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No matter what change happens, there is always a malcontent somewhere who just won't accept it, even if the change is what they've been seeking all this while.
Modern progressivism is a sliding scale consisting of screaming louder and louder about less and less.
This wouldn't be so bad, if the snowflakes didn't bully the colleges into requiring that real students waste time and money on these courses as well. I liked what David Mamet said about these types: What is Liberal Education? It has become indoctrination in aggressive Identity Politics, a schooling, that is, in the practice of indictment, assault, exclusion, and contempt, all of which contradicts the statement of Universal Humanity upon which all its education "ideology" rests. But here was my question: On leaving the university, what would these Young Stalinists do? Who would pay them to bravely proclaim, "That's not funny?" In what society could they live? They were and are children of privilege... the privilege taught, learned, and imbibed, in a "liberal arts education" is the privilege to indict. These children have, in the main, never worked, learned to obey, command, construct, amend, or complete - to actually contribute to the society. They have learned to be shrill, and that their indictment, on the economy, on sex, on race, on the environment, though based on no experience other than hearsay, must trump any discourse, let alone opposition. It occurred to me that I had seen this behavior elsewhere, where it was called "a developmental difficulty." -- David Mamet, The Secret Knowledge, 2011
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2017 on Jobseeker’s Amulet at davidthompson
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. May his memory be a blessing.
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The self-pitying notion that whites only aid whites, and so therefore POC must only aid POC is untrue. The Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore was honored in his own time a century ago, winning a Nobel prize. Langston Hughes might have spent his career in obscurity, if not for white poet Vachel Lindsay using his influence to promote Hughes' work. There would have been no blues revival in the 1960s if not for white field archivists busily rediscovering the bluesmen of the Twenties and Thirties. And so on. Mr. Alexie's insistence on identity politics just reinforces the impression that poetry no longer has any standards, and may be safely ignored by the wider public.
Wonder if Daniel Hannan ever read Sydney Hook's mea culpa: I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on Elsewhere (147) at davidthompson
As for her taking her show on the road to Kandahar or Peshawar or Teheran or some such, I'm sure she's bravely signed an online petition or some such, to cover those bases.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Your Masculinity Must Be Abolished at davidthompson
Shakespeare would have called these people "the cankers of a calm land in a long peace."
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Your Masculinity Must Be Abolished at davidthompson
The communists took their capitalists out to be shot. The nazis took their capitalists out to lunch, where it was explained to them that henceforth they would follow orders or be shot.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2014 on Not of History, I Hope at davidthompson
Sounds very well considered & enlightened & fair. But...remember the Virginia Tech mass shooting, how Koreans held those big vigils, in part to distance themselves from the Korean-American shooter? They had nothing to do with him, of course--but they felt very keenly the possibility of Koreans getting a bad reputation because of him. No doubt they are reacting to Brother Man On The Bus and his too-short fuse the same way--jumping to all kinds of conclusions about his background and people like him.
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Fair winds and following seas...
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2010 on Tony Curtis, 1925-2010 at BlackFive
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Argument by deflection takes on a tinge of cowardice, after a while. "Now here we come to the great crux of intellectual life: the attitude to violence. It is the fence at which most secular intellectuals, be they pacifist or not, stumble and fall into inconsistency -- or, indeed, into sheer incoherence. They may renounce it in theory, as indeed in logic they must since it is the antithesis of rational methods of solving problems. But in practice they find themselves from time to time endorsing it -- what might be called the Necessary Murder Syndrome -- or approving its use by those with whom they sympathize. Other intellectuals, confronted with the fact of violence practiced by those they wish to defend, simply transfer the moral responsibility, by ingenious argument, to others whom they wish to attack. -- Paul Johnson
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2010 on Her worth is far above rubies at Obsidian Wings
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I recently saw Restrepo and was struck by how similar much of it was to these clips we've been seeing for years on YouTube and LiveLeak. Vietnam was remarkable because we watched it in our living rooms, on TV. These wars are remarkable because we can watch them anywhere, on demand, via our glowing rectangle of choice.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2010 on Wow at BlackFive
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All these veiled threats about what could happen if we suggest that Islam / = peace are reminiscent of that Behead Those Who Insult Islam sign--only slicker.
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It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one. -- Christopher Hitchens, "Reactionary Prophet", The Atlantic, April 2004
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2010 on Mothers of the Disappeared at Obsidian Wings
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Congratulations to all Blackfive bloggers & hats off to all military & veterans hereabouts.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2010 on Nineteen Million at BlackFive
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Oh, that's brutal! I felt that in the pit of my stomach, figuratively speaking.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2010 on Information Operations: Cartoon Edition at BlackFive
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I'm curious to test drive the turbo Regal due out later this year. Prolly can't afford it, having had to suddenly replace one car with a new Camry. But still...
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Buick's Unlikely Resurgence at KickingTires
Sounds like a challenge for a chaos theory wonk.
This is as nuts as that case years ago, when SUVs got tax breaks because they were considered trucks, which were considered work vehicles.
I look forward to test-driving the Sonata with a turbo. A turbo-charged Hyundai Sonata...five years ago that would have sounded almost ungrammatical, wouldn't it?
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Most-Read Reviews of the Week at KickingTires
One of the more unexpected ways of learning about cars is by doing school carpool: opening the doors of vehicles as parents drive up to drop off their kids for school. I get to see a lot of vehicles up close, and slam their doors. The Odyssey is far & away the most popular minivan in my area, based on my observations.
I hope Chrysler stays in business and continues employing thousands of American workers. But you know, I wouldn't have another Chrysler vehicle if I won it in a raffle. First one I owned was my parents' hand-me-down Dodge Coronet 500. Loved it, but I crashed it one year shy of when it would've been an official antique. Next was a 1986 Plymouth Voyager. A 4-cylinder, it burned up the head gasket every 18 months. Next was a 1992 Acclaim. I took good care of it, but it fell apart like a Shriners clown car. No more for me. I can't afford cheap cars anymore. Fortunately for me, Toyota's present woes presented a bottom-feeding opportunity, and I bought a new Camry at a decent price. Okay, back to the Obama-bashing...
I'm glad he's still remembered. Happy Memorial Day to all at Black Five.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on I Miss You at BlackFive
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Eh, I'll wait til it shows up on Carmax...