Culture War Dispatches

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Thank goodness it's just a flap

The Globe finally started covering the Jeremiah Wright story after Obama’s speech gave them something they could equivocate about. Today’s front page headline is, “Voters' views diverge over Obama flap.”

Nice to dream about this catastrophe being a “flap,” but I don’t think it’s going to play out as a minor fracas. I think it’s the end for Obama.

A common theme expressed by people who still plan to vote for Obama is that “the black anger Wright has expressed is understandable.” To begin with, I don’t think there’s much justification for black anger in 2008. This fall I volunteered to drive a number of African-American kids to interviews at prep schools in the area—Phillips Andover, Governors, Holderness, etc. The admission directors were all so eager to increase their “diversity” percentages. To think of these kids as somehow discriminated against is ridiculous. It’s true these were a tiny percentage of kids from bad inner city (i.e., black) schools who managed to get out, so the counter-argument would be that institutional racism holds the rest back. I don’t buy it, but, as the Obama voter said, I haven’t walked a mile in their shoes so I don’t understand. It’s possible.

More importantly, even if some lingering justification for black anger remains in today’s America, Jeremiah Wright would not be at the center of this controversy is he was simply an angry crusader seeking to right the wrongs done against black people. This describes Martin Luther King, not Jeremiah Wright. His sermons are filled with hate, racism and twisted lies about his own country. He makes perpetual whiner and liar Al Sharpton look moderate and rational. Wright is in league with Louis Farrakhan, and they both are evil men.

The Globe quoted another Obama voter, who said, "I don't really care what someone's religious affiliation is," she said, asserting that younger generations are more tolerant of racial diversity.” I will forgive this member of the younger generation for being so clueless to think that hate speech against white America is “tolerant.” But we might consider changing the voting age to 30.

Monday, March 17, 2008

With alibis like these...

Obama claims he wasn't in church for Jeremiah Wright's "I hate whitey" speech because he was addressing La Raza in Miami. So his alibi for not being with one hate-monger is that he was with a different group of hate-mongers.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Herbert C. Kelman published a long piece in the Globe today titled, “’A Declaration of Principles’ for the Mideast.” I suspected it would be heavily slanted toward the Palestinian side when I read the phrase, “Herbert C. Kelman is a professor…” And when it continued, “of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard,” I knew for certain.

The piece pretends to respect both sides, but it includes such demands as, “the borders between the two states will follow the 1967 armistice lines.” The following quotes about the 1967 border were on Wikipedia:
Prime Minister Golda Meir said the pre-1967 borders were so dangerous that it "would be treasonable" for an Israeli leader to accept them (New York Times, December 23, 1969).

The Foreign Minister Abba Eban said the pre-1967 borders have "a memory of Auschwitz" (Der Spiegel, November 5, 1969).

Prime Minister Menachem Begin described a proposal for a retreat to the pre-1967 borders as "national suicide for Israel."

Nevertheless, over the past 40 years, Israel has slowly been unilaterally retreating to the 1967 borders in Sinai, Gaza, Jordan, and Lebanon—with little to show for it in return from the Palestinian side.

Another of Mr Kelman’s principles is: “An end to the occupation and to the conflict.” The word “occupation” is what enemies of Israel use to describe the Israeli presence in lands taken when they defeated the aggressive Arab armies in the 1967 war. As for “conflict,” this is the sole reference to the decades of terrorist attacks on Israel. Cessation of suicide bombings and rocket attack was a prerequisite for discussion under the Bush Roadmap.

Kelman’s principles also include a divided Jerusalem and Israel’s recognizing the right of return for Palestinian “refugees”—both unacceptable to Israel. Kelman does concede that “Only a limited number, however, will return to Israel proper, in order to allow Israel to maintain its character as a Jewish-majority state.” Once an international agreement acknowledges that Palestinians in the countries surrounding Israel have the right to “return” to Israel, however, Israel will be in the position of turning away poor refugees—certainly cause for a new Intifada.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Vaclav Klaus

"Future dangers will not come from the same source. The ideology will be different. Its essence will, nevertheless, be identical. The attractive, pathetic, at first noble idea that transcends the individual in the name of the common good, and the enormous self-confidence on the side of its proponents about their right to sacrifice man and his freedom in order to make this idea a reality." What I had in mind was, of course, environmentalism and its current strongest version, climate alarmism."

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic

Monday, March 03, 2008

Church of Global Warming (cont.)

“This year, Nina Scott is giving up carbon” for Lent, the Globe reports on today’s front page story, “Going Green for Lent.” A photo shows Ms. Scott hanging clothes on a line in her basement because she has given up using her clothes dryer for 40 days.

The fourth paragraph however has a telling admission:
These actions will do little to slow global warming - at most, Scott will probably reduce her "carbon footprint" by 1 or 2 percent during Lent - but she says it's important to do nonetheless.

A perfect summation of the church of global warming: we believe in making empty gestures that require a minimum of sacrifice but that make us look morally superior and will get us on the front page of the Boston Globe.

There is now an undeniable consensus that global warming alarmism is an environmental religion. The debate is over.