We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We do our children a disservice to raise them to entrust all to officialdom’s security blanket. Geraldo-like “protection” is a delusion: when something goes awry — whether on a September morning flight out of Logan or on a peaceful college campus — the state won’t be there to protect you. You’ll be the fellow on the scene who has to make the decision. As my distinguished compatriot Kathy Shaidle says:
When we say “we don’t know what we’d do under the same circumstances”, we make cowardice the default position.
Rather than inspire us to seize hard-earned opportunities, Jesse and Al have specialized in blackmailing white folks for profit and attention. They were at it again last week, helping to turn radio shock jock Don Imus’ stupidity into a world-wide crisis that reached its crescendo Tuesday afternoon when Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer led a massive pity party/recruiting rally.
Hey, what Imus said, calling the Rutgers players "nappy-headed hos," was ignorant, insensitive and offensive. But so are many of the words that come out of the mouths of radio shock jocks/comedians.
Imus’ words did no real damage. Let me tell you what damaged us this week: the sports cover of Tuesday’s USA Today. This country’s newspaper of record published a story about the NFL and crime and ran a picture of 41 NFL players who were arrested in 2006. By my count, 39 of those players were black.
You want to talk about a damaging, powerful image, an image that went out across the globe?
We’re holding news conferences about Imus when the behavior of NFL players is painting us as lawless and immoral. Come on. We can do better than that. Jesse and Al are smarter than that.
Did anyone else notice that there wasn't a peep from critics about Vivien Stringer praising her players as 'articulate' during the press conference? Can you imagine what would have happened if Imus, in his apology, had called the players articulate? Yet, this is how Stringer defended their honor... and not a word mentioned about it.
"I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements regarding the members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. These talented, articulate young women put forth a great deal of hard work and effort this past season to reach the nation's grandest stage -- the NCAA title game," -- Vivien Stringer
I get no pleasure from being contrary, but I feel I must re "“we don’t know what we’d do under the same circumstances”". One can train, rehearse, exercise for the worst, but that first time is still an unknowable. Cowardice is always the default position in that case, and so what? But this type of cowardice is of a completely different nature than what I referred to in a previous post. Nature/Nurture? A very complex subject. Its under the kilt or not. I don't necessarily think less of those with nothing to alter the breeze. Exceptions abound, as always.
mal, thanks for the link. Though I felt guilty reading it. Do we need such detail?
"Harry Reid offers immediate unconditional surrender to Al Quaida in Iraq."
I have no problem with Harry Reid surrendering to Al Quaida in Iraq or anywhere else. In fact, the sooner that he surrenders, the sooner he can leave Congress. I just hope that he gets a few score of his invertebrate legislative colleagues to join him. And for heaven's sake, take our two Illinois U.S. Senators first--don't make us suffer any longer.
Who is this Jason Whitlock fellow? Excellent article.I agreed with almost everything he said. He implied though that the black American race needs new leadership. Why? Why do you consider yourself a member of a race before an individual? I can understand having role models and people to look up to, but I don't need anyone to tell me how to vote or think just because he or she shares my skin color. My God is the only one who tells me what to do. We have to get away from group think. At this time I am favoring Fred Thompson for Prez, but if Thom Sowell or Walter Williams would enter the race I would have to dump old Fred. I guess I should add that I'm white to better make the point.
In response to Luther's comment I will just add that while I agree that we still don't know how one would react in a specific situation, training and preperation, for theoretically correct response, i.e., more aggressive resistance, might inspire at least one or a few to take action and that might just be enough in a given situation.