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December 27, 2006

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Oslo's rape rate is now six times higher than New York City's. Two out of three people charged with rape are recent immigrants from non-Western backgrounds.

* Steve notices that McCain and Kennedy are working furiously to legalize illegals and prevent the construction of the border fence. Our so-called "representatives," eh?

* Agnostic takes a look at all the studies and comes to a hard-to-dispute conclusion: "Males are much more likely than females to be interested in geeky hobbies like sci-fi."

* Alice is taking it slower (and enjoying it more) these days.

* Razib is unrepentant.

* An uncoerced decision to refuse crap -- what a lovely thing it is. So why is it such a rare thing?

* Emmalina confesses that stoner boyfriends can come up a little short in the hot-lovin' department.

* Hey, how about beating someone up, making a video of the incident with your cellphone, and posting the results on MySpace?

* Whiskyprajer thinks there can be such a thing as taking Bukowski too seriously. Great sentence: "Young guys and writin' -- where does indulgence end and wisdom begin?"

* Steve Kapsinow wonders why the saxophone has become such a potent visual symbol.

* Do white people like Obama better than black people do?

* This year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to Iain Hollingshead. "I hope to win it every year," said Hollingshead. The Brits really know how to respond to a satirical swipe, don't they? Not with hurt feelings and a trembling lower lip, but with humor and brio.

* Today's woman, fully equipped.

* Meet Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland, country guitarist extraordinaire and co-composer of "Jingle Bell Rock," the first rock 'n' roll Christmas carol. It doesn't sound as though he has received many royalties for the song, though. (Link thanks to FvB.)

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at December 27, 2006




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The real male/female divide isn't geeky hobbies, it's The Three Stooges. Larry, Moe and Curly, beloved by most men, evince a chemical revulsion in women. It's the eternal problem of the inherent goofiness of men and the inherent female abhorrence of goofiness in men. Loggerheads forever.

Posted by: ricpic on December 27, 2006 5:44 PM



Re the crapbusters: our local Farmers' Market has a chap who sells very fine ostrichburgers. Yum.

Posted by: dearieme on December 28, 2006 1:50 AM



Some interesting news on the border fence:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6626823

It's time to face facts: they're not going away...

Posted by: Upstate Guy on December 28, 2006 8:38 AM



Hank Garland died in 2004. I assume the family is still pursuing their claim for royalties.

Posted by: Saint Russell on December 28, 2006 11:22 AM



Major Politically Incorrect Alert: Read this quote from the article about Obama: "Obama did not -- does not -- share a heritage with the majority of black Americans, who are descendants of plantation slaves," wrote African-American newspaper columnist Stanley Crouch last month in an article entitled "Barack Obama -- Not Black Like Me."

Where do I begin?? Gee, and exactly which President has been Female Like Me? It does seem to me that African-Americans (except when they decide to call themselves "black" again like Mr. Crouch) don't really want a President for All the People---they don't want to simply make sure they are fully and fairly "included". They actively want others excluded. They don't mind racism, just as long as it starts to work in their favor. (I'm generalizing like mad here, but so apparently are black Americans, according to this article). Why would it be necessary to have exactly the same experience in life as a slice of Americans which comprise less than 10% of the population? The minute Mr. Obama went to Harvard, he stopped being like most Americans---not just black Americans. Should we vote for someone who lacks any college degree just because a lot of people don't have one? Exactly how was Jack Kennedy like "most Catholics"? What exactly is their/his point?

OK, rant over.

Posted by: annette on December 28, 2006 11:26 AM



PS---I was noticing this year---"Jingle Bell Rock" is one of my most favorite Christmas carols.

Posted by: annette on December 28, 2006 11:44 AM



annette - Blacks reduce everything to blackness.

I'm white, so I don't have a right to say that? It's been my experience and I just said it. Sue me.

Posted by: ricpic on December 28, 2006 5:20 PM



Of course the illegal aliens aren't going away--they're coming here in greater numbers! The situation will end in either a completely totalitarian state or violence and expulsion. Same with Europe. these people are not "assimilating" (they aren't coming for the culture, they are coming for the money. They already have a culture they want to keep and spread, just like us. In other words--conflict is inevitable). You can take that prediction to the bank.

Posted by: BIOH on December 28, 2006 11:22 PM



I don't have much interest in sci-fi, but what makes it "geeky"? Why the put-down?

Posted by: John Salmon on December 29, 2006 3:49 AM



Ricpic---Well, all blacks except Obama, according to Crouch, which is what disqualifies Obama, apparently. It really is perverse. Blacks would rather vote for a white man who went to Georgetown and Harvard---like Bill Clinton---than someone who actually has experienced life in a different skin tone, like Barrack, when they themselves say the different skin tone causes their life experience to be more different than we can imagine. It's like Warren Beatty's character in Bulworth, when he says to a black audience: "You aren't going to really get anywhere until you stop drinking malt liquor, stop defending football players who murder their wives, and stop voting for guys like me."

Posted by: annette on December 29, 2006 11:01 AM



Stanley Crouch is a ridiculous person who is well known for having a very narrow view of "blackness," which also spills over into his writing about other subjects like jazz and movies. I know a few black writers who can't stand the guy, so I wouldn't say he's speaking for "black America."

Posted by: the patriarch on December 29, 2006 12:37 PM






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