Monday, October 16, 2006

Blandsided: The Emasculation of the American Dream and Other Observations

(...TikiTam is back from the dead and bemoaning the shrinking world of the individual.)

We laugh at this stuff now but it's just a matter of time, especially since Americans seemed to have abandoned the habit of individuality. We have allowed ourselves to be bullied into blind acceptance of a transparent Statist agenda.

British Schoolgirl Arrested for Speaking English

Yet another incident of political correctness gone mad. A 14-year-old schoolgirl was arrested after asking her teacher to assign her to a different discussion group, since the five kids in her group didn't speak English. So the school isolated the girl and the police came and hauled her off to the hoosegow... ( See the full story as reported in the UK press:


An awesome and scary observation from THEODOR DALRYMPLE on the Gates of Vienna blogspot:

" Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to..."


Steve Lyons was relieved of his Fox Sports duties for making comments on air that the company found inappropriate,” network spokesman Dan Bell said.

[…]In the second inning of a playoff game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A’s infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro’s production to finding a “wallet on Friday” and hoping it happened again the next week.
Later, Piniella said the A’s needed Thomas to get “en fuego” — hot in Spanish — because he was currently “frio” — or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up... (good for him!) from the excellent SIX MEAT BUFFET.


Left-wing radical laywer Lynne Stewart will be sentenced this morning for her role in fomenting jihad for her client, convicted jihadist and NYC bomb plotter Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. The Associated Press casts her as a compassionate grandma who just cares too much about her downtrodden clients. The New York Times sympathizes here:
There was little sympathy for Ms. Stewart among mainstream lawyers during the trial. But more than 400 letters she submitted to Judge Koeltl about her sentence include many from law professors and criminal defense lawyers who said that her actions never caused actual harm and warned of a chilling effect on lawyers who defend terrorists if she receives a long sentence. Her lawyers cite her long service as a government-appointed lawyer for rebels, mobsters and murderers.
Jo Ann Harris, a former assistant attorney general who authorized the 1994 indictment of Mr. Abdel Rahman, wrote that the terrorism counts against Ms. Stewart were “unwarranted overkill.”
Ms. Stewart’s failing, she wrote, was that she “didn’t have a clue that the stick she was poking in the government’s eye was going to have consequences beyond her imagination.”
The author Gore Vidal wrote to ask the judge to “side with our Bill of Rights” by not imprisoning Ms. Stewart.
Ms. Stewart said that while her radical leftist views have not changed, she will continue to fight within the system. “I really think that my patriotism — if you’ll excuse the expression — and my love of this profession demand that I have to stay and fight.”


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