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Monday, January 21. 2008
Obama: None of our hands is clean. Sorry to disagree - mine are. Also, Obama goes after Bill. More from Wizbang. Apparently Obama is beginning to feel that hs is running against Bill, and I can understand why.
Is divorce good for women?
The sex life of a polyglot. George Steiner on himself.
The twilight of the nation-state in Europe. Bruce Thornton
"I have a dream" speech was plagiarized, in part. Gateway. Cannot fault MLK's delivery, though.
The darkest material on earth. Thompson
Siberian Light has a new format and a new mission
Chavez is a coke-head.
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1. Tell the Dylanologist that there's some discussion going on over at Redstate.com about Mr. Z. The RedState commentary is the usual clueless dribble from a Gen X'er discussing the generation before him, but the actual article and the comments are fairly interesting.
My own commentary on the whole subject is that there's a BIG difference between analyzing the words from the ivory tower, and actually performing them. I've been doing Dylan songs on my Guild 12-string since the late 60's, and when you're actually inside the song looking out, the words don't quite mean the same thing as when you're on the outside looking in. Perhaps the Dylanologist understands.
Also, for any of you Fredheads (R.I.P.) out there, Redstate was one of the first Fred backers (he actually posted on their site during the summer) and has a fairly decent analysis on his (lack of) campaign. Also some insightful comments.
RE: diversity at Yale...
The 'Diversity Day' episode of TV show 'The Office' is so funny.
Back in the conference room, it’s Diversity Day – Take 2! Michael calls them into the room. Toby asks if they’re all going to sit in a circle Indian-style and everyone laughs. Michael angrily tells him that was offensive and lame (so double offensive) and that it is an environment of welcoming, so he should just get the hell out of there.
Michael starts by calling diversity the cornerstone of progress, but tells them that they should not take his word for it and should just look at the tape. Of course Michael is the one on the tape.
Michael: Hi, I'm Michael Scott. I’m in charge of Dunder-Mifflin paper products in Scranton, Pennsylvania. But I'm also the founder of “Diversity Tomorrow,” because today is almost over. Abraham Lincoln once said that “if you're a racist, I will attack you with the North.” And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace.
Yeah, MLK, the icon of the African American, the saintly one who blacks all treat as though he were a god was in reality an adulterer,plagiarizer, racially divisive, and over all just another ghetto "Reverend"..(where do all these black 'reverends get their divinity training anyway..."The Reverend AL Sharpton"..what a joke.
So Congress traded in the birthdays of two American giants, Washington and Lincoln's birthdays for "Presidents Day", which obviously includes Jimma Carter,Bill Clinton, and Richard Nixon to give the darkies their towering light of virtue and rectitude.
Any, any, historical comparison between MLK, Washington , and Lincoln buts MLK at the back of the bus, where he rightfully belongs. But politics being what it is the compromise was struck in the name of racial harmony....of course it was all bull shit but the Dems had to secure the plantation African Americans for the next forever years.
Even today were it not for the internet MLK's calumny, racial bigotry, and the host of other moral failings would not reach the light of day, and "The Reverend" could remain seated beside his betters with nary a question asked as to his claim to that seat ...thank God for the internet.
MLK was trash.
Do you think there was a need for the civil rights movement to begin with?
Do you think only those with spotless morals can and/or should be a spokesman for any particular group.
Assuming, and frankly a big assumption on my part, that you do feel that the civil rights movement was necessary. What would you have changed or done differently, as opposed to what was done, to achieve the change in general attitude that was accomplished by MLK and the civil rights movement.
I ask these questions as someone who witnessed how ax handles were used back in the fifties.
A "need" for a civil rights movement. Not a need, no. And certainly not in the manner or execution that the one that took place evinced. The "leaders of the movement decided to, in a Shermanesque fashion, invade the South with freedom riders and agitators from northern states. This at a time when the memories of a defeated an humble South were still very vivid in the minds of it's population.
The movement could have as easily target Detroit, site of the worst race riots in the country and that occurred in the middle of WWII that this nation was fighting to win. It could have targeted Boston and the South Boston Irish who brutalized blacks all the way into the 1980's. It could have targeted Chicago or New York sites of racial unrest.
Instead the "movement" chose an in your face southern strategy guaranteed to provoke violence, and they knew it.
So when you ask was the movement needed, no, not that movement. It was simply a continuation of the Civil War by other means egged on the progeny of abolitionists. It was payback, after payback had been extracted in blood and treasure and left the South bankrupt but unbowed. The "movement " wanted to extract the last pound of flesh when similar violations occurred in the North.
The laws and the nation were changing, and that change would have come about without the destruction of the Tenth Amendment, a more vital element to our republic that the acceleration of sociological change that would have occurred naturally over time.
Leadership REQUIRES a rectitude beyond the basic instincts of man. King did not possess in any degree the leadership characteristics of honor,honesty, and rectitude necessary to honorably lead that movement.
He was exactly the opposite and his example continues to play out in the leadership the blacks choose today. Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton (do you recall the Twanna Brawley hoax?) ..The "Reverend" Shakedown Jesse jackson. Former Congressman and later head of the NAACP Kwasi Mfume who fathered eight children by six different women...these are the blacks "leaders" They speak for the black community.
Are you aware that every member of the Congressional Black Caucus is also a Member of the Democratic Socialist of America aligned with the Communist Party? http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html
No, there was a better way than to force the South into the volatile position it was forced to respond to.
King was a racial huckster who was elevated beyond his right to lead. But that was the blacks choice and continues to be.
Not a need, you say, Habu... evidently you did not get the drift of my ax handle sentence. I grew up with all the 'old' stuff Habu. Drinking fountains, bathrooms, busses, twenty something year old white guys heading out for weekend fun with their ax handles, looking for a nigger to beat the shit out of. Just for fun you know. No particular malevolence against any one individual... just catch a nigger walking down the street alone... and beat him half to death. Just for fun you know. Deep South shit Habu. Perhaps you never experienced that kind of thing... perhaps you, well I know you did, grew up in a more benign and benevolent part of society.
Of course there was injustice in the North. But the movement went where it was most needed... where indeed there was a 'second' American for black people. Where there were more of them and where lawlessness among the law was rampant.
Evidently you feel the abolitionists where 'wrong' as well... as you ascribe to them that their progeny were the source of the evil that struck the South. Destroying its racist institutions, ensuring that all were treating equal on the scales of justice.
I think you would like to turn the clock back 60 years Habu... back to when the world was more to your liking.
I'm not going to bother responding to your remarks re MLK. I'm not going to defend the man. I'll just say that what he did, needed doing.
I know all about the axe handle crowd. Don't hold with it either. I grew up in every state south of the Mason Dixon line that borders the Atlantic. The Carolinas,Ga.Fl. VA, Maryland so need no education on race from you or anyone from my birth in '48 to today.
As far as the abolitionist go their agitation began pre US Constitution but the nation need the south so it formed the union with the fully understanding that the institution of slavery was to stand. If they hadn't we would never have formed a country.
Then within seventy years the North, having gained enough political power broke the compact and the South left the Union. Lincoln, abandoning the laws that governed the nation forceably stopped the succession. having the arms to succeed the North won and then the Radical Republicans began to take their retribution on the South, an already defeated force. You don't forget or forgive that kind of treatment. It even cost Andrew Johnson an impeachment for trying to stop them, as was the wish of Abe Lincoln.
For the most part I could easily do without the black culture in this country. We've spent tens of trillions on "helping" them. Our ROI is pitiful. The Liberia idea was just dandy for my taste. Marcus Garvey had the right solution.
It also may interest you to know that I worked two full summers in Burton South Carolina with black migrant farm workers at a tomato packing factory and that while pursuing an advance degree worked for CORE in Tampa ,Florida, helping young black kids get jobs mowing lawns and making sure they got paid and had the proper gear etc. All this while attending the University of South Florida.
I've worked with'em,partied with 'em, spent time trying my best to help educate them and I'd say by and large it was unfulfillling and a waste of my time. Today I think Bill Cosby and Thomas Sowell have the hood zero'ed in pretty good.
And that breaks down to then believing that the blacks aren't pulling their weight. I agree.
But I never ever condoned or encouraged the redneck whites who perpetrated some most grisly acts on innocent blacks. For my part those whites should be shot down like the rabid digs they are.
Well Habu I appreciate the broader context you furnish for your 'take' on the history of race relations in this country. I was not attempting to educate you so much as trying to illustrate that changes were needed back in the day. Though it appears that we may have disagreement on that score still.
I admit perplexity that you feel the abolitionists were root cause of the trials this country faced in its first hundred years. And while there may be truth in that assertion, that then leads to territory I do not wish to explore.
I did not have the same experience as you in working with black youth. Yes, I did work with them. I fought with them, beside them. Watched their blood soak into the earth. Some were brave and some were cowards. Much as any random grouping of human beings.
I agree with you that Cosby and Sowell are speaking words that need speaking. And that the black community should take heed. I abhor certain aspects of 'black' culture and the idea that in this country there is any such thing.
But I close with my well worn dictum. There is no going back, forward is the only way. To retreat in history to 'first' wrongs reminds me of the Middle East or the Balkans, where wrongs are held in hatred for thousands of years. That is not my idea of a world worth living in. Your mileage may vary.
Today is an honorarium to affirmative action run amok.
My question is, if you were Hispanic, and you're (as of the next census) a larger population than blacks, wouldn't you be wondering when YOUR people get a national holiday?
How does June 14th sound? School's out, summer's almost here, still almost a month away from the 4th of July -- it's the perfect day for a holiday!
Coincidentally, it's also Che Guevara's birthday.
I have two suggestions regarding the site:
1. I figured out the bug in Serendipity. I had downloaded your home page into two different editors and examined the source code with my 3000X electron microscope, but just couldn't figure out why the last line of the banner dropped down a tad. Usually, that's an indication that a size 12 blank space slipped in at the end of the paragraph, but such wasn't the case. It's an actual bug in the editor.
Since I can't use angled brackets here in the comments editor, I'll have to spell it out:
To fix it, move the "left-angle - /td - right-angle" after the paragraph to where it's right behind the "left-angle - /small - right-angle", on the same line. Save the source file and you should be good to go.
2. A few months ago, one of yous guyz posted a small note on opening links with the right mouse button in order not to off-link from the site. Keep the original page, in other words. At the time, I noted how we pros do it, but maybe it got lost in the shuffle, or maybe there's some reason you can't do it and I didn't catch the reply. Either way, as long as we're discussing site mechanics, let me toss it out again:
First, go to this page, read it, download and install the program:
It's a great program. You might use it for all kinds of things.
And I updated the page to include an example for off-linking to other sites. Presumably, Seredipity has a way to easily augment the HTML code without actually having to edit the source file. Even then, with MyFKeys at the ready, it wouldn't be that big a deal.
Man do I feel stupid.
Dr. Mercury, I would say what a great job you've done but it would be a bit like asking a 2 year old to explain string theory, I mean what do I know, or the two year old either.
But just in case ..great job.
Thanks, Dr. Merc. This is all over my head. I forwarded your comment to our webmeister.
I just though I'd add my two cents. MLK even plagiarized large portions of the "I Have A Dream Speech" .... we now have a new black messiah, who the press will also give a free pass to. Habu is right. Thank God for the internet.
Fifty years ago, a black preacher’s speech captured the dream of a nation from which racial turmoil had been abolished. “We, Negro-Americans, sing with all loyal Americans: My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty; of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride. From every mountain side, let freedom ring!”
“That’s exactly what we mean,” continued the preacher as he built to a dramatic climax. “From every mountain side, let freedom ring. Not only from the Green Mountains and the White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire; not only from the Catskills of New York; but from the Ozarks in Arkansas, from the Stone Mountain in Georgia, from the Great Smokies of Tennessee and from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia — let it ring.”
Pastor Archibald Carey spoke these words during the 1952 Republican National Convention. Eleven years later, Martin Luther King, Jr. appropriated Carey’s summation as part of his “I Have A Dream” speech on the Washington Mall. King kept the theme and cadences of Carey’s speech, while altering some of the details. This was in keeping with King’s previous practice of plagiarism, particularly his plundering of a doctoral dissertation by a scholar named Jack Boozer.
In case you don't read all the comments...
Meta left you a 'thank you' and a powerful excerpt from a book that you had previously recommended, down in the "Required Reading" post.
The excerpt a reminder of how quickly the world can turn to evil. But too, a reminder of how resilient is the human spirit.
Re: Cannot fault MLK's delivery, though.
Martin could charm the hide of a good many dumb ass white folks, no doubt.
But holiday ain't his fault or credit.
Dumb ass white folks did that.
Amen. Very dumb ass. James Earl Ray actually elevated MLK to sainthood and he didn't even get a T-shirt for it.
James Earl Ray wasn't in mind nor is there evidence that he killed Po Martin.
More likely, killers were a conspiracy of his own comrades.
Dumbass white folks were the Congress and President that gave us holiday we continue to pay for every year, specifically, folks like Reps. Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich and President Raygun.
A DAMN FINE EXPLANATION
The wife came home early and found her husband in their bedroom making love to a very attractive young woman and was somewhat upset. "You are a disrespectful pig!" she cried.
"How dare you do this to me -- a faithful wife, the mother of your children! I'm leaving you.
I want a divorce straight away!"
And the husband replied "Hang on just a minute love, so at least I can tell you what happened." "Fine, go ahead," she sobbed, "but they'll be the last words you'll say to me!!
And the husband began --
"Well, I was getting into the car to drive home and this young lady here asked me for a lift. She looked so down and out and defenseless that I took pity on her and let her into the car. I noticed that she was very thin, not well dressed and very dirty. She told me that she hadn't eaten for three days! So, in my compassion, I brought her home and warmed up the enchiladas I made for you last night, the ones you wouldn't eat because you're afraid you'll put on weight.
The poor thing devoured them in moments.
Since she needed a good clean up I suggested a shower, and while she was doing that I noticed her clothes were dirty and full of holes so I threw them away. Then, as she needed clothes, I gave her the designer jeans that you have had for a few years, but don't use because you say they are too tight. I also gave her the underwear that was your anniversary present, which you don't use because I don't have good taste. I found the sexy blouse my sister gave you for Christmas that you don't use just to annoy her, and I also donated those boots you bought at the expensive boutique and don't use because someone at work has a pair the same."
The husband took a quick breath and continued -
"She was so grateful for my understanding and help and as I walked her to the door she turned to me with tears in her eyes and said,
" Please do you have anything else that your wife doesn't use?"
any chance you could tell me where MLK info as adulterer etc... i would love to read it and be able to quote as I think there were papers published recently but it is sort of like reading the tax code. thx
ps we have cesear chavez day and that is tip to the latinos but he was a good man in every sense of the word and fourth generation American.
If you will initiate an internet search I'm confident you'll find more than enough information on his adultery, even written by his best buddy Ralph Abernathy.
Yes, Cesear Chavez is a favorite of the Young Communist League.
An inspiration to many I'm sure.
Very conflicting thread. Luther's right and so is Habu --
"Maline You Die!" they hollered in the night, as yet beyond the wire but creeping steadily forward. Who are they? Are they the coddled victims being slowly erased by the soft bigotry of no expectations? Or are they the Coddlers themselves, the Erasers, and the Soft Bigots?
Don't waste ammo -- make every shot count -- or we're done.
Yep... which is why internecine warfare is so unproductive.