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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Racism Galore


Sick of white racism, or even just of the belief that it's prevalent in America? Head over to The Black Market and get your racial supremacy and anti-miscegenation on:
in the entertainment industry, a lot of famous "brothers" and "sister" are marrying Whites--knowing they never grew up with them or don't share any cultural similarities. Trust me--they are EMBARRASSING AND LOOK STUPID! We should have enough pride and knowledge by now to appreciate, honor, and value ourselves as Black, Beautiful, and the Best!

Occupy us, please!


"Cowboys Welcome in Kurdistan" says this WaPo columnist (link from oxblog). A quote:
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq -- As American troops move into the Persian Gulf and George W. Bush wags an angry finger at Saddam Hussein, a nervous euphoria is descending on Iraqi Kurdistan, the enclave in northern Iraq protected by the "no-fly" zone and governed by Iraq's rebel Kurdistan Regional Government. The feeling is very different from that in Europe, where the American president is constantly being admonished for his "cowboy" tendencies.
"Occupy us -- please!" a Kurdish man on the street demands of an American visitor. Indeed, the main fear of Iraqi Kurds I spoke to is that Washington will not attack.
"Iraqi officials warn us that Bush is all talk, that America will not invade," says Ismet Aguid, a former Iraqi foreign service officer. "But we remain optimistic."

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Abortion


Samizdata.net - Does a fetus have individual rights? (good discussion.)

And yes, I am back from VA. And sleeping.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Intersession


Am in Virginia. Back next Wednesday Oh Loyal Reader (-- that is, roommate and occasional visitors from Owen Courreges).

Also read WorldNetDaily: Ending the 30-year war over abortion (link from Samizdata).

Click Here to See What Abortion Looks Like. It's sickening. How people can say it's not murder is beyond me.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Texas Not Included

Monday, January 20, 2003

Quote of the Day


"Diversity worship and multiculturalism are currency and cause for celebration at just about any college. If one is black, brown, yellow or white, the prevailing thought is that he should take pride and celebrate that fact even though...he had nothing to do with it. The multiculturalists and diversity crowd see race as an achievement. In my book, race might be an achievement, worthy of considerable celebration, only if a person was born white and through his effort and diligence became black." --Walter Williams

Sunday, January 19, 2003

MLK on Anti-semitism (link via Instapundit):
". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.
"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so. "

Old post over at Samizdata.net on peeved homosexuals in the military is worth checking out, esp. the comments by one Ryan Waxx.

Friday, January 17, 2003

Go read How I Joined Teach for America—and Got Sued for $20 Million by Joshua Kaplowitz. A typical quote:
"Being a white teacher in a mostly black school unquestionably hindered my ability to teach. Certain students hurled racial slurs with impunity; several of their parents intimated to my colleagues that they didn’t think a white teacher had any business teaching their children—and a number of my colleagues agreed. One parent who was also a teacher’s aide threatened to “kick my white ass” in front of my class and received no punishment from the principal, beyond being told to stay out of my classroom. The failure of the principal, parents, and teachers to react more decisively to racist disrespect emboldened students to behave worse. Such poisonous bigotry directed at a black teacher at a mostly white school would of course have created a federal case."

I have several problems with TFA, not least being a concern that even if there is a teacher who can make a difference, he's out in two years. But I guess they're doing the best they can, even if it does amount to putting idealist kids in theoretically illegal hellholes and then suing them.

I'm fascinated. So I was thinking about the types going around saying "war never helped anything" and "all things shall be stopped through diplomacy" and "peace in our time" and all that, and wondered how they squared that with WWII. (Not to say that the current situation is the same or should be approached in the same way, but, "war never helped anything" is a rather broad assertion.) Rather disturbed to find out that the US was apparently bad for joining WWII. We "forced" Japan into the war, apparently, and some people say "the wrong side won the war in the Pacific." Then there's always the "so what about the rape of Nanjing? it's their people" types. (Who make the same response to the "but this insane guy [Hussein] is poison-gassing entire villages etc.etc.etc." -- "they're his people, and we shouldn't intervene in whatever he wants to do with them.") Good God. Not a few "Hitler should have finished the job" types, either. He had "enlightened" governmental ideas (read Mein Kampf, you'll see why they say that -- several things, arguments for euthanasia of the elderly and infirm whose families request it, strict gun control, vegetarianism, etc. etc. etc. all could come from the leaflets I pick up from activists on the street sometimes -- or even (gun control) from the DNC!), and we were tyrants who interfered with his "better way" of running the world.
I don't think I've been this horrified in quite a while.

Owen Courrèges has a fascinating dialogue between himself and Evil Owen over affirmative action. I need to remember some of these bits.
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EVIL OWEN: Whites haven't been disadvantaged to the same degree that blacks have, not historically.

OWEN: Whoa, there partner -- Now you're behaving as if the experiences of blacks forty years ago is relevent to the experiences of blacks today. Simply because my grandfather had it bad doesn't mean I deserve compensation for what happened to him. This is like the claim that blacks today deserve reparations, and it is total and utter nonsense.

EVIL OWEN: The disadvantage all trickles down. You can see it in the statistics.

OWEN: Why didn't it do so for other groups? The Irish, for example? Didn't they climb their way up on their own?

EVIL OWEN: They had a longer amount of time to do so, and the level of discrimination was far less than with blacks. As Martin Luther King entitled his masterwork, this is "Why We Can't Wait."

OWEN: But the Irish actually experienced equally poor conditions in Ireland at the hands of the British, especially during the Potato Famine. I think the comparison is still valid. Things like affirmative action induce a feeling of victimhood in the black community. It makes blacks more likely to fail and less likely to pull themselves up as other ethnic groups have.
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Reminds me of talking to the Taiwanese roommate. Chinese in California were banned from jobs, were segregated out, were lynched (remember seeing those horrid pictures in history class of a "Chink" hung by his queue?)(for all you non-Brits, a "queue" is (among other things, including a great word for scrabble) a braided ponytail).... but they got over it and now are outperforming whites, the group who formerly brutally discriminated against them. Or Jews, for that matter -- they've got a longer history of viler discrimination, although not really in the US so much.

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Matthew Yglesias on rich men marrying rich women (actually, he has it women marrying women, but he probably didn't mean that). Anyhow, gotta love Theda :) The comments are worth more of a read than the post; for once, I agree with "rea". As for the "things would be better . . . if feminism had never happened," Barbarian Tom (why barbaric? just don't speak Greek, or what?) has a point I'm hearing more and more often: feminism (freedom for women and so forth) is denying women choices -- denying women the choice to stay at home with their children. My mother, and many other women who did not have salaried jobs while their children were young (either due to a desire to be available for their children, or due to a cost-benefit analysis of their low salaries and the high costs of full-time childcare by others), have been criticized by feminists for setting womankind back decades, for being a poor role model for their children, for bowing to patriarchy, for being weak and lazy and self-serving, etc.....

Monday, January 13, 2003

My three submissions to the StraightDope message board:
The Doors:
Orcs:
"You know that Sauron rules the night
though the Men, they fight by day
they tried to run
tried to hide
but we'll break on through to the helm's deep side
break on through to the helm's deep side
break on through to the helm's deep side, yeah"
Gollum:
"We chased our precious here
Dug our treasures there
Well the master's nice,
but does Samwise care?
Break on through to Shelob's Lair
Break on through to Shelob's Lair"
---
Or Sweeney Todd:
(Sam, to Frodo)
Nothin's gonna harm you, not while I'm around!
Nothin's gonna harm you, Master,
Not while I'm around!

Gollum is prowling everywhere, he's got hope,
that he'll get your ring, I don't care,
I've got rope!

Orcs are gonna hurt you, orcs are gonna dare!
Steal your mithril shirt, true, but don't worry, sing and
I'll be there!

Smeagol will charm you with a smile, for a while,
But in time, nothin' can harm you,
Not while I'm around!
---
Or William Blake:
(Arwen)
HEAR the voice of the Elf,
Who will not sail across the seas;
Whose ears have heard
The Mortal Word
That walk'd among the Lorien trees;

Calling the elfstone's soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
For Elessar's throne
Yet sits alone,
From fallen, fallen Men untrue!

'O Aragon, return!
Arise from Cirith Ungol's pass!
Mount Doom churns,
Sauron burns
And Isengard's a slumbrous mass.

'Turn away no more;
Why wilt thou turn away?
Isildur's bane,
Is gone; thy reign,
Is given thee till thy dying day.'

Saturday, January 11, 2003

joy. the World Wildlife Foundation sued professional wrestling over use of the "WWF" acronym. Because, of course, someone else having the same initials is much more important than, oh, say... protecting wildlife, or whatever it is they're supposed to be doing?

So, apparently, some women get offended when referred to as "guys," as in, "hey, guys." And I've been criticized for saying "hey, girls," and for replacing that "girls" with "ladies." And one well-meaning friend simply trying to help me give off a good impression has asked me not to use "y'all" up north, because it apparently makes Damnyankees think I'm stupid. My solution is to use a loose translation from the German "'nabend, zusammen," and just say, "hello, various," but that (understandably) confuses the people who don't know me. It doesn't offend them, though.

Been asked to list who my 5 "celebrity exemptions" would be (a la Friends), so:
-Harrison Ford
-Amitabh Bachchan
-Bono
-Catherine Zeta-Jones (so she's a girl, so what?)
-Antonio Banderas
And I guess I go for stars of Zorro and older men. Allrightythen.

Friday, January 10, 2003

Thoughts on blackface: Should it really be seen (by us now, looking at 1930s and 1940s movies) as demonstrative of the racist nature of those performing? In a few cases, but not all. The main place where I see it as being racist is in softshoeing -- and that in the same way as what Eminem talks about. A white guy just would not be accepted as a softshoer (in the same way that that white guy has had a hard time being accepted -- by whites and by blacks -- as a rapper). So the softshoer puts on blackface and at least pretends to be black, and gets accepted. The acceptance of white musicians/dancers in "black" performance types is growing, though; their acceptance among white people is in great part due to big-name white stars who joined jazz troupes or sang the blues (especially Bing Crosby, most notably when he takes the stage with Louis Armstrong's band in "High Society").
But as for blackface song&dance numbers, or individual black numbers (by black performers, not whites in blackface), both of which are often characterized as racist, offensive, degrading? Most of them (most notably "going to heaven on a mule" in "Wonder Bar" and the Lincoln's Birthday songs in "Holiday Inn") are lauding Abraham Lincoln and singing in praise of emancipation. "Going to Heaven" even portrays St. Peter and Archangel Gabriel as black. I'd say it's a pretty safe bet to assume they're not lauding Abraham Lincoln because of his little-reported racist remarks or disputed wish to ship blacks "back" to Africa. Are those songs lyrically expressing racist sentiments? A roommate argues that by their assumption that blacks would be the ones to be happy because of emancipation, they're racist. Now, that's just silly. It's like LGBT groups activisting about how AIDS isn't a homosexual disease, and then getting mad when other groups do AIDS stuff, saying that they're stealing a gay person's issue. You can't have it both ways. Many others argue that it's the white performers in blackface who make it racist (they didn't hire black artists) -- but one of the two Holiday Inn songs was sung by blacks, and that one's also called racist. Apparently, it's better just to have all-white casts. But that would be racist too. Can't have songs about blacks or about topics concerning them or in styles associated with them without having black people perform them, and having black people perform them is stereotyping, and not having the songs at all is overlooking them. Goodness!

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

John Edwards looks like a really nice guy. I doubt I'll end up liking his platform or voting for him, but I think I'd like to know him and babysit for his little kids.

Monday, January 06, 2003

Joe Millionaire... just caught the last of the premiere. Yes, few (if any) women would go on a "marry a millionaire" show if they aren't interested in the money -- the exceptions would be people who are interested in being on TV (like in "Blind Date" etc.). But, a girl who would drop him after finding out the truth need not be mercenary. A relationship based on any lie, financial or otherwise, is not worth pursuing.

Sunday, January 05, 2003

Owen Courreges has some good stuff on PeTA here. My probably-cousin-to-be is a member of said group, which mildly disturbs me.

Saturday, January 04, 2003

Wonderful cousin gave us the LoTR extended DVD for Christmas. Have been watching (at length) -- I think it may be worth the $70 or whatnot. My favorite moments:

-Legolas' looks upon arriving at Rivendell and when he gets his Lothlorien bow;

-Legolas' lembas-bread commercial (one small bite will fill the belly of a grown man!);

-Pippin, at the end of the Council of Elron, saying, "where are we going?";

-Aragorn, during the last battle, slow-motionly walking out with his sword to fight all the Orcs.

UPDATE: also, -Boromir, in Moria, saying, "they've got a cave troll," in such a "could my day get any worse? what next?" tone.

Matt Yglesias is on about interracial relationships again.