Read the whole thing at Black & Right:
As long as liberals believe black people still require “leadership” they authorize and/or approve, expect more of the same.
Mark Steyn writes:
Sid Caesar took his leave yesterday, at the age of 91. Like our weekend subject Jack Paar, he had one brief dazzling moment, and a temperament that made the possibility of a second act ever more remote. It’s depressing to reflect that just about the last thing anyone remembers him in was Grease, in which he was entirely unfunny. But that dazzling moment had an amazing after-glow: it occurred to me just now that I could easily mark Caesar’s passing simply by re-running for a week old interviews I’ve done over the years with various writers all of whom got their start working for Sid on Your Show Of Shows.
As to why Caesar himself never got a shaft of that after-glow, here’s my favorite Sid story…
There is no material poverty in the U.S.
What we have in our nation are dependency and poverty of the spirit, with people making unwise choices and leading pathological lives aided and abetted by the welfare state.
The Census Bureau pegs the poverty rate among blacks at 35 percent and among whites at 13 percent. The illegitimacy rate among blacks is 72 percent, and among whites it’s 30 percent. A statistic that one doesn’t hear much about is that the poverty rate among black married families has been in the single digits for more than two decades, currently at 8 percent. For married white families, it’s 5 percent.
Now the politically incorrect questions: Whose fault is it to have children without the benefit of marriage and risk a life of dependency? Do people have free will, or are they governed by instincts?
No one can blame a person if he starts out in life poor, because how one starts out is not his fault. If he stays poor, he is to blame because it is his fault. Avoiding long-term poverty is not rocket science. First, graduate from high school. Second, get married before you have children, and stay married. Third, work at any kind of job, even one that starts out paying the minimum wage.
And finally, avoid engaging in criminal behavior.
As I’ve been saying for years:
America isn’t “America” anymore. Texas isn’t “Texas.”
Too many “rightwingers” are living in the white majority 1980s.
What difference does it make what Ronald Reagan said when all these millions of “hard working Mexicans” (that he agreed to let in, by the way) wouldn’t understand a word if he were around now.
Ann Coulter explains it very slowly and carefully for all the “conservative” morons out there:
Had I wanted to live in Japan, I could have moved there. Had I had wanted to live in Mexico, Pakistan or Chechnya — I could have moved to those places, too.
(Although maybe not. They all have stricter immigration policies than we do.)
I’m sure they’re lovely, but I wanted to live in America. Now I can’t. At the current rate of immigration, it won’t exist anymore. The Democrats couldn’t win elections there, so they changed it.
With the repeal of Obamacare in the balance, I have argued that it’s insane for Republicans to waste resources primarying their own guys in 2014. Even the most heinous Republican can usually argue, “Would you really rather have a Democrat in this seat?”
But any Republican who supports mass immigration — whether with Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill, or idiotic arguments about “not punishing the children” — has forfeited that claim. If the country is going to be ruined anyway, it could not matter less who wins any particular seat on this Titanic.
This will be revealed as one of the greatest pranks of all time, and end up being written about forever as a case study in almost everything.Read More...
James Delingpole writes:
…what do I read? Crap like, ‘Steyn’s out of order: he shouldn’t have been so rude about the judge who mishandled the initial hearing.’ (OK, maybe he shouldn’t — but what are you supposed to say about judges who mishandle your case? ‘Nice job, ma’am’?)
Crap like, ‘And he’s going to take the National Review down with him.’ (No he isn’t. That’s what libel insurance is for.)
Crap like, ‘Well, he shouldn’t have used such-and-such a word or written that polemic in quite so inflammatory and offensive a way.’
(Yes that’s right. Polemics should be cautious, dry, legalistic, tame. Otherwise people might read them and have their minds changed.)
“Somehow Douglas summoned the nerve to invite John Lennon and Yoko Ono to co-host for a week in 1972.”
That comment from a writer at The Nation is typical: snobbish, ignorant and profoundly unfair.
The fact is:
“From the earliest days of the civil rights movement, Douglas featured more black leaders than any other show on national TV, from Stokely Carmichael to Malcolm X to Angela Davis to Jesse Jackson to Martin Luther King to Bobby Seale. He liked people and it showed. He was innately curious. Mike was not a true intellectual, whatever that tired word really means, but he was smart enough to know his own limitations and smart enough to carry on an interesting conversation with just about anyone.”
With uncharacteristic immodesty, Douglas later said:
“On a cumulative basis, we had the most controversial guest list in the history of television. It just didn’t seem that way because we never tried to put anyone on the spot, never forced a confrontation, never asked for trouble. No matter who it was, what they stood for, or what they had to say, we tried to be fair, to give the same unbiased forum to everyone.”
He exaggerates, but that, too, is the point…
“It would be so much easier if I could just write him off as a bigot, but as far as I can tell he harbors no resentment or disdain toward people of color. For God’s sake, we argued every issue from states’ rights to income disparity but nope, he didn’t say anything even tacitly racist. Not once.” Hardwick later concluded that her acquaintance’s opposition to most of President Obama’s policies meant he was probably “close enough” to count as a racist.