In the 90s it was the hipster English teacher mecca because the Prague landscape was yet to be deformed by McDonald’s signs and they sold cool witch puppets. And sure, Czechs are kind of like hippies, but counterculture must mean something different there considering that Occupy Prague was a flop and if Czechs have any beef with Americans, it’s for not occupying them after World War II. And now the Czechs voted against Palestinian statehood in UN General Assembly (Germany, Poland and the former Soviet Republic of Moldova were among the 41 nations that abstained). Maybe America hippies don’t really care about what Eastern Europeans think. I’m looking for a silver lining here, by the way. Professor Jacobson convincingly argued that the UN General Assembly merely adopted the Obama position. And really, how come with all force of our Smart Diplomacy, TM at her disposal Susan Rice couldn’t get more than 8 countries to vote with us in the General Assembly?
In related news, compare and contrast: Children of Israel v. children of Palestinians. Manhattan Infidel has some suggestions for Gaza Games, and check out these videos Dan Miller posted to commemorate anti-islamophobia month.
Is it just me, or is there something surreal about POTUS staring out of the window of the empty Rosa Parks bus?
That the young voted for comfy retirement of the already well-off baby boomers at the expense of the young is also a bit surreal. I remember the “Knowledge is power” slogan written on the wall of computer center at my university. The young are confused because few of them have any understanding of how our society works. Somewhere along the way from pre-school to Master’s degree, they pick up a few cliches about the environment, race, class, gender and the environment that allow them to impress each other. Since the Boomers are the best educated generation in American history, it only makes sense that they are wealthier than the ones who followed.
The middle age (and by middle age I mean the traditional definition, those whose hair is beginning to show some grey) are not doing that well themselves. But note that many in that age group decided that they don’t need to have kids because, like their grandparents, they will have a nice Spanish-speaking woman who will come and take care of them when they are old and frail. And guess what? She’s not coming.
Some thoughts from The Camp of The Saints on liberals not having any life (Well, some liberals. Many of their followers do have lives, all right, and their engagement with politics is purely stylistic):
In a post where he offers some deft commentary on Martin Blackwell’s assessment of the Elections of 2012, Smitty makes this statement at one point:
The need for a permanent campaign was another drum he beat. Politics is NOT my number one priority in life. For the Left, it seems like it may be. There seem to be Statists who view politics as life itself….
For the Left every aspect of life is, indeed, political — it has to be for any Ideologue. This is because an Ideologue sees everything as needing to conform to the system of ideas they have accepted as being necessary for Life to be good and worthy.
Our Dilemma: How do we effectively defeat such an enemy?
Last but not least, many thanks to Citizen Tom for giving me the Blog-A-Thon award. The rules:
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the “tagger” has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers and tag them in their post.
5. These “lucky” bloggers must then be told.
6. No tag backs.
About myself:I was born in Kharkov (Kharkiv) former USSR, now Ukraine. I came to the United States in 1990 at the age of 17. I have a wonderful husband, two children and no pets. I dread the idea of getting a pet. When I was a child, my princess stage practically lasted forever, and my daughter seems to be heading that way. Genetics? Motherhood is the most transformative experience of my life. I love to hate California. It’s a beautiful state, but I wish people weren’t… so Californian. When I was in Paris, I ate a dove. I don’t think eating cow tongue (or any other organ) is weird. I believe Michelle Obama needs to fire her fashion consultants. All of them.
- What is your favorite Bible story? — Exodus
- Who is your favorite president? — Ronald Reagan
- What is your favorite book in the Bible? — See 1.
- What is your favorite person in history? Does not have to be a political leader. — Leonardo Da Vinchi
- Which of parables that Jesus told has had the most significance in your life? — I’m not familiar with the new Testament enough to answer that one.
- What type of government do you think works best? — Constitutional Republic
- Which character in the Bible do you identify with the most? — Ester. The real hero of Purim and, as a charitable woman who gets what she wants, a great role model for girls.
- Have you read a book about politics? — Yes, many.
- Have you read a book about religion? — Unfortunately, no. I read books about religion in history and society, but they are not properly speaking theology.
- If you answered “yes” to question 8, please name the book and the author. — I love Steyn, Sowell and Buckley.
- If you answered “yes” to question 9, please name the book and the author.
Sorry, but I can’t pick out 11 bloggers.
12/11/12 UPDATE: Linked by Legal Insurrection. Many thanks to professor Jacobson.