October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween!

from - Buck

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Justice and Drama

from - smijer

Yesterday was the closing performance of The Exonerated in Chattanooga. I saw my good friend, Alice there, and Sandy, too. Next stops are Suwanee (maybe), and Knoxville, both in January.

Kate Briere directed, and played the part of Sue Gauger, wife of one of the exonerated. She is a genius. I made a bunch of new friends working on this, people who I admire for their intelligence and their dramatic gifts... A couple were old friends - and I see a new side to them now.

Doing something new - outside the comfort zone - is a good reminder of just how much there is that you don't know. It keeps you humble, and it gives you new recognition for others' work that you might have taken for granted.

Working on a play like this one for several weeks running also forces you to spend time thinking about issues that you've never put much time into. I was never "for" or "against" the death penalty... I was sympathetic to the anti-death penalty view for the simple reason that I trust liberal sensibilities more than conservative ones, but I'd never really taken my own position on the matter. Now, I do.

To me, what it boils down to is a question of right motivation, and a question of right pursuit of the motivating goal. To summarize, the goal of justice is the right motivation for action in cases of capital crime; the motive of revenge is the wrong one. Those are my personal values and the valuse I ask my children to learn. They are the values I hope my readership has adopted or will adopt.

After analysis, and after asking about as many possible ways justice might be served in cases of capital crime as I could think of, and after examining the issue of whether the death penalty effectively creates justice in any of those ways, I have found that there are no instances where justice is properly served by captial punishment, and many ways in which justice is undermined by it. If justice is the goal, capital punishment is absolutely the wrong approach to reaching it.

Specifics? No time this morning - I'm once again late for work. I may follow up with another post or two on the subject, or I may discuss my view further in the comments of this post, if a reader suggests a way he or she believes justice can be met through capital punishment.

Have a nice Monday. Nice to be back to blogging again.

Posted by smijer at 08:00 AM | Comments (2)

October 27, 2005

Movin' Day

from - Buck

Today is the big day.

I have taken two days off of work in order to help move my In-Laws from Spring City, Tennessee down here to Toccoa, Georgia.

I’m going to miss my trips up there to see Watts Bar Lake. I am going to miss the drives through Tellico Plains, Madisonville and Sweetwater. Spring City is only 180 miles from my drive way but the best time I have ever made getting up there is 3 hours and 45 minutes. Part of the reason is because, as they say, “there ain’t no way to get there from here.” The other part is because you cannot make the trip without stopping to look at sites you have seen 100 times. It is a beautiful ride through the mountains and by the rivers. Sometimes we would make the trip up the Ocoee River side and it is impossible to be side by side with the Ocoee and not stop and give reverence to the river.

I have made this trip since I married 25 years ago. I have made the trip first with my wife and then with my family. I have made the trip alone and I have made the trip with two girls in the back in car seats. I have made the trip as those two little girls morphed from car seat to drivers seat. How my family has grown and changed but Lord how the rivers and mountains seem to stay the same.

My last trip will be made in a U-Haul. We always knew it was going to happen but still it seems it came too fast. Sometimes chapters in your life that seem you have been reading forever end so abruptly.

I guess when we finally trade that U-Haul for a hearse we will realize that it was, as Neil Diamond said, done too soon.

P.S. Oh yeah, and on that Plamegate thingy. I think Scooter Libby will be indicted for making false statements and obstructing justice. That is all that will come of it. No big deal. Just a diversion.

Posted by Buck at 07:38 AM | Comments (1)

October 26, 2005

Oh the HuVanity!

from - smijer

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The little red blotch is lonely me.... You can join me as a denizen of smijerland by going here and clicking "add yourself" on the right hand side... Please do... for the sake of huVanity.

Buck... 'specially you...

H/T Pharyngula, with red blotches the world over...

Posted by smijer at 10:28 PM | Comments (0)

Define Politics

from - Buck

Politics:

A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Ambrose Bierce

Posted by Buck at 08:49 AM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2005

Remembering Rosa

from - smijer

Riding home from Johnson's Grocery
Where I worked in Alabamer,
I come across this colored gal
and this white-skinned, older feller.

It seems this gal had took a seat
On the front part of that Bluebird,
The feller told her, "move on back,"
but she didn't say a word.

The feller next to me, he said,
"That beats all I ever saw,"
The lady back a row observed,
"It's clear against the law!"

The colored gal, she still don't move;
The driver stopped the bus.
The police climbed up through the door,
said, "what's all this here fuss?"

"My rump," the gal said, "ain't gon budge,
y'all may do your worst,
A colored rump it may truly be,
but I set it down here first."

The Police said, "now, this won't do!"
the shorter one, he cussed;
they snatched her up by her left arm,
and hauled her off the bus.

I stayed right there and rode on home,
Kep' my rump upon my seat.
But my mind stayed with the colored gal,
'stead a' watchin' for my street.

I had to walk two extra blocks
to get on to my place,
And next day walked to Johnson's
fer a little change of pace.

That gal, she got inside my head,
an' I asked her to get out;
"Whites only get a ride up here!"
my inner voice did shout.

She just sat and refused to budge,
"on that bus at every bump,
you'll feel inside your tater-head,
my lovely, colored rump."

That rump, it did bring me back
to what I learned in school,
in nineteen hundred twenty eight,
about the golden rule.

Now I still go to Johnson's store
back home in Alabamer,
but I swear never to become
that white-skinned older feller.

My mind is glad even if I live,
Lord, please, please let that be,
To live to ninety two years old,
for that rump's fine company.

-smijer

Posted by smijer at 08:01 AM | Comments (4)

October 24, 2005

Amen Brother!

from - Buck

"I'm often amazed at the way politicians, who spend hours poring over opinion poll results in a desperate attempt to discover what the public thinks, are certain they know precisely what God's views are on everything."

Simon Hoggart

Posted by Buck at 02:57 PM | Comments (0)

October 21, 2005

One more thing...

from - Buck

the priceless mugshot of Tom Delay.

Ladies and Gentlemen.......we got him!

Nah, I know better. I know it is all just politics but God ain't it fun!

Posted by Buck at 08:43 AM | Comments (0)

Long awaited weekend

from - Buck

When Tennessee hits the field this weekend I will be wearing Orange. Reckon you guys can spoil Alabama’s season?

Come Monday we will all probably be being inundated with stories about Wilma. I will be so glad when hurricane season is over.

Knock ‘em dead this weekend Smijer. I hope it turns out to be a very positive experience for all of you.

Ya’ll have a good weekend. I am going to sit on the porch and see if I can see a leaf change colors before it falls to the ground.

Posted by Buck at 07:57 AM | Comments (1)

Even Boortz is Ahead of Me

from - smijer

I'm way behind the curve... y'all understand why... I'm way behind on bringing ridicule to Neal Boortz "save the rich" rant (mp3 here if you missed it) It seems everybody has got a chunk out of him lately. Even his listeners... and it seems that Boortz has gone out of character and posted, unedited, some of the more blistering and even thoughtful listener responses...
Hey dipweed...

They would be homeless if it were not for the contracters and the workers, who built the home for them to flop their lazy asses down. Personally I am disgusted at what you say, I am disgusted with them. Millions of fathers and mothers, including my own, work their hands to blisters to give a meaningful existance to their kids, and you have the guall to call them out and state that beacuae they don't make a couple million dollars a month they are not as good as someone that does? Let me tell you somthing dipweed, my father warks his ass off every day in the heat an/or cold, to provide for his family, I will guarantee that my dad is a better man than Donald Trump. Why don't you shout back, I would really enjoy hearing your pathetic point of veiw.

Don't take it personally - it's just LOGIC

If we had to set priorities on who to save first, I would recommend medical and law enforcement personnel, teachers, and the more intelligent members of our society. Unfortunately, Neil, that would leave you on the outside looking in.

From an Ex-Republican

His friends at the country club will set up PO Boxes in tiny island nations in order to avoid paying the taxes that provide what made his company grow: infrastructure, security, and trained personnel.

They expect the rest of us to pay to clean up their messes (wouldn't want to bite into profits).

And then they send America's jobs to Communist countries where the work is done by slave labor, all so that a mega-retailer can undercut the prices of local entreprenuers.

After the wealthy squandered America's prosperity in the 20s, that prosperity was rebuilt in the 40s and 50s and 60s. It wasn't the rich who made things great that time around. It was the riff-raff and the returning GIs who got good educations, and invented our new world. They went from working poor to middle class to entreprenuer. Meanwhile, those with the burden of inherited wealth stagnated. Industries that didn't adapt rusted away.

Somewhere along the way - in the Reagan years - too many people decided that it was too much work to do the old-fashioned Horatio Alger thing. They looked for shortcuts. Then they built personal fortunes while stomping on the workers, the retirees, the investors: everyone who trusted the rich crooks.

Then there are those who use political connections to accumulate wealth. The list goes back into pre-history, but no one does it like today's Republicans. If you don't know who I mean, then read a newspaper.


Beautiful...

The only thing I have to add is this: Is this the man you want re-writing the tax code? Probably -- if your name is Ken Lay.

Posted by smijer at 07:41 AM | Comments (12)

October 19, 2005

Let my people go!

from - Buck

"Here you have a reporter in jail for 85 days and millions of Americans wonder why? I'm one of those," says Arlen Specter

Well Arlen, here we have a guy who has been in prison for 3 years and 164 days.

When are you and millions of Americans going to start wondering why?

Fish or cut bait.
Shit or get off of the pot.
Charge him or let him go.

Posted by Buck at 03:12 PM | Comments (0)

Good 'ol HDT

from - Buck

"Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it."

Henry David Thoreau - (1817-1862)

Posted by Buck at 09:51 AM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2005

This ought to upset everybody

from - Buck

Following is one of those email things sent out to upset everybody. I received this from a devout Republican and it confused me a little bit coming from a person who is a true believer.

I stuck my hand in a beehive by replying with the question "so, do you think we should still be fighting for democracy in the Middle East?" The question made sense to me. I mean, if we are going to bitch about sending them money should we not question whether or not it is sensible to shed our blood for them?

He reminded me that in his opinion we are not fighting for "them" we are fighting for "us" and our way of living and our freedom and our security.

Maybe to him changing the Middle East is well worth the blood but not worth the treasure. As hard as I try I just cannot think like these guys and for sure they cannot see my side of the issue. That's okay. That is what America is all about.


This oughta upset everybody:

How they vote in the United Nations:

Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic
States which are recorded in both the US State Department and
United Nations records:

Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time
Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time
Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time
United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.
Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.
Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.
Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.
Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.
India votes against the United States 81% of the time.
Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.
Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.

U S Foreign Aid to those that hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against
the United States, still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign
Aid.

Jordan votes 71% against the United States
and receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States
receives $6,721,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

India votes 81% against the United States
receives $143,699,000 annually.

Perhaps it is time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings
back to the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the
taxes (and gasoline).

Pass this along to every taxpaying citizen you know. And send to
your congressman, who should be disgraced but couldn't care less.

Posted by Buck at 08:38 AM | Comments (3)

October 17, 2005

ODub? That you?

from - smijer

Is Oliver Willis getting all Bill Cosby & shit?

Posted by smijer at 10:45 PM | Comments (1)

The Bird Flu Mask

from - Buck

Get yours today before mass hysteria approaches critical mass.

I guess this is better than duct taping yourself into a room and suffocating.

At least those harbingers of hysteria are getting a little better when it comes to the types of solutions they propose.

Posted by Buck at 01:44 PM | Comments (2)

Eureka!

from - Buck

Looks like we have gone and done it.

We have recreated the Spanish Flu.

Of course the thought of anybody but “us” having this creation has gotten Krauthammer’s panties in a knot.

What if “they” turn it loose on “us” before “we” can turn it loose on “them”?

I am sure Charles is wondering right now how we can turn the flu into a morally acceptable weapon in the fight against terrorism.

We have recreated it. Now let’s see if we can control it, use it and more importantly sell it (to our friends only of course)

Posted by Buck at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

What's going on?

from - Buck

Is it just me or are the autumn leaves not autumn leaves at all this year?

I came back to Georgia from Tennessee via the Cherohala Sky Way this weekend and was shocked at the lack of any color at all in the glorious mountains that I have always called home.

It seems the leaves have gone from alive and green to brown and dead without pausing for the yellow and red stage.

My wife says that I am just too impatient and that the colors will come. When it comes to the fall of the year I am like a kid at Christmas. I look forward to it every year and I HAVE to believe that the colors will come.

I NEED those colors to prepare my fragile psyche for the bleak desolation that winter brings. Dying does not bother me so much but the colors provide death with dignity and without dignity death is just death.

Posted by Buck at 09:29 AM | Comments (1)

October 14, 2005

The Sweet Smell of Friday

from - Buck

Well, here it is Friday afternoon and from where I sit it is a gorgeous Friday afternoon.

Time to stop thinking about Tom Delay, Harriet Miers , and surging consumer prices.

To hell with it all.

The Volunteers get a well-deserved rest this weekend. The Dawgs are going to play in Nashville tomorrow night and I’ll be in the sweet state of Tennessee myself on Saturday and Sunday.

For now, I’m going to play some disc golf.

Ya’ll have a good weekend.

Posted by Buck at 04:03 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2005

Pat and Hugo

from - Buck

What is Pat Robertsons problem with Hugo Chavez?

You would think that Hugo took his best girlfriend.

Does anybody really pay attention to Robertson or has it just gotten to the point where he has enough money to just ramble and rattle at his hearts content just to hear himself ramble and rattle?

You would think he could just be happy with the war in Iraq.

Somebody get a straight jacket for this guy.

Posted by Buck at 04:57 PM | Comments (0)

Being a Diva is Hard Work

from - smijer

I haven't been home before 9:30 p.m. since Saturday... My job is full-time plus... and despite the fact that I only have a handful of lines in The Exonerated, almost every non-working hour is spent in rehearsal.

I'm not bitching... I'm really enjoying the experience. I've gotten to know some good new folks - maybe even made new friends. The script is very powerful... the words alone just move you... It took several weeks of rehearsal to get past the stage where my eyes would moisten involuntarily during the heavy parts of the story. Some of these folks are exceptional performers... a couple in particular, who can make me laugh my way through a play about injustice and death.

But it will be a long time before I do this again... acting - even bit parts - is just about an all-or-nothing enterprise. I say all this by way of apology to anyone who came to this web-page looking for off-the-wall comments on politics and religion and found that one of the authors wasn't carrying his full weight; and by way of thanks to my good, if virtual, friend, Buck, who has kept this page alive while I've been too utterly swamped to contribute to it.

Have a nice Thursday!

Posted by smijer at 07:59 AM | Comments (1)

October 12, 2005

The BushFish

from - Buck

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Get yours today while supplies last!

Posted by Buck at 04:34 PM | Comments (2)

October 11, 2005

Beating a dead horse

from - Buck

in order to keep Schiavo alive

Posted by Buck at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2005

Dobson is Right

from - smijer

Dobson is right. Gay marriage is going to lead to marriage between daddies and their little girls... It's already got this guy so bent out of shape, he's diddling his little neices.

Posted by smijer at 10:50 PM | Comments (0)

Driving a point home

from - Buck

I stumbled across this fascinating production of “what do 2,000 dead American soldiers look like” while doing my daily reading.

It is well done and sobering to say the least.

Thanks to Scott Horton over at the AntiWar Blog for the link.

Posted by Buck at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)

October 08, 2005

Ugly

from - smijer

UGA scores, playing tight, while UT is seemingly undisciplined. Not how you start.

Posted by smijer at 04:17 PM | Comments (1)

October 07, 2005

And the strategy is.....

from - Buck

DENY, DENY, DENY!

Posted by Buck at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

Guest Doggies

from - smijer

I'm not sure if these are Thumbkin's babies. They haven't been welcomed into the smijer household... unfortunately, we are full - and they are still a little timid about us anyway (as evidenced by their recent defecation on the Younger during an attempt at capture). If no one takes them in, then I suppose we will get them veterinary services, including sterilization (not to mention the same for Momma Thumbs, whom Mrs. smijer suspects of being once more in the family way). Admire their beauty:

Black Doggie -- probably the cutest.. The Sweet Gum ball doesn't hurt:


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Winkie - I'm not sure if she has a problem with that right eye... just a few moments after this was shot, I caught another glimpse, and she didn't appear to, but she does seem to keep it closed a lot:


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Phantom - This one makes me think of the Phantom of the Opera, but you would see better what I mean if it faced you head on...


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Have a nice Friday, and visit the Friday Ark.

Posted by smijer at 08:04 AM | Comments (0)

October 06, 2005

Battle of the Chickenhawks

from - smijer

This is rich...

George "Pot" Bush ridicules Osama "Kettle" bin Laden:

Osama bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, "what is good for them and what is not." And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that this is the road to paradise, though he never offers to go along for the ride.

And here I thought the "chickenhawk" meme was dead.

Posted by smijer at 09:42 PM | Comments (1)

October 05, 2005

What do you call it?

from - Buck

1. What do you call it when a group of people take the law into their own hands and kill people without a fair trial?
~ A lynching
What do you call it when the United States takes the law into its own hands and kills people without a fair trial?
~ Operation Enduring Freedom

2. What do you call someone who explodes a bomb and kills innocent people?
~ A terrorist
What do you call someone who drops a bomb from a plane and kills innocent people?
~ A brave American pilot

3. What do you call a weapon that can kill thousands of people?
~ A weapon of mass destruction.
What do you call a weapon that has killed 1.5 million, including more than 500,000 children?
~ Sanctions

4. What do you call an attack on the Pentagon, a command and control center in the United States?
~ A cowardly attack
What do you call the destruction of an Afghan village by U.S. bombs?
~ An attack on a Taliban command and control center

5. What do you call it when about 3,000 people were killed in the September 11th attack?
~ An atrocity
What do you call it when about 5 million people were killed in the Vietnam war?
~ A mistake

6. What do you call someone who stands up in front of a crowd and tells stories?
~ An entertainer
What do you call someone who stands up in front of a crowd at the Pentagon and tells stories?
~ Donald Rumsfeld

Stolen from Laurence Vance

Posted by Buck at 12:49 PM | Comments (0)

Miers

from - Buck

Concerning the many questions surrounding the thinking of Harriet Miers I had a fanatical Bushite send me this.

I think it is supposed to make everything okay and crystal clear.

Posted by Buck at 09:07 AM | Comments (0)

A Plan to Get Out of Iraq, with Bonus

from - smijer

Step 1 - convince Syria that it would be Suh-weet if they could annex the Mesopotamian basin, from the Syrian border to the Sunni Triangle and take political control of that area. Convince them that it would be worth giving a little something to the Americans. Cut a secret deal with them.

Step 2 - Reposition nearly all U.S. troops from that area to the Afghan/Pakistani border to begin an all-out search and destroy mission against Al Qaeda and bin Laden.

Step 3 - Syria offers asylum to an embattled Al Qaeda.

Step 4 - Syria's military enters Iraq as liberators of the Sunni. They will be greeted with candy and flowers.

Step 5 - The U.S. turns over control of northern Iraq to the Kurds, and the remainder to the Shi'ites. All parties offer safe passage out of areas controlled by hostiles into safe havens.

Step 6 - Syria turns over bin Laden and large chunks of the Al Qaeda leadership, both in asylum in Syria and in the newly annexed portions of Iraq, to be tried for war crimes.

Step 7 - The remaining areas of Iraq quickly stabilize without fighting between ethnic factions and (naturally) gravitate toward a progressive democracy, bein' as how that's what they wanted all along and they no longer are denied it by the evil dictator Hussein.

Step 8 - We bring our troops home and all of us live happily ever after.

Posted by smijer at 07:45 AM | Comments (1)

October 04, 2005

Fact or Fiction?

from - Buck

Well, it turns out that reports of rescue helicopters being fired on over New Orleans may have been greatly exaggerated.

The same media that tells us that this happened now tells us that this probably did not happen.

Which story are we to believe?

It is getting to the point that news is only fit for entertainment and is a very shaky source for actual information.

I think I will just stick with Jon Stewart.

Posted by Buck at 10:12 AM | Comments (2)

Waves Hello, Goodbye

from - smijer

I'd share some juicy morsel with you this morning, since I'm too darned busy to blog any more and I finally had a morning free... but I wasted it watching Andy Rooney, the Daily Show, Real Time, and SNL clips at one good move. Oh well. I do at least have one link for your eye boogers this morning. A nice post over at Ron Shank's blog:

The Surprising Power of Family Meals’ with those two questions and then suggests that the ‘magic bullet’ missed by so many families is as simple as a shared meal. A 2003 survey indicated that children and teens who share dinner with their families five or more nights a week were far less likely to have tried alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana. ‘Those who eat lots of family dinners are almost twice as likely to get A’s in school as their classmates who rarely eat as a family.’ Now that’s something to chew on. Launch a revolution. Have dinner as a family.” —Albert Mohler

Something we used to do... but have been remiss in for too long now.

Posted by smijer at 07:58 AM | Comments (1)

October 03, 2005

Truth in Advertising

from - Buck

I got a real kick out of this faux pas.

Truth is the first casualty of war and it looks like honest advertisement is getting thrown down the memory hole.

Posted by Buck at 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

But Still

from - smijer

I've been guilty of doing this... You want to make a point, for instance, that the ends don't justify the means, so you give an example. The example is supposed to show how you can get a bad result by clinging too dogmatically to whatever "rule" it is you are debating. Since you want to be sure that the other side can't argue that you should still follow the rule even with the undesirable result, so you make sure the result is very undesirable - you pick an extreme case that no sane person will be inclined to argue as acceptable.

Then you realize what you've done - the subject of the debate is no longer whether we should always follow this or that "rule", or whether the ends justify the means. It's now about your hideous counterexample and how demented and evil you must be to think of it.

A specific example. As a rebellious teen doing the power-struggle/quest for independence thing, a parent reminded me that it was my obligation to do whatever I was told by the parents (a position I still do not agree with, although with far less self-interest involved in my reasoning these days)... I wanted to point out that such a rule was not absolute, and that - for example - I should not obey parental commands that were morally wrong. The parent, whether truly unable to understand what I meant or whether making a risky move in a game of power-struggle chess, challenged me to provide an example of a morally wrong command that I could be given and rightfully disobey. I could have brought up Abraham's wrong-headed obedience in his willingness to perform a child sacrifice, but the parents would have taken Abraham's side. So I chose, instead, something I knew would disgust even them - bestiality. To paraphrase, "if you told me to have relations with our dog, then I should disobey."

WoW!!

I was up the whole night, with an anguished parent who could not understand where such sick and demented ideas would come from, and who was, I believe, considering whether I should be treated for demon possession.

You would think I could have learned my lesson from that... but I guess I'm hard headed... I still have a talent for unfortunate examples. And that's what Bennett was doing...

BUT STILL

What was indefensible was the idea implicit in his remarks that blacks - as a race - are more apt to become criminals. Which is bullshit. I don't know if the gambling that Bennett got busted for was legal or not, but I'll warrant that lily-white Bill has done some criminal gambling activity. And wasn't he a member of the Reagan administration? Blacks, because they are disproportionately represented among the poor and the dwellers of the inner city, and because of racism, are statistically more apt to be convicted for more crimes, and sometimes for more violent crimes. They'll get busted for a drug deal or a robbery, and be thought of as criminals while white executives from Enron will turn state's evidence and avoid such a rap. Sure. But let them grow up in a clean, middle class neighborhood with the same opportunity as anyone else, and blacks will be no more criminal than any other group.

And Bennett's remarks show a very disturbing blindness to this fact. In his mind, and possibly the minds of his target audience, "blacK' = "criminal" to the extent that, morally reprehensible or not, one can reduce the crime rate by aborting black (not inner city, not poor) pregnancies.

In short, his statement is racist implicitly racist more so than explicitly. After all the explicit point was to say that some things - ethnic cleansing through abortion - are really morally reprehensible. Understatement? Sure - but he counted on everyone agreeing with him that such a thing would be morally reprehensible. What matters is the subtext - that this would be an effective way to reduce the crime rate. It wouldn't - and the belief that it would is representative of an unacceptable form of racism - a slimy, moldy form that only dies when it is isolated and drenched in the sunlight of public scrutiny. Let's not let Bennett's weak defense obscure that issue... because it will still thrive in whatever obsurity we allow.

Via 10,000 Monkeys and a Camera

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