Monday, November 22, 2004

Lazarus Rising!

Episode 97, in which I rise, Lazarus-like, to blog again!!

Ok, perhaps I'm overdoing the melodrama of the illness thing. I am feeling quite a bit better this evening. Not like I'm ready to compete in a marathon (though this is perhaps an unrealistic expectation, as I never have felt that well in my life), but still better than anytime since Saturday evening.

Orson Scott Card has a very nice Thanksgiving tribute I thought I'd like to point out. Here's an excerpt:

"This Thanksgiving there are thousands of people I have never met, to whom I owe a debt that cannot be repaid.

To you, Marine, still weary from the battle house to house in Fallujah, whom we called upon to overcome your natural fear and go into combat in our cause: What went through your mind and heart in those days of fighting is between you and your fellow soldiers and the God who knows your heart as no mortal being can. All I can see is the outward deed -- the courage to act on someone else's orders, in protection of someone else's life, at risk of your own.

To all you soldiers, sailors, pilots, marines who have served under fire, at risk of life, volunteers in the American cause: You carry with you painful memories so that countless civilians back home will not have such memories; the vast majority of your fellow-citizens remain innocent of the agony of war precisely because you have been willing to immerse yourselves in it.

You create and maintain the safe haven in which I live. Thank you."

Another one I wanted to point out from this past weekend is by Jeremy Brown, guest-blogging Michael J. Totten's blog: Nazis are from Mars, Fascist Jihadists are from Venus. Excerpt:

If anti-Semitic blood libel was good enough for 1st century Greece then why shouldn't it still be happening in 21st century Westchester, NY (via Solomonia):

This Saturday (Nov. 20), a fundraiser will be held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, raising money to bring a Palestinian art exhibit to the New York metro area. Here's one of the paintings from the proposed exhibit (previously shown in Houston, TX), portraying Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon collecting and boiling a young Palestinian's blood:


Also included in the exhibit would be art and text that glorifies terrorist murder:

[t]o several of the artists, the subject of the martyrs is an all-important topic. A true martyr is anyone who gives his life in service of his people, including...suicide bombers that attack Israeli civilians.

I can anticipate the objections some people will have to my characterization of this, so let me say that I have little patience for those who denigrate the Palestinian populace as a whole. But I can think of no greater insult to a nation, race, or creed than to purport to represent the soul of its culture through the words and images of its most sociopathic element. Let's see Palestinian art that tells ugly truths, that challenges comfortable assumptions, by all means. But -- does this really have to be said? -- let's please not make apologies for the murdering fascistic militants who are just as poisonous to the future of a free Palestine as they are to the future of Israel.

Damn straight! The failed Euro-Carter-Clinton model of peace in the Middle-East failed for precisely these reasons. The flower of Palestinian excellence cannot be expressed by the trash who blow themselves up to world-acclaim because they take a few innocent Jews with them. If there is ever to be a viable Palestinian state, it MUST be based on a rejection of this at a bare minimum. And knocking off the Nazi-era anti-Jewish propaganda wouldn't hurt either.

And to finish with something a bit more local, Flash at Centrisity is falling for a leftist meme that contributed to their loss last election. He seems to think that objective evidence of leftist intolerance and idealogical cleansing of the universities can be cutely reasoned away by ... well he doesn't say, but he cites a couple of letters to the editor...

"Academics are trained to reason using logic, to question evidence and to consider and evaluate several possible interpretations of events. All these activities are discouraged and indeed ridiculed by the present Republican leadership.

"A successful career in academia, after all, requires willingness to be critical of yourself and to learn from experience, along with a lack of interest in material incentives. All these are antithetical to Republicanism as it has recently come to be."

Here at Bogus Gold, we encourage Flash to keep stoking the leftists in their notion that they are entirely logical, and open-minded to all sides of a debate while remaining completely clueless about any intellectual debate to the right of the New York Times editorial page. A healthy dose of time in the political wilderness (the inevitable result) might actually bring some sense to the left again, and that would probably be a good thing.

All the same, the notion that lefties themselves are finally noticing the objective evidence here - that our universities have been more or less politically and ideologically cleansed - is probably a good thing. One must not expect to build Rome in a day. Simple faith in humanity would lead one to believe that honest academics on the left will tire of their echo chamber eventually. And maybe one day will even condemn their opposition to intellectual diversity in the first place. But that's years down the road. Babysteps will suffice for now.


Blogger Flash said...

The letter's were tongue and cheek. The main premise of the article, was the the Right is frustrated with the loppsided political make-up of post secondary educators, and they want to push for some sort of litmus test when screening potential professor's.

""The political imbalance on faculties has inspired a campaign to have state legislatures and Congress approve an "academic bill of rights" protecting students and faculty members from discrimination for their political beliefs.""

Glad you're feeling better!


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