11/25/2005

White people are evil, yadda yadda.

Indians pissing and moaning about Thanksgiving:
"It really sounds the end of our lives as we knew it." Marshall said. "Indian life was far superior to what it was today without non-natives here. [We had] very few wars very few illnesses, we had plenty of game, plenty of fish…We had it going on. I kind of take the day and reflect [on what would be] had we been hostile toward the pilgrims and not receptive."
Horseshit. "End of our lives as we knew it", for God's sake. First, it's not "we", since you have demonstrably not been alive since 1620. Second, their lives were nasty, brutish, and short, and their culture so backward they couldn't even be bothered to invent the WHEEL. If the US government were to stick you in a park somewhere and let you live the life of your ancestors--WITHOUT recourse to the various conveniences of the white man, naturally, since those works must by their nature be evil--you'd accuse them of attempted genocide for forcing you to live like stone age man. Like the rest of the nativists, you just want some of my tax money as a handout so you can get filthy rich from building a casino.

Victor Davis Hanson also calls bullshit on revisionist Nativism.

Round up the usual suspects.

I finally got around to looking up the 3 aye votes on the House resolution to pull out of Iraq right damn now; to my not very great surprise the miscreants are McKinney, Serrano, and Wexler. At least those three loons had the courage of their convictions, however misguided; there were six fence-straddlers who voted "present" (Capuano, Clay, Hinchey, McDermott, Nadler, and Owens.) Democrats to a man, of course. Shame on all of them.

11/22/2005

Self-esteem is going to ruin The Children.

From this article about a restaurant in Chicago warning people to make their kids behave inside, linked by Ace, who got it from Lileks:
"I love people who don't have children who tell you how to parent," said Alison Miller, 35, a psychologist, corporate coach and mother of two.
I love people with children who clearly shouldn't have had them because they don't know how to parent and refuse to learn. I may not have kids, but I do remember why my older brother and I didn't act up in restaurants or anywhere else: because my mother would bring down the Hammer of Justice, swift and terrible, on anyone who embarrassed her in public. The real problem, as far as I can see, is that these people have no shame.
"The looks I would get when I went in there made me so nervous that I would try to buy the food as fast as I could and get out," said Laura Brauer, 40, who has stopped visiting Taste with her two kids.
Good. When they're old enough to behave you can start going back.
"I think that the mothers who allow their kids to run around and scream, that's wrong, but kids scream and there is nothing you can do about it. What are we supposed to do, not enjoy ourselves at a cafe?"
That's it precisely, you silly bitch. Until you can teach your children how to behave, you shouldn't feel entitled to dump them on the rest of us. Enjoying yourself in a cafe while you let your kid sit there and scream instead of taking him or her outside shows an utter lack of consideration for other people, and I can return that kind of lack of consideration in spades. If you won't tell your kid to knock it off, believe me, I'll be happy to take over that responsibility. And I won't be terribly tender with his or her little feelings, either.
Kim Cavitt recalled having coffee and a cookie one afternoon with her boisterous 2-year-old when "someone came over and said you just need to keep her quiet or you need to leave."
So you should just be able to sit there with your cookie and pretend your child is not screaming while the rest of us suffer? It really is all about you, isn't it, Kimmy?
"We left, and we haven't been back since," Cavitt said. "You go to a coffee shop or a bakery for a rest, to relax, and that you would have to worry the whole time about your child doing something that children do -- really what they're saying is they don't welcome children, they want the child to behave like an adult."
Isn't the whole goal of raising children teaching them when not to behave like yardapes? I go into a coffee shop or bakery for a rest, to relax, and the last damn thing I need is your kid going off like a freakin' tornado siren every few minutes.

Less self-esteem. More genuine accomplishment.

11/21/2005

Kurt Vonnegut is a goddamned idiot.

Quoted in the Australian:
Vonnegut said it was "sweet and honourable" to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.

"They are dying for their own self-respect," he said. "It's a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It's like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you're nothing."

Asked if he thought of terrorists as soldiers, Vonnegut, a decorated World War II veteran, said: "I regard them as very brave people, yes."

He equated the actions of suicide bombers with US president Harry Truman's 1945 decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

On the Iraq war, he said: "What George Bush and his gang did not realise was that people fight back."
Goddamned hippies.