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Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Study? Or a Stereotype.

I had to laugh when I read of some of the results that were obtained in a study of "conservatives" and "liberals" in this country that was co-produced by the Norman Lear Center and Zogby International (to be referenced here). I quote:

According to the study, conservatives tend to favor action shows, business and sports programming, while liberals mostly enjoy drama, comedy, documentaries and arts and educational programming.

Conservatives mostly like country and gospel music, and especially hate world music. Liberals like a variety of genres: world, punk, Latin, hip-hop, blues, R&B, folk and traditional music. Rock music is liberals' favorite.

About the only common area of interest? Both liberals and conservatives tended to list football as their favorite sport.
Far be it from me to suggest that this "study" is just a bit ... shallow - coming from the likes of the Norman Lear Center and Zogby International after all - but could it be (at least as it's being reproduced here) any more shallow?

Anything I provide here is obviously anecdotal but I'd like to make a few points.

1) It would have been far more fair to make this declarative statement: Conservatives tend to prefer country music. Liberals tend to prefer rock.

2) I'm not all that clear as to what "world music" is, but we conservatives hate it? HATE it?

I want to meet the guy - conservative or otherwise - who says he honestly harbors hate for music - of any kind.

3) I like country music, though less so these days, now that it has been taken over by Hollywood producers and finds itself with artists like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw tailoring their work to reach to a different audience up north and overseas.

4) My music of choice (and I am unable to explain this; I wasn't even alive at the time it was in vogue) is 40's Big Band stuff. Kay Kyser. Vaughn Monroe. Dinah Shore. Doris Day. Sinatra. Jimmy Dorsey. Tommy Dorsey. Benny Goodman. Fats Waller. Glenn Miller. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

5) What conservative doesn't like to listen to rock music? Perhaps not so much the material that passes for rock these days but classic rock is still to be found all across the radio dial, and we all know that liberals don't listen to the radio (thought I'd toss in my own stereotype, sorry). Who's supporting all those stations?

6) My favorite artist of all time? Marvin Gay. That's R&B to those of you too young to know who this incomparable singer/songwriter was.

7) Depending on my mood, I sometimes listen to jazz, or blues, or Latin or classical music. You ain't lived until you fire up the stereo and put on the operatic version - the complete version, unedited - of Wagner's Tannhäuser (I own two renditions; my favorite is done by Sir Georg Solti and the Wiener Staatsopernchor and the Wiener Philharmoniker - Decca, London, England, 1970).

8) Action shows? Most of us conservatives don't even watch a lot of television. As for me, I prefer CSI (is that an action show?) and ... little else. Documentaries are good - if they're good.

9) You forgot NASCAR and beer. For that matter, you also forgot the KKK, sex-with-the-sister, and gum disease resulting in major tooth loss. Oh, and body odor.

10) I'm as conservative as they come.

Oh, and (11) For the love of God.

Eating Crow

How difficult this must have been to put to paper:

The surge might be working. What now?
Roanoke Times editorial

President Bush's troop surge in Iraq appears to be having noticeable effects: Civilian casualties have declined dramatically, as have military losses; some refugees are beginning to return to Baghdad, which is taking on some semblance of stability; bombings and other attacks are down. (link)
The column quickly goes on to list all the reasons why this positive development in Iraq might still result in failure. But the language used above is a far cry from this editorial that appeared not that long ago (July 15) in the same paper:

Bush won't admit failure
By Dan Radmacher

President Bush and his inner circle may never acknowledge that Iraq was a blunder at all, much less one of historic proportions.

The invasion of Iraq was a mistake from the beginning. The occupation has been a monumental failure. Bush can't or won't admit that.

Congressional Republicans are left no choice but to work with Democrats to attempt to find the best way out. (link)

So we have gone from Bush refusing to admit "failure" in July to Bush's tactics "might be working" four short months later. That's a profound transformation, folks.

To the point, the best way out of this war, as President Bush has been saying since 9/11, is through victory. And the sense that victory is approaching in this protracted conflict is growing day by day. At least, that is, as it relates to this particular field of battle in the larger war on terror.

Some in the media are now begrudgingly acceding to the notion that the war in Iraq is being won. Some have even been so bold recently as to declare victory. Whether or not the boys at the Roanoke Times are ever able to admit they have been wrong from the beginning and that this war - a war that is vital to our national interests - is now going well, that we are on the road to victory, remains to be seen. But this admission today at least injects a bit of reality into their otherwise ongoing despite-all-evidence-to-the-contrary gloom-and-doom editorializing regarding Iraq and George W. Bush's unwavering efforts to rid the planet of this menace known as Islamist fundamentalism.

We are winning. We will win. Despite their past efforts, I call upon the Roanoke Times editorial staff to admit the error of its ways and join America in celebration.

This is the dawn of a good day.

On Human Waste

Otherwise known as drug-abusers ...

There is a side of me that says, if a man wants to inject crap into his veins so that he can relieve himself of having to deal with the realities of this world, despite the fact that his actions are slowly destroying him, let him. There are lots more where he came from and we needn't spend time on fools like that. He had his chance to make something of himself, to assist us in making this world a better place, but instead decided to fry his brain and go off to his own world.

Take this guy for example:
KC Man Accused Of Toad Licking
Toad Venom Used As Hallucinogenic


Kansas City, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man has been accused of using a toad to get high.

Clay County sheriff's deputies said David Theiss, of Kansas City, possessed a Colorado River toad with the intention of using it as a hallucinogenic.

Experts said it's possible to lick the toad's venom glands to achieve psychedelic effects. (link)
My response? Let him go. In fact, take the toad away from him and give him a gun and a bullet. He'll do us a big favor in the long run by blowing himself away now and making room for someone who will be a productive member of society. Ultimately, it'll be far less costly too. I really don't want to pay for his upkeep when he finally turns his brain to mush and becomes a ward of the state.

Toad licking. For the love of God.

Back From The Depths Of Hades

If you weren't around at the time, or if you weren't paying attention, or if you just didn't care about the team of thugs, miscreants, and malefactors who comprised the Clinton team in the 90's, the name Sid Blumenthal means nothing to you. If it does however, this from Mickey Kaus should bring back bad, bad memories:

Nov. 15--Sidney Blumenthal joins Clinton campaign.

Nov. 17--Columnist Robert Novak writes that Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use.

It can't be that simple. Right? ...
It begins again.