September 30th, 2005


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03:15 pm - on committing ultra mega mass genocide...

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so beststephi pointed this article out to me earlier today. To synopsize, former Education Secretary William Bennett has been criticized by the Democrats in Congress for making what they consider a racist remark, and they have asked that Republicans do the same. Steph wanted to know my take on it. And I want to know yours.

So what did he say exactly?
"If you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down.

"That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."

So am I outraged?

No, I'm not actually. The thing is, I get his point. He wasn't saying to go out and kill black babies. He was saying just the opposite. He's a conservative. He probably doesn't even believe in abortion. He was specifically refuting the idea as ridiculous. He was using hyperbole. I can't fault that. I do it all the time.

My biggest problem here, is that by claiming racism anytime anyone says something of an opposing point of view that happens to include a reference to blacks, negros, african americans, niggers, jiggaboos, porchmonkeys or coons, you actually make light of actual racism. My being traded to the Chinese with Wu-Tang clan during the 2003 racial draft not withstanding, I've been a negro most of my life. I've dealt with plenty of racism. I've been followed through department stores by security guards. I've been pulled over on DWB charges. I've been called racial slurs by The Man for fucking his women. I don't need to invent incidents to add to it.

Really, I'm sure if you just give it another 24 hours someone in politics will commit another legitimate transgression against the negroes for us to all be in outrage against.

Well, that is until the white man and the black man unite under the common ground of aborting spic babies to cut down on immigration. For only when the black man and the white man are united under the control of the chinaman to annihilate the oppresive mexicans will anyone ever be finally able to deal with the jews. Or you know, we could all just forget about all of this and have a beer.

"Can't we all just get along(and drunk)?"


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[User Picture]From: gigglefaerie Date: September 30th, 2005 - 07:28 pm (Link)
I love you. You give me hope for the human race. It's nice to know that not everyone has their head up their ass.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 30th, 2005 - 07:40 pm (Link)
sadly, the human race won't really be saved until the accept me as their benevolent but all-powerful dictator.

I'm working on it...
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: September 30th, 2005 - 07:58 pm (Link)
I had two reactions to that comment:

(1) What a stupid thing to say on the radio! I'm not really sure what point he could be making that couldn't be made in a less-likely-to-cause-knee-jerk-reactions way. Unless he just wanted to provoke people, which is always possible. Or maybe Bennet's just not that bright.

(2) Interestingly, it's a riff on the economist Steven Levitt's observation that the large-scale drop in violent crime in the mid-90s is most plausibly explained by the legalization of abortion in the 70s. That's an observation that people have been being shocked by for several years now. And, in fact, a quick peek on the web shows that Levitt noticed too:

http://www.freakonomics.com/2005/09/bill-bennett-and-freakonomics.html

Levitt's longer quote reveals that Bennet mentions the Levitt connection explicitly (which I hadn't realized until 30 seconds ago when I looked it up). It's a pretty decent post.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:11 pm (Link)
1) well, yeah, granted. But I am quite certain he didn't mean it that way. But yeah, it was a pretty dumb way to put it, you'd think he'd be more careful. But as far as ignorant things to say go, I don't think its nearly as insensitive as say Barabara Bush's comments about Katrina.

2) Yeah, that's pretty interesting. Seeing the entire exchange like that, I am even more sure that he wasn't at all trying to be racially malicious.
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From: chrismaverick Date: October 2nd, 2005 - 03:58 pm (Link)
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From: genericman Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:03 pm (Link)

The set-up

Bennett's comment was set up by a caller's insinuation that if abortion had never been legalized, income taxes from the people who would never have been aborted would have kept Social Security afloat and not "in crisis" like it is now.

Ask a ridiculous question, get a ridiculous answer.
[User Picture]From: gigglefaerie Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:12 pm (Link)

Re: The set-up

Good god, that is a stupid insinuation.
From: chrismaverick Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:15 pm (Link)

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:13 pm (Link)

Re: The set-up

yep. See the link that sui66iy provided above. So if anything he was defending the liberal viewpoint by saying the conservative argument of "no abortion to save social security" is as bad as the racist argument "kill the blacks to stop crime."

I'm still totally with him.
From: ludimagist Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:41 pm (Link)
Well, that is until the white man and the black man unite under the common ground of aborting spic babies to cut down on immigration. For only when the black man and the white man are united under the control of the chinaman to annihilate the oppresive mexicans will anyone ever be finally able to deal with the jews.

I knew this was a danger when you changed races.

Our Zionist masters want us to keep a low profile, but once you became a Chinaman you were able to piece togather the clues and see that we were using the Mexicans to keep you guys down.

But please, dig deeper into your newfound race. You will see that you are really a Jew at heart.

Why try to rebuild a working infrastructure?

Just a little snip snip and you too can control the world.

Think of it as like being back in college when you knew buggy secrets of three teams.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 1st, 2005 - 03:47 am (Link)
<LUKE>NO! I'll never join you!!!</LUKE>
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From: chrismaverick Date: October 1st, 2005 - 05:48 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: bryguypgh Date: September 30th, 2005 - 08:55 pm (Link)

political loser

Trying to defend himself on this issue is a political loser, but he keeps doing it- that's why everyone (even the President!) is piling on. It's a Sister Souljah moment for the White House.

Bennett's trying to defend his statement by saying it's literally true, but who cares. No one is attacking him for lying; they're attacking him for entertaining sick racist fantasies and telling the world about them.

It's what the hypothetical says about the mind of the hypothesizer that's got everyone riled up. Almost no one is willing to be an unreconstructed racist in public anymore, so these rare glimpses in to the thought process of influential conservative ideologues are about all we have to go on when we try to figure out why inequality persists.
[User Picture]From: inmostlight Date: September 30th, 2005 - 10:13 pm (Link)

Re: political loser

My favorite situation in recent years was the furor and everybody piling on another politician for correctly using the term "niggardly", which has nothing to do with race whatsoever. God bless America.
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From: rottgrub Date: September 30th, 2005 - 10:46 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 1st, 2005 - 04:00 am (Link)
Nuke em from orbit. its the only way to be sure. You know if we annihilate the entire human race, we will solve quite a few problems.

There's no world hunger if there is no one left to eat.
[User Picture]From: annexation Date: October 1st, 2005 - 03:54 am (Link)
I know I rarely comment Mav, but I also rarely skip over any of your entries without giving them a dedicated glance. Sometimes even, I find myself reading your posts in their entirety! And when I do, I usually feel englightened. And sometimes entertained!

I'm just sayin. You write some of what my mother would call 'the good mothafuckin shit'. Just had to say it. I smell syndication.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 1st, 2005 - 04:04 am (Link)
thanx, glad you enjoy. You know, I often wish that I could become a syndicated columnist. Its kind of a dream of mine. I write these things because in a way, I feel like I have to. Curious thing about writers. We're the kinds of self-important assholes who somehow feel the need to be heard. I need the validation of knowing that th cockamanie bullshit that goes through my head is paid attention to by other people. And so I display it for all to see.

I only wish that I could make a living at it. I don't get how professional bloggers do it. If you ever run into someone who you think would pay me to spew my vanity, send them my way.
 

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