Today’s political left, according to Steele, has shifted from the old left approach of individual freedom, principles and responsibility, to the new left of dissociation. This new dissociated left has turned against democratic principles and instead engages in a victim mentality for blacks that keeps them on the plantation. The left’s deal is that they will keep throwing out a few bones like affirmative action, as long as blacks will allow themselves to be reduced to their race and the left can take moral authority for “helping” them. As Steele points out, this is a deal with the devil. It results in the impotence of the left in solving social problems and less freedom and autonomy for blacks. How can social problems be solved by telling people that they remain victims because of their race (or gender, for that matter?)
Bye, by, L’Oreal:
Fonda signed a reported $700,000 contract to appear on billboards and print ads
L’Oreal is owned by Cosmair. Other Cosmair brands are: Kiehl’s, Lancôme, Maybelline, Laboratoires Garnier, Redken 5th Ave, Soft Sheen, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Giorgio Armani Parfums, Biotherm and Helena Rubinstein. They can keep them.
An excercise in moral equivalence at the LA Times: The Vatican’s China problem
The death of the famously anti-communist Pope John Paul II appeared to offer a window for possible change last year. Unofficial talks between Beijing and Rome yielded an informal agreement that only bishops approved by Benedict would be formally consecrated by Beijing. There was talk of establishing diplomatic ties before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
I suggest to the LA Times that the fault lies in China’s opressive regime, not in who’s Pope.
At the blogs
British Universities to Bar Jewish Lecturers?. Update: Sigmund, Carl and Alfred post on Boycotts and Dysfunction: Reinforcing Failure, Reinforcing Anti-Semitism
Today’s articles from Maria
Dr. Sowell writes about the the penalty phase of the Moussaoui: Tabloid TV “justice”
Rupert Murdoch to Host Hillary Fund-Raiser. Rupert should go for a double and host a fund-raiser for Hillary and Nancy.
Of course, he’d have to hire M. Night Shyamalan to write about it, since Liz Smith wouldn’t do it justice.
From the NY Post,
DUBYA’S DILEMMA: WHY SINKING POLLS NOW?
In a lighter vein, Barcepundit checks out some retro miniskirts. Really retro.