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On my way home this evening, I turned on the radio and Michael Savage (don't care for him) was talking about this story and he was playing parts of the tape. From his commentary it was clear that he thought he was playing the parts that all the other talk show hosts were playing, but what the audience was hearing was the part that talks about the story in this article. I was thinking that what I was hearing gave the lie to all the hype I'd been hearing earlier. I thought it was fascinating.

AMDG

The charge of RACISM is already so overused that I pay no attention to it whatsoever. I just assume that the person using it has no rational basis for anything they say at all.

Don't know much about the Tea Party movement really, but isn't it just a bunch of people who are sick of the guvvermint pissing their taxes up the wall? If so, I empathise.

I'm reading Belloc's "Survivals and New Arrivals" atm and all this use of mere slogan and repeated (and normally unfounded) accusations of "RACIST" (or "homophobe" or "bigot" etc) is just part and parcel of "The Modern Mind" which Belloc tears to shreds. Not an ounce of logic or rationale to it - just lots of repetition.

Well, it works here, Louise, at least to some degree. It's the reflexive tool of the left and it's often effective. The Tea Party movement (yeah, you described it pretty accurately) has been on the defensive against that charge from the moment it appeared. In the media's eyes, that's the story--not anything the TP has to say about taxes etc., but whether it can prove it's not racist.

But it has a side effect that is not to the left's advantage, I mean aside from the general poisoning of the environment, which is basically the old boy-who-cried-wolf pattern. As you describe yourself doing, a lot of people begin to reflexively dismiss the charge, and eventually the weapon begins to lose its effectiveness. I think this has happened a lot, in a quiet way.

OK, so without going into details none of us wants to know (!) I'll be going into hospital any time within the next 12 hours (there being a defined limit on how much longer this baby remains in utero). So, please say a little prayer for me and the baby.

Many thanks and God bless y'all.

As you describe yourself doing, a lot of people begin to reflexively dismiss the charge, and eventually the weapon begins to lose its effectiveness.

Yep. Agreed.

Best wishes and prayers, Louise.

The one time I was accused of racism was in a student election, when I questioned whether one of the candidates (a Greek) really had fluent enough English to represent us at governing body meetings.

It was very bizarre. The immediate response was "I don't think that matters. Reeta did a very good job last year." (Reeta being Indian.) To which I replied, "Yes, but Reeta speaks perfect English." It was then that I was told not to be racist. I was left speechless by the illogicality of the accusation, but I have no doubt that the Greeks were in good faith, rather than using it as a cynical ploy. They must have sincerely believed either that any reason to prefer an alternative candidate must mask anti-Greek prejudice, or that it was simply prejudiced to expect one's representative to speak good English, so that "equal opportunities", at least for Greeks in England, should apply not only to differences in ethnicity but also to differences in capability.

Will keep you and baby in my prayers, Louise.

I think Paul's story illustrates how meaningless the word "racist" has become. Greeks are racially closer to Englishmen than are Indians.

Yes, that's completely nuts. I don't believe "Greek" has ever been considered a race, in the usual sense of the term. I suppose they could have been using it in the narrower sense that people like Belloc often did.

""equal opportunities", at least for Greeks in England, should apply not only to differences in ethnicity but also to differences in capability"

This sounds pretty familiar. It receives frequent but selective application here. We do not, for instance, apply it to sports. Well, we don't officially apply it to differences in capability anyway, but in practice it certainly happens.

Louise has had her baby, by the way (announcement on Facebook), so any petitions being offered can be thanksgivings now. Hope it's not poor etiquette to share the news before she does!

I think it's funny that the announcement of Louise's baby should appear on a thread called, "I think this should be widely distributed."

AMDG

Congratulations to her! (to you, Louise, if you should read this, which I don't expect to happen). I doubt she would mind this announcement. I hadn't seen the fb one--I usually hit fb only once every 24-48 hours, and then pretty quickly. I'm sort of overwhelmed by the volume of stuff there.

Isn't it funny how threads wander?

Thanks, Paul. I'm not on fb. Boy or girl? Name?

Boy. Felix Martin.

AMDG

Thankyou everyone and I don't mind in the slightest that our good news was passed on here. We are now back at home and Felix is fitting right in!

Congratulations again, Louise. Glad to hear y'all are doing well, though I dare say things are sometimes a bit hectic...:-)

hectic - yes!

egg, bacon, sausage and ?

Oh - now it's gone!

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