Like Father, Like Son
devoted to the pursuit of all things of interest to former Douglas Aircraft workers and anything else that looks remotely interesting. I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. . . . I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD-William Lloyd Garrison
We're told that for an hour or so the other night the world was going to turn out the lights to show concern for global warming.
We're given to understand that Barack Obama is to give a major policy speech this morning, partially because of the contretemps that has brewed up over the intemperate rantings of the former pastor of his church.
It's bad. It's really bad. No amount of parsing his words and talking about the role of preachifying in the traditionally black churches can mollify the abrasive and hostile words he's expressed.
We've heard that he served as a Marine, and that his words are not to be taken literally. But there's the problem of what he's said. There's just no excuse for saying mean, nasty, ugly, hurtful things, even if it is from a pulpit.
He's no more permitted to use his pulpit to advocate such things than Father Coughlin was entitled to besmirch his calling.
How Obama reconciles all these things will determine the trajectory of his career and presidential aspirations.
The International Herald Tribune informs us this day that Bernard Kouchner, one time practitioner in digestive endoscopy, has opined recently that as to America, "the magic is over".
While we're not entirely sure what that's supposed to mean, we think that the good doctor is preaching to the choir, because that's what they expect to hear in his part of the world and he didn't want to disappoint.
I'm going to studiously avoid all the canards, japes and rough jesting that the French have unjustly suffered at the hands of a bunch of rude backwoodsmen and yahoos hereabouts.
I will merely say that if I was the Tom And Louis Show over at Airbus and that those unmagicked people had just handed me a contract worth $40 billion, I might see if there are some unemplyed Irishmen with knowledge of kneecapping to get this guy out of circulation for a while.
It's not so much that Mr. Kuechner is not entitled to his point of view, or that it isn't shared by a lot of people that rubs us the wrong way. It's the casual disrespect that grates.
I mean, he could have gotten up in public and said "George Bush is wrong and Iraq was a horrible blunder." and I'm quite sure that a lot of us would have agreed with him and reminded him that the electorate here is striving manfully to remedy all that.
But stating your mind to your associates and even people you think a lot of in an open and frank discussion and casually insulting people in public are two very different things, even if you go on and try to establish a factual basis for what you've just said-which is sort of establishing your cause after the fact. It's akin to post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy in a way.
Perhaps, like some other folks, Kuechner was looking for another fifteen minutes of fame in the way that so many others have trod.
Well, nevermind. What's said is said, and people will remember the bad smell of this when he comes around looking for something or other .That's the view from here.
Mother always said if you can't say anything nice it's best to say nothing at all. I'm guessing the lesson was lost.We've no shortage of horse's asses in politics here-Steve King for one-and that's why we can easily recognize them when we see them.
Photograph courtesy of the French Embassy
Reuters informs us this day that the fine folks from the great nation of Japan have ventured into space with a laboratory module attached to the International Space Station. Price wise, it was no slouch either, costing the taxpayers a cool $2.4 billion, although they probably could have got a deal on today's exchange rate
Mr. Yokoyama, deputy manager of the project said it was a memorable day for Japan's human space flight program.
So what's so funny?
Simply that the Japanese module thusly attached is named "Kibo", which is slang for a portable toilet here in the midwest.
That's what the injection of intolerance adds to any political campaign, and it reinforces the good judgment of the electorate in that Geraldine Ferraro was never given a seat one heartbeat away from the presidency.
"B-b-but Sparky!" you say. "What ever are you ruminating about this morning?"
Two things, my little friend. The first is, of course, the odious nature of the remarks that Ferraro injected into the present political season, kinda like Doc Mengele injecting a particularly nasty bacillus into an unsuspecting arm.
The second and more sinister aspect of this is the tendency of the Clinton campaign to use people associated with it to make outrageous remarks in public that play on bigotry writ large, at the same time preserving the candidate's plausible deniability.
What did she say? Well, it's something she's said before, about other candidates.
According to Frank James of the Baltimore Sun she said back in 1988 the following, referring to then presidential candidate Jesse Jackson:
And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."
So what's the connection with the present silly season? Well, she hasn't changed a whole lot.
Here's what was printed in the Daily Breeze, composed of equal parts of resentment, victimness, and a sense of being done in by the male power structure that typifies some aspects of the Clinton campaign. It's the persistent "the bastards did it to us again" feel of the thing that makes me gag.
I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
Shame on you, Geraldine Ferraro. You've had your fifteen minutes of fame.
The Los Angeles Times sums up the revelations about a book that was recently released to approving reviews, only to be found out to be a complete fabrication.