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May 26, 2010


Stacy McCain's Rule 6: Don’t Be a Complete Douchebag AKA "The Johnson."

Korea Heating Up: "South Korea is learning an obvious and ancient lesson that seems increasingly difficult for governments to assimilate in this day and age: being kind to the cruel doesn’t work; you only end up being cruel to the kind."neo-neocon

Palin as a "damsel in distress?" | Daphne ain't buyin' it.

Roadtown:"a monorail in the cellar, farmland on either side, and a path on the roof for cyclists and roller skaters." | Futility Closet

One scream, 200 movies -- "the Wilhelm scream" featured in The Science of Horror-Flick Screams

"SUBJ HERE IS STABBED IN BACK, REFUSING TO ANSWER" | Drug-Induced Hallucinations: Overtime

"Hypertext Marx-up Language" | WONDER-TONIC

In case of diaster sometimes Doing Nothing is the smartest thing you can do.

Liberalism: A form of "middle class secular messianism"

Pyongyang'd Again: "While it is true that the leaders of North Korea are insane, it is not helpful to leave matters there." | RealClearPolitics -

Posted by Vanderleun at May 26, 2010 4:39 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Re: Daphne ain't buying it.

Live by publicity; die by publicity, Daphne implies. While I agree that publicity cuts both ways, Daphne seems to think that stalking is an allowable intrusion into a celebrity's life. Most people would not agree. Decent people would not agree.

Next, Palin is not a mere celebrity. She is not a media creation. She is citizen who has dedicated herself to public service and she is no less deserving of a right to privacy than any other citizen.

Daphne says: "She [Palin] deliberately chose to have the Joe’s of the world crawl up her personal space." People who dedicate themselves to public service may be in the public eye but they do not invite "the world to crawl up their personal space" as Daphne so delicately puts it. If it was true, why would any self respecting person ever enter a life of public service?

Why would Daphne write this derogatory, mean spirited screed? It seems as if Ms. Palin is clearly threatening to Daphne's ego, although I can't imagine why. Oh, wait, yes I can.

Posted by: viktor silo at May 26, 2010 11:06 PM

Dear Jimmy J: Sorry about a) my deficient linking skills and b) missing your request in the Lindbergh thread. Here is a website with the 1939 READER'S DIGEST article Lindbergh wrote, "Aviation, Geography, and Race""


Everyone else: please excuse this irrelevancy.

many thanks.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Posted by: Gregory Koster at May 27, 2010 11:50 AM

Re: Roadtown

I wonder if this concept came to the attention of RA Heinlein? Was it the genesis of the story _The Roads Must Roll_?

Posted by: bud at May 28, 2010 9:03 AM

Dear Mr. Koster,
I've been traveling for a week and just got around to reading the link. It was interesting and something I had not seen, although I could read in 1939. (Don't think my parents subscribed to Reader's Digest.)

Don't know how old you are. I was six in 1939 and quite aware that there was racism in our society. Much more racism than today. Lindbergh's views were fairly common for the days. The idea that the industrial revolution in northern Europe and the U.S. were the result of racial differences (superiority/inferiority) was accepted by many. Hey, the article was published by Reader's Digest - not exactly a race baiting publication of the day. Yes, Lindbergh's assertions would be roundly criticised today. We have, fortunately, come some distance in our views of race and ethnicity from those pre-war days.

I did recognize in the article his belief that industrialization was possibly weakening the moral fiber of our society. His entry into environmental causes and retreat to Maui were much a part of that.

I like this sentence from Wikipedia as a summary of my view on him. "The controversy surrounding his involvement in politics (and to a lesser extent, his personal life) sometimes overshadows the fact that he was an important pioneer in aviation from the 1920s to the 1950s."

I have enjoyed this exchange. Thanks for your comments.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at June 5, 2010 9:08 PM

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