' It is an amazing movie. And I have to say, penguins are the really ideal example of monogamy. These things - the dedication of these birds is just amazing."

penguinguyAllow me to be the first to endorse Rich Lowry's suggestion that young Republicans model their existence on the lives of penguins -- living on icebergs, swimming in near-frozen water, plodding brutal distances to procreate in a blizzard, and having their offspring dismembered by hungry seagulls.

Or maybe if Lowry admires the penguins so much, he sould just get one for himself.

Update: Not so fast, Lowry. Some penguins are gay. Hat tip to anonymous...uh...commenting...person.