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The timeless truth

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.     – Margaret Mead

What do teachers make?


Righteous rant on what it means to be a teacher:

One of Ms. Moe’s pet peeves

I have many on my list. This one is near the top.

One outcome of the 70’s Feminist movement was the introduction of a much needed new form of address into our language, a universal, generic form of address for women.

Men had always had such a form – “Mr”. On the other hand, women were forced to broadcast their social status – by using either “Miss” or “Mrs”. It was a pretty serious handicap for working women particularly. Or a woman seeking credit.

It also created awkward moments when addressing a woman with whom  you were not acquainted – Hello Miss Smith? Hello Mrs. Smith? Whoops? Sorry.

“Ms” was introduced as a sensible replacement for the previous two forms. It was immediately and widely embraced.

Except . . . except for those for whom moving wimmin’ out of the kitchen was the devil’s own work and likely the beginning of the end of our Christian nation.

So a politically correct compromise was applied and it made the situation much much worse.

Now on forms  are all those annoying check boxes where I must announce myself as either:

  • Mrs. – I am married and quite traditional. Thank you.
  • Miss – Unmarried and a little timid, if that’s okay. Also, I work at Publix.
  • Ms – None of your business, creep. I’m a ball busting feminist pinko commie dyke anyway!

How you know you’re Southren

I realized today that amongst my close acquaintances here in SW Florida are a Darrell, a Darren and a Duwain. I think it is now time for me to turn in my North-East credentials and forfeit my New York passport. I am truly an old belle. I say y’all too.

Come on! Celebrate the crazy!!!

There actually is bat-shit craziness about in the land – there always has been of course, but its promoters used to be  confined to deep rural tent revivals where they’d terrorize and stir up the crowd and then pass the hat. Now they go on TV and get on the New York Times’ best seller list, empowered by a craven network whose loyalty is not to advancing knowledge or to the national good or even to the strides of wester civilization, but only to Rupert Murdoch’s pocket.

Of course, to be honest, a show like Huckabees’ probably doesn’t reach more than 700K viewers. But that’s not the point – it gives cover, it adds credibility to nonsense and ignorance and spreads it. It empowers and emboldens the ignorant. And the meme takes hold. And the virus (and it is a virus) spreads. And it becomes okay to treat these people as if their rantings were rational and had some importance.

Pew and others have noted that fully half of Americans now believe that the Second Coming and the End Times will occur during their lifetimes. This is a huge increase from 30 years ago.

From Huckabee’s TV show on FOX:

LAHAYE: [Obama’s Socialism] is going to work against our country, and bring us closer to the apocalypse.

HUCKABEE: Are we now living in the End Times, from your perspective?

LAHAYE: Very definitely governor. I believe that what we see around us, for example the three major issues of our day are the global government, global economy and global religion and those are the three legs of the stool of globalism. And it happens at the same time that Israel just happens to be back in their land for the first time in almost 1900 years. At the same time that Russia and the Islamic nations are getting together – they’ve never done that in the history of the world – and yet now they’re the enemies of this country that God said they’d bring back into the land.

” If so, that should be just fine for Mike Huckabee and his friends in the religious right and the Republican Party. As it turns out, many of the leading voices of a major American political party not only look forward to the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ but believe it will come in the form of an End of Days conflict with Iran over the fate of Israel. For them, Armageddon isn’t a concern, it’s their foreign policy.

Here. (h/t Crooks and Liars)


On Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed list this year.

As it always was

Well this is pretty disgusting. I followed a link and found this headline with some pix of Muslims praying on streets in NYC. No comment on that,  just on this headline.

DISGUSTING! OUTRAGEOUS! ASS-IN-THE-AIR MUSLIMS soiling the streets of Manhattan

I’m Irish. My paternal grandparents immigrated to NYC. Public moods were fed by the newspapers of the day, who loved to portray Irish as monkeys.  But, as Jews like to say of their own history, “The came to kill us; we beat them; let’s eat” (I love that).

Anyway, feast your eyes on these.

The one titled CONTRASTED FACES reads – on left – Florence Nightingale, and – on the right – Bridget McBrutish. Cute, eh? Here’s more:


Maybe don’t let the ‘sunshine in’

Today, David Brooks’ column is not particularly memorable, as his often are. He is asking why we no longer trust the ‘elites’ in our culture. It’s a good question. And he offers a few good reasons (although the column overall is pretty thin).

I was surprised to see him address something I’ve thought for some time. Whenver I’ve tried to articulate it in front of others, I’m nearly shunned. Here’s what he says:

Fifth, society is too transparent. Since Watergate, we have tried to make government as open as possible. But as William Galston of the Brookings Institution jokes, government should sometimes be shrouded for the same reason that middle-aged people should be clothed. This isn’t Galston’s point, but I’d observe that the more government has become transparent, the less people are inclined to trust it.

I would add I think transparency is a disincentive to problem solving. Posturing becomes more important than exploring real solutions.

Here where I live, an out of town partisan brought a lawsuit against the City Council for breaking Florida’s ‘sunshine laws’. They apparently had emailed each other from personal computers and personal email addresses, the very act of which broke the law. After spending nearly a million dollars to defend the suit, and huge chunks of lost time by City staff, the litigant lost his lawsuit..

And so did the weary embattled City. These laws are overly broad and can impede progress. Brooks is right.