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A prize for peace has a wonderful ring.
You can win it without doing anything.
The less you do, the more they’ll woo you.
It’s a sort of vacant Norwegian voodoo.
The once fierce Vikings have calmed way down
And donned a more professorial gown.
If you bow low enough, they’ll raise you up,
Even if you’re a never done anything pup.
The slap on the back’s now a pat on the head.
Your bended knee’s what they look for instead.
The gracious teleprompter can supply every word.
Still the unworthy recipient’s made to look absurd.
So keep a sharp eye, if you get my drift,
And beware of Norsemen bearing a gift.
— Mimi Evans Winship
Re: Brooke M. Goldstein’s Can Hamas Make Sesame Street Sweet?:
Ms. Goldstein, possibly in the interest of being polite and diplomatic, uses the term “teach” and its variant verb tenses, to describe the purpose of “Shara’a Simsim,” and this may well be the intent of that particular show, but it is misapplied to the general offering for children by Hamas TV and Al-Aqsa TV. What they offer children (and those of the unquestioning mindset of a child) is indoctrination. By using the word teaching, Ms. Goldstein implies legitimacy to the methods of sharing information and ideology which does not exist.
Aristotle demanded as much from the students as he did the teacher. The teacher offered information but it was the students’ responsibility to reflect on the validity of the words. The test of a true teacher is that his charges can come to think independently; often the students will come to the same rational conclusion, but other times, the teacher and student can disagree peacefully. With indoctrination, only one method and one answer exists: that of the nominal “teacher.” This is true for Maoist, Marxist, Stalinist, Nazi or any other doctrinaire philosophy. No reflection is required on the part of the student. In fact, it is openly (and often brutally) discouraged. When Palestinians disagree with Hamas or Islamic Jihad, they know a midnight knock on the door is not far behind.
Language is a precise instrument that is often used in a sloppy
manner. Ms. Goldstein offered a very insightful (and frightening)
analysis of Hamas TV and Al-Aqsa TV. Being precise in her
language would have made for an even clearer understanding.
— I.M. Kessel
Re: Ralph R. Reiland’s Obama’s Job-Killing Agenda:
How true, Mr. Reiland, how true!
First, Obama and his community organizing social engineers have no idea about how a real economy works. They see only the pies in the sky of socialism and expanded government control over everything. They are killing jobs because, for them, it’s government that creates wealth, not jobs in manufacturing, mining, and agriculture.
Second, Obama and his social engineers have no desire to learn how a real economy works. They already believe that they know it all.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?