Life must be difficult for Dana D. Kelley of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has to go on for weeks at a time, writing little columns full of paragraphs that you forget as soon as you begin the next one. But then, almost as though his biological clock has been turned off, his dander is up and it’s off to the races.
The man whose bleached out photo accompanied his writings is a fellow I have written about before, and I suspect will write about again, as his writing appeals to a certain readership in these volatile economic times. I agree with Kelley on almost nothing, and yet I force myself to read everything he writes.
Last Friday he praised the work of Charles Murray, who has written the new book Coming Apart: The State of White America. 1960-2010 - about two cliched communities which will no doubt be debated endlessly.
I’m not going to talk much about Kelley’s column today; I have done this before, and I just get too weirded out, especially right after breakfast. Look it up.
Instead, I’ll tell you about the man whose work Kelley describes as both “landmark” and “scholarly.” Author Charles Murray warns us (well, white people, anyway - well, a certain class of white person, anyway) that “Whites will become a minority of the American population by mid-century if not sooner.”
Murray ( along with co-author Richard Herrnstein) of The Bell Curve infamy, quoted as one of the sources for the book biologist Robert Kuttner, who was also an editor and writer for the Mankind Quarterly. Kuttner was a “Nordicist” who believed - quoting from the title of a 1958 article - that “ . . . the Nordic was the natural leader of the white race.”
The Bell Curve, of course, was a book which gave great comfort to those who believe that IQ can be strongly influenced by race. Quite a bit of the research in that bit of science fiction/fantasy was funded by the Pioneer Fund, a well-known white nationalist foundation.
Murray, who gave a speech to his fellows at the American Enterprise Institute this year on MLK Day on “The State of White America,” takes snobbishness to new levels with his new book. Admittedly, I have not read it - The Bell Curve pretty much did it for me as far as his literary efforts are concerned - but I know the debate pretty well by now.
I’m afraid that anyone who isn’t working class who reads this book is just going to have all of their preconceived notions satisfied; they are trash, whether they live in trailers or not.
But hey, never let it be said that Charles Murray is not equal opportunity. In a 2006 AEI post he wrote had the title,“Where Are the Female Einsteins?” Her are just a few lines for you:
Since we live in an age when students are likely to hear more about Marie Curie than about Albert Einstein, it is worth beginning with a statement of historical fact: Women have played a proportionally tiny part in the history of the arts and sciences. Others have found similar proportions. Even in the 20th century, women got only 2% of the Nobel Prizes in the sciences—a proportion constant for both halves of the century—and 10% of the prizes in literature. The Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, has been given to 44 people since it originated in 1936. All have been men.
The historical reality of male dominance of the greatest achievements in science and the arts is not open to argument.
Murray’s latest book will be adored by moralistic snobs who take great joy in blaming the victim, in this particular case the poor.
But no column about Comrade Kelley is complete without a quote from the master himself. Here is a line from a 2008 a column written after the horrific murder of a young boy in Northwest Arkansas.
Murder Ignored The Sound Of Silence
So why the stone silence from gay groups that can and do howl at the top of their lungs over tragedies like the Matthew Shepard murder in Wyoming? You'd think that GLAAD and GLSEN and the rest would be eager to condemn such acts. Average, fair-minded folks grossly underestimate the radical, extremist advocacy of gay activist groups.
I won’t even address the obvious issues that he will never understand about molestation and homosexuality. He was just so eager to make a point with the people who believe as he does.
Till the next time Kelley and I have a meaningful encounter . . .
The Scowling One and the right of Americans to be at the mercy of their insurance companies
This is from the latest offering of “From the Front,” which continues the adventures of one man’s unsmiling quest to save America from all enemies, domestic and foreign.
Congressman Steve Womack took a little time out in his latest email offering to offer up some thoughts about “Obamacare” - which he, as a member of Congress, probably knows it isn’t even called.
Today marks the two year anniversary since President Obama and Congressional Democrats forced Obamacare onto the American people..
On Thursday, House Republicans continued our promise to repeal this flawed and overreaching law by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. The government has no business interceding in the Doctor-Patient relationship, and by repealing IPAB, we put the power back into the hands of the American people.
I urge my colleagues over in the Senate to follow suit quickly and give the American people what they want.
Oh, I remember those wonderful days that TSO is talking about - the days before insurance companies started
“interceding in the Doctor-Patient relationship,” which have been made all the easier in the past by their friends in Congress.
The question nobody is asking the wildly Romney campaign
So we have the lame Etch a Sketch a jokes making the rounds this week, with Santorum and Gingrich holding the damn things aloft as if they were IUDs; can’t either one of your speech writers get any funny lines out of this?
What is truly fascinating are the “explanations” from the Romney camp, which fall on us like badly made pancakes in the morning. Just try saying out loud, if you will, Ann Romney’s explanation for the campaign aide’s gaffe.
"Obviously, he was talking about how we're going to change focus, and we're going to change, you know, what we're going to do in the organizational sense of changing. Not Mitt changing positions."
This is the standard line from the Romney folks these days. I have yet to hear from any interviewer, anywhere on the planet, the question I want to hear next:
“So does this mean that he is going to fire people?”
Political reporting is just so damn polite, isn’t it?
Giving credit where credit is due, you putz
I had a quote on my blog a few days ago about knowing ourselves, and a certain Yale undergraduate, but forgot to note that the quotation came from William Lyons Phelps.
Oops - to quote one of the political sages of our age.
Quote of the Day
Old myths never die - they just become embedded in the textbooks. - Thomas Bailey