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"The real democratic American ideal is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but |
that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Friday, August 23, 2002
Posted 8:00 PM by WiN
Live in Maryland?
Got cats your landlord has told you to get rid of? Does said landlord own a shotgun, by chance? Best be picking out a tin box.
Posted 2:59 PM by WiN
TSA: The world might be round
I couldn't believe my ears this morning. The newsreader said that the TSA is "considering" the possibility of air travelers not having to answer asinine questions like "are you a bomb-packing terrorist?" Well, not exactly, but you know the ones I mean. Here's an article in the Washington Post about it: Gov't Seeks to Ease Airport Hassles (washingtonpost.com)
I love this line:
"All passengers do not pose equal security threats," Wascom said. "Why should we continue to ask these simple questions of everyone? We should be focusing on people who are higher security risks."This person obviously doesn't work for the government. Like most government requirements, it might have been useful once, but has long since become inane. How it started:
Billie Vincent, a former Federal Aviation Administration security chief, said the U.S. requirement that passengers be questioned originally included five or six questions written 16 years ago after two incidents in Europe involving men who deceived their girlfriends into carrying explosives onto planes.So take comfort in the fact that, even though they'll still be patting down little old ladies, at least airport personnel won't be prying into your personal relationship with your baggage.
Posted 2:24 PM by WiN
Hate is not a family value
Ever get sick of Lefty bumper stickers? I mean, really. You see these kind of bumper stickers around here (central OK) pretty infrequently, so they stick out like Al Sharpton at a St. Patrick's Day parade. One that really gives me Charles Barron disease (wanting to slap the nearest white person, in this case the lefty driver), is the "Hate is not a family value" or its' counterpart "Just say No to hate". Now how can you tell these are lefties, you might ask? Well, they almost always have to give themselves away with another indicator (besides driving a 20-year-old Volvo with the windows down in August), like a Gore/Lieberman sticker, or "Celebrate Diversity" sticker (no! whaddya say we celebrate conformity today?), or maybe a "Blessed Be" (I've yet to see a "Wiccans for Bush" sticker - the GOP's in bed with those intolerant fundamentalist Christians, don't ya know).
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Posted 1:08 PM by WiN
Richard Dreyfuss on NRO?
Yes, and an outstanding read. Dreyfuss used to be about my favorite actor, and I still love his performances in "The Goodbye Girl" and "Jaws" - neither movie would have been the same with someone else, IMHO. His moving tribute to Charlton Heston include these marvolous words:
"It has become fashionable to characterize his politics; almost as if his politics were a separate thing, like Diana's popularity. People are either defensive or patronizing (if not contemptuous). I can only say I wish all the liberals and all the conservatives I knew had the class and forbearance he has. Would I be as patient or serene when so many had showed me such contempt, or tried to make me feel stupid or small? I doubt it, truly I do. This is dignity, simply and completely. A much more important quality than political passion at the end of the day, and far more lacking, don't you think?"Indeed, Mr. Dreyfuss. Indeed.
Monday, August 19, 2002
Posted 8:49 PM by WiN
Dare to dream - make it happen
Posted 7:53 PM by WiN
It gets hard when they cheer
"We're not saints, we're just doing our jobs. It's not easy, I admit. And it gets hard when they cheer when the bodies are brought in."Are there any words for such a tenacious grip on humanity in the face of such barbarity? Not from me, there aren't. [link via cut on the bias]
Posted 2:50 PM by WiN
Cynthia McKinney, we've found your soul mate
In his Monday Bleat, James Lileks links to what may be the definitive liberal screed of the year, or in his words
"...a piece that might well be the most brilliant summation of incandescent lunacy I’ve seen in a major newspaper; you’d almost think it was parody - but even if it is, you’ll not find a more passionate summation of the anti-American argument than this."Yes, this idiot has taken it upon himself to point out to the mindless sheep that are the American public that
You have become a nation of monsters, America. Hypocrites. Murderers. Fools.I mean, this guy has issues. Just to touch on a few
"Ten to one this piece is a government plant to discredit the opposition. The beauty of the idea, of course, is that there’s nothing here with which the idiotarians disagree."Me, I think it's just a not-so-barely-disguised troll. But it's an amusing commentary in that it describes all the favored left-liberal issues to a tee and sounds utterly ridiculous doing it. I wish this guy a long and happy life - in Canada, where he belongs.
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Posted 7:46 PM by WiN
Slap a whitey for your health
Well the Reparations Rally has been held in D.C., and it's not surprising what kind of people showed up. An obviously unbalanced councilman from New York City produced the quote of the day:
"I want to go up to the closest white person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing,' and then slap him, just for my mental health," Charles Barron, a member of the New York City Council, told the crowd.Well, that about says it all, doesn't it. Two to three thousand demonstrators came from 'as far away as Texas' (whoa, I'm impressed) to demand money from "America" for "what they've endured". Well. Besides being the wealthiest, healthiest and longest lived blacks in history and living in a country that outlawed slavery as an institution long before many predominately black countries (many of which have a thriving slave trade even today), you think you still have something coming to you? Sorry, it ain't gonna happen. You'd be much better off expending all that energy you're putting into seeking handouts into furthering your education and getting a better job, working on your own version of the "American dream" like hundreds of thousands of blacks and other minorities already have. Otherwise, you will almost certainly die poor and bitter, and that's no way to lived.
If you want to fight for justice, fight for the slaves who are bought and sold every day in Africa. Then at least your anger might accomplish something positive. Railing about how unfair life has been to you won't get you anywhere and smacks of adolescent angst. Do yourselves a favor and get on with your lives.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.