Saturday, February 04, 2006

From The Comfort Of Their Living Rooms....

In between our last two posts I went to Drudge to see what was happening in the world. The lead story was about a ship disaster in the Red Sea. From the headline picture, it looked like a cruise ship. I therefore assumed that some people very much like the Americans I went cruising with last year were the victims. I went to the news story. A couple of sentences in, I learned that the ship was in fact a ferry, the victims all Egyptians. I lost interest at once, and stopped reading. I don't care about Egyptians.

John Derbyshire, National Review, 2/3/06

I think it's time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you're working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he's not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It's never too soon to be prepared.

Jonah Goldberg, National Review, 8/29/05, just before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

I believe an important part of what we define broadly as "progress" is the way technology allows and encourages people to think beyond their immediate clans, tribes, families, and towns. In that way, technology and empathy are linked, and it's a powerful dynamic that helps promote capitalism, free trade, and democracy. Some don't understand that, reject it, or have been left untouched by it. As the above examples indicate, that includes some members of the standard-bearing Titular Right. As long as the pizza is delivered hot and the remote control works, all's well in the world. Right, guys?


Anonymous W, the president said...

"As long as the pizza is delivered hot and the remote control works, all's well in the world. Right, guys?"

Wow, that is quite simply the most profound thing I've read this year, granted the year is only a month old.

I'm going to have to quote this next time I'm in a room filled with Republicans. I hope you don't mind, I'll drop a CR shoutout when I do...

2/04/2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger Hume's Ghost said...


Art cultivates and kindles the imagination, and quickens the conscience. It is by imagination that we put ourselves in the place of another. When the whigs of that faculty are folded, the master does not put himself in the place of the slave; the tyrant is not locked in the dungeon, chained with his victim. The inquisitor did not feel the flames that devoured the martyr. The imaginative man, giving to the beggar, gives to himself. Those who feel indignant at the perpetration of wrong, feel for the instant that they are the victims; and when they attack the aggressor they feel that they are defending themselves. Love and pity are the children of the imagination. -R.G. Ingersoll, Art and Morality

2/04/2006 10:52 PM  
Blogger Hume's Ghost said...

Another from America's greatest lecturer:

The intelligent and good man holds in his affections the good and true of every land -- the boundaries of countries are not the limitations of his sympathies. Caring nothing for race, or color, he loves those who speak other languages and worship other gods. Between him and those who suffer, there is no impassable gulf. He salutes the world, and extends the hand of friendship to the human race. He does not bow before a provincial and patriotic god -- one who protects his tribe or nation, and abhors the rest of mankind. - R.G. Ingersoll, God in the Constitution

Ingersoll was a Republican ... today they'd have him tarred and feathered.

2/04/2006 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you imagine what would have happened if the Danes decided to print a caricature of a jew, instead of a muslim?

2/05/2006 7:23 AM  
Anonymous antonie said...

What's striking is that no matter where disaster happens, it's always the little guy who's trying to lead a normal life, who suffers the most.

2/05/2006 9:09 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

"...Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents..."

God that is much worse than what the MSM said about the people living in the Superdome. For days the media reported vicious lies about blacks and their behavior and then when it all turns out to be lies then it gets dropped. I heard they were raping women and children regularly. Likewise they were beating and shooting anyone that moved. And all of the White liberals were just to happy to beleive that.

Where is the outrage about the lies putforth about the black community by the MSM?

2/05/2006 10:32 AM  
Anonymous George said...

Could you imagine what would have happened if the Danes decided to print a caricature of a jew, instead of a muslim?

Given that "a jew" is not the same as "the prophet", I'd guess the answer is... not a hell of a lot. A better comparison might be "What would happen if someone put a crucifix in a jar of urine?" In some circles, people are still, umm, pissed off about that. I was wondering what the heck this comment had to do with the topic at hand, then realized that the poster represented a fine example of one who has a hard time thinking beyond his tribe.

2/05/2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger SimoneDB said...

Thank you for reading the NRO so that I don't have to. As an educator, I am speechless. How is it that the ideology of conservatism--with which I've generally disagreed but, in my youth, felt I could engage with in coherent argument--has degraded into the most base and short-sighted selfishness? What passes for Republicanism in the 21st century is nothing more than the politicization of the id (e.g., I got mine--who gives a #$! about anyone else; or, for those who vote against their class interests--I'm struggling so why the ##$@ should we take care of anyone else).

I can hear Nero fiddling in the near distance ...

2/05/2006 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of folks believe it started in the 80's with Reagan, and the me-generation.

"What's the Matter with Kansas" is a good read, as is, "It's My Party Too". I'm not sure what's conservative about the Republican party today.

2/05/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Goldberg's schtick is meant to appeal to people who don't care about anyone other than themselves. He's no different than Limbaugh and Hannity who reduce every facet of American life to cartoon symbols. Stars and stripes=good. Crescent=bad.

Jack Abramoff was at the center of the conservative movement. Let's all be very clear here - Abramoff, an orthodox Jew, promoted white supremacy twenty years after the civil rights bill was signed. His IFF was funded by some of the most brutal and cruel people on earth.

A couple of months ago, I reviewed the 2004 990 submitted to the IRS by Grover Norquist's Americans For Tax Reform. That year, the AFTR made an unusual and relatively large grant of $650K to the "National Alliance". The address, in Fairfax, Virginia, is shared by a William Wilson and a right wing PAC, Term Limits America.

The only "National Alliance" I could find online was a neo-Nazi group headquartered in West Virgina. I read a couple of articles in the local press about the National Alliance having a presence in Fairfax. But I dismissed the notion that a prominent conservative like Grover Norquist would be involved with neo-Nazis.

Then I read that Grover Norquist was paid by the South African government in the late '80s. Norquist is (or was) close to Jack Abramoff for many years.

Imagine if Grover Norquist provided financial aid to neo-Nazis? Jonah Goldberg and Kathleen Lopez could have a lot of fun goofing on anyone who thinks neo-Nazis are dangerous and not-so-fringe-anymore right wing gangsters. Limbaugh and Hannity could have a few belly laughs at the expense of anyone offended by neo-Nazism.

The rest of us will be keeping our eyes on you conservatives, C.R.

2/06/2006 1:11 PM  
Anonymous howard said...

i'm still trying to figure out why you would turn to drudge to see what's happening in the world....

2/06/2006 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Small Axe said...

Derbyshire attempts to backtrack a bit further up the thread after Ms Lopez suggests to him that he didn't actually mean what he'd written. Too late. He doesn't care about Egyptians. I wonder, does he care about Iraqis? Can he be bothered to read to the end an article about Iraqis killed in a suicide bombing, or is it not worth effort because they're not of his tribe?

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Utah Town Has Question About President: 'What's Not to Like?'

"I don't think there's anything he could say that would make me dislike him,"

Is this what Bush means when he says isolationists?
Danial Gross calls them not Rockefeller Republicans, but Dickens Republicans.

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