Friday, September 20, 2013

Cruising the Web

Charles Krauthammer, who used to be a practicing psychiatrist, bemoans the changes in our laws that have let mentally disturbed people slip through the cracks so that we end up with some paranoid schizophrenic taking his shotgun to some place and killing 12 people. Perhaps we will one day engage in this needed debate on how we treat those who, through no fault of their own, are suffering from dangerous delusions that are preventing them from living any sort of normal life and may one day act violently on those delusions.

Tom DeLay has been vindicated as a Texas appeals court agreed that he should never have been prosecuted in the first place. Now when will the Democratic prosecutor who violated all sorts of prosecutorial ethics be punished?

Perhaps there is a tactic for Republicans to counter the standard Democratic playbook tactic of paining them as extremist nuts who want to take away women's rights - take the fight right back to the Democrats and attack them for what their policies would do if they won. A new super PAC is trying this in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Having specified who is doing the smearing on Mr. McAuliffe's behalf, the spot goes on to explain why the groups want Mr. McAuliffe to win: To impose an agenda that Virginians truly would view as nuts. Employing a potent list of "geography verbs," the ad finishes: "Tell these McAuliffe puppeteers, this is Virginia. We won't let you Detroit us with taxes and debt. You will not California Virginia with regulations that kill jobs, or Hollywood our families and schools. You will not bring District of Columbia tax and spend to our state. Tell them: You can't have Virginia."
If such ads succeed in turning that race around then expect to see more such ads in the 2014 races. I find it amazing that Terry McAuliffe, a man who bragged about leaving his wife while she was in labor to go to a DC fundraiser and then added in that he left his wife and newborn baby in the car on the way home from the hospital so he could stop at another fundraiser, is able to win the women's vote in Virginia.

This is no surprise: incomes in the D.C. area are soaring while they're declining in most of the rest of the country.

Rick Reilly has been receiving criticism for his ESPN column ridiculing the efforts by self-congratulatory whites to get rid of the Redskins as a name for Washington's team. As Reilly points out, Native Americans don't mind the name itself and either see it as no big deal or as a compliment. He makes so much sense, but that isn't relevant once people decide that something is just not PC enough to survive.
And I definitely don't know how I'll tell the athletes at Wellpinit (Wash.) High School -- where the student body is 91.2 percent Native American -- that the "Redskins" name they wear proudly across their chests is insulting them. Because they have no idea.

"I've talked to our students, our parents and our community about this and nobody finds any offense at all in it," says Tim Ames, the superintendent of Wellpinit schools. "'Redskins' is not an insult to our kids. 'Wagon burners' is an insult. 'Prairie n-----s' is an insult. Those are very upsetting to our kids. But 'Redskins' is an honorable name we wear with pride. … In fact, I'd like to see somebody come up here and try to change it."

Boy, you try to help some people …

And it's not going to be easy telling the Kingston (Okla.) High School (57.7 percent Native American) Redskins that the name they've worn on their uniforms for 104 years has been a joke on them this whole time. Because they wear it with honor.

"We have two great tribes here," says Kingston assistant school superintendent Ron Whipkey, "the Chicasaw and the Choctaw. And not one member of those tribes has ever come to me or our school with a complaint. It is a prideful thing to them."

"It's a name that honors the people," says Kingston English teacher Brett Hayes, who is Choctaw. "The word 'Oklahoma' itself is Choctaw for 'red people.' The students here don't want it changed. To them, it seems like it's just people who have no connection with the Native American culture, people out there trying to draw attention to themselves.

"My kids are really afraid we're going to lose the Redskin name. They say to me, 'They're not going to take it from us, are they, Dad?'"

Too late. White America has spoken. You aren't offended, so we'll be offended for you.

Same story with the Red Mesa (Ariz.) High School Redskins. They wear the name with fierce pride. They absolutely don't see it as an insult. But what do they know? The student body is only 99.3 percent Native American.

And even though an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll found that 90 percent of Native Americans were not offended by the Redskins name, and even though linguists say the "redskins" word was first used by Native Americans themselves, and even though nobody on the Blackfeet side of my wife's family has ever had someone insult them with the word "redskin," it doesn't matter. There's no stopping a wave of PC-ness when it gets rolling.
And then he has fun with Roger Goodell's statement that we need to "listen" if "even one person is offended."
One person? I know an atheist who is offended by religious names like the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There are people who who don't think Ole Miss should be the Rebels. People who lost family to Hurricanes. There are people who think Wizards promotes paganism. Shall we listen to all of them?

I guess so.
And of course, no one gets on their PC high horse to object to names like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It's fine to indulge in cultural stereotypes for whites. They don't have liberals mobilized to protect them from what they don't yet realize they should be offended by.

This is an amazing story about how a Canadian woman was able to steal basketball player Chris Andersen's online identity in order to impersonate him and then went on to threaten an underage girl in California. The investigation into this whole catfishing scheme almost ended the Birdman's career.