Sunday, January 07, 2007
Well, Let's See What The Ladies Are Saying
So, instead of writing about politics, I've been trying to write about what is really happening on the ground - because the economic position we are in will control most of the political map for the next two years. We all ought to understand what that position is, before we decide to raise taxes going into a recession, or hand out more loans to people who won't be able to repay them. The damage done to the borrower is the same whether the motive is profit or generosity.
But politics will not leave me alone; I endured a gleeful phone call from one of my brothers last week. He had to interject Pelosi's name into every other sentence, in the attempt to get a rise out of me. He knows I don't like her, and don't respect her machinations and misrepresentations. So, back to politics. No, I am not overjoyed because a woman is now Speaker of the House. Maybe I might consider possibly contemplating whether to ponder if this was a step forward for women if:
- The bimbo hadn't felt the need for so much plastic surgery to prepare herself for the occasion. I ask you, is that a feminist message? Collagen and a good plastic surgeon will get you power?
- The bimbo weren't a bimbo. 'Nuff said.
- The bimbo were a real woman.
Beth of MVRWC has Pelosi videos which should not be missed, and I guess SondraK believes the Pelosi belongs in outer space, in orbit around the planet Vulcan. Raven of And Rightly So! aptly expresses what I fear - that politics will win over governance.
Dr. Sanity posted regarding Nazanin of Iran, who is now getting a new trial. It doesn't sound very hopeful to me, but plenty of publicity can only increase her chances of getting a fair hearing. This is the girl who fought off her would-be rapists in a park, killing one of them in the process. For that act of self-defense, she was condemned to death. Tell me again how Islam respects women's rights? (That's culture, and not the Koran, btw.)
The Anchoress has written often and well about the press. She's more hopeful than I am about it. In her latest, she reiterates some error-checking, and goes on to write:
Credible news reports matter because the press possesses the public trust and therefore they have a charge - a duty - to do all they can to ascertain that the information they pass on to the nation is as accurate as it can be.Oh, dear. The Anchoress used that bad word, "duty". This will inspire her journalistic foes to even more disparagement, I'm afraid. I couldn't agree with her more; I just have lost hope for most of the journalists of the mainstream press. It has fallen to bloggers to be the fact checkers, and the MSM wrath the bloggers are inspiring is a testament to how far mainstream journalism has fallen. Along with other elements of our culture, it's debased itself and needs a reformation badly.
The credibility of reports - of reporters, newservices, papers and networks - matters because honest journalism is all that stands between any people and tyranny.
Speaking of debasement, Fausta writes with horror of the new concept of libraries - throw out Aristotle, and make it a meet-and-greet place with large-screen TVs. No, I'm not exaggerating. You have to read this, and even then, you'll have trouble believing it. Our post-enlightenment culture is really, really unenlightened.
If you want to know what real women think about, the Cotillion's Bloglines site is a great way to start.
Can you imagine John Kennedy bragging about being "The most powerful Catholic in the world?" Margaret Thatcher ranting about being "The most powerful woman in Britain?" Heck, can you imagine *Queen Elizabeth* (the first) giving speeches about her power? This is more like something you would expect from a barbarian princess.
Anybody remember Max Headroom?
"Twenty minutes into The Future..."
Immediate flashback to a World of Warcraft machinima video on YouTube:
"I'M A BARBIE GIRL!
BOTH MY BOOBS ARE PLASTIC!
AREN'T *I* FANTASTIC!"
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