Since we won’t be traveling back and forth to New Jersey any more this year due to the Moo Goo Gai Panic, we have two flights to re-schedule and use. Fortunately, due to United’s having cancelled rescheduling fees for the duration of the Panic, we can do so at no cost other than making up for a difference in ticket prices. So we’re thinking we’ll visit Alaska at least one more time, scouting for housing locations. Our sense of urgency in moving away from Denver is growing daily, as is our worry that our (Democrat-controlled, mostly for several generations now) major cities may be only months away from destroying themselves.
But enough of that worry. Now then…
One To the Links!
Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Matt Taibbi wanders off the reservation. And further off the reservation! This guy’s a committed statist lefty, but he’s right about the legacy media.
Civil Rights Leader Shelby Steele wanders off the reservation. Relevant quote:
To look at black Americans, minority Americans, and say, you’re not carrying your own weight. You’re gonna go have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrate, [but] are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying, I’m a victim, and I’m owed, and the entitlement is inadequate? I need more, and after all, you whites, you know racism has been here for four centuries with slavery and so forth, so it’s time for you to give to me.
Well, that’s an exhausted, fruitless, empty strategy to take. We’ve been on that path since the 60s. We’re farther behind than we’ve ever been, and we keep blaming it on racism, blaming it on the police. I’m exhausted with that. I grew up in a time when there was real segregation. Blacks during the ’50s took a lot of responsibility for their lives, because the government didn’t. My father bought three ramshackle houses, rebuilt them, rented them out, kept clawing his way up the ladder. A man with a third-grade education from the South. What civil rights bill is going to replace that? That value system?
And he was not exceptional. Across the community we lived in, those were the values. That is the problem. We have allowed ourselves to be enabled in avoiding our real problems by a guilty white society. It keeps using us and exploiting us as victims. If you really care about how minorities do, why don’t you ask them to do it? Why don’t you ask them to drop the pretense?
It’s the Left That Destroyed Legitimacy of Coronavirus Containment Measures. No shit, Sherlock.
This Week’s Idiots:
Programming note: Next week I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a few days, to free up more time for the fishing I’m planning to do. So from Monday through Thursday there will be some placeholder posts, and regular posts will return Friday. And on the following Monday, I’ll drop some details on the fishing trip, including (with luck) some photos.
On that hopeful note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.