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The Racism of Honky Guilt

“Honky” derives from the Wolof word honque, or “pink man.” Wolof is the source of several common slang words in American English, such as “jive,” “dig,” and “hip.” They’re among the few things that the slaves brought with them.

I don’t use the word as a means to co-opt black racism for my own personal liberation. Rather, I throw the word in the face of uptight pomo bourgeois white progressive racists. Or, as I prefer, Self-Hating Honkies.

All of which is prelude to this (h/t: Protein Wisdom):

The Communists are Just Another Dynasty

And it appears they are soon to lose the Mandate of Heaven. (h/t: Instapundit)

Thousands of Wukan’s residents, incensed at the death of one of their leaders in police custody, gathered for a second day in front of a triple-roofed pagoda that serves as the village hall.

For five hours they sat on long benches, chanting, punching the air in unison and working themselves into a fury.

At the end of the day, a fifteen minute period of mourning for their fallen villager saw the crowd convulsed in sobs and wailing for revenge against the local government.

“Return the body! Return our brother! Return our farmland! Wukan has been wronged! Blood debt must be paid! Where is justice?” the crowd screamed out.

Wukan’s troubles began in September, when the villagers’ collective patience snapped at an attempt to take away their land and sell it to property developers.

Land was the communist promise. That was how they bought the support of the peasants: with the illusion of control over their own land. Like all communist promises, this was a lie, but it was a lie that the peasants were prepared to accept so long as they had only the insolence of office and the law’s delay to deal with. But now the landlords are returning.

Although China suffers an estimated 180,000 “mass incidents” a year, it is unheard of for the Party to sound a retreat.

UPDATE: Other McCain says (or posts a reader saying) the story needs to go viral. He is right.

AND FURTHERMORE: Ladd Ehlinger makes the distinction between Rebellion Theater and actual rebellion:

For those in league with the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, a question for you. Why aren’t you helping these poor people out in Wukan? Anonymous and Lulzec: occupying Wall Street isn’t quite the same as occupying Tienanmen Square, is it? If any of you cared about freedom and liberty, you’d be all over China like smell on dead fish.

Instead, you try to shut down the ports of Portland, Oregon (economically hurting countless American workers and yes, even union members), when you’re not busy putting 91 people out of work at the Milk Street Cafe.

It reminds me of Machiavelli. Taking over Wall Street, like rebelling against the King of France, is easy to do, and therefore hardly worth the effort. Taking over Tienanmen Square, like rebelling against the Ottoman Sultan, is harder.

Commenting Policy, Spiced with Love Boat Theme Song

Not that it’s really been an issue, but I thought I would let all of you know my general approach to commenting. I’ve got this thing running on the WordPress defaults, so comments have to be approved before they appear. I approve all comments that I reasonably suspect not to be spam. I may not get to them right away, but that’s my plan.

So if you leave a comment and it doesn’t appear, that’s because I’m doing something else.

In the meantime, enjoy this:

Glenn Beck as James Otis

Camp of the Saints links me approvingly, like a gentleman and a scholar. And then he draws an interesting parallel between Beck and Founding Father James Otis:

Otis suffered from increasingly erratic behavior as the 1760s progressed. Otis received a gash on the head by British tax collector John Robinson’s cudgel at the British Coffee House in 1769. Some mistakenly attribute Otis’s mental illness to this event, but it has been shown to be unrelated by Wroth and Zobel. John Adams has several examples in his diary of Otis’s mental illness well before 1769. By the end of the decade, Otis’s public life largely came to an end.

Notoriety is a drug. Many overdose.

Grouchy People Hate on Christina Hendricks

Apparently she of the Hourglass Figure did a shoot for Johnny Walker, which involved pictures like this:

She has breasts, she does.

Which has provoked all manner of hate from chicken-chested girls and the Caspar Milquetoasts who love them. No, that’s unfair. Just a lot of wearisome snark from people who have been trained never to let something out of the ordinary go by without comment.

Johnny Walker tastes like liquified paint chips, anyway.

UPDATE: Doug Winship salutes the Marketing.