Wednesday, March 24, 2010

“Political Become Personal with a Vengeance”

The cult of victimology’s growth continues unabated.  It almost, but not quite, makes me feel sorry for the cult members.  Eric S. Raymond comments on the cult of victimology in a piece titled Victimology bites, after reading a piece in the New York Times written by Dr. Richard A. Friedman, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Friedman’s NYT piece is titled Sabotaging Success, but to What End?.

Read Friedman’s piece, and the comments, and you’ll understand exactly why Raymond ends his piece this way.

That is why I congratulate Dr. Friedman on his disdain for these people;. it’s entirely healthy and appropriate. And that is also why I vow to be as nasty as I can to the next person waving the “I’m a victim!” banner in my face. Black, gay, transgendered, learning-disabled, or whatever the designated victim group of the week is — being that thing is not necessarily a flaw, but playing the victim card for a position of moral and political superiority definitely is.

For a better future, demand that individuals get respect the old-fashioned way — by earning it.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/24 at 04:53 PM
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Obama is a Third World Man

Steely Dan’s album, Gaucho, contains a cut titled Third World Man.  The lyrics are as follows.

Johnny’s playroom
Is a bunker filled with sand
He’s become a third world man

Smoky Sunday
He’s been mobilized since dawn
Now he’s crouching on the lawn
He’s a third world man

Soon you’ll throw down your disguise
We’ll see behind those bright eyes
By and by
When the sidewalks are safe
For the little guy

I saw the fireworks
I believed that I was dreaming
Till the neighbors came out screaming
He’s a third world man

Soon you’ll throw down your disguise
We’ll see behind those bright eyes
By and by
When the sidewalks are safe
For the little guys

When he’s crying out
I just sing that Ghana Rondo
E l’era del terzo mondo
He’s a third world man (bold by ed.)

This cut, and those lyrics in bold, from Gaucho (excellent album by the way), immediately came to mind after I read a piece from the Mail Online written by Mary Ellen Synon titled Barack Hussein Obama and Indonesia: there’s no place like home.  From Synon’s piece.

...Obama is the first US president who was raised without cultural or emotional or intellectual ties to either Britain or Europe. The British and the Europeans have been so enchanted with ‘America’s first black president’ that they haven’t been able to see what he really is: America’s first Third World president.

And this further into the piece.

I’ve just been in touch with Dr James Lucier, a former US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, about all this. He tells me: ‘Culturally, Obama detests Great Britain. He sent the bust of Churchill back without a fig leaf of an excuse. He insulted the Queen and the Prime Minister, giving them ridiculous gifts.’ At one point, ‘he refused to meet the prime minister.’

Here is what is happening, though the British Government seems oblivious of it. The Obama administration is ready to dump the Old World in pursuit of the One World.

Go read it all.

Linked via The Smallest Minority.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/24 at 04:17 PM
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‘Corpse in Armor’ Amazon Debut

Martin McPhillips’ thriller, ‘Corpse in Armor,’ debuts at Amazon, but he earns better royalties if you purchase it via this Createspace link.

‘Corpse in Armor’ even has it’s own blog, named, naturally, Corpse in Armor.

Congatulations, Martin.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/24 at 03:44 PM
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Dead Silent Prelude

Ed Cline posts a piece titled Murder, She Wrote at the blog The Rule of Reason.  Cline’s post comments on the perfidies of the ruling class currently chaining the American people, but it is a quote prefacing his post, and Ed’s reference to that quote within his post, that I am interested in considering here.

Politically, mass civil disobedience is appropriate only as a prelude to civil war—as the declaration of a total break with a country’s political institutions. — Ayn Rand

Ed’s reference to the Rand quote.

Mass civil disobedience, if it can be communicated and orchestrated, is the proper response to such treason.  That treason is represented in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (HR 3590), passed by the House on March 21, 10:49 p.m… (ObamaCare (DeathCare) - ed.)

Let’s be realistic, here.  Mass civil disobedience is a dead silent prelude.  The deafening silence of the prelude can be measured by the mass civil compliance with Census 2010.  I, amongest others, have been encouraging individuals to refuse to participate in Census 2010 as a massive display of peaceful civil disobedience since April 2008, but census forms are being completed and returned to the census bureau in a massive display of cowed compliance.

Another measurable example of the dead silent prelude is the lack of sound of breaking glass.  Though there have been a few tinklings, and those hardly heard.

America is in dire need of being saved and restored, but I am becoming more convinced each day that it will not be saved by mass civil disobedience, which is dismaying.  Though I greatly desire to hear a symphony of a peaceful reclaiming of American freedom and liberty, I fear I may only hear a cacophony of club wielding chimpanzees running wild in the jungle.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/24 at 07:53 AM
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