Top 10 Letters
IQ, Buffy, and more.
12:00 AM, Jun 2, 2003
THE DAILY STANDARD welcomes letters to the editor. Letters will be edited for length and clarity and must include the writer's name, city, and state.
Being an action officer at the Pentagon I am surrounded by many "hyper-intellectuals"--or at least many who believe themselves to be such (Joel Engel, Too Smart To Be So Dumb).
I would add one additional observation about the correlation between intellect and efficiency. While many of these individuals work at a feverish tempo, the net result is often inversely proportional--they fail to see to the heart of the matter and discard extraneous distractions. The most efficient and effective AOs I have seen to date have not fallen into the high-IQ category.
--Maj. Neil C. Schuehle
Some folk have IQs
But those smarter yet
How dare Joel Engel not hate Bush. Is he stupid or something?
My father, may he rest in peace, was a holocaust survivor (Victorino Matus, Holocaust Soldiers). He spent the last few months of the war in the same salt mines Matus mentions.
He never really talked about this except to say that it was Hell on earth. My father passed away in January of this year, a week shy of his 80th birthday. His younger brother, who survived the holocaust, thanks to my father, told us that when they arrived at the camp, the camp commander saw my father and told him that he was to fat for a Jew. You can imagine how "fat" my father was after four years of labor camps. The commander sent my father to get 30 lashes. In less than a month my father wasn't "fat" any more.
My father survived with his brother, went to Israel and built a new home for himself.
I am not sure that I agree with Jonathan V. Last's assertion that "Buffy" is the best show on television--I don't think there is a best show--but I don't disagree with him either (Where Do We Go from Here?). I am not sure how I became a big "Buffy fan"--military officers in their 40s are not likely to be part of Joss Whedon's target audience. I found "Buffy" to be fun, unrealistic entertainment, especially in the wake of September 11, but I appreciated the underlying message to young people as well, one which I am surprised that Last did not mention: The idea that sometimes there is evil afoot and you can't just ignore it and go to the prom is one our country's youth needs to appreciate.
It is certainly be worth noting in Rachel DiCarlo's First Church of Liberalism that the "Rev." Bob Edgar is also the very liberal, former "Rep." Bob Edgar (D-PA).
And here I thought I was one of the few savoring "Buffy" as a guilty pleasure. Interestingly enough Jonathan V. Last's review might be considered further confirmation of Joseph Campbell's "power of myth." The show was well written and modern, but isn't it amazing how some of the "tics" in us going back a couple thousand years still resonate today?
I must protest. Arguably, the greatest one hour TV program of all times is "The Rockford Files." If Jonathan V. Last doesn't believe me, I suggest he watch HBO's "The Soprano's" and to see David Chase recycling many of the themes and subplots he first used when he was writing and producing that series in the 70s with Stephen J. Cannell. Humor, action, car chases, gunfights, morality, and a PI who rarely gets paid might lack the sex appeal of Sarah Michelle Gellar, but "The Rockford Files" is still in syndication nearly 30 years after the show premiered.