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.
Where the heck did this idea of a noose being a symbol for racism come from? To me, nooses always made me think of horse thieves and cattle rustlers, and hangin' judges out West. Frontier justice. Well, also of Nathan Hale, who gave his life for the cause of freedom.
I fully agree with the piece at Never Yet Melted that it is a newly-minted pseudo-symbol in the wake of the Jena scam, which he also discusses, as we did earlier today. A diversion from that embarassment, and a wholly disingenuous one.
Does anyone really believe "the offended" anymore? Nowadays, everybody wants to pose as "offended" or "abused." It's pitiful to proclaim that one sits on a pity pot, but society seems to give you more points for being pitiful than for being cheerful, resilient, and relatively productive in life. Cry-babies are emotional blackmailers.
I am deeply offended by "the offended" and by the semi-professionally offended, but, despite my offended status, nobody is pandering to me, giving me free stuff, or offering me a pass on my sins. Boo hoo.
Let's keep nooses around, without inventing one more phony subject that everybody is supposed to try to look virtuous and sensitive about, and to tiptoe around. The noose worked just fine on Saddam, and Osama would look very handsome in one.
I wonder whether all of this just pre-Halloween, Haunted House craziness. (And, speaking of crazy, how many other blogs have "noose" and moose in their front page post titles at the same time? Not to mention Techno-Viking.)
Political correctness is a term that no longer holds relevance. Whatever happened to strength of individual character in this country? Are we so weak that we become outraged and offended over mere words and archaic symbols?
Jena six was a local incident. There was literally no reason for it to become a national news story. The Imus thing was stupid, not overtly racial. It is as if people are just looking for a reason, any reason, to get angry.
America is getting to taste the dregs of the civil rights movement. While black leadership ala Sharpton and Jackson ignore the sociopathy of gangster rap and the fact that blacks are committing around 50% of the violent crime in this country,mostly against other blacks, they never miss an opportunity to make a stand for civil rights. The Jena six case is one of the more absurd attempts at claiming a civil rights violation since we know that six blacks beat a single white kid until he was unconcious. But after all, it is not the so-called civil rights abuse that matters. It is another opportunity to claim victimhood, to pander to liberals, to extort from the community more money, more jobs, more seats on council, more judges, more medicaid, more section-eight housing, more affirmative action, ad nauseum...It has worked for the last forty years, why stop now?
BD spot on. Covered everything in your editorial. The race hustlers are grasping at straws to stay in business. Must be that real racism is disappearing and these events ( Jena and Duke ) are attempts to keep it alive.