Monday, June 20, 2005

One Grande Lawsuit With Extra Cream Coming Up

The OxBlog does a hilarious fisking of the WaPo front-page story on the evil empire known as Starbucks. Many attribute this to lack of Bush-is-a-chimp-Nazi-moron-and-the-military-is evil material, but I smell an impending class action lawsuit. How long do you think it'll be before we hear of the horrors of "Big Coffee".

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Another Great American

Michelle Malkin adds to the list of 100 Great Americans by nominating William Friedman. I couldn't agree more, read about this unsung hero to whom we owe so much.

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Don't Look. Just Move On People, Move On

The Dems are famous for their hypocrisy & double standards, but this is a new low. Robert C. Byrd, has a new book out in which he talks about his activities in the Ku Klux Klan. In it, he describes the Klan as, "essentially [a] fraternal group of elites -- doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other "upstanding people" who at no time engaged in or preached violence against blacks, Jews or Catholics, who historically were targets of the Klan". Yet, he professes to have left the Klan & be against it.

His explanation for why he not only joined the Klan, but was the founding member of the local chapter: "[I] was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision -- a jejune and immature outlook -- seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions". He wanted an outlet for his talents & ambitions! Talents & ambitions for what, may I ask. Did he want to develop his talents for terrorizing people & lynching them or his ambitions for keeping people "in their place" & bringing back slavery, as those are the only kinds of talents & ambitions that the KKK can provide an outlet for.

In his attempts to brush off any of the real implications of his decision, he pulls out the old Southern bashing. He says that, "[h]is parents and the boarders who lived with them inculcated Byrd in "the typical southern viewpoint of the time" i.e. if you're Southern, you're a racist. It's not my fault, but that of my environment. Cry me a river Mr. Bryd.

He also lies about the extent of his involvement in the Klan. In the book, he claims to have been involved for only about two years (ending in 1943), yet there is much evidence to counter that claim. His letters, in 1945, decrying integration of the military, as well as a letter he handwrote to the KKK Imperial Wizard in '46 saying, "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia," not to mention his denial of the true nature of the Klan, in 1958, "[d]uring his Senate campaign, he told a newspaper reporter that he personally felt the Klan had been incorrectly blamed for many acts committed by others", tell of a very different person from the public persona.

I find the Dems lack of outrage for this man fascinating, especially considering their reaction to Trent Lott & Strom Thurmond. "To imagine someone who was a member of the Klan in his youth who managed to become the majority leader of the Senate, it's really quite striking," said congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution". I don't expect high standards of behavior from liberals, but their whitewashing & defending Byrd, who is clearly not contrite nor has had a change of heart, is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

I can't help wondering if the liberal fetish for apologizing to dead people for the actions for dead people & submitting to shakedowns is merely a diversionary tactic to get us to ignore the Dem's reluctance to deal with the trash in their own backyard.

HAT TIP: Pejmanesque, Michelle Malkin

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