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.
On Maggie's Farm, our Jewelweed†(aka Touch-Me-Not)†is now†in bloom everywhere there are damp, semi-shady spots. Where there is Jewelweed, there will be Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds if you sit down and watch.
I appreciate the humor. I'm not on lithium, I'm looking for a reasonable explaination why I cannot use the N-word after heavily qualifying why I am doing so and after MF has previously used it in the title of a thread. 45 days ago.
And while I admit I was once a profession agent provocateur, (among many other duties) that is not my intent on this blog. However that also doesn't mean that you can impugn my integrity when the body of scholarship is considerably divided over the use of the word to begin with, particularly within the African American community.
You used it in a thread headline. I used it to describe and African American who is one.
If you don't want it used on your site I suggest you refrain from giving it legitamacy and tacit approval for usage
Gotta go mow the lawn before it gets too hot ...later
Here is an interesting article from the Harvard Law Bulletin by Randall Kennedy
I have a hunting friend like you. Army intel, supposedly, but I guess CIA which he would never admit. He walked out of Lebanon across the desert years ago with a bullet in his back and a bullet in his butt. Tough as a mule, stubborn as a donkey, critical as a schoolmarm, and reckless as a downhill racer. Still is.
I do not take you silence as approval or disapproval for you have a conumdrum before you that is a keen one.
I ran across this in a search of the origins of PC. Perhaps we can both learn.
In 1923 in Germany, a think-tank is established that takes on the role of translating Marxism from economic into cultural terms, that creates Political Correctness as we know it today, and essentially it has created the basis for it by the end of the 1930s. This comes about because the very wealthy young son of a millionaire German trader by the name of Felix Weil has become a Marxist and has lots of money to spend. He is disturbed by the divisions among the Marxists, so he sponsors something called the First Marxist Work Week, where he brings Lukacs and many of the key German thinkers together for a week, working on the differences of Marxism.
And he says, "What we need is a think-tank." Washington is full of think tanks and we think of them as very modern. In fact they go back quite a ways. He endows an institute, associated with Frankfurt University, established in 1923, that was originally supposed to be known as the Institute for Marxism. But the people behind it decided at the beginning that it was not to their advantage to be openly identified as Marxist. The last thing Political Correctness wants is for people to figure out itís a form of Marxism. So instead they decide to name it the Institute for Social Research.
Weil is very clear about his goals. In 1971, he wrote to Martin Jay the author of a principle book on the Frankfurt School, as the Institute for Social Research soon becomes known informally, and he said, "I wanted the institute to become known, perhaps famous, due to its contributions to Marxism." Well, he was successful. The first director of the Institute, Carl Grunberg, an Austrian economist, concluded his opening address, according to Martin Jay, "by clearly stating his personal allegiance to Marxism as a scientific methodology." Marxism, he said, would be the ruling principle at the Institute, and that never changed.
In conclusion, America today is in the throws of the greatest and direst transformation in its history. We are becoming an ideological state, a country with an official state ideology enforced by the power of the state. In "hate crimes" we now have people serving jail sentences for political thoughts. And the Congress is now moving to expand that category ever further. Affirmative action is part of it. The terror against anyone who dissents from Political Correctness on campus is part of it. Itís exactly what we have seen happen in Russia, in Germany, in Italy, in China, and now itís coming here. And we donít recognize it because we call it Political Correctness and laugh it off. My message today is that itís not funny, itís here, itís growing and it will eventually destroy, as it seeks to destroy, everything that we have ever defined as our freedom and our culture
Wiki on Bill Lind
Your friend didn't learn to be tough in the CIA I'll tell ya. In my 10 years of service with them all over the globe it was only the ones with military,(usually spec ops training) who had any guts. Good one you buddy, just sorry he wasn't a Marine.
"Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can. They are the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines?
Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" Eleanor Roosevelt
Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995
I don't know what any of these comments have to do with Jewel weed, but I use Jewel weed for bee and hornet stings. It's the best and fastest relief from stings. Strip the stem open with your thumb nail and rub the juicy side on the stings. Amazing stuff.