Guys, shut up and do business. And while you’re at it, just to reduce the humor factor, can we stop with the word “tactical” already? I mean, which firearms DON’T involve tactics of some sort or another?
There’s a certain amount of chortling in the dextrosphere over Obama confusing the Malvinas with the Maldives. It’s kind of understandable; the Maldives are much close to Sweet Home Indonesia than the collection of rocks in the South Atlantic. And if one is going to object to the exploitation of the various gaffes of President Bush, it is only fair not to exploit the gaffes of President Fifty-seven States. The real gaffe was in not saying “the so-called Islas Malvinas” or “as Argentina calls them, the Malvinas”. But that would have implied a commitment to Do Something, when Britain no longer can and Obama never would. And it might have been confusing to the Argentines, who seem to have a problem of late with the concept that Words Have Meanings. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, their Presidentess, said upon stealing her third private company, “I’m the head of state, not a thug”, which in the face of such evidence to the contrary is mightily redolent of Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook”. (We will for the moment ignore the argument that “head of state” and “thug” are synonyms.). Sine $18B or so is worth more in the modern world than 3140 humans and some possible oil, I suspect we’ll be seeing a warmup act for the coming Reunion of China, at which point the President will affirm that the Island of Thailand must remain independent.
John Derbyshire is out at National Review. I don’t have a lot of opinion about that, any more than I had a lot of opinion about the piece that sparked it. The premise was flawed, because most of us don’t have “the talk“; the talk happens incrementally, and for better or worse, most of us have the race thing figured out by puberty (and the “us” there is race-inclusive). The timing was colossally bad for such an article. And any collective conclusions on race, no matter how exhaustively hotlinked, are by definition racist. If I were to write, “Ashkenazi Jews are more intelligent than the rest of us,” that would be a racist statement, because the individual Jew in front of me could be a complete moron.
But that word “racist” is the issue. The boy has cried “wolf!” once too often. (Wait, can I use “boy” in a discussion about race?). It’s the new “Witch!” When people can seriously suggest that Mary J. Blige singing about fried chicken for Burger King supports a racial stereotype, the concept is bankrupt…. because of course all black people like their fried chicken cut into strips and served in a tortilla with three cheeses and lettuce, just as they eat cut and seeded watermelon from sherbet glasses, and a wealthy and accomplished black artist had to take Burger King’s money and turn race traitor because she’s oppressed.
Does anybody really truly give a shit about what one blogger has to say, except insofar as it can be used to score points against National Review (where, it should be noted, it did not appear)? Well, National Review does, because it’s their brand, and Derb is associated; that’s understandable. But if nobody cared, and nobody complained, what then? And if people really gave a shit, wouldn’t they try to refute Derbyshire’s links, to discredit the idea, instead of deciding that the author had, in the memorable words of one commenter, “intellectual lice”?
Let’s talk about some real racism. A guy in his 20s shoots a teenager. That’s a tragedy, not only for the now-dead teen, but for the shooter, who must second-guess his own actions, run the legal gauntlet, and know he is responsible for taking a human life. Then let’s add the element of race. Now the tragedy for the shooter is multiplied, because he lives in fear of mob violence. But that’s only the beginning, the stone in the pond creating its ripples. Neo-Nazis and New Black Panthers (but I repeat myself) walk the streets of Sanford Florida (or at least pretend to). An old man in Toledo is beaten by teens avenging Trayvon (or so it’s at first claimed) . Black people in Tulsa are shot for no apparent reason, possibly by a white man. A video surfaces of a white man being beaten and robbed by a black mob.
To my white friends pushing the “Racist!” meme to score a few cheap political points: most of you live in mixed race or even white-minority areas. How fucking stupid is it to foment a race war in which you are highly likely to be a casualty?
This has freaked a lot of folks out. Even our own guys over at Ace of Spades are overreacting. MOst of this stuff I have no problem with: pledge to uphold the platform, or don’t run. The sexual stuff is a little silly, unenforceable, and even un-Christian; if Jesus can forgive your past infidelities, why can’t the Laurens Co. Republicans?
And since there’s no legal way to enforce any of it, one has to ask: WTF were they thinking in pushing this, given that it plays directly into the Progressive libel that Republicans are theocrats?
You want to suspend elections, Beaver? Then you’re cool with those who would like you out of office removing you by non-electoral means? I mean, you’re clearly in violation of your oath of office; advocating violation of the US Constitution is clearly not supporting it:
Sec. 4. Oath of office for Governor.
The Governor, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall, before any Justice of the Supreme Court, take an oath or affirmation that he will support the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the State of North Carolina, and that he will faithfully perform the duties pertaining to the office of governor.
OK, I don’t much care if he sent a babe a crotch shot. I do care about the coverup, and the fact that he’s accusing somebody of a crime without getting law enforcement involved. He’s moved pretty solidly into the “clown” category. I’ll bet Huma is having second thoughts about their wedding having been officiated by a serial philanderer (Bill Clinton). At AoSHQ, Ben says of the notorious Dana Bash interview, “Honestly, this is the second worst press conference I’ve ever seen. Only the Bud [sic] Dwyer press conference was worse. ” Though the Dwyer press conference had a happy ending (not for Dwyer).
Gotta wonder how long we’ll be eating the popcorn on this one.
Lee Stranahan, who is developing a reputation as the last honest liberal, just quit the Huffington Post over their dumping of Andrew Breitbart for things he said somewhere else.. So there’s two. Then there’s the strike. Apparently AOL has once again demonstrated their exquisite sense of market timing. Pretty soon Arianna is going to be playing with herself.
Apparently Ms. Deathmountain had a conniption when she realized that, in doing her reporterly duty by calling a spade a spade, she was going to have to use the “c-word” (and no, not the one that gives normal women conniptions).
People talk about this “war on Christmas”. It’s not a war; if it were, there’d be fighting back, and casualties on both sides. It’s not a war; it’s an edit. The term slowly and thoughtlessly leaves our vocabulary. Much of everyday speech is a parroting back of what we hear. We tend not to speak the same big words that we use when writing, because nobody else does. We pick up a little of the accent when speaking with somebody who speaks accented English. And mindlessly, even if we’re Christians, we say “happy holidays”, because that’s what anyone else says, anymore. The only difference with Totenberg’s crowd is that they think the words are important enough to give offense, and to apologize for. Most of us don’t care even that much.
Y’all want to fight a war for Christmas? Quit wishing people “Merry Christmas” when it’s not December 25. Wish them “Happy Advent”. That’s what it is, and they need to be reminded. If God is going to come to earth, they’d better be ready — especially when it happens again. If they don’t have a concept of Advent (and even many Christians don’t), they’ll have to think about it, which is a Good Thing. If they take Advent seriously, they will take Christmas seriously. Afterwards, you can use “Happy Christmastide” for the Twelve Days. Yes, there are other times to remember in there, but “Happy St. Stephen’s Day” or “Happy Holy Innocents” or “Happy Bris of Jesus Holy Name” is too much too soon, and might tend to harsh their seasonal mellow. Being hit the day after with gift returns at your retail job and being hit with rocks until you die are not exactly the same thing.
And to all of you, happy Holy Days and a merry Christ Mass. (though what Mass isn’t a Christ Mass?)
If you look at the US, you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate — they can’t read,” he said.
“I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here, only because nobody knows where China is.”
Ahem. That would be me, Mikey; I don’t have a passport. The 10th Amendment says I don’t need one, but your control-freak predecessors said otherwise. And maybe I’d be more likely to get one and See The World if air travel were not probable cause for a strip search. Anyway, apparently the main reason for foreign travel is to bash your country from a comfortable distance, and I’m not interested in that.
As for reading, you might want to compare those who got their information from the Internet to those who got it from the TV, and tell me how each bloc voted.
I’m assuming that you meant the voters here, rather than the elected officials. If you really think there are Congressmen who can’t read (as opposed to Congressment who don’t read, which is documented fact), you should name names; you can afford a libel suit or ten. I’ve got to be fair though, because you also said this:
“We’ve got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else, and take a look at ourselves,” he said.
That’s true. But fixing the problem will look a whole lot like a trade war. If I’m used to eating out all the time, lose my job, and have to cook at home, am I boycotting restaurants? If we can’t afford to outsource all our production to China (and we never could afford that), and start doing it here, is that protectionist?
Facebook is a wonderful thing; it causes friends of a mutual friend to meet each other, sometimes at high velocity without seatbelts.
Sorry, [redacted], you can’t do that [because I unfriended him first -JAQ]
Hey, if it had been me on your thread beating on your friends, you’d be within your rights. But you came onto my thread, looking for a challenge, and a challenge found you. You might turn a search engine to “Billy Beck” some day; you’ve encountered an Internet legend. I’m not inclined toward censorship, or flushing things down the memory hole. And you’ve shown yourself to be allied to those who are so inclined. It’s probably best that we don’t interact politically.
On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM, [redacted] wrote:
I don’t need insults from some two-bit whack-job on Face-Book. You will delete the string that he and I have gotten into or you will be “de-friended”.
I respect you as a fellow musician in this town, and although I might disagree with your political views, I have until now, understood these views, as mistakened as they may be. You have been at least civil, but to endorse your buddy today negates that perception.
I will not tolerate being called a “commie” by some punk who doesn’t even know who I am. I’m fucking serious.
Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration, I remain-
Very Truly Yours,
A damned shame… a decent chap overall, and an excellent tenor. But really, what did he expect, and what did he think I was made of? He’s not the first person I’ve blown off when they commanded me to change a Net post.
And remember, those “commies” own us already, as China holds most of our debt.
Billy Beck: Hokay, then. You’re all set. Good luck.
That was the place where a wise man would have stopped.
UPDATE: [redacted] wanted to make nice, asked me to lunch to talk. And hey, I was cool with that; I was really not upset with the guy at all. But then he called me back, saying “I’ve got a lot of musical contacts in this town; I’ve gotten a program or two cancelled.” and talking all worried that “that nutjob” was going to show up to lunch. I’m seeing a guy go into full meltdown over a stranger on the Internet calling him a “Commie”….act as if he were being bullied, and respond by bullying himself. I’m sorry, but that’s not psychological health. And I’ve really got to worry about this guy…for his sake and for mine.
I’m putting this out there so that, if I end up dead in an alley somewhere, y’all can have the cops subpoena my Facebook account.