Where would we be without the Sinisterhood?
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There is a sober denouement to this whole tale as summarized by Ms. Ogden:
Just how signiﬁcant was the Tailhook debacle for the recent history of the Navy? While it is impossible to point to causal mechanisms, it is notable that one week after the ﬁnal DoD Tailhook Report was released, Defense Secretary Aspin issued an order that women be allowed to compete for combat pilot positions, and that they could serve on nearly all naval vessels. Sadly, in October 1994, Lt. Kara Hultgreen, the ﬁrst woman permitted to ﬂy F-14 Tomcats, died attempting to land her jet off the shores of San Diego on a clear day. Her death intensiﬁed the ongoing controversy in the aviation community about differing standards for men and women.
The next thing that captured my attention was, bah-ling, bah-ling, bah-ling…
The Cop Killer/KKK Bitch Scandal
Cast your mind back to the release of a CD entitled “Body Count” in 1992 with debased language used to describe killing cops in one song and sodomizing twelve-year-old girls in another. There was a debate between those who felt it was a First Amendment issue and therefore was legitimate speech and those who felt it crossed the line and should be challenged. On one side was the Time Warner co-CEO Gerald Levin, who defended the CD, released with the imaginative packaging of miniature body bags, by saying, “For a company like ours to have meaning,” he said, “we must help ensure that the voices of the powerless, the disenfranchised, those at the margins are heard.” Gee, maybe the Democrats are right, corporations aren’t people!
Here are some of the lyrics:
“I I I love my KKK bitch, love it when she sucks me though, I I I love my KKK bitch, love it when she f—-s me though, I I I love my KKK bitch, she loves it when I treat her bad, I I I love my KKK bitch, mutha f—k her dear old dad.”
“You know what I’m sayin’. So we was down South fallin’ in love, you know, D-Roc had this Nazi girl, my man Mooseman had a skinhead, I fell in love with Tipper Gore’s two twelve year old nieces. It was wild, you know what I’m sayin’, it got even worse, you know.”
To her credit, Tipper Gore did forthrightly enter the arena and took on the issue of violence and negative imagery contained in these lyrics. I really appreciated her voice in those days. As the debate raged, I kept waiting on the women’s group, NOW, to speak out against the imagery contained in the song. Perhaps they said something in a whisper. I only remember hearing crickets. Instead, there was the female MTV VJ, who justified it, excused it, and gave it a pass, based on artistic license. Who was speaking up for me, a Southern woman who had chosen to go to a high school that was being integrated, who sent her daughters to public schools with a high minority student body, who has never seen, let along heard of a KKK member, but for Democrat Senator Robert Byrd and the nut job in Louisiana? Yes, an old white man by the name of Charlton Heston who had the temerity to read the lyrics of the songs at a Time Warner shareholders’ meeting, which had started the whole debate. Heston later recalled, “When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said ‘We can’t print that.’ ‘I know,’ I replied, ‘but Time-Warner’s selling it.’” Unfortunately, the Sinisterhood sat this one out.
The Beat Goes On
Fast forward to the present and Sandra Fluke. What is it with this cry baby, who can figure out how to get into one of the most prestigious law schools in the country but can’t figure out how to pay for her or her “sisters’” birth control pills? In her speech the to the Democrat Convention, Ms. Fluke said,
Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception. In fact, on that panel, they didn’t hear from a single woman, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every woman. Because it happened in Congress, people noticed. But it happens all the time. Many women are shut out and silenced.
First, she is dissembling about the specifics surrounding her non-appearance. The Democrats were attempting to substitute her at the eleventh hour for a witness who had been approved to speak at the hearing. The whole thing was a Pelosi Astroturf event. Then she goes on to relay the Woman As Victim lament.
Even Democrat commentator Kirsten Powers was repulsed by this image as she tweeted the night of her speech,
I find this speech so offensive as a woman. The idea that women are silenced victims.
What, really, is the difference between Sandra Fluke and Amanda Clayton? To recount, Clayton (recently deceased) is the Michigan woman who won a cool million in the lottery, but failed to report her earnings and continued to receive public assistance in the form of food assistance benefits. Isn’t Fluke calling for the same thing? For someone else to pick up the tab?
Ms. Clayton indulged in cheap justification that somebody else should provide for her needs because, to quote her, “I mean, I kind of do [need the money]. I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses.” She received a lump sum payout of S700,000.00, according to the news reports, but felt someone else should help pay for her food.
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?
H/T to National Review Online