Not a good year for Dinesh D’Souza

Oy, the Schadenfreude!  In 2012, the conservative author of many books (including What’s So Great About Christianity?) and paragon of Christian virtue, Dinesh D’Souza, was forced to leave his post at The King’s College in New York after it was found out that he was engaged to another woman while still married to his wife of 20 years.  (The King’s College is a small, hyper-Christian school.)  Well, I don’t get too worked up about sexual peccadilloes, but in this case it was a bit hypocritical given D’Souza’s constant preaching about religion and God-givenmorality.

Things have just gotten worse for the 52-year old Republican. According to many sources, including the New York Times, D’Souza has been arrested for raising money fraudulently for a Senate candidate:

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said that Mr. D’Souza encouraged others to give $20,000 to a Senate candidate and reimbursed them for the donations. Election law prohibits such arrangements and caps donations at $5,000 per donor to any one candidate.

The Senate candidate was not identified in the indictment. Mr. D’Souza donated to only one federal candidate in 2012, giving $5,000 to Wendy Long, a New York Republican who lost her challenge to Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat.

. . . Prosecutors also charged Mr. D’Souza with causing the unidentified candidate’s campaign to unwittingly file false campaign documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

Why Wendy Long? Well, she and D’Souza were students together at Dartmouth, where they worked on the Dartmouth Review. As the Daily Beast reports:

D’Souza worked with Long on the infamous Dartmouth Review, an edgy conservative newspaper at Dartmouth College known for launching smart young right-wingers to prominence. In 1990, the pair apologized for printing an anti-Semitic quote from Hitler’s Mein Kampf in an edition of the publication distributed on Yom Kippur—an antic typical of the Review’s ethos of deliberate provocation. Long went on to become an attorney at several conservative institutions, including the Claremont Institute. She made her first run for office in 2012, and lost in a landslide to Gillibrand, New York’s incumbent Democratic senator.

D’Souza is a bad piece of work, and I can’t feel very sorry for him. If you want to read more about his series of troubles, the Daily Beast’s report is called “Dinesh D’Souza’s series of unfortunate events.

And here’s my Moment of Infamy with D’Souza at the Ciudad de las Ideas meeting in Puebla, Mexico in 2009.  As I said at the time, “I shook the hand that fondled Ann Coulter.” (I found out later that it apparently fondled Laura Ingraham as well.) Out, damned spot!

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I was crying inside–really!

51 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    sub. I could say more about D’Souza but…. roolz.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      D’Souza never bothered with roolz.

    • Achrachno
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

      If you know more about his behavior, how would telling us violate any of Jerry’s Roolz?

      • gbjames
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        I’d find myself using lengthy strings of highly offensive words. Pixels on your screen might ignite as a consequence.

  2. Alex
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    He looks so… normal

  3. gbjames
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Speaking of D’Souza, here he is acting as punching bag for Christopher Hitchens.

    • merilee
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      great video!

    • Sean
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Lol! He wrote a book about proof of the afterlife but here he claims there isn’t anyproof! What a looser.

      I am glad he got hitchslapped!

      ( proof that there is no god(s): D’Souza outliving Hitch!)

  4. NewEnglandBob
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I think no one is more deserving of his troubles than D’Souza. Schadenfreude indeed.

  5. moarscienceplz
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    “I shook the hand that fondled Ann Coulter.” (I found out later that it apparently fondled Laura Ingraham as well.)

    Ewwww!
    I think amputation is your only option at this point.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      +9

    • Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Ah, but he quoted the Scottish Play, he redeemed himself.

      • Tim Harris
        Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

        ‘Was this the hand that touched Ann Coulter’s tits/ And soothed the savage soul of Ingraham – / Sweet Dinesh, make me immortal with a kiss./ (KISSES) His lips suck forth my soul – see where it flies!/ Come, Dinesh, come, give me my soul again./ (KISSES) Here will I dwell, for Heav’n is in these lips, And all is dross that is not D’Souza…’ I think I’d better stop there.

  6. KP
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Out, damned spot!

    Hahahahahahaha!

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    How then did you cleanse that hand, Jerry — overnight soaking in CLR followed by vigorous scrubbing with muriatic acid and Brillo pads?

    Lucky for you, atheists have no policy comparable to Jesus’ (Mathew 5:30): “And then if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee.”

    • hank_says
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      I think our version would be:

      “If thy right hand offend thee, seek ye some Purell.”

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

        Or, maybe, “if thy right hand offend thee, rest it for awhile and try thy left hand.”

        • hank_says
          Posted January 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

          Oh, that’s good. That’s very good 😀

  8. Dermot C
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Never mind fraud, the jumper should be done for crimes against humanity.

  9. Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Jerry Coyne, defender of Evolution:

    (couldn’t help) 🙂

  10. Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    The hypocrisy of the Religious Right as astounding. What’s even more astounding is how much of it is self-inflicted as a result of attempting to be holier-than-anybody-else.

    Well, sure. Okay. Maybe you wish you were all pure and noble and what-not. But you’re not — and, statistically speaking, you’re worse than average. So why not do yourself a flavor and shut the fuck up?

    <sigh />

    b&

    • Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Probably because Jesus has died for their sins, they think they can sin once more… Ever heard of Dawkins having an affair with someone else than his wife?

      • gbjames
        Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        The nature of hypocrisy is to tell other people to behave one way while you behave another. What is the point of your question?

        • Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

          It was a rhetorical question, pointing to the supposed moral superiority of the religious.

      • Grania Spingies
        Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

        What two consenting adults get up to in private is certainly none of the public’s business. The issue is the level of jaw-dropping hypocrisy displayed by these self-appointed guardians of what is “right and moral”. As George Takei said, when someone makes public pronouncements on other people’s inferior morality, you can pretty much start a count-down before they themselves get caught with “a rent-boy from some South American country”.

        • Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

          “What two consenting adults get up to in private is certainly none of the public’s business.”

          Absolutely.

          • Tulse
            Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

            …unless they make it the public’s business by proclaiming publicly that they disapprove of what they are doing privately.

            It is most definitely the public’s business when public figures engage in hypocrisy.

  11. Hempenstein
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Expected this post after seeing the headline last night.

  12. Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Jerry, I think there is a typo in the last paragraph. It should read Ciudad de las Ideas instead of Ciudad des Ideas

  13. Marta
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    For heaven’s sake. Every one knows that the indictment against D’Souza is politically motivated. It’s the administration going after D’Souza for payback because of that documentary D’Souza made (Obama’s America).

    Benghazi!!

    ps. That picture with D’Souza is classic. I had to stand next to him for a picture, I’d cross my hands over my goolies, too.

    • Matt G
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Geez, Jerry, why didn’t you duck when you saw the camera?? You can’t simply destroy the negatives like in the old days.

    • Achrachno
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Marta has goolies?

  14. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    People like Dinesh D’Souza really need to learn about hybris. It appears he has learned the hard way when he could’ve learned the fun way through Agamemnon or Oedipus.

    Well, enjoy those Erinyes now Dinesh!

    • Kevin
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      I see Dinesh’s entire existence as contorted. It is like he is deciding, at nearly every crucial step, to choose a path for his life which is both unnecessary and irrational.

      It is like he is a broken and I am not sure he can learn anything that is good for him.

      • Achrachno
        Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

        “It is like he is deciding, at nearly every crucial step, to choose a path for his life which is both unnecessary and irrational.”

        Yes, there seems to be something odd and very rigid about him, or at least parts of his thinking. He just can’t find the truth because he’s clinging so hard to (Catholic?) dogma. Not a rare problem, but he seems unusually constipated, mentally.

  15. Lianne Byram
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Funny!

  16. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I feel sorry for Dinesh D’Souza. No, really.

    20 chapters and 14 verses of Exodus can really cut in to one’s free skirt-chasing time.

  17. Harold Valentine
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Snazzy sweater AMIRITE?!

    • Merilee
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      The sweater’s the best bit:-). Love the pink lanyards – seriously.

  18. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    D’Souza has in some ways done in his own career what he incredibly accused Obama of doing in his crazy recent book- first posing as a moderate and then revealing his extremist hand later on down the line.

    His official website omits his early books for small religious publishing houses including a biography of Jerry Falwell that praises him.

    He also wrote a very snarky & snide editorial upon the death of the pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty which was ridiculously disrespectful of the deceased. Rorty was a friend of my family.

    Schadenfreude, indeed.

  19. Jim Thomerson
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Just looking at the picture of you two guys in Mexico, I bet your bifurcation isn’t all that many generations back. 🙂 You may not want to get into geneology.

  20. hank_says
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    So Dinesh is an entitled little shit-stirrer for Jesus and has been since university (probably before).

    What I want to know is: what the f–k is going on with the ghastly sweater in that Sweet flamin’ crikey, that’s uglier than a dropped pie. Bet his mum still picks his outfits.

    In other news, the body language in that shot speaks volumes. Jerry is clearly uncomfortable and is listing heavily to port, while Dinesh seems delighted to be squicking him out.

    • hank_says
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      I missed a word above: “photo?” Bah!

    • Achrachno
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      “What I want to know is: what the f–k is going on with the ghastly sweater in that Sweet flamin’ [photo. C]rikey, that’s uglier than a dropped pie. Bet his mum still picks his outfits.”

      🙂 I appreciate the color you bring to the comments here. Thanks!

      • hank_says
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Cheers 🙂

  21. Raymond Moody
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    This is really lol. Open in browser and enjoy comments.

    Ray Sent from my iPad.

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  22. David Duncan
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    May I ask what penance Ceiling Cat imposed on you for your happy meeting with Dinesh? 🙂

    • Achrachno
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Why don’t you think that Jerry was happy because the meeting was finally over?

      Personally, D’Souza makes my skin crawl. I’d be ecstatic to be getting out of his presence. Perhaps I’m just projecting my feelings when I interpret Jerry’s cheery grin.

  23. Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the Leo Kottke joke: “I named the tune ‘William Powell,’ because it amazed me that a guy with no chin could make it in the film biz.”

    D’Sleazy.

  24. Jeffrey Shallit
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    When I taught at Dartmouth College, Dinesh D’Souza and his buddies at the Dartmouth Review engaged in a lot of reprehensible behavior. One of their most egregious acts was outing gay students. He’s been a nasty little weasel for a long, long time.


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