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Old 01-17-2009   #1
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On Jan 20, I wish...

So a little kumbaya thread.

Express a positive thought, eh? And don't call people names for their wishes...

On Jan 20, I wish Pres. Bush would tell the Iraqis to let the Shoe-Thrower go free (and if he doesn't, I hope Obama does).

To me, that'd be a good start toward a good tone in the world.

"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label
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Old 01-17-2009   #2
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Helio - I dunno if this "kumbaya" thang is sustainable, but it sure left a lotta Buzzards feeling all warm-n-fuzzy when Mike hijacked a snark thread and turned it into a Friday afternoon love fest. The no-name-calling sentiment is a laudable goal, to be sure.

You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you. - Heraclitus of Ephesus
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Old 01-17-2009   #3
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I will miss the eloquent speeches from 43.

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Old 01-19-2009   #4
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Let him go he at least gave bush a good laugh i wonder how much nush is laughing now.
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Old 01-19-2009   #5
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Kumbaya over...

Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas.

Dr. Wortham is author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues. She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality.

Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afro-centricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure.

by Anne Wortham
November 6, 2008

Fellow Americans,

Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul's name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.

I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival - all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America.
Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend.

I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn't look like them.

I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

I would have to believe that "fairness" is the equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force.

I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!" Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States, the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians.

Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon John son's Great Society.

But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.
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Old 01-19-2009   #6
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yarmoney good shit brother. we need to boat for sure
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Old 01-19-2009   #7
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let's all sing! Kumbaya My lord, kumbaya.

I wish we could just have a love-fest for one day. Let's "look where we want to go" which is a good place, and have one day where we don't give a single bit of energy to what we don't like in this world.

I wish that I get on the Selway River this summer!
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 01-19-2009   #8
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To all you hatahz: For the love of all that is good in this world, let it freakin' go! For one lousy morning! I hope that I pull either a Middle Fork of the Salmon or a Selway permit, and that the rivers flow high and long. To the spirit of adventure we all find so intoxicating..!
-Τὸ χόβερκράφτ μου εἶναι γεμᾶτο χέλια!
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I can't stop myself, this is just too funny...

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and the hits keep coming!


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