Thursday, February 22, 2007

Oh, @#$& no . . .

Big of an interesting story over at LGF: Muslim Council of Britain Steps Up Islamization Effort. The long and the short of it is that Britain's Muslim community wants an outrageous amount of special treatment in public schools, all the while showing an appalling refusal to make concessions to Britain's existing culture. They're like the Worst. Houseguests. Ever., and I can guarantee that if anyone tries to point this out, they'll be accused of racism and intolerance. It's like the book of Daniel: When the music plays, anyone who doesn't bow to the god of multiculturalism will be thrown in the furnace.

Funny thing about furnaces, though - I have this weird fascination with open flame. No matter how many times I get singed, I just keep coming back to it. I will. Not. Bow.

Not to them.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Double-blind color-blind

LaShawn Barber has another good post about racial preferences up at her site. Included in the updates is a link to this article in a college newspaper. Among many quotable paragraphs, the author makes this point:

I realize now that there will always be ignorant people who spew epithets and there will always be that angry fool who etches a swastika into the wall. The sort of racism bred from ignorance will never go away. The question becomes, then, how best do we fight it?

While viewpoints that point fingers at this race or that group is a nice idea, they are clearly doing nothing.

Perhaps it is time that everyone realizes, just for a minute, that the first time anyone at this school sees you through a racial filter is the moment your application file is opened.

...

I am still optimistic enough to believe that in the "real world," I will not fall into a success calculation that includes my white skin or the black skin of the human being sitting next to me.

I would like to think that it is a battle of wits and intelligence out there, and that my days of checking the Caucasian box are over.
This is precisely why, whenever possible, I check "other" and write in "callipygian." If you want demographics, ask how much money my parents make in a year and how well they were educated and whether I grew up in an urban, suburban or rural area. Those statistics tell you far more about me than my skin color. Heck, asking whether I prefer cats or dogs tells you more about me than my skin color.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I bet I get hate mail . . .

. . . when people read my latest column at The Scenic Route. I get a certain perverse kick out of knocking over people's sacred cows.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kleenex and basketball

I'm sick at college (*at* college, not *of* college - although I'm starting to be that, too) and I want to go home and sleep. Instead I'm at work, where I'll probably be 'til midnight. Luckily my other half just got here, so that's a load off. Unfortunately, my Dayquil wore off (like it ever kicked in to begin with) and I'm down to Kleenex and French Vanilla decaf tea.

On the upside, Purdue's beating IU.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thought for the day

Go to most major "Save the Earth" functions and you'll hear that they're doing it "for the children." You'll also hear some of the most vitriolic anti-Western rhetoric on the face of the planet. Given that Western civilization is the most advanced society the world has ever seen, one has to wonder what alternatives they propose. After all, what's the point of saving the environment if the society living in it has plunged back into the Dark Ages? What's the point of having a few more trees if government of the people, by the people, for the people disappears from the earth?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Yay for weather

Normally I come to work on Tuesdays at about 7:30 p.m.. Today, because classes were canceled, I came at about 2:45 p.m.. This was after I went home and prepared lots of food; I'd already been to the emergency meeting at noon.

Why all the fuss? In layman's terms, we got us a gen-you-ine blizzard. At least 10 inches of snow accumulation is predicted, never mind all the drifts that are blowing across sidewalks and up against doors. I haven't been outside since I got here, but it's probably up to my knees in places already. The snow's not supposed to stop before midnight, either. Hence, the backpack full of food, a flashlight, my cell phone charger and other supplies (although I forgot socks). If I get stuck here in the newsroom, I plan to be prepared.

I doubt I'll have a huge amount of trouble getting home, though - we're all working to get done early, and if the sidewalks are too bad I can walk in the street. If worst comes to worst, I'll just take longer getting home than normal.

The only thing I don't have is a decent pair of boots.

Friday, February 09, 2007

New column up

New column up at The Scenic Route.

Also, I have cramps like crazy and a sprained ankle. I'm about ready to go back to bed.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Another unpopular opinion . . .

. . . is over at The Scenic Route. I think there should be an amendment to the old dinner conversation rule: Don't discuss religion, politics or operating systems.