Archive for November, 2015

also Glenn Beck and the John Birch Society’s least favorite president, for what it’s worth. Eugene Debs also had serious misgivings.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Hm.  From (black conservative) John McWhorter, in the “60th anniversary” issue of the National Review (11-19-2015, and a bit of an aside: must we mark every 5th year anniversary — or 10– for these things?), “Black America and the Right”

As progressive as it may seem today to treat racism as a decisive issue in allotting ones vote, it would have seemed self-defeating to black people 50 or 100 years ago.  WEB Du Boise supported Woodrow Wilson despite knowing that Wilson was a racist whose ideal world would be “inhabited by flaxen – haired wax dolls“.

Sure.  And what a point to make about someone I’ve seen referenced as (understandably and not understandably in terms of how you define such a thing) as “America’s Last Racist President“.  [I think it was, oh, George Will?]  (And nobody between Grant and depending on how you define it either Truman or Eisenhower took civil rights seriously).

But why did this writer have to bring this one up?  WEB Du Bois’s support for Wilson did not work out well.  He saw in Wilson’s “New Freedoms” something to grasp onto, and desperately hoped that it could be expanded rhetorically to black Americans, but Wilson just entrenched segregation in the federal government and plugged “Birth of a Nation”, and Du Bois held out hope long past the time made any sense to.  In the end, leaving more embittered and radicalized.  (Curiously, Nixon liked Du Bois.  Less curiously, he loved Wilson.)

Nonetheless the fact that he saw something in Wilson’s politics despite and beyond the obvious problem is worth noting before we plunge into contemporary controversies.  And I suppose McWhorter is on firmer ground with:

Martin Luther King Jr. and his allies had no interest in whether John F Kennedy felt for black people’s plight “in his heart” as the Black Lives Matter questioner put it to Hillary Clinton in April.

It is worth noting that the author’s bane of contention on the first issue standing against blacks in voting for the Republican Party — voter ID laws — is not shared by anyone else on the National Review masthead.

But it is interesting for him to bring it up because Woodrow Wilson and his legacy is in the news with campus ferment at Princeton.

At the top of the group’s list was a demand that the university “publicly acknowledge the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson” and take steps to rename the public policy school and residential college.

While naming decisions are up to the university’s board of trustees (which includes Mr. Eisgruber), Mr. Eisgruber promised to push for removing a large mural of Wilson from the residential college’s dining room and to direct the trustees to survey “the campus community’s opinion” on the Wilson School name and then vote on it.

Oh, agree with the obvious asterisking of the mural — a counter-mural somehow? — don’t agree with changing the name (too big a presence in Princeton history) … the rest becomes a bit of a “hm” — (somewhere there’s a code word for being able to cast aside the professor who offered a counter-opinion on Halloween costumes).

A counterpetition circulating on called the proposal a “dangerous precedent” for future students who “seek to purge the past of those who fail to live up to modern standards of morality,” as well as a bid to erase Wilson’s positive contributions.
But one Black Justice League member, Wilglory Tanjong, rejected that argument.
“We don’t want Woodrow Wilson’s legacy to be erased,” said Ms. Tanjong, a sophomore who was born in Cameroon and grew up near Washington. “We think it is extremely important that we understand our history of this campus. But we think that you can definitely understand your history without idolizing or turning Wilson into some kind of god, which is essentially what they’ve done.”

Throw it in the same item as the renaming of the Democratic Party fundraising “Jefferson – Jackson” dinners.  (Have a better argument with the Jackson half, though even there it is worth pointing out his battle against the “Great Nullifier” John Calhoun for the sake of Union puts him somewhere historically on the side with the legacy of Abraham Lincoln).  Sure, tear down the Benjamin Tillman statues and don’t stick up any for Strom Thurmond, and assert that Wilson is not a God, but the name can’t be expunged.

rebroadcasting for the sake of rebroadcasting

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Today — maybe for a moment–
!!We are all Parisians!!
Recently, we were all Charlie Hebdo.
Once, fourteen years ago,
We were all New Yorkers,
and the lights never went down.
But now, really, are we not all Syrians?
And when?  WHEN will we all be human
All Sisters and Brothers!
?? Will we all be dead first??

TM C R Piggyback News service “We would ride greased pigs bareback to bring this news to you”


So say the Anarcho-something or others who put their missives into the free weekly boxes when they have something like this to say.  What does it mean, what do you respond with, what … what… what?

who’s next? Graham or Paul?

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign: ‘This is not my time

It is worth asking.  When will Bobby Jindal Time be coming?  2020? 2024?

Jindal, who at 44 was the youngest candidate running for president, returns to Louisiana wildly unpopular — even among some of his once-loyal supporters.
Both candidates running to replace him — Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter — have frequently criticized Jindal. Neither has sought an endorsement from the one-time wunderkind of the GOP. Edwards and Vitter face each other in Saturday’s runoff election.

But okay, I’m not sourcing it to a friendly news source.

It’s an interesting — kinda– election in Louisiana.  David Vitter has a contingency of “not voting for Vitter” Republicans that this Edwards fellow is now trying to win over, needing to slide into “all things for all people rhetoric” to win.  What does it mean nationally, other than the hope that a stretch of national real state will dilute how Republican it is on the state level?  Who knows?

The question on Bobby Jindal is… now who’s going to pick up all of Bobby Jindal’s supporters?

Twitter a thon answers!

Fellow candidates praised Jindal. Ben Carson said he ran “a campaign he should be proud of”, while South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham wrote that Jindal “has always been a strong voice for the conservative cause”.

Rick Perry called him a “great governor, standup friend, loyal American!!”

Maybe Rick Perry can pick up the support.  Even as he too is not in the damned race anymore.

Cruz versus Paul

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


On an August trip to Haiti to perform pro bono eye surgery, a twangy song came over the speakers while he was in the operating room. A reporter in the room asked if, while he performed surgery, he had any music preferences.
“Just not this,” the Kentucky senator said, then laughed. “I’m not a big country person.”
“Do you like this song though?” someone else asked.
“Is it about beer and leaving your woman and beer and a truck?” Mr. Paul responded.
By contrast, his fellow Republican candidates have tripped over one another to pledge fidelity to Nashville. Last spring, Senator Ted Cruz said he had converted from listening to classic rock to country music after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tellingly, this “conversion” highlights the foreign policy issues at stake visa vie Rand Paul versus Ted Cruz.  Post 9/11 Country is awash in jingoistic “We’ll Put a Boot in Your Ass, It’s the American Way” and on to “Iraq, I Roll, I’m a High Tech GI Joe” and then there’s “Have you Forgotten?”

Or for that matter the redone “Okie from Muskogee”…

So we’re left with this take away.

Other Republican primary voters have found a superior version of Mr. Paul in Mr. Cruz, who has campaigned by preaching almost exclusively to the conservative choir.

Superior version of Rand Paul, who is attempting to preach to something beyond the “conservative choir” — or following up Ron Paul’s funny liberal base of anti-war (admittedly one the editor of the Nation dismisses as something of a “bro-mance” — too able to look past the abortion issue and the wide array of insanity that comes from the opposite of progressive Ron Paul… though, worth noting the Nation’s problem on litmus testings) as too that constellation of weird sources —

I note that the Alex Jones “infowars” / “prisonplanet” is upping their Rand Paul news items as of late… perhaps we can sense the desperation of Rand Paul getting trumped by Ted Cruz.

… who is more apt to support a hawkish demeanor against Iran, and Russia, and Guam… and…

It is worth noting that Rand Paul is up for Senate re-election in 2016.  It’s also worth noting that the odd odd year gubernatorial election was an upset disaster for the Democrats — seems to be spurred by the Kim Davis issue — so the wobbly “reasons for optimism” of Democratic Party Kentucky in that hazy end of Bush era is long gone.

pondering the looming moral panics bubbling in the news

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

It’s called “Entrepreneurship“.

At least 100 students at a high school in Cañon City traded naked pictures of themselves, the authorities said Friday, part of a large sexting ring.
The revelation has left parents outraged, administrators searching for missed clues, and the police and the district attorney’s office debating whether to file child pornography charges — including felony charges — against some of the participants.

The phrase that pays is “missed clues”.

I’m tempted to say the chief perpetuators would be gleaning from the case study of “Girls Gone Wild” (“Girls with Low Self Esteem” as parodied on “Arrested Development”), but the gender break-down is… apparently even.

Mr. Welsh said a significant percentage of the student body at Cañon City High School had participated, with boys and girls involved in seemingly equal numbers.

Might be the new age of pan-sexual chic?

Students at the school described a competitive point system that classmates used to accrue photographs. Different point values were assigned to different students. Students who collected naked photographs gained points by adding these desirable children to their collections. Isaac Stringer, a junior interviewed outside the high school who said he did not participate in the photo-sharing, called the boy with the largest collection “the pimp of pictures.”

Okay.  Probably not.  I can only guess at the “point system”.

A South Park episode is flashing through my head.  Butters.  Kissing Pimp.  Actually, come to think of it, this whole story is that South Park episode, isn’t it?

The repercussions are likely to resonate loudly over the days and weeks ahead in this small town, a tightly knit community ringed by correctional centers, where many people are employed, as well as tourist attractions such as Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which claims to have “America’s highest suspension bridge.”

The main repercussion is this

Because a large number of our high school football players were implicated in this behavior the coaching staff and administration, after careful thought and consideration, decided that stepping on the field to play this weekend to represent the Cañon City community is just not an option. We realize this decision will unfairly penalize many of our fine, young men who clearly did not participate in these actions. However, we concluded it was impossible to safely field an entire team representative of the personal qualities and characteristics that truly represent the history of the Cañon City High School football program.

So, the opponents gain in the stands at this teams’ expense.  Well, it’s a self-esteem booster for them, maybe?

Anarchy versus Revolution

Friday, November 6th, 2015

A bunch of incoherent shouting down the road, rushing in.  I assume, along with everyone else at the bus stop, it’s a “crazy” guy “off his meds”, so to speak.

He passes us.  He’s a little more coherent close up, but I still can’t quite make out what he’s saying.  Too muffled behind his tightly snug (and more greenish tinted than normal) Guy Fawkes mask.

“Anarchy!” I shout – murmur once he passes.  Then reconsider that that’s not the correct precision for his confused political message — such as it is.  “Revolution!” I shout – murmur.

He then appears to be stalled at a stop, still yelling, but in a stationary spot, before getting a chance to commence the running rant.