February 10, 2005
How campus leftists "celebrate" Valentine's Day, part II
Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:17 PM(Here is Part I.)
NC State's Women's Center is involved in the following:
On Valentine's Day, Wolfpack NOW is putting on a mock fashion show in the brickyard during lunch time (noon-2). Our main issues for the show are beauty myth/body image, domestic abuse/rape, safe sex, radical intimacy, and queer theory. ... There is also a QUEER KISS-IN being planned for the same time. If anyone is willing to smooch in public, here is your chance! There will be solidarity! This will also be discussed at the upcoming meetings.
Re: Murder for toilet paper
Posted by Jon Sanders at 5:37 PM
Hey, Roy — seriously, man, do you know where we can get some sequoia TP, or is it just a stupid spoiled celebrity thing? I hear that stuff is really comfortable.
George Leef wasn't the first
Posted by Jon Sanders at 4:56 PMMirabile dictu, Pope Center director wasn't the first to write (oh, hostile! mocking!) satire of ethnic studies. As Ralph R. Frasca of the Division of Labour blog writes today, in 1997
Luis Chavez, an Hispanic faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College, wrote a satirical proposal for an academic program “Gringo American Studies.” Citing court papers, the Rocky Mountain News reported that the proposal "parodied academic minority studies programs and addressed racial/ethnic issues by applying the minority studies format to a study of 'Gringo American' culture." Apparently the administrators at PP CC didn’t think it was too funny and penalized Mr. Chavez for his attempt at humor (or was it for attacking ethnic studies?) by suspending him without pay for 15 days.
Funny thing is, "the chair of the history department, Katherine Sturdevant, came to his defense," Frasca writes. "She called it legitimate political satire."
"Legitimate?" Legitimate? Did she not know that, according to some UNC professors, mockery isn't "incisive criticism"?
Also on the subject of ethnic studies, earlier today, Frasca discussed the goose-stepping granddaddy of ethnic studies.
Re: Murder for toilet paper
Posted by Bill Fishburne at 4:37 PM
Upon reading the article and the headline, there is no doubt in my mind as to why this lady can't get a date.
But I read further. Here's her biography:
Rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle in her spare time.
Her father is Guatamalan
Has a body piercing through her navel.
Graduated from Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, VT in 1980.
Daphne Zuniga was a guest celebrity in the 1996 Endymion parade during Mardi Gras.
She is featured on the "Celebrity Smoking" web site.
Measurements: 34B-25-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine
All in all, this is a lot more than I ever wanted to know about her.
Murder for toilet paper
Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 4:22 PM
This article is precious. It quotes an actress named Daphne Zuniga who apparently stared on Melrose Place. She is quite upset that the news media is not focussing enough on the rape and pillaging of trees and is instead focussing more on the raping of people. Here's a classic quote:
"We start to think that these things are important, like [the rape trial of NBA star] Kobe Bryant and [the molestation trial of] Michael Jackson and yada, yada, and meanwhile, you know, endangered forests are being slaughtered for toilet paper, you know, sequoias -- whatever it is," Zuniga said."
re: Social Security Choices
Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 4:00 PM
My guess is that NPR has probably spent time in former eastern block countries finding people who would be doing better if the commies were still in charge. They certainly exist. I'm sure in the eyes of NPR that that would be a reason to argue that the switch to institutions of freedom was a probably a bad idea. Clearly NPR has not learned the rule that every legal scholar knows--special cases make bad law.
He's Still Afraid of Washington D.C.
Posted by Donna Martinez at 3:15 PM
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minnesota, has decided not to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate next year. This is the same fraidy-cat -- uh, excuse me -- the same man who, last fall, closed his Capitol Hill office because he feared a terrorist attack after reading a CIA report. He was the only member of the 535-person Congress to do so.
How campus leftists "celebrate" Valentine's Day, part I — TVM pap, rape-scare stats, etc.
Posted by Jon Sanders at 1:50 PMWhenever "The Vagina Monologues" comes to campus, there is always a student columnist who writes about it as if it were some revolutionary work that flies in the face of some Big Evil Male Hegemony that keeps women from saying the word "vagina." These columns tend to be, as you might guess, extraordinarily silly. For example, try this one from last year — or this one, written by an N.C. State student in 2001, which still stands in my view as the silliest column I've ever read. (When the author gets to Hitler, you know you've reached Silliness Nirvana.)
Well, TVM is coming to Duke, among other places, and today's Chronicle ran the obligatory TVM column. This one hits the requisite high notes: "I’m so much more than my vagina, but it has and will always shape my life. Until we talk more about vaginas, we can’t progress to a world where all of us are safe, happy and respected."
Then, however, delves into other areas outside the play (which isn't mentioned until the end) and is utterly, utterly pitiable. "While other children innocently colored pictures of butterflies and flowers," the author writes, "my mother pointed out the similarities between these and vaginas and she told me that vaginas were just as beautiful." That's odd, but nothing compared with, "When I was four years old, a teenage family member tried to molest me." The author concludes that her family was dysfunctional.
Then she concludes that your family is dysfunctional, too. "I think we live in a nation of dysfunctional families," she writes. "From my conversations with other women I have discovered that the woman who has not been raped or molested or abused is in the lucky minority" (emphasis added). What can you say to a person who reasons thus? It is a shame that she was nearly molested, yes, but to conclude that her experience is normal? That's a leap that even goes well beyond the rape-scare stats feminists at Duke et al. are so fond of.
She's merely getting started, however. Now that she's established that a majority of women are raped and abused, she starts placing blame — using the same old marxist scapegoats of men, class warfare, religious piety, racism:
We don’t want to admit that our families are so dysfunctional or that we loved our rapists and abusers. ... I speak as a working-class “heartland” American when I say that this population needs to check its values. Many working class whites uphold an image of ourselves as moral, pious people but this hides an all too common reality of abuse, incest and rape. Instead of addressing the real issues in our communities, we transfer our own filth and pain onto people of color.
She concludes this tedious excursion into Two Minutes Hate with the following: "I want to be a mother someday, but this doesn’t mean I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence and an SUV to take the kids to soccer practice. I want to be a revolutionary mother." I suppose she decided that, Wull, since most homes're dysfunctional anyway, why not set my sights on less than a functional family, too?
Rhetoric Over Substance
Posted by Donna Martinez at 11:25 AM
While waiting for President Bush to arrive at the BTI Center in Raleigh today, WRAL-TV's David Crabtree reported that when he asked some of the protesters about their concerns over the president's ideas on social security reform, those interviewed were unable to articulate specifics.
Clive Staples Lewis
Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:36 AMGlad to see Donna quoting from her reading this morning. I was already planning to quote this from my reading of C.S. Lewis last night; now we have a trend.
The passage is from Lewis' speech on "Why I Am Not a Pacifist." It's published in The Weight of Glory.
... I have received no assurance that anything we do will eradicate sufering. I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis, not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health, or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can. To avert or postpone one particular war by wise policy, or to render one particular campaign shorter by strength and skill or less terrible by mercy to the conquered and the civilians is more useful than all the proposals for universal peace that have ever been made; just as the dentist who can stop one toothache has deserved better of humanity than all the men who think they have some scheme for producing a perfectly healthy race.
Re: social security choices
Posted by Donna Martinez at 09:35 AM
Joe, I am appalled by the woman you cite from the NPR report, who now wishes she had the $500 a month she evidently thinks she "lost" by paying for her husband's heart transplant. First, to equate a husband to cash makes my skin crawl. Second, receiving a heart is a blessing and her cavalier attitude is an insult to the donor families -- like mine -- who have looked beyond their grief at the worst moment of their lives and donated organs and tissues so that others can live. Right now there are about 85,000 people across this country who are waiting for a life-saving organ. Many of them will die waiting. I'm willing to bet a million bucks every one of them is praying for the opportunity this woman was given.
The Duelist — Koranic style
Posted by John Hood at 09:34 AM
Here’s a little-known weapon in the war against Islamofascist terrorism: theological debate. A judge and Islamic scholar in Yemen is visiting al Qaeda prisoners and challenging them to justify their behavior according to God's word as revealed to the Prophet. If they can’t — make that when they can’t — many of them appear to give up terror.
The coolest part:
Some freed militants were so transformed that they led the army to hidden weapons caches and offered the Yemeni security services advice on tackling Islamic militancy. A spectacular success came in 2002 when Abu Ali al Harithi, Al Qaeda's top commander in Yemen, was assassinated by a US air-strike following a tip-off from one of Hitar's reformed militants.
Dialogue is no substitute for intelligence, espionage, spreading freedom with missionary zeal, setting a good example at home, punishing killers, and taking vigorous military act when necessary. But it is a good complement.
Social Security Choices
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 09:05 AM
The great thing about NPR is that it can get the blood flowing with
the examples it uses. This morning was a story on how Galveston and
other cities in Texas opted out of Social Security and gave its
employees personal accounts. One of the women interviewed did something
she would not be able to do without the personal control over money the
new system allowed. She took $40,000 from her account to pay for her
husband's heart transplant. "Which, at the time, she thought was a good
thing," the reporter said. Now that she's retired, however, she's done
the math and figured out that she would get $500 more a month with
Social Security and she wishes she had that money. "Without my pension,
I'd have to live on $908 a month." (no transcript, working from memory)
can only conclude that she thinks that taking money out of her
retirement account should not actually diminish her retirement account
or she thinks saving her husband's life was a bad decision.
UPDATE: Audio now available online. Story of Evelyn Robison (phonetic) starts at 3:00, but the whole report is worth a listen.
An Interesting Bit of Info From an Unexpected Source
Posted by Donna Martinez at 08:50 AM
As I neared the end of the new book, Dear Senator by Strom Thurmond's daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a passage jumped out. It has nothing to do with Ms. Washington-Williams' story about her private relationship with her father who, shamefully in my view, never publicly acknowledged her existence although he communicated with her and helped her financially for decades. The passage on page 218, which describes the logistics between Washington-Williams' attorney (Frank Wheaton) and CBS on the very day Saddam Hussein was captured, further reveals the tunnel vision of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, which of course, we've seen before, as our own Paul Chesser has described. Here is the passage from Dear Senator:
"A few hours later, one of the CBS producers called. The two producers, Mary Mapes and Dana Robertson, had been relentless. Mary told Frank that Dan Rather still wanted me. I meant more to him, and to America, than Saddam Hussein, she told Frank."
Clearly, the Strom Thurmond/Washington-Williams story was huge, valid, and important, but more important to Dan and Mary than bagging Saddam Hussein? One has to wonder why.
Re: Clinton Roams Library
Posted by Paul Chesser at 08:47 AM
Presumably, Clinton didn't need to have them replicate that little room off the hallway...
The downside of self sufficiency
Posted by Hal Young at 08:26 AM
I enjoyed Karen Palasek's "Free Market Minute" on why some forms of "self-sufficiency" are not only uncomfortable but economically undesireable.
But I do have to say it's not the Robinson Crusoes I worry about. Robinson made a bad choice, ended up paying for it, and learned from the experience. It's the wrongheaded Henry David Thoreau-types who volunteer for the experiment, draw the wrong conclusions, write books about it, and get quoted as authoritative for the rest of us ... these I worry about.
Clinton roams library, crashes in “awesome” penthouse pad
Posted by John Hood at 07:57 AM
I'm sorry, but this story about Bill Clinton hanging around his (not-much-visited) Presidential Library in Little Rock strikes me as deeply creepy:
Mr. Clinton has been entertaining old friends in the museum's two-bedroom penthouse apartment, overlooking the Arkansas River. The apartment is also known as the "Executive Suite," and Mr. Clinton plans to spend an average of one week each month there. He used to bunk at his mother-in-law's condo before getting the new pad that his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, has not visited since November.
"It's awesome," says David Leopoulos, a boyhood friend of Mr. Clinton's. "Stereo, big-screen TV, lots of technology. It's really neat."
The penthouse, which is just beyond Mr. Clinton's private office -- ironically, oval-shaped, is "all glass. And it's very modern. Ethnic art. And the view is incredible. It's like floating in air," says Mr. Leopoulos, 58, who refers to Mr. Clinton as "the Big Kahuna."
Whether it's nostalgia for his days in the White House, Mr. Clinton told [aide Skip] Rutherford that "he wants to spend several hours just by himself" roaming the library, which houses the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in the United States.
"He will spend time greeting guests at the library. He enjoys that," says Mr. Rutherford. "I think it's a thrill for any president to go through your library."
Mr. Leopoulos says Mr. Clinton "loved" his old job. "If he could be president again tomorrow, he would be."
No doubt one of Mr. Clinton's favorite exhibits is the exact replica of the Oval Office, meticulously cloned by Little Rock interior designer Kaki Hockersmith. Miss Hockersmith, who decorated the real Oval Office for Mr. Clinton, even grew the ivy on the fireplace from a cutting of the plant in the actual White House.
Keeping public records public
Posted by John Hood at 07:43 AM
The John Locke Foundation has had its own recent bouts with governmental intransigence about access to public records. Over at JLF-Charlotte, Jeff Taylor comments on a controversy in Mecklenburg County about public access to court records there, how software can help, and why reducing the clerical work of police officers is a good thing — as if that last proposition needs extended argument.
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