Monday, January 16, 2006

Some Thoughts On Breaking News

I spent the entire day today sitting in front of the computer analyzing pictures of dyes transferring between cells. Not terribly fascinating to most, but it did give me the opportunity to watch CNN and have various reactions to the day's events. Here they are, upchucked, in no particular order:

  • Happy Martin Luther King Day. Today on Jack Cafferty, Cafferty wondered why the disparity between Whites who claim we have "come so far" since King's dream while Blacks largely believe that there haven't been many steps forward taken. Hmm, Cafferty, could it have something to do with white privilege and Whites choosing to hide in the belief that the only acts that constitute racism are violence and hatespeech?
  • Speaking of MLK -- is anyone else irritated by the fact that the South creating a simultaneous day to honour certain Confederate dead actually holds enough weight such that certain ignorant colleagues of mine actually have the gall to actually speak of both days and both honourees in the same sentence? Let's keep shameless, racist agendas where they belong: in a place where we do not dignify them with verbal reference.
  • Bush usurped the memory of MLK and Rosa Parks to further his own political agenda. He called for greater participation in the political process which we all know is him paving a way for a series of useless and even painful pieces of legislation all under the guise of "equality". This from the same president who has had one of the worst records as far as dealing with the issues of people of colour and civil rights (if not the worst, and that's including all those presidents who supported slavery). This from the president who, until a month ago, refused to support renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Cliched though it's become, Bush does not care about black people; and a whole lot of hand-waving on MLK Day isn't going to help save his image when he left thousands of Black Americans to die on the streets last year.
  • Wire-tapping is illegal, and thank God Gore had the nutsack to say it. If only the rest of the Democratic party had these cajones, I might almost forgive Al for the lacklustre performance that gave us this whole problem in the first place.
  • A guy got sucked into the turbine of a 737. That just sucks.
  • Finally some concrete evidence supporting the idea that the Chinese discovered The New World before Columbus. This map seems hard to argue against, should it be proven to be authentic, and I'm approving the inevitable correction to the history books. What this means, in a practical sense, though, I have no idea -- beyond a lot of dick-waving by the Chinese, I'm not too sure why anyone would really care. It's not like we're about to disband America, nor will this mean that the Native Americans (who we all can agree found The New World long before either party in question) will finally get their land back.


Blogger Ragnell said...

There's a safety video circulating the e-mails of several airlines, the United States armed forces, and the FAA that show someone getting sucked into the engine of a military jet.

It happens. *Shudder*

1/16/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

These days I think bush actually cares, but goes about it the wrong way.I won't blame just bush and the government on katrina.

Too bad for the guy that got sucked into the 737 engine.

1/17/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Karlos said...

"Finally some concrete evidence supporting the idea that the Chinese discovered The New World before Columbus."

Uhm, fuck Columbus; anybody ever heard of Leif Eiriksson? To the rest of Europe: That's right; while my ancestors were pillaging your towns and taking all your good-looking women, they also beat you to the new world by about 500 years. Go Scandinavia. North side in the house!

1/17/2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger silverfish said...

Obviously the native americans were first but I was about to mention Leif too.

1/18/2006 05:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Rtother said...

Is Columbus Day big in other parts of America? Where I'm from the only noteworthy things that happen that day are lack of mail-service and editorials in the local papers about the wrongs committed against Native Americans. I don't think the schools even have off.

1/18/2006 09:45:00 PM  

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