erik lundegaard

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The formula is simple and foolproof (although those who deploy it so facilely seem to think we are all fools): If the bad act is committed by a member of a group you wish to demonize, attribute it to a community or a religion and not to the individual. But if the bad act is committed by someone whose profile, interests and agendas are uncomfortably close to your own, detach the malefactor from everything that is going on or is in the air (he came from nowhere) and characterize him as a one-off, non-generalizable, sui generis phenomenon.

In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It's not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.

“No, Kenjiro. I refuse to go to Seattle until the Mariners get a decent no. 3 hitter.”


Posted at 06:49 PM on Sun. Sep 05, 2010 in category Lancelot Links  
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Uncle Vinny wrote:

Some people will complain that this photo of MC is unrelated to the post and that you're an irresponsible purveyor of gorgeousness. Those people are dumb.
Comment posted on Sun. Sep 05, 2010 at 08:25 PM

Erik wrote:

Tried to post just this in response: :)

The software won't allow that as a comment. So much for "administrator." You'd think it wasn't my name on this site.

Anyway: :)
Comment posted on Mon. Sep 06, 2010 at 08:44 AM

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