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September 17, 2009

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Fresh Air

I don't know what's worse, the fact that some punk wrote this article in all seriousness, or the fact that Newsweak published it. Either way, it's pretty clear our colleges are producing postmodern dopes with raw sewage between their ears.

Donald

I'm tellin' ya. I gotta a fricking high school education, and am more intelligent and more self aware than the entire staff of Newsweek, the NY Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The AJC...

Sue

It's funny, not in a ha ha way, how Obama answers this question in his first book but no one believed him apparently. His black grandfather was the one who objected, very strenuously, to his black son having a child with white blood in its veins. Obama speaks of the white blood in him and how, like Malcolm X, he wants it to go away. But whites are racist. And you know why? A liberal white explained it to me once. Blacks do not have the power to be racist. Only a race with power can be racist. Paraphrased, of course.

Jack is Back!

White, college educated guilt is a powerful inducement to BS.

My 6 year old son has a real African-American classmate in 1st grade (she is from Nigeria) and the only cognizance of her he has is that she likes Pokemon also.

Maybe when he suffers a very negative life experience like marching in a tax revolt protest in 2025 and is called a racist will that all change. But for now and for him, people are people and some like the left are just "weirder" than the rest of us - in his words, not mine.

bgates

child-development researchers...argue that children see racial differences as much as they see the difference between pink and blue

Mystifying. I've been assured many times, including on this site, that there is no biological basis for the concept of "race". Now I learn that "pink and blue" are also social constructs that exist independent of physical reality.

Katz found that babies will stare significantly longer at photographs of faces that are a different race from their parents

Wait - pre-verbal infants are supposed to be able to form complex social constructs like "race"? Occam's razor suggests instead that these children are telepathic, and have picked up on their parents' or the researchers' knowledge without any cues.

Mark O

Only those far and away in charge can give others a boost.

clarice

Pre verbal children IMO pick up on difference, not race. Put your hat on upside down and they often will laugh and always give a puzzled stare.

Jack is Back!

And as for Megan McArdle, she is as big an economics fraud as Krugman is - political economists who think they know everything just because everything revolves around money. I listened to Rush's rant and it was more sarcastic satire and parody than anything else. If you know Rush he uses stupidity to sell his version of events in a comical ranting sense. His was as serious a discussion of race from his perspective as that from Carter's senility based perspective.

matt

Friedman is a buffoon. The United States is moving very fast towards solar whether it is the best solution or not. Applied is a small player in the "turnkey" business. They are # 7 or 8 in the world.

Applied has been buying its way into the industry and has a strong PR machine.

Most of the players in PV are very active in America, and companies are either on line to manufacture or planning at least 100Gw of capacity, most to be built here. Since that's part of our business, I think I can safely contradict the ever more irrelevant Mr. Friedman.

Uncle Pinky

Clarice, I've seen your hats. All children know that fruit comes from a store or a refrigerator. Fruit is not to be found (upside down) on the crown of an attractive woman's headgear.

daddy

Concerning Adoption,

Recently started spending time in Guangzhou (Canton) China. The hotel is just a few blocks walk from ">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamian_Island"> Shamian Island, a small island the Brits and French won in the 1840's as a trading post base.

Walking around the island on my first visit I was stopped and asked numerous times by young Chinese women if I was interested in adopting a Chinese baby girl. Initially startled, I realized that this was where the mass of Chinese baby adoptions take place. Many of the Beautiful old European Buildings on this approximately 10 block long, 3 block wide island were Government run Adoption sites, each with a benign sign (Amy's Shop, Sally's Shop, Julie's Shop etc.) Girls in red armbands would kindly invite me into their stores to explain their adoption procedure and to show me their line of baby strollers, baby toy's or a variety of T-Shirts which would have the Chinese pronunciation and symbol of the purchasers relation to the new adopted baby girl: (Mama, Big Sister, Father, Aunt, Grandmamma etc). When I would instead respond that I was just on business and not interested in adoption, the tone would slightly change, wondering why the heck I would come to the island if not interested in adoption, and a mildly aggressive sales pitch to purchase Chinese knickknacks would ensue, but still quite pleasant and easily beaten off with kindness and joking and asking them in pidgen Chinese about themselves.

At one store I was introduced to a young baby girl, held by one of the worker girls, and tenderly offered for inspection. At Sally's Shop had a very nice long talk with a proprietor who proudly showed me photo albums of hundred's of smiling anglo couples with their brand new babies, and pointedly identified the very cutest baby girls in the book. Unobtrusive Military guards were posted in small guardhouses along the main long Park walk on the island, I assume to ensure that there was never anything but a complete sense of quiet and calm. Various restaurants on the island had menu's in English announcing free baby food (formula, oatmeal type stuff etc) for parents with new adopted kids. Spotted many European/American families pushing baby carts along the beautiful tree-shaded quiet blocks of the island. At many sites on the island various Chinese girls in gorgeous wedding dresses posed with a bedecked Groom, or sleek Chinese models were being posed by Chinese fashion photographers. Was told that a Chinese fashion school for modeling was nearby, and that because of the beautiful trees, buildings, cleanliness and charm of the island, that it was a favorite photo locale for new brides.

I did not ask about about price, though I seem to recall a Herald Trib story from a few years back citing a figure of @$10,000 US. All in all a very fascinating experience. Have been back now 3 or 4 times and now recognize the same girls at the same stores and they recognize and remember me, so on the way to Lucy's Pub, or the German or Thai Restaurant on the Island, I now stop to say "Hey" and ask how business is going, and we chat a bit. I have now also escorted some guys to the island for their first visit, and when they are questioned and then realize what's going on, they exhibit a sort of squeamish sense of "Is this a monstrous economic trade in human flesh, or a decent Christian sort of thing to do?" Exactly my initial sentiments. Almost a Solomonesque "Let's cut the baby in half and divide it between the mother's" sort of situation. I don't know what exactly I think about it now. I doubt I'll ever be proficient enough in Chinese to ask the shop workers, and I doubt they'd ever honestly answer me anyhow. And as for the kids, for anyone living on they West Coast, pretty and sharp adopted Chinese baby girls have been a significant portion of the Public school classrooms for at least a decade, and they've been at my daughter's Birthday Parties and sleepover's for years now, so the Christian portion of the question, at least for me, is answered satisfactorily. It's the frontloaded part of the question, the particulars of the division from the Birthmother and the economy that thrives on that, that I still have questions about.

bgates

Unobtrusive Military guards were posted...I assume to ensure that there was never anything but a complete sense of quiet and calm

Word association:
"Quiet and Calm"

"People's Liberation Army"

peter

Newsweek and Time are taking the same tack as the New York Times: knowing their circulation is vanishing rapidly, they are hoping they can establish a niche for themselves with the hard left. Possible for the Times, doubtful for the other two rags.

OT,
Who was a bigger star, Mary of Peter and Paul fame, or Henry Gibson. discuss among yourselves.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Peter: Mary Travers.

clarice

Rush is en fuego today--about the administration take over of the auto business, the banks, the student loan business..He is describing what I recall we used to call syndicalism and I think he's right to be sounding the alarm.

centralcal

Well, well, well. Camile Paglia appears to have questions (as many of us do) about Obama (don't want to say the dreaded B-word):

"David Weigel heard Camille Paglia on NPR yesterday, where the author of Sexual Personae and UArts professor told a no doubt astonished latte-drinking audience that "there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama's birth certificate. I'm sorry, I've been following this closely from the start."
Rick Ballard

While Queen Botoxia does the setup for our very own Reichstag fire. If progs dislike being called fascists perhaps they should lay fascism aside and return to being simple commies?

gmax

Not just blonde hair either TM. I for one am quite attached to whats left of my red hair. So there.

clarice

Rick, She's even starting to look like Livia Drusilla, isn't she?

Rick Ballard

Clarice,

I peg her as closer to Maleficent in appearance although her lack of character is very much in accord with that of Drusilla.

Gregory Koster

Dear JiB: ""Senility based perspective." Right on target.

Gee, I am glum because the only thing I can take pride in is being an American of American extraction. The gloom is only deepened by realizing that the propiretor and the bulk of the commenters could have written a much more interesting cover story for NEWSWEEK, with the drawback that it would have been true, to be sure, for dough. Instead we all have to struggle along with real jobs, clinging to obsolete doubtless raaaaacist beliefs. It's almost enough to make you give up cigars and whisky.

Almost.

hit and run

http://twitpic.com/i3ebg>Happy Constitution Day

Sincerely,
President Barack Obama

hit and run

Gmax:
I for one am quite attached to whats left of my red hair.

If only it were as attached to you.

Janet

LUN - The climate nuts are at it again. Really, the lefties need to get a life.

matt

I was sitting at home thinking last night, and said to myself, "Self, if there truly is global warming, where are all the icebergs?"

Wouldn't the North Atlantic be a much more dangerous place if there were icebergs floating around? Wouldn't we have heard of it? Just curious....

MarkJ

Question: Who will Newsweek endorse for President in 2012?

Answer: The question is irrelevant since Newsweek will have folded by then.

Carl in Mpls

Daddy and anyone else interested, I don't post often but really enjoy the quality of people here (mostly). Wanted to comment on your observations of Shamian Island and Chinese adoption. We've adopted twice from China. The reason there is so much activity on Shamian is because all Americans must outprocess from China through the American consulate which is located in Guangzhou and had actually been located on Shamian Island until quite recently (moved downtown for security reasons). So all Americans adopting throughout China end up there. Most stay at the White Swan Hotel (5 stars) to wait for the American consulate to process the paperwork (2-3 days). All of those businesses exist to supply this concentration of babies and toddlers. Our girls came from orphanages in remote areas of China with very little Western style amenities. So Shamian is viewed as quite an oasis by the time these new families get there. Many are first time parents with a new infant so they need baby stuff. It's actually quite entrepreneurial in a Chinese Communist sort of way. Adoptions from China run through the Chinese government and there is a strict process. It's been getting longer and longer and far fewer children are being adopted through China (long story but due to internal Chinese politics). There has been a real economic impact on Shamian Island so lots of businesses fighting for fewer and fewer dollars. Although there are many Chinese who may "offer" you their baby for adoption you wouldn't get 10 feet and for sure never out of the country after all it is a police state. Many Chinese see these adoptions to Westerners as an equivalent to winning the lottery for the baby. We see it as winning the lottery for ourselves.

As far as racist babies... That's crazy. My oldest daughter (7.5) is from China, has white parents, and friends of all colors. She has no concept of racism. People are people. It did blow her mind to go back to China and see so many people with only black hair and black eyes just like her. She thought that any large group would have all kinds of people. Funny that.

Love the quality of this blog and thank (almost)all who contribute especially Mr. Maguire.

clarice

Hi. Post more often,Carl--

clarice

OT:Atlanta radio station WSB (a Boortz station) announced at 8:00 PM news that the state of Gergia will defund all ACORN activities, and will not allow any ACORN contracts to use state funds next year (fiscal year 2010).

Existing state ACORN contracts will expire September 30, and will not be renewed.

Jane

My oldest daughter (7.5) is from China, has white parents, and friends of all colors. She has no concept of racism

OT - I had a really interesting conversation with Amy yesterday - her oldest is 7 and her friends of many years are just starting to notice that she has 2 mommys and that is not the norm. So they ask questions and they get answered and everyone moves on. It really puts the spot light on all these schools who are so intent on teaching tolerance of all stripes. No tolerance is needed in a 7 year old. They just go with the flow. Spotlighting Freddie with 2 daddy's does freddy little good from what I can tell.

PD

Wow. That Raw Story article that TM references is an textbook example of "I completely misunderstand what Rush meant and I will advertise my ignorance by writing a blog post about it."

Pagar

"will not allow any ACORN contracts"

An LUN that asks some pointed questions about where some City of St Louis funds that were given to ACORN went. It sounds like it would take a lot of accounting experts to truly figure out how their money is moved around and around and where it goes, no one seems to know.

Roux

Rush is being absurd to show the absurdity of the "everyone is racist" meme of the Dems. Rush is mocking the MSM, Dems and Obama.... hahahahahaha.

Show me the birth certificate, you liar.

Camille Paglia a birther? I'm lovin' this. She must have been following the issue closely from the beginning, like a lot of PUMAs did.

Something in the air? Heh, it's always been there for those with noses to know.
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clarice

Byron York (Washington Examiner)
"Although Republicans had long fought against ACORN, it is not an exaggeration to say that none of this would have happened now without the BigGovernment undercover videos. Democrats who in the past had reflexively supported ACORN ran for cover after seeing ACORN employees encouraging tax evasion and prostitution. The BigGovernment videos mark an important moment in the development of alternative media sources, and official Washington responded before most of the establishment press did. This is truly an extraordinary series of events.


Senate lets Murtha keep his pork project
More proof today that lawmakers are loath to tamper with the longstanding earmarking process that many of them utilize in Congress to bring home the bacon. By a vote of 43-53,...


—Susan Ferrechio

U.S. Chamber speaks out on malpractice reform 'demonstration projects'
The Chamber of Commerce has offered a statement regarding the tort reform "demonstration projects" that President Obama promised during his address to Congress last...


—David Freddoso

Analysis of the House ACORN vote
The House’s 345-75 vote to defund ACORN is indeed, as my Examiner colleague Byron York put it, extraordinary. Democrats voted 172-75 to defund ACORN; Republicans voted...


—Michael Barone

The stunning, total defeat of ACORN
The ACORN vote in the House is stunning news. Just 48 hours after Republican Leader John Boehner introduced the "Defund ACORN Act," the bill -- which most Republicans...


—Byron York


LUN



Melinda Romanoff

It's not going to be that easy, clarice, I just don't see that abandonment of troops coming that easily.

I do wish it were so, don't get me wrong, but I just don't see it being over by a long shot.

daddy

Thank you Carl for posting. Please do it again and often.

I unexpectedly come upon many fascinating things in China and I try to pass on my honest impressions of them as they strike me. I suspected there had to have been some JOM readers here who had gone through the Chinese adoption process because we have so many good folks who hang out here. Sounds like you've got some great kids with great parents.

notace

"... And I know Scandinavian families proud of their Nordic past ..."

Good God don't let Ace hear of these proud Icebacks.

daddy

"...and official Washington responded before most of the establishment press did. This is truly an extraordinary series of events."

Is that because the establishment press hadn't received their marching orders yet from a remarkably silent White House? That would be my guess, tho' I'm certainly open to excuses of gross bias, stupidity, or incredulity in the MSM.

Steve

A liberal white explained it to me once. Blacks do not have the power to be racist. Only a race with power can be racist.


Hence the logical endpoint of liberalism - there must be no countries in which whites are the majority.

I believe this is called "cultural Marxism", the substitution of white people for the wicked capitalists and of non-white people for the noble working class.

White people seem oddly oblivious to the threat.

daddy

This post just got linked to by Instapundit. Stand by to man the anti-troll guns for incoming...blam, blam, blam!

Pofarmer

White people seem oddly oblivious to the threat.

And, you think that's NOT by design? It's easier to kill something that doesn't know you're there, or, if it realized that you are there, doesn't know what you're up to.

Jim

> "Pre verbal children IMO pick up on difference, not race. Put your hat on upside down and they often will laugh and always give a puzzled stare."

And if you find yourself lacking a hat, you can do as Henry Waxman does and put your nose on umop apisdn.

Lockestep

Before the Republican convention in Philadelphia (2000), I saw a report on planned protests which explains this all for us.
The organizer patiently explained there are People of Color, and People of Privilege. End of discussion.

clarice

OT but this from Dan Riehl (I haven't a Senator so you have to do this):

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Via Milblog Black Five comes a tragic story only a part of which is how the US Congress has behaved and is still behaving disgracefully toward late Marine Sgt. Michael Ferschke, one of our honorable dead from Iraq, and his surviving child and wife. The AP is now reporting the story, too. They've even had time to make a documentary soon to air at Maryville College, yet the Congress has failed to act for over a year.

The world premiere of a documentary that features the story of a Maryville Marine widow's struggle to honor her late husband's wish of raising their child in his hometown will be held at Maryville College.

Via the AP:

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Hotaru Ferschke just wants to raise her 8-month-old son in his grandparents' Tennessee home, surrounded by photos and memories of the father he'll never meet: a Marine who died in combat a month after marrying her from thousands of miles away.

Sgt. Michael Ferschke was killed in Iraq in 2008, leaving his widow and infant son, both Japanese citizens, in immigration limbo: A 1950s legal standard meant to curb marriage fraud means U.S. authorities do not recognize the marriage, even though the military does.

For context as you read, and you must, I'm reminded of my Sept. 14, 2009 post when Reid adjourned the Senate just for Specter so they could go fund raise. Yet, through research I found this: On September 28, 2008, Instapundit commented with a link to Stars and Stripes: Perhaps someone can look into this? Yet, in a Senate Reid and Specter will stop on a dime to go raise cash, a full year later no one has. And now the claim is the Senate may not have the time to bring it up! They couldn't behave more dishonorably than this.

The private bill was referred to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in July but will likely need a Senate co-sponsor to move forward. With Congress facing a massive health care reform package as it goes back into session this month, there may not be enough time to get the legislation passed before Hotaru Ferschke leaves in January.

Ferschke and his bride had been together in Japan for more than a year, and she was pregnant when he deployed. They married by signing their names on separate continents and did not have a chance to meet again in person after the wedding, which a 57-year-old immigration law requires for the union to be considered consummated.

"She is being denied because they are saying her marriage is not valid because it was not consummated — despite the fact that they have a child together," said Brent Renison, an immigration lawyer in Oregon who has advised the family.

Black Five has contact information and urges callers to be polite. If this Senate will not act on behalf of a fallen warrior and his wife, than we must. We know from the Reid/ Specter item above they can do whatever they want with the schedule when they want. I guess they just don't want to honor one of America's fallen warriors quite enough.

It's time they scheduled some time for one of America's honorable dead, instead of some next opportunity to line their pockets with campaign cash. And they wonder why there are people protesting in the streets, the vast majority having had more than enough of them.

This is shameful and a genuine disgrace. Call them now. Then call them again if you can.

clarice

The first part is there in error--oh well there's no going back at JOM.

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