|One Nation, Under God...||
"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 30, 2002
Posted 1:20 PM by WiN
And he probably has a much better grasp on what 'real' Americans are like than anyone at CBS (or the Washington Post, for that matter).
Posted 1:02 PM by WiN
The Real Beverly Hillbillies
For those who haven't already heard, CBS is bringing back The Beverly Hillbillies. Cool, you might say, but isn't Max Baer a little old for this stuff? Well, no, it's not a remake, it's going to be a reality show. The premise is to bring a "multi-generational family of five or more" from somewhere in the "mountainous, rural areas" of Arkansas, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee or Kentucky to Beverly Hills and put them up for a year in a mansion with money for fancy cars, designer clothes and hot-and-cold-running servants.
My first reaction on hearing this was "No way they would cast a black family for this". Rod Dreher agrees with me. These people are going to be essentially held up for ridicule by cosmopolitan Blue America the same way Ozzie and his maladjusted clan have been. You can bet your bottom dollar they'll be white, probably Christians of some stripe (their religious beliefs will either be scoffed at or ignored) and something more than a sandwich or two short of a picnic. Thousands of self-satisfied, sophisticated Boomers and (hopefully) Gen X and Y'ers will tune in to laugh at these ignorant bumpkins as they express wonder and amazement at jacuzzi tubs, white linen tablecloths, wine lists and pate de foi gras.
The whole idea makes me sick. To me, it's the moral equivalent to tying a tin can to a cat's tail - cruelty for amusement's sake. Like the Minstrel Shows of old, CBS's audience will sit back and guffaw at another culture's lack of 'sophistication' and knowledge of the ways of modern society. How sad that the entertainment industry would stoop so low, but nobody ever seems to lose money underestimating the taste of the American viewing public.
Posted 12:24 PM by WiN
Some real gems in today's Federalist Digest. Some examples:
From the "Je$$e Ja¢k$on 'I have a $¢heme' " Files, Ja¢k$on hired Chicago Demo Rep. Mel Reynolds onto the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition payroll. You will recall Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute pardons spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sexual relations with an underage campaign volunteer. Amazing coincidences: An ex-congressman, who had sex with a subordinate, won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, and then got hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate. And these are only the ones that surfaced. And just what is Reynolds's new job? Youth counselor. Sounds like he will fit right in.
Speaking of globalist duplicity, at a cost of more than $50 million, 60 thousand people are flocking to Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. Ironically, the pollution produced by these environmental do-gooders over the course of 10 days will equal the pollution created by half a million Africans over the course of one year! While polluting, summit attendees are slated to discuss climate change, greenhouse gas emissions limitations, endangered species, deforestation, environmental racism, food distribution, sanitation, population control and -- the most repeated two words in Johannesburg over these 10 days -- "sustainable development." When someone says that he is in favor of "sustainable development," you can be confident that what he really means is that he favors crippling economies with governmental regulations in order to guard against environmental problems that don't actually exist. Truth be known, the only people lending the time of day to the sustainable development doctrine are the same people who still consider Thomas Malthus and Paul Ehrlich (of 1968 "population bomb" fame) reliable sources of information.There's plenty more Good Stuff in there....Joe Bob sez "Check it out".
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Posted 3:11 PM by WiN
A Fisk and a Screed
Blogging is cathartic - it gives you a chance to voice your opinion, piss and moan about injustice, idiocy, self-righteousness or whatever else is on your mind. Fisking is fun, too (c'mon, admit it). Tearing apart some poor sap's carefully (or not so much) thought-out column or article, pointing out errors that slap you across the face like a 25-lb. tuna and logic better suited to the bar-room than the courtroom, gives you a nice, smug, self-satified feeling.
But, as in golf, watching a pro at work often seems worlds away from your own comparitively feeble efforts. Today, I commend to you two great reads, one a classic Fisk, the other one of lilek (James') inimitable Screeds™. Enjoy.
Posted 7:47 AM by WiN
Our man in Sudan
For those who may have missed it, WOC is hosting a series of posts by a retired Naval Intelligence Officer who recently returned from an NGO mission in Sudan (on the U.S.'s "naughty country" list). Some facinating reading on how the U.S. handles missions in countries that are persona non grata, Norway's role in international relations, how the Sudanese people really feel about America, and why the Sudanese refer to any crop as "Reagan" as in "the Reagan is growing well this year". Check it out, along with Katzman's Iraq round-up.
Monday, August 26, 2002
Posted 12:32 PM by WiN
California declares home educators "unqualified", home schoolers "truant"
In this column from last Friday, Michelle Malkin highlights the latest attempt by the educational-industrial complex to shut down those ararchist home-schoolers who are showing up publicly schooled students in academic competitions, national tests and colleges across the nation by making home schooling against the law. She predicts, and I agree, that this will backfire wildly on them and become a PR disaster.
The NEA and their minions are running scared from competition of any kind, and now that home schooling is becoming a significant force (Malkin quotes the figure 1.2 million home-schooled children), they have turned their sites on California home-schoolers. By doing so, they risk another significant loss in the legal system to go with the recent Supreme Court voucher decision.
I predict that California home schoolers will prevail in the courts and there is a good chance they would join forces with other alternative education advocates to push through an initiative petition that could severely limit public school authority. The tide is turning against the moribund status quo in education, and I think it's a good sign and portends an eventual slow climb back up to respectability for the American education system.
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.