Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Wednesday, January 01, 2003
Yeeowch!
"Why do Arabs have so little credibility? Maybe it's trying to kill people for making porn, and then threatening to sue them for "insensitivity"? Jeez, this is beyond pathetic. It's evidence of a deep-rooted cultural sickness in Arab society today -- one that is ignored by many westerners who would have no trouble recognizing it for what it is if it appeared in, say, Mississippi.'

posted by Rachel 1/1/2003
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I suppose this might be comforting to some people. If you're susceptible to guilt-tripping, for example. But I have a big problem this document.
"Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny."

Roughly translated: all white people living in America today "are guilty of great crimes against" all black people living in America today.

This is contrary to every fundamental legal and ethical principle this country is based on. Children are not held responsible for the actions of their parents, much less their great-great-great-grandparents. The idea is also inherently racist. I can document my family history back to before the Revolutionary War. My family never owned slaves. But according to him, owing to the color of my skin, I am 'guilty of great crimes' against him.

This is the logic that underlies reparations for slavery. Holding a group of people responsible for actions that were taken before any of them was born. Repaying one group of people for crimes they never suffered. The logic of the left. Treat people as members of a group not as independent individuals.
posted by Rachel 1/1/2003
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Ok third time's the charm. I'm predicting the war in Iraq will start moving sometime between the middle of this month and the middle of next month. No real reason except the window of opportunity in terms of weather and both national and international opinion is going to start closing in the next few months.
posted by Rachel 1/1/2003
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