December 03, 2005

This and That Saturday

First, be sure to check out my latest post over at La Shawn Barber's Corner, natch!


Hmm, y'think if you worked for an auto maker, the last they'd do is discourage you from driving to work!


Sensitivity override -- again -- dept.:

The Subway restaurant chain has apologized to any Kansans who were offended by a sign that took a playful jab at the Sunflower State. In early October, Topeka residents Joe and Karen Davis stopped at a Subway in Reedsport, Ore., where they saw a sign promoting a salmon sandwich. It read: "Another reason you're lucky not to live in Kansas."

When the Davises returned home, they e-mailed Subway and asked for an explanation and apology.

Speaking of "sensitivity," good 'ol Mike M. at Down With Absolutes has something to say to those who feel Christmas is "under attack."


Worst "Parent" of the Year Award:

A 2-year-old boy was removed from his family and his mother could face charges after the child handed his daycare teacher two packets of crack cocaine, and a search of his jacket pocket turned up nine more, police said.

The boy's mother was taken in for questioning when she came to pick him up at the end of the day Friday. Police said she could be charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Could be? COULD BE??


Via Blogolution: dopes in Berkeley, CA are miffed at a new book that rips the architect of the Chinese "Cultural Revolution," Mao Zedong ... they "call it an effort to discredit communism."

"It's just outrageous," said Gary Miller, a volunteer at Berkeley's Revolution Books, as he leafleted the authors' event on campus. "A lot of people look with a great deal of affection at the Mao years because China's been turned into one giant sweatshop."

As opposed to ... one giant gulag?

Here's another good one:

Tom Gold, associate dean of international and area studies at UC Berkeley, said he visited China on a guided tour in 1975 and was impressed. "You can't just say it was one evil person," he said in a phone interview. "What Mao did was tap into some sort of psychology. You cannot get away from saying that Mao tapped into something."

Yeah. Hitler "tapped into something," too y'know.

Raymond Lotta, a Chicago-based Maoist political economist and author said "I think it's part of a continuing attempt to discredit communism and Maoism and any alternative to the current world order."

"Continuing attempt"? Dude, the attempt was already made -- and succeeded. Wake up and smell the mudans.

Posted by Hube at December 3, 2005 08:54 AM | TrackBack

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Simply amazing. How on earth can people be nostalgic for a regime that killed ten of millions of people through insane industrial and agricultural policies? The capacity of purportedly intelligent people to support such utter wickedness never fails to surprise me.

Posted by: David Gillies at December 3, 2005 09:50 AM

Communism, ahhhh, sounds good on paper. Then again, so does that threesome with Scarlett Johnanson and Alyssa Milano. Doesn't mean my girlfriend will be so keen on that one.

That whole killing millions of people, be it the Chinese, the Slovaks, the Czechs, or all the Russians who died in those purges, kind of pisses on any warm and fuzzy feelings that may exist. I think it does more than piss on 'em.

This whole "ends justify the means" thinking that permeates in politics should be re-thought. It didn't work for those commie liberals, it didn't work for those fascist conservatives, and it doesn't work today either. For any ideologist. The means are hugely important when it comes to justifying the ends.

Posted by: Dickie Dunn at December 3, 2005 03:08 PM

Gee, where to start? okay, Communism and Mao Zedong thought have been thoroughly discredited, but not wiped off the map. Case in point; the Three Gorges Dam. One of the most amazing (and profitable) tourist attractions in the PRC is the boat ride down the Yangzi River through the Three Gorges. The PRC is nearing completion on a massive dam near Wuhan which will not only ruin most of the scenic value, but has driven millions from their homes, with compensation money siphoned off by corrupt officials all up and down the food chain. The official government line is that the attractions will be unaffected, nad that the dam is vital for flood control and hydropower. Why are they really doing it? Because Mao thought it would be a cool idea to build something really big.

Posted by: G Rex at December 5, 2005 11:36 AM

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