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Friday, April 19. 2013
Heard a bit of NPR this morning discussing the terror brothers. A number of the Boston professors and MIT students they interviewed opined along the lines of "this is what can happen when we aren't welcoming enough to immigrants." They all refused to opine on the Muslim angle (scared to?). An MIT Prof of Poli Sci said "One message is that each of us as individuals should try to do all we can to help immigrants feel more at home."
It was not satire.
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if we only Cared enough to Understand. they were wee chilrun with damaged Self Esteem. its our fault.
(I'm sorry) I'm sorry
(So sorry) So sorry
Please accept my apology
But love is blind
And I was to blind to see
Oh, oh, oh, oh
This is called "the therapeutic approach to Evil" which has never worked in all of human history.
Whatever we could ever do would never be enough. Auster was correct, I believe: we must separate from them.
The irrationality of the Left boggles my feeble mind.
Suppose a small government conservative had set off the bomb?
Do you think they would have said, "this is what can happen when we aren't welcoming enough to conservatives.?"
I think not.
So what is the difference?
Exactly. The libs consider wingnuts more of an enemy than they do Muzzie terrorists.
No therapeutic approach for wingnuts. Stomp them down!
The facts must fit the narrative. What's depressing is that I'm sure the professors & students are automatically thinking that in perfect good faith. I would be happier if it was conscious bull.
And heck we have no idea yet what their motivation really was. But no matter how bizarre and unexpected it may turn out to be, the facts will be made to serve this, and innumerable other, narratives.
Live stream - Boston/State Police....
Well, we are an easier target then the Russkies. They were probably protesting the women runners exposing their bodies and faces.
Hey, found a pic of wirraway:
the Oz aircraft... one of those was involved in a famous post-WW2 incident in which it managed to take off without a pilot, overflew Sydney or one of the major cities, avoided being shot down by Spitfires flown by war vets, and was last seen flying over the Pacific.
Hmm. It was a trainer. Is an aircraft that can take off by itself a good characteristic for a trainer, or a bad one?
I've a bit of Australian (made) military hardware behind me in the closet: a No. 1 Mk III Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle made at the Lithgow arsenal in 1918. Stamps on the butt, IIRC, indicate it was issued to the Civilian Military Force which I gather was like a home guard or army reserve. There's even a kangaroo stamped on there.
I bought it at a pawnshop just south of Atlanta; went there to interview a witness to a crime and they had a rack of old military surplus on sale. Always wanted a Lee-Enfield and it was only $75.00, so what the heck. Plus I was sort of tickled where it had ended up, so far away from home, in a pawn shop stuffed mostly with gaudy jewelry and cheap electronics.
trainers are known for their stable flight, so once it started, it just went.
I've got a Lee-Enfield Rifle No. 4 Mk 2 with the pigsticker bayonet. yours is far more epic.
author George MacDonald Fraser (Flashman series), in his autobiographical Quartered Safe Out Here, says that when the AKs and ARs have rusted into dust, the Khyber Pass will be held by tribesmen with Lee-Enfields.
Well mine has "epic" written all over it - it's very battered and worn. I doubt it saw action in WWI but thereafter who knows. I didn't expect it was safe to shoot at all, but the markings show it got re-arsenaled at least once; the barrel's newer than the rest of the rifle & the headspace turned out to be okay. Shoots fine.
I need to get my hands on the appropriate bayonet. Then it will look extra-epic. That "pigsticker" bayonet - talk about all business. Brrrr.
I've wanted to read Quartered Safe for a while. Recently I read Barbara Tuchman's Stillwell and the American Experience in China, which reminded me to look for Fraser's book.
GMF is much more entertaining of the two writers. he was a lance corporal in the Burma campaign and is very matter of fact about atrocities on both sides. he sees through his novelist eyes at times but he isn't Flashman's alter ego. complete contrast in tone from William Manchester's Goodbye, Darkness, which covers similar themes but is an emotional gristmill. they're on opposite ends of the bookshelf.
the spike bayonet isn't much to look at, it doesn't have a handle in the way most bayonets do. I've got a Japanese Type 30 sword bayonet, the blade is almost 16 inches long. now that's a bayonet.
Goodbye To All That is a good read, but yes the emotional filter throws up a caution. It's the matter-of-fact memoirs I find most interesting and I think they can be more revealing. For instance, I find Ernst Junger's Storm of Steel (the original version), with its matter-of-fact account of the fighting on the Western Front in WWI, to be a more powerful indictment of war than the consciously moralistic All Quiet On The Western Front.
On the other hand, Eugene Sledge's With The Old Breed is interesting because you get what is at once a very matter-of-fact and very emotional account of a soldier's experiences.
You'll want to find the vitriolic first edition of Goodbye To All That, the more common second edition was heavily revised. I like the post WW1 generation of writers -- Graves, Sassoon (Memoirs of an Infantry Officer), Hemingway and Kipling whose short story "The Gardener" ("‘Come with me,’ he said, ‘and I will show you where your son lies.’") is among the finest war stories. the disillusionment rings truer than the library shelves of "and I was there boy's own jerry and nip bashers" I drove through as a kid. only a few of those such as With The Old Breed that really shine (is there a better name for a Marine than "Sledge"?). Flags Of Our Fathers and, always, Quartered Safe Out Here round out the more contemporary books.
Didn't know that about Goodbye . . . getting revised. Mine is the Anchor paperback version you always see and yeah it's the 2nd Revised Edition.
I bought that book for a course I took in college; Professor was a born teacher who infected his students with his enthusiasm. He probably knew there was a first edition and he probably told us to look out for it if we could find it; I remember his required and recommended reading lists footnoted with that kind of detail, practically apologizing for not being able to find the version he wanted that the bookstore would stock!
That was an interesting course; a sprawling loosely defined seminar on Expressionism / Determinism in late 19th / early 20th C. literature. I am remembering now, in the clutch of WWI related things we read, that there were a few short stories by William Faulkner. I'm going to have to go re-read them to see if they're any good. I liked them at the time but I was a callow youth. They were presented as pure fiction, not memoir. IIRC Faulkner got turned down by the U.S. Army, joined some British (probably Canadian) reserve unit, never got posted right at the front and may or may not have been attached to the Royal Flying Corps. But apparently he absorbed enough from the ready-made spectacle of a wasteland to write a few evocative stories.
NPR almost certainly did some selection of interviewees as a form of editing.
Besides, living in such a PC environment, one would be foolish to make un-PC statements to the press.
Of course, maybe the Gordian Knot is that they were all idiots.
Of course, maybe the Gordian Knot is that they were all idiots.
Probable, even. The modern university specializes in producing idiots, and it starts with the faculty. Not to say the professors can't be good in their specialty, but it is such a hot house environment that they have little concept of history, religious motivations, or human nature. That ignorance makes them suckers for appeals to their vanity, as in, you don't want to agree with the opinions of knuckle dragging, retarded, non-academics, you are one of smart crowd.
An MIT professor of Poly Sci has got to be a token idiot to make the STEM majors feel like they are in Boston.
My question is why is there a Poli Sci professor at MIT?
MIT is an elite STEM institution, why do they need a Poli Sci department? Why would you ever go to MIT for Poli Sci?
Our secondary education institutions are a total mess.
MIT used have a specialty in the politics of technology - industrial policy, government R&D, etc. They were big on nuclear proliferation and nuclear strategic studies too.
That might have changed but the they were legitimate fits with the school's overall technical focus.
That would actually make sense. Most of what passes as Poly Sci today is just leftist politics dressed up as academics...and I repeat myself.
HAHA . . .
I heard the same thing on NPR this morning.
They were trying so hard to back away from saying Muslim and terrorist - it was hilarious.
One commentator said something like "Well - if they have been in this country for 10 years - this no doubt should be considered "home grown" terrorism"
It really was like satire.
I will also add that I am really relieved that it wasn't an "angry white man" who owned guns.
Surely their firearms are properly registered in Massachusetts...
MIT has had a Poly Sci department for a long time, it was there when I was there in the early '70's. Course XVII. Think about it - wouldn't it be nice to have someone in government who can do math?
I live north of Boston. My first thought was how two young men from Cambridge were able to acquire handguns.
It's virtually impossible to legally own a handgun in the famous city of sanctuary that is a declared nuclear-free zone. Even by Commonwealth standards,the laws are draconian.
Jihad springs eternal in the Muslim mind (did I really write 'mind'). Older brother never wanted to fit in ('hey, little brother, let's be martyrs'). And Nazi Party Radio perpetuates the cause. Liberals who can't stand the truth society.
One is moved to wonder what Chuck Schumer et al are thinking today about the fate of their precious immigration bill. Certainly the sycophants at NPR are going to go out of their way to mitigate the damage done by these Chechen clowns. Ditto New York Times: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/19/new-york-times-sympathy-for-the-devil/far-from-homeland-google-search/. And some woman at The Atlantic is stirring up the pot as well: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/04/us-anti-muslim-crowd-mighty-pleased-itself/64390/
I KNOW! I lived in Chile for two years and I didn't feel at home, so I set off a bomb.
Cards on the table: I am a Math Prof at a UK university.
What I find interesting (disturbing) is that most of the terrorists are quasi-assimilated or privileged and then radicalised.
To take two examples, the suspected Boston bombers have been in the States 10 years (if I have read correctly). The 7/7 bombers in the UK were all UK born.
I take as read that we are facing a resurgence of militant Islam but what worries me is that, in some sense, we are providing the militants.
So my paranoid assertion is that the liberal left are not just providing cover for these people, but, by providing a rhetoric of oppression and blame, they are largely (and, I concede, unintentionally) responsible for producing them in the first place.
What struck me was the comment that one of them 'never had an American friend'. It sounds to me like he was the pet project of Cambridge inclusiveness, that didn't actually, you know, include people who were different. I'm not making excuses, but they may have been better off rubbing shoulders in Southie or Somerville rather than the rarified air of Cambridge.
Geee, Officer Krupke, We never had the love that every child oughta get! We ain't no delinquents, we're misunderstood....
Show the world what real justice is: conduct an open, fair trial; convict him; hang him publicly; broadcast the hanging live worldwide.
This event undermines two major liberal agenda items: "gun control" (can you imagine living in downtown Watertown without the means to legally defend your family?); and amnesty for illegals (we can plainly see the flaws in our indiscriminate pr unenforced immigration practices).
Any way you slice it, Islam is incompatible with the American way of life; it espouses blind submission or death and many other dangerous ideas with which we cannot "coexist."
The News Hour was pushing the same line. It's clear that their turn to terrorism will be our fault.