Friday, November 04, 2005

 

It Was Twenty-Five Years Ago Today...

...The Gipper taught the band to play!

Jim Pinkerton recalls a major turning point in America's political history -- with a major warning for those who forget the lessons of the past:
[O]ne of the worst ideas of the 70s is today making a comeback: a "windfall profits tax" on the oil industry. Yes, it's maddening to see liberal Democrats decrying shortages of oil -- shortages that they helped create through restrictions on drilling and refining -- and thus proposing to "solve" those shortages through demagogic polices. But it's even more maddening to see Republicans joining in. As the Gipper reminded us, "f you tax something, you get less of it." Thus the question to the oil-taxers of today: Is this the time for less oil production?

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I Have A Problem....

...with the term "senior citizen"......The phrase "senile-old-coot-whose-best-days-are-long-behind-him-and-besides-he-was-never-funny-to-begin-with is a perfectly good phrase. There is nothing wrong with that.

The originial:

" have a problem with the term African American...The word negro is a perfectly good word. There is nothing wrong with that"

Andy Rooney on Imus 11/4/05, MSNBC, 8:45am ET

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

Trini making trouble...

...for Judge Samuel Alito.

Never can tell when we're on the, uh, vanguard, of a controversy!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

 

Black To The Future?

Lovely.

So, Steve Gilliard was, in a sense, speaking the truth: He represents a now-accepted view within the Democratic Party.

We, now we know that racial demonization is considered a fair political tactic by the Democratic Party -- at least in Maryland:

"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
"Party trumps race, especially on the national level," she said. "If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It's democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy."
Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.
"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."
Democracy "at its worse" indeed. Have these people lost their minds? Calling someone "Sambo" or pelting them with Oreo cookies is "pointing out the obvious"? Being "different than most people in our community" is legitimate reason to have be racially taunted in a political campaign?

Well, if that is the case, then why is not the reverse true? Why shouldn't any black candidate have his obvious "difference" be pointed out to white voters? Why shouldn't they be asked if a black liberal Democrat can represent a predominantly white state?

If this is what black liberals wish to stand for now, they are sowing a wind that will turn into a racial whilrwind blowing back on all black candidates in the future.

(Thanks to readers Brian and Eric for giving your humble blogger the heads-up on this while he battles the flu -- hopefully not the avian variety!)

UPDATE: Lest people think that The Washington Times is selectively quoting black Maryland Democrats' racial views toward politics, more evidence of the Left's new standard comes from the editorial pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Another minus is that the nomination [of Judge Samuel Alito] lessens the [Supreme C]ourt's diversity. O'Connor herself had expressed the desire that her successor be a woman. O'Connor seems to have grown wiser about diversity as a result of her Supreme Court experience. She came to see the virtues of having a court that looks like America - doubtless a big reason she softened her opposition to affirmative action in recent years.
In losing a woman, the court with Alito would feature seven white men, one white woman and a black man, who deserves an asterisk because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America.
So, Clarence Thomas gets an asterisk "because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America"? That's funny: The man who represents diversity within black America (huh? you mean "they" don't all think alike? Really? No shit.) isn't considered an example of real "diversity" on the court? This is wonderful. "Mainstream" white America can include views as broad as John Paul Stevens on the left and Antonin Scalia on the right. But a liberal editorial board in pretty white Wisconsin deems Clarence Thomas worthy of an asterisk because he doesn't represent "mainstream black America." That would be a black America boasting an intellectual and political tradition that includes Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. (Hat tip: Sensible Mom)

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

 

New Day Dawning

Ms. Summers comes with her own "clarification" of last week's Gilliard-Steele-George-Kaine racial imagery mix-up.

Thanks for the perspective, Dawn.

(Hat-tip:
Karol)

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Monday, October 31, 2005

 

2090, Here We Come!!!

So, will it be the Curse of the Theo that dooms the Red Sox for the rest of this century? Somehow, the team can't manage to keep the wunderkind GM that brought the team it's first World Series win in 86 years.

Does George Steinbrenner almost wish he hadn't so quickly
signed Brian Cashman last week? Wouldn't he have loved to have waved beaucoup bucks under Epstein's nose to steal him away from Beantown?

Come to think of it -- is there really anything preventing him from doing that now anyway?

After all, it's only money...

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

 

An American Hero Appropriately Honored

Rosa Parks lies in state.

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