A Student of History

October 2, 2008

A tale of two+ comments

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 11:28 am

Here is Annette Benning on Sarah Palin: 

“We really want to hear her views, and I’m sure she’ll do very well in the debate. She’s obviously a very accomplished woman … I’m a Democrat, I’m a supporter of Barack Obama but she certainly deserves our respect.”

And now, representative of so many of the glitterati, Sandra Bernhard:

Bernhard said Palin would be “gang-raped by my big black brothers” if she visited New York City.

Pink says “The woman terrifies me.”

Matt Damon: ““I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that’s a really scary thing…”

“Dr.” Laura Schlessinger: “What kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down syndrome, and then goes back to the job of governor within days of the birth?”

Margaret Cho: “If Sarah Palin had her way, she would take away that right not to be a mom. She wants to outlaw abortion — so to call her a feminist is as laughable as calling evangelicals ‘Christians.’ They shouldn’t have the right to call themselves Christian, for they have no Christ-like attributes.”

Ms. Benning should be commended for her moderation.

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October 1, 2008

The Zen of Decluttering

Filed under: Simple Living — John Maass @ 12:11 pm

A nice post at “Compost Studies” blog talks about “The zen of decluttering,” part of simple living, downsizing, etc. 

It starts out: “When I left home almost 30 years ago, all I owned fit into the family car and was enough to make a life with.  In the ensuing decades, I have done what every American does–accumulate belongings. Some requiring many months of saving and sacrifice to cross the threshold of our house, some sliding in with the weekly shopping or left at the door by the postman. Some came wrapped in bright paper on holidays and happy occasions. Some were inherited and carry the heavy weight of history and loss. Some things were purchased impulsively or ON SALE. Some are still waiting to be useful or loved.”

Guns, Moose, Jews and Blacks

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 8:01 am

At the end of September, Rep. Alcee Hastings, an African-American congressman from Florida, made a statement about Sarah Palin, in which he admits to saying that “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”  Aside from the fact that black democrats get a free pass when it comes to racist remarks, what does hunting moose have to do with Jews and blacks?  Does Hastings have some statistical evidence that the more one hunts moose, the more racists one gets? 

I’d say Hastings is the real racist here.

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