Archive for February 19th, 2009

February 19, 2009

Honkies are too uptight

That seems to be the basic point of a Tufts University research project about how “self-control” — self-censorship might be a better phrase — isn’t the answer to better race relations. (Via Kathy Shaidle who, of course, is completely out of control. And yes, I do mean that as a compliment.)

Personally, I feel that there are inherent limitations to what “experts” can tell us about race, just as there are limits to what “experts” can tell us about sex. Common sense and careful observation will teach you just as much in the long run.
Richard Spencer, who witnessed the lunacy of the Duke lacrosse “rape” fiasco as a Duke student, has some wry observations.
February 19, 2009

Civility: ‘You pampered little b*tch!’

The voices of tolerance and enlightenment — to paraphrase Janeane Garofalo — offer words of encouragement to a “woman of color”:

Your bigoted comments make me wish that your jaw gets f*cked up more than your hero Ann Coulter’s did. . . . I’d like to see you walk a week in her shoes as a homeless person. You wouldn’t survive. You pampered little b*tch.

Of course, the “woman of color” toward whom this “open-minded, pluralistic” discourse was offered is Michelle Malkin. The assertion that Malkin’s “hero” is Ann Coulter would, I imagine, be equally surprising to both Malkin and Coulter. They are very different writers and very different personalities, and all they really have in common are (a) they’re women, (b) they’re conservative, and (c) they appear frequently on Fox News. 

However, this is not the place to do a compare-and-contrast. I merely point out how Malkin’s “well adjusted, open-minded, pluralistic, enlightened” correspondent lumps her in with Coulter as an object of rage. (Pundette Derangement Syndrome?)
What is truly interesting is the correspondent’s assertion that homeless people are, by the mere fact of their homelessness, somehow more resourceful and adaptive than the non-homeless. Yesterday, I discussed this naive veneration of the homeless in terms of Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed — a book everyone absolutely must read — and also Adam Shephard’s eye-opening new book, Scratch Beginnings.
The notion that the homeless are possessed of some special virtue is a modernistic liberal perversion of Judeo-Christian teaching about the poor. “Rich” and “poor” are relative terms. If you want to see true poverty, go to Uganda. There are hard-working honest people in Kampala who don’t dare dream of the luxuries enjoyed and opportunities ignored by the “poor” in America. You let some Ugandan find his way to America — save up enough money, jump through all the hoops of legal immigration — and I guarantee you that man will not end up homeless.
In Washington, DC, the cabs are mostly driven by Third World immigrants — Somali, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and so forth. Talk to one of those cabbies and you’ll discover that his children are going to college to study business, engineering, medicine and law.
Think about Michelle Malkin’s immigrant parents. Think about the values they instilled in her. Do you suppose that, having been blessed to come to the greatest nation in the history of mankind, they would have failed to do all in their power to be sure that their daughter understood the value of these advantages?
“Pampered” — bah! People who see Michelle Malkin on TV and think she’s “pampered” have no idea at all of her hard work, her diligence, her perseverance, her focus. Have you seen her work? When we were in Denver for the Democratic convention, I watched her at work. I filed five stories from Denver and blogged a ton, but that was just goofing off compared to what Malkin did. If you could see her at work — the intensity of her focus — you would not for a minute think of her as “pampered.” What she’s got, she earned.

And to “funnyalex04,” let me tell you this: If somehow it all fell apart tomorrow, and Michelle Malkin did find herself homeless, she’d survive a helluva lot better than you would, you pathetic worm.

February 19, 2009

Idiot who can’t type: ‘Kill QWERTY’

Absolute idiocy from a guy with an MBA and a law degree.

I rock along somewhere upwards of 60 words per minute. I actually learned to use the tool. Whereas Marc Pascal is a tool.

QWERTY rules. Anybody can get Mavis Beacon and be touch-typing 30 wpm in about six weeks with a little practice. Or not. But don’t insist that the tool is flawed because you’re too lazy to learn to use it.

February 19, 2009

Eric Holder: Quota king

Quin Hillyer calls our attention to an article by Heather Mac Donald pointing out how Eric Holder imposed stringent racial policies on L.A. police in 2000:

Bill Lann Lee, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, insisted that the LAPD be put under a federal monitor who would dictate nearly every aspect of policing practice and policy for a minimum of five years. Lee presented the city with a massive consent decree that would bind the LAPD to the DOJ’s supervision — and if the city refused to sign, DOJ would take Los Angeles to court. Included in the proposed decree’s 180 provisions were mandates to record the race of every suspect whom officers stopped, though the Rampart scandal had had nothing to do with so-called “racial profiling.”
In their September 2000 call to Deputy Attorney General Holder, Mayor Riordan and Chief Parks stressed that the city was already doing everything possible to prevent a reoccurrence of the abuses and that a federal monitor would only impede the department’s ability to operate and pursue existing reforms. Holder was unmoved. DOJ would either see Los Angeles in court or impose a consent decree on it, he wrote back. The federal juggernaut was unstoppable. In 2001, the LAPD signed the decree, starting a process of debilitating resource-drain and wholly useless bureaucratic paper-pushing. Holder had played a significant role in “negotiating” the decree, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Complying with the federal straitjacket cost the always cash-starved LAPD $40 million in its first year and $50 million each year thereafter, according to city estimates.

In other words, rather than having police do their jobs — busting criminals — Holder insisted they spent untold thousands of man-hours filling out federal compliance paperwork to prove that L.A. cops weren’t “profiling,” even though the pretext for this intervention had nothing to do with “profiling.” 

The nation’s chief law-enforcement office hates cops — and he’s too much of a coward to admit it.
February 19, 2009

Missing: $900,000

Prepare to roll your eyes:

Montgomery County’s [Maryland] Department of Health and Human Services can’t account for more than $900,000 it paid to a child-care center for Latino immigrants founded by a local school board member, according to the county’s inspector general.
The county approved 70 invoices to Centro Familia in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 without verifying the “validity and appropriateness” of the payments, Inspector General Thomas Dagley wrote in a memo to the County Council on Wednesday. . . .
Centro Familia was founded in 1998 by Nancy Navarro, who is now a county school board member, and Pilar Torres with a goal of responding “to a dire but invisible crisis” concerning Latino immigrant children’s early education, according to the organization’s Web site.
Navarro, who no longer works at Centro Familia, is running for a vacant County Council seat.

Just show up with some invoices, collect $900,000 from the taxpayers. “It’s for the children.” Si se puede!

February 19, 2009

New look: How you like?

BUMPED; UPDATE: OK, after looking at it a while, something’s got to change. I think the problem is simple: The sidebars are the same width, and the center column needs to be wider. Also, it would help if the headlines and text in the main column were somewhat larger — maybe the main column text at 13 pts. and the sidebar text at 11? Or 14 and 12. Whatever.

So, if we change the right sidebar to make it 20px or 40px narrower; move all the elements that could use extra width to left sidebar; add the extra width to the main column; and find some way to futz around with the text fonts — to signal to the reader that the main column is, indeed, the main column — that should do the trick, yes?

Will consult with our VPIT, Eric Reasons, and try to figure out what we can do to improve the readability. I wish the folks at Blogger were paying attention and would try to create a 3-column ready-made template, so we hillbillies wouldn’t have to figure this stuff out on our own. Sorry for the temporary ugliness.

PREVIOUSLY: Miss Attila no like. Me primitive Unfrozen Caveman Blogger. Me like three column.

Want wider center column, like Ace? How?

Me not know.

Side columns make skinny? Stuff fit?

Me not know.

What happen page width go past 880 px?

Me not know.

Maybe blog eat sun. World end. Bad mojo.

February 19, 2009

Obama’s broken promises

Stephen Green of Vodkapundit reminds us that there are “four different lists of Obama’s broken campaign promises.”

February 19, 2009

Mexican money & the DNC

So, big-shot Democrat sugar daddy R. Allen Stanford is being investigated on suspicion he laundered money for a Mexican drug cartel. So, asks Moe Lane, does this mean the Democratic convention in Denver was indirectly funded by this money? Si se puede!

February 19, 2009

The illusion of transparency

Mark Tapscott:

It seems like only yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were promising “the most open and honest Congress ever” in American history.
Reid and Pelosi — as well as President Barack Obama — have flooded the airwaves in recent years with fine-sounding words extolling transparency in government, but their actions on the $787 billion economic stimulus package prove the hollowness of their talk. . . .
At one point, Republican Study Committee chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, stood outside Pelosi’s office while the conference report was being written, laughing sardonically because the official conference committee was scheduled to convene at 3:00 that afternoon. He knew the real work was going on behind the Speaker’s door and the afternoon meeting was a masquerade for the cameras.
Considering how Democrats like Pelosi and others on the Left screamed to high heaven whenever President George W. Bush acted against the public’s right to know (a not-infrequent occurrence, to be sure), one might now expect to hear similar protests as Democrats in Congress make a mockery of their transparency promises. One would be wrong.

“The public’s right to know”? Surely, you didn’t think Democrats were serious about that?

February 19, 2009

The anti-Obama backlash?

Michelle Malkin documents the grassroots anti-“stimulus” sentiment, which I don’t think is the same as an anti-Obama sentiment. It’s just bad economics.

Three words: It won’t work.