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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
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Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
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Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
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He Had No Choice
Oh boy, that Julian Bond of the NAACP is in some real trouble, at least, he’s headed in that direction if conservative bloggers have any pull with the public-at-large. Which they don’t, of course. So he’s scot-free.
In fact, even today very few people are aware of, or can even find out about, the inflammatory statements made by the Chairman of the NAACP at Fayetteville State University on Wednesday. Sister Toldjah has captured the essence of what went on and I’m just going to link to her and quote her verbatim because, as it turns out, she lives right there. And I couldn’t say it better myself than the way she put it. And she looks much more appealing that I do, so here goes.
NAACP chairman makes GOP/Nazis comparison
Right here in North Carolina:
Civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond delivered a blistering partisan speech at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina last night, equating the Republican Party with the Nazi Party and characterizing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, as “tokens.”
“The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side,” he charged.
The harsh partisan rhetoric from Bond should not have surprised anyone who has followed him in recent years.
In July 2001, Bond said, “[Bush] has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing, and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection.”
Gee – and to think there were actually people who raised the roof on the fact that the President didn�t want to meet with the NAACP?
Update 8:31 PM: Well wadda ya know? A quick search of GoogleNews.com using the terms �Julian Bond� and �swastika� as of this writing yields exactly three, count �em, three entries with the mention of the swastika reference, and only one of them is from a semi-MSM website: World Net Daily, which is the piece I�ve got quoted in this post. Another search of GoogleNews – this time using the terms �Julian Bond� and �FSU� (where he was speaking) generated two MSM results, and neither of them (here nor here) mentioned the swastika reference.
Let�s give it up for our MSM, ladies and gents! As always, they are complicit in the racism of black Democrats to the point they won�t even report it. I guess it�s become so old hat to hear such comments from racist black Democrats that maybe the mediots don�t even consider it news anymore.
Now, what should be newsworthy about this is obvious. The “black vote” has come to be a critical resource to Democrats every single election cycle, kind of like pickled pigs’ feet is a critical resource to a redneck, except the redneck doesn’t have to pretend to respect the pigs’ feet. He just gnaws on them, whereas Democrats have to go through a ritual of fake respect before exploiting the black vote. So if the question did not stand before Julian Bond’s escapades, it sure as hell must be asked afterward: Can you be a Republican and support the NAACP?
As Sister Toldjah points out, President Bush is supposed to be receiving a lot of flak for his refusal to meet with the NAACP last year. One would have to presume, as one prepares to get all huffy-puffy about the deletion of the NAACP card from the White House rolodex, that NAACP membership is not mutually exclusive from being a Republican. But it appears Chairman Bond would disagree.
Well, the IRS would like to have a word or two with the NAACP about their new role as a Democratic National Committee satellite office. But to be realistic about it, Chairman Bond really has no choice but to drop to his knees and kiss the DNC’s ass. The sad fact of the matter is, that under Bond’s leadership, the NAACP can’t be friendly to Republicans — and it has nothing to do with “Advancement of Colored People,” it has to do with the way you talk to people when you try to convince them of something.
Earlier today I got all cheesed off about the State Department’s comments in response to the Danish “Muhammed with a bomb in his turban” cartoon. My point remains that when you skip past why people are supposed to think something, and hurry forward to the part about what you ultimately want them to think, you are affording yourself a luxury which cannot be purchased except for the expense of basic politeness. When the State Department says “inciting religious or ethnic hatred in this matter is not acceptable,” with the actual power to monitor Danish press content lying well outside of its jurisdiction, the State Department embraces a culture that is downright rude — and quite un-American.
Let’s take a really simplified example of what I’m talking about here. Let’s say there’s some guy named Bob and I think Bob’s a dolt, and I want to convince you that Bob’s a dolt. I could do it the Rush Limbaugh way, which is the American way. I could say “Snerdley, cue Cut #15. Here we go, folks, Bob commenting on (blah blah blah).” The cut runs. And immediately afterward I come on and say “so there you have it, folks! There is only ONE WAY that Bob could be actually believing the things he’s saying…he’s a dolt.”
You’re still free to believe Bob’s not a dolt. But as a courtesy to you, I have provided you with the foundation to determine why you and I disagree about Bob’s doltishness. Before I’m even aware that you disagree, you have all the pieces of the puzzle. You’ve got a good mapping of what convinced me that didn’t convince you, what convinced you that didn’t convince me, and where we fall into line with each other. In fact, until you reply, you know a little bit more than I do about some important stuff.
It’s politeness. It is nothing more than manners. It’s like when you’re standing in my way at a coffee shop, I say “excuse me, may I please get through here?” instead of “stand aside, you’re in my way.” Polite people take the first approach, even though they really don’t think they’re interrupting something important, and they’re really not open to being denied permission to cut through. Polite people go through the motions anyway. It’s a sign of respect. It shows that you consider the person you are addressing to be a peer, an equal — who might possibly know some things that you don’t.
What’s another example of this politeness? Well, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who is the president of Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny (BOND), seems to have a polite way of convincing people of his point. He’d like to have a word or two with Julian Bond, by the way.
NAACP President Bruce Gordon and the NAACP Board of Directors should repudiate the reprehensible remarks made by Julian Bond. Over the past several years, the NAACP Chairman has repeatedly made bigoted remarks about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other black conservatives. It�s time that he�s held accountable for his words.
It�s no accident that Bond delivered his hate-filled speech at a historically black university during Black History Month. The NAACP Chairman is intentionally maligning the character of black conservatives in hopes of poisoning the minds of black Americans to keep them on the racist liberal Democrats plantation.
If the NAACP leadership does not repudiate Julian Bond�s remarks, then we can only assume Bruce Gordon and others are in agreement with Bond�s lies and hatred of black conservatives. [emphasis mine]
There ya go. What does Jesse Lee Peterson think about Bruce Gordon’s opinion? Why does he think that? It’s all crystal-clear. From Rev. Peterson, to anyone taking the time to read the BOND press release…a small but meaningful dose of simple, common, basic, God Damned baseline-level respect. Feels good, doesn’t it?
That’s what Rush does every hour of every day. It’s what Sister Toldjah did, above. If I disagreed with Sister Toldjah — and I don’t — I would have a clear-cut definition as to why. That’s nice.
Obviously, Chairman Bond is not nice that way. He talked down to his audience, according to the transcripts I saw, and simply commanded them from his high podium to incorporate his viewpoints about President Bush. Why does he think Bush is a Nazi? I don’t know; perhaps he gave a good foundation for this viewpoint in his speech, but I strongly doubt it. Nor do I think it’s really that big of a mystery what the reason is. Let’s just go waaaay out on a limb here, and just suppose Chairman Bond is a passionate Democrat who has found the NAACP to be a good recruiting vehicle. I don’t really know that for a fact. It doesn’t matter. The IRS is working on that case right now anyway, and it’s much more important to them than it is to me.
But the point is, with his style of speaking Chairman Bond has to support Democrats. HE HAS TO. He has no choice. Because when you talk down to people like that, telling them what to think — guess what? You can’t stop. You can’t go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays engaging in the courtesy of saying “okay, this is what somebody said, and this is my evidence that they know better, and that’s how I formed my opinion that they’re a liar, see?” — and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, indulge in the purely High Priest mystic European tactic of “Bob’s a dolt, George is a Nazi, Kevin’s a fag, Barbara’s a slut. Get it? Got it? Good.”
It’s like oil and water. You can’t mix the two up.
Why? Because if I start accumulating a faithful audience that just believes everything I tell them like a bunch of simpletons, as Chairman Bond clearly expected his audience to do, and then I feed them my propaganda for an extended period of time — I’ve got to stick to that tactic. If I switch, and start explaining myself Rush-Limbaugh style, I have to give people my rationale. If I give them my rationale, they might find the conclusion is quite acceptable to them, but the process held some logical leap they can’t support.
And then, if you’re in that audience you have no choice but to start saying — “well, if you’ve got this prejudice that moved Argument A along, in a way I don’t find acceptable, how then did you arrive at Conclusion B?” Every little thing that I told them according to the European High Priest method, would now be opened to doubt. The bubble will have burst.
So it’s one or the other. Julian Bond, because of the way he talks down to his audiences, instead of addressing them as thinking, receptive, somewhat-intelligent people, can’t be a Republican and he can’t exist in the same ecosystem as Republicans. That other political party, which was built up on a history of union goons talking down to their union members and telling those members who to vote for and what initiatives to support, and now works day and night to convince us “Bush LIED!!!” without once specifically telling us what he lied about — that is the only comfortable home for the Julian Bond brand of agitprop.
He has to be a Democrat. And his organization has to be a Democrat party satellite. They have NO CHOICE.
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