Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, October 01, 2007

Anybody Heard of This Clown?

I received an odd email today:
Tonight on PBS' Tavis Smiley, Tavis convenes a panel to discuss "My Grandfather's Son," the new book by Justice Clarence Thomas and the "60 Minutes" profile that coincided with the release of the book.Guests are Marc Morial, President and CEO of The National Urban League, Princeton professor Cornel West, and Columbia University President, Farah Jasmine Griffin.

Here are some excerpts of what the panelists had to say about Justice Thomas and his interview on "60 Minutes:"

Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League - "He (Thomas) seems to have forgotten that he doesn't stand by himself, he stands amongst many who've experienced discrimination, who've experienced the pain of racial injustice, yet not at a single point in his career has he used the power of his help those who he professed to be concerned about." (In other words, Justice Thomas hasn't used his position to discriminate in the name of "affirmative action." - Ed.)

Cornel West, Princeton Professor - "They presented this story as if those us who are critics (of Clarence Thomas) have no good reasons to be critical of him siding with the strong against the weak, and the powerful against the relatively powerless. - I thought ‘60 Minutes’ was all about journalism, (Apparently you missed RatherGate - Ed.) what has happened to journalism these days where all you get is puff pieces that constitute an advertisement for a book. Especially with someone like Clarence Thomas who’s been a lightning-rod of this debate among all Americans concerned about truth and justice on the court and in our society.”

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia Professor - "Justice Thomas used (60 Minutes) as yet another opportunity to vilify Anita Hill." (Yes, dear. And I'm sure you're still convinced the Duke Lacrosse players really raped that innocent young woman, too! - Ed.)

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Brian Steffen
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KCET & Tavis Smiley
It was addressed directly to me, not one of those blanket emails (though I'm sure I wasn't the only person who received this). So, for guests, this Tavis Smiley has Left, Lefter and Leftest? (I'll let you be the judge of just whom is which.)

So, they're going to "discuss" the book, eh? Will any of them have read it before they opine? Or will it just be a modern-day book burning?

And who the hell is Tavis Smiley, and why should I care?

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