Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Self Hatred and idealizing "The Other".

According to academic myth, The Other is supposed to be the scapegoat for one's own unacceptable side; there is something to that, but for the dominant culture of America today, the truth is exactly the opposite. For liberals, it is The Other who is above criticism, and it's the in-group -- like us folks -- who are irredeemably Evil. Why do you think they voted for Obama? To prove to themselves how much better they are. It certainly had nothing to do with the reality of picking a sensible leader for the country. Obama voters are living in a comic strip of their own devising, and it may take a really life-threatening national crisis for them to come down to earth. Just wait for the Iranian or North Korean Bomb, and we'll see.

The trouble with all that peace and love -- which I don't mind people fantasizing about -- is that seems to go along with a real hatred of one's own. It's interesting just to ask your nearest liberal friend -- "Can you say anything good about America? Anything at all?" -- and watch them flounder and stammer.

The rest is

My Old Frat House Caught Fire...Again.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign fire officials are continuing Wednesday to investigate a fraternity fire at the corner of Fourth and John streets Tuesday evening.

Champaign and Urbana fire crews were sent to a blaze at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, 401 E. John St., C, shortly after 8:30 p.m., according to Champaign Deputy Fire Chief Tim Wild. Wild said nobody was in the building at the time since the university is on spring break.

My old fraternity brother Tory Reda reminds me that there had been an attic fire in the 1970's at some point and that the whole house burned down in the late 50's or early sixties. He leans toward "the property is built on an Indian burial ground" explanation.

I on the other hand favor the "a bunch drunk/stoned frat guys monkeyed with the wiring so they could ...um...grow 'plants' in the attic" explanation.

The full article is here.
h/t Greg Dorner
By the way, I wasn't a Delta Tau Delta (not that there's anything wrong with that). I was a FIJI a.k.a. Phi Gamma Delta. We sold the house in the late 90's and moved to our present location.

Maxine Waters Makes Treasuary Secretary Tim Geithner Look Competent And Reasonable.

Tragically, she used to be my Congressman.