Monday, March 24, 2008

Mark Steyn holds back a bit...

So much for the ‘post-racial’ candidate, Mark Steyn says.

"The government lied," he (Reverend Wright) told his flock, "about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied."

Does he really believe this? If so, he's crazy, and no sane person would sit through his gibberish, certainly not for 20 years.

Or is he just saying it? In which case, he's profoundly wicked. If you understand that AIDS is spread by sexual promiscuity and drug use, you'll know that it's within your power to protect yourself from the disease. If you're told that it's just whitey's latest cunning plot to stick it to you, well, hey, it's out of your hands, nothing to do with you or your behavior.
But that IS the typical Commiecrat Mentality, Mark, in a nutshell.
Nonetheless, last week, Barack Obama told America: "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community."

What is the plain meaning of that sentence? That the paranoid racist ravings of Jeremiah Wright are now part of the established cultural discourse in African American life and thus must command our respect?
Sadly, Mark, yes, that is *exactly* what Senator Obama means. That is most of academia means. The most disgusting falsehoods cannot be questioned, because that would be "racist". Never mind who the real racists are. And that explains why:
A century and a half after the Civil War, two generations after the Civil Rights Act, the Rev. Wright promotes victimization theses more insane than anything promulgated at the height of slavery or the Jim Crow era. You can understand why Obama is so anxious to meet with President Ahmadinejad, a man who denies the last Holocaust even as he plans the next one. Such a summit would be easy listening after the more robust sermons of Jeremiah Wright.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Your State Tax Dollars At Work

From the California Department of Public Health: "Climate Change: Our Health In The Balance."

Even if you buy into the myth of man-made climate change, how is that theatening the public health? It's not like warmer winters are the equivalent of car exhaust.

California's economy is precarious, illegal aliens are draining the public health system dry and reintroducing diseases that used to be nearly eradicated, like tuberculosis and malaria, AIDS still remains a danger, and the Department of Public Health is wasting time with THIS?

The bad thing about a recession is that no one is even talking about the broader impact on the economy of environmental regulation. The most that is discussed is the direct cost to the state of updating fleets or construction costs of new buildings or power plants. Because of that, people don't understand that hobbling businesses with all the new mandates is chopping another 0.5% or 1% off the state's GNP (or GSP, I guess) growth. And, that's in addition to the several percent hit it already takes from existing state and federal regulations. If people knew that, without all that regulatory drag on the economy, their income growth over the last twenty years would be more than double what it has been, they might understand that all of this happy talk to make politicians feel good about themselves comes at a high price.

The state is seriously in the financial hole, and yet this fraud continues. Part of me hopes for a serious recession, just so some people could be jarred into reality….On the other hand, I worry that any recession (or exacerbation of a recession) due to new ecotopian regulations for global laming won't teach any lessons because no one is accustomed to thinking analytically.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patricks Day!

Kennedy Jig:
"Oh....your dad's a dead Nazi, your mother is gone, and your brother was killed, and your son is one-legged--
your brother was shot, and the other one too, and your wife is a drunk, and your car doesn't float..."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The wages of "multiculturalism"

"The pillars of American liberalism -- the Democratic Party, the universities and the mass media -- are obsessed with biological markers, most particularly race and gender. They have insisted, moreover, that pedagogy and culture and politics be just as seized with the primacy of these distinctions and with the resulting 'privileging' that allegedly haunts every aspect of our social relations. They have gotten their wish. This primary campaign represents the full flowering of identity politics. It's not a pretty picture. Geraldine Ferraro says Obama is only where he is because he's black. Professor Orlando Patterson says the 3 a.m. phone call ad is not about a foreign policy crisis but a subliminal Klan-like appeal to the fear of 'black men lurking in the bushes around white society.' Good grief." -- Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer.

The Krautman is spot-on.