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Friday, November 07, 2003
Posted 11:50 AM by WiN
An interesting observation on the OpinionJournal - Taste Page:
In news sure to depress those for whom Republican stinginess and antipathy for the less fortunate is an article of faith, the Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy has just released its Generosity Index 2003, which ranks states not just by how much their residents give per capita but also by how much they give relative to what they earn. As OpinionJournal.com reader Gabriel Openshaw pointed out to us, the resulting index shows that the top 20 states all went for George W. Bush in the 2000 election--while 15 of the 20 least generous went for Al Gore. Maybe, he suggests, the difference is that those in red states are more generous with their own money while those in blue states are more likely to be generous with other people's money.Ain't it the truth, brother, ain't it the truth.
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Posted 2:56 PM by WiN
Where do you want to pray today?
Posted 12:46 PM by WiN
Why are Iraqis still shooting at American soldiers, ostensibly their 'liberators'? A Sergeant Reginald Abram, mused thusly in an article in Asia Times (second paragraph from the bottom) [link via James Taranto]:
"[I]t's not difficult to understand why somebody might pick up an AK-47 against us. Maybe we killed his father in the first Gulf War, maybe in this Gulf War, maybe he's just a dick."Well, that about covers it, don't you think?
Posted 9:30 AM by WiN
Can we talk?
There has been a massive, self-righteous uproar from the lefties over remarks made by a deputy undersecretary of defense, Gen. Jerry Boykin, as he related how his Christian faith impacted his life as a member of U.S. Special Forces often sent to the hottest hot spots in the world. But while reading Ross Mackenzie's column today, I read for the first time this quote from David Gelernter:
"Granted, ours is an Offended Age. All right, I'm offended (might as well get with the program). As a practicing Jew, I am offended when Jews all over the country pop up to denounce angrily some hapless truth-teller who says what is obvious, that this is a Christian country, ... (that) Christianity is (at any rate) a variant of Judaism, formed on a Jewish armature. ... By erecting and maintaining America on Christian principles, Christians have tendered Jews the deepest of compliments. Why not accept it in that spirit?"A pretty profound statement, if you ask me, and one which leftists, especially liberal Jews, should ponder.
As for Gen. Boykin, I'm proud to have him representing me as a member of my government. A stronger, more courageous man would be hard to find, but it takes a special kind of courage to speak the truth in the midst of the storm, and to stand up and be counted as a follower of Jesus Christ. I feel certain that God has a special reward for him, and that this present suffering will pale in comparison. He's a great American in my book, and I pray that he continues to serve his country for many years to come. Illigitimi non carborundum, Brother Boykin.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Posted 2:58 PM by WiN
Lileks gem - alert the RNC
I haven't read Lileks in, like, months, and I sorely regret it. How many gems like this one have I missed?
(I l)earn that Howard Dean temporarily called himself a “metrosexual.” Shudder. Do they have that on tape? Lee Atwater would have the commercial in production already: Split screen. On the right, Bush in flight suit, walking on the deck, waving, giving the thumbs up. On the left, Dean in a loop: “I’m a metrosexual. I’m a metrosexual. I’m a metrosexual.” Nothing more. Tagline: Bush. He doesn’t moisturize. He doesn’t tweeze. And he never had a pedicure.Coming soon, to a primetime commercial spot near you.
Posted 10:02 AM by WiN
VRWC Censors CBS
So, the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy® has succeeded in "censoring" media giant CBS, forcing it to air the fictionalized-history miniseries "The Reagans" on the Showtime channel of its parent company Viacom's cable arm, rather than broadcast TV. But is this censorship, or market-driven economics. The producers of "The Reagans" are in business for one reason - to make money. And while they were probably chuckling up their sleeves at the prospect of airing the pseudo-historical production portraying conservative hero Ron Reagan as a blundering, heartless dolt and his wife as a scheming shrew, one thing they didn't count on was pre-airing debate over the veracity of their clever depiction.
As Terry Teachout explains [link via James Taranto], the "new media" now has the power to veto the "old media"'s excesses and outrageous behavior, a power which heretofore was unheard of. And as Taranto points out, if some genius had decided to take liberties with the portrayal of a liberal icon (Bill Clinton, say), the outrage from the left would have been long and loud (not to mention whiney and self-righteous).
If Hollywood wants to entertain itself by making derogatory, mocking, and mendacious films about conservative icons, it can go right ahead. Just don't try to foist them off on mainstream America as "historically accurate portrayals", or prepare to have your commercial head handed to you by the New Media.
UPDATE: John Fund has a particularly well-thought-out take on the whole affair.
The fact is that while CBS has an eye for its logo it also has a cultural tin ear.In today's Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal
UPDATE: I can't let this issue pass without posting this exquisite quote from Seth Leibsohn on NRO:
The hysteria over historical accuracy is best exemplified by that great scholar Barbra Streisand, whose husband portrayed Ronald Reagan in the now-shelved CBS miniseries. Streisand writes: "I don't believe Democrats often, if ever, try to muscle the First Amendment like this." Never mind the small fact that the First Amendment applies against the government, not CBS. But I suppose Professor Streisand's point is why Dr. Laura still has a television show.Moral: truth is a devastating weapon against vindictive liberal blather.
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.