Patterico's Pontifications

3/2/2003

LATEST ON KURDS SELL-OUT: Drudge

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:43 pm

LATEST ON KURDS SELL-OUT: Drudge is reporting that Turkey may vote again on allowing U.S. troops to enter Iraq from Turkey. They fell only 4 votes short of a majority last time. . .

MOHAMMED: Jeez Louise, did you

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:35 pm

MOHAMMED: Jeez Louise, did you see the the latest picture of this Mohammed guy? It was taken shortly after his arrest. I don’t think Mr. Blackwell would approve of his appearance.

ESTRADA PRAISED BY DEMOCRATS: This

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:31 pm

ESTRADA PRAISED BY DEMOCRATS: This editorial in the Wall Street Journal details the praise that Miguel Estrada has received from former top Justice Department Democrats who knew him well. Estrada is held in high esteem by former Solicitor Generals Seth Waxman and Drew Days III; Robert Litt, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General; and Randolph Moss, former Assistant Attorney General. The editorial also points out that Estrada successfully represented NOW in a “highly visible abortion-rights case” in the Supreme Court called National Organization of Women v. Scheidler.

This editorial is worth reading, regardless of which side of the issue you are on.

BARAKA GETS STANDING OVATION AT

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:33 am

BARAKA GETS STANDING OVATION AT YALE: The former “poet laureate” of New Jersey, Amiri Baraka, recently spoke at Yale University. You may remember Baraka as the fellow who gained some notoriety for repeating, in supposedly “poetic” form and at taxpayer expense, the wholly discredited canard that “the Jews” were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks:

“Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed
Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers
To stay home that day
Why did Sharon stay away?”

You can read the entirety of this claptrap here. It’s worth a look. Baraka’s poem also contains these thought-provoking, taxpayer-sponsored insights:

“Who do Tom Ass Clarence Work for
Who doo doo come out the Colon’s mouth
Who know what kind of Skeeza is a Condoleeza”

(It may enhance your understanding of this literary artwork to know that “Skeeza” is Ebonics for “prostitute.”)

Anyway, this guy recently got a standing ovation at Yale. Here is a disturbing description of the talk, from a Yale student who was in attendance: “As [Baraka] cited ‘evidence’ of Israeli complicity in the World Trade Center attacks, many Yale students vigorously nodded their heads in approval and erupted into cheering. At the end of the event, the crowd leapt to its feet to give the former poet laureate of New Jersey a rousing standing ovation.”

Baraka’s talk was preceded by a guest column in the Yale Daily News by an assistant dean of Yale College, who defended his invitation to speak. After opening the article with a pro forma statement that she did not support Baraka’s extreme statements, she went on to speak of him in glowing terms: “Many admire his legacy and leadership in the Black Arts Movement and want to know more about him.” Contrast that with her condescending view of another speaker, whose crime was having served in the Israeli military: “When an invitation was extended for tea to a former Israeli general and soldier it seemed appropriate that it be protested.”

I always thought my alma mater Cornell University was a hotbed of radicalism (sort of the Berkeley of the East Coast), but it looks like Yale is putting up some stiff competition.

The story is especially odd to me because I have always pictured Yale students and grads as emaciated, extremely pale white guys with blue blood — you know, like Dick Cavett, William Buckley, and Tom Wolfe. The mental image of a crowd full of guys who look like that applauding a guy like Baraka is jarring, to say the least.

UPDATE: A reader writes to warn me that “most people” will read the last sentence as: “The mental image of a crowd full of [white people] applauding a [black man] is jarring, to say the least.” Hopefully most people would not read it that way — but my correspondent is undoubtedly correct that this is open to misinterpretation. So let me clarify, for those who try to find racism in any statement about a black person (and there are a lot of you out there). . .

I am amused by the mental image of a bunch of cadaverous, blue-blooded, ghostly-looking genteel guys (again, picture the always-restrained Dick Cavett) applauding a speech by a venomous, gutter-talking, hate-spewing radical who reads a poem with the kind of lines that I quoted above (Baraka read his poem at the talk). “I say, I say, mahhvelous. The bit about the doo doo coming from Colon’s mouth, quite clever, old chap. And that Condoleeza is quite the skeeza, isn’t she, old boy?”


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