Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In this morning's Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson has a crude essay on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. He criticizes her, in essence, for being too-far removed from the black experience and for not being bitter:

How did she come to a worldview so radically different from that of most black Americans? Is she blind, is she in denial, is she confused -- or what?

It's as if Rice is still cosseted in her beloved Titusville, the neighborhood of black strivers where she was raised, able to see the very different reality that other African Americans experience but not to reach out of the bubble -- not able to touch that other reality, and thus not able to really understand it.

One of the things she somehow missed was that in Titusville and other black middle-class enclaves, a guiding principle was that as you climbed, you were obliged to reach back and bring others along...In the interview, she mentioned just one black professional she has brought with her from the National Security Council to State.

I can't stand this kind of bitter, parochial claptrap. In Robinson's world, must every powerful, successful person march in lockstep with his or her ethnic group? Must every successful black figure be dismissed as a "striver" when they don't tow a given party line? What does that say about achieving a "colorblind" society?

It's all the more schitzophrenic to be attacking Rice for her perceived insults to the black community while events like this go by with barely raised eyebrow.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Did I Ever Tell You About My Honeymoon?

We went to Quintana Roo, in the heart of the Mayan Riveria of Mexico.

We visited the ruined Mayan city of Chichen Itza,



hung out on beautiful beaches,


















.....oh, and my wife ran off with two Mayans:

Monday, October 10, 2005

Hitch-Galloway Debate

This is a very cogent account of the September 14 Hitchens-Galloway debate.

Had I read this a few weeks earlier,

[Hitchens knew well his audience of cosmopolitan socialists—after all, he was once one himself. By repeatedly calling for “internationalism” and “solidarity,” he understood how to appeal to their sympathies. And he also knew how to push their buttons. The highlight of the evening arrived when, fed up with the boorish crowd, he addressed them directly:] “There are probably some people among you here who fancy yourself as having leftist revolutionary credentials,” he said, in a discussion of Kurdish and Iraqi opponents of Saddam’s regime. “And, in fact, I can tell that you do by the zoo noises you make and the scars you can demonstrate from your long underground twilight struggle against Dick Cheney. But while you’re masturbating in that manner, the Iraqi secular left…[is] fighting for [its] lives against the most vicious and indiscriminate form of fascist violence that any country in the region has seen for a very long time.”



...I would have printed the paragraph out onto pamphlets and distributed them to the people who showed up for the International ANSWER anti-war gathering on the mall.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Sick Joke As Art

Tim Blair has a piece on the puzzlingly stupid and mindlessly inhuman "art" * of Monika Behrens, who thinks it's clever to attempt irony when dealing with the issue of hostage decapitation and train bombing.

* -- if "art" is the word we're using these days.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Exact Opposite of Tolerance Masquerading As "Tolerance"

If a Kosher-keeping, orthodox Jew in Britain raised this same utterly moronic issue, he would quite rightly be laughed out of the room (and lectured about what a prick he is because of Israel).

When Muslim sensibilities come into play, on the other hand, a rule must be quickly and breathlessly instituted in the name of "tolerance."

Surely, occasionally having to countenance the image of a cartoon piglet on a co-worker's coffee mug or desk calendar is the "tolerant" thing to do here, rather than forcing a co-worker to expunge every trace of Piglet-related paraphernalia.

Are workers at this office forbidden from bringing ham sandwiches for lunch?