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You Don’t Negotiate with Honor Cultures

By on 9.27.06 | 8:10PM

I've posted here before about the fiction of Lars Walker. I didn't mention that he is a shrewd commentator on political and cultural matters, as well. I offer you a taste of his take on the Pope's comments and the Islamic reaction:

Any reasonable person would recognize that rioting and murdering people are a self-contradictory means of proclaiming one's peacefulness. And the fact that a large part of the Muslim world fails to get the joke (such as it is) pretty much says it all.

But the Islamic world doesn't care. Because they're not involved in a struggle of ideas, but a struggle of honor.

Honor, and honor cultures, is one of my hobbyhorses. I believe (perhaps wrongly) that my study of Viking sagas has taught me something about the subject.

I want you to go read the whole post, so I'll leave the rest of it at Lars' site. Check it out and discover how to deal with honor cultures.

Politicians and Bureaucrats Working Group , Pt 3

By on 9.27.06 | 7:40PM

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group's report is laced with the term "evidence-based". This is hardly a surprise, as evidence-based medicine is currently all the rage among many health care policy analysts. (For more on evidence-based medicine, go here). For example, regarding the commission that will set core benefits (see post 1 in this series), the report states:

Is Keith Also a Racist?

By on 9.27.06 | 6:36PM

Keith Olbermann, who is quickly becoming everyone's fav commentator (yeah, right), said Monday evening that Chris Wallace of FoxNews is...

"a monkey posing as a newscaster."

Now, imagine if George Allen had made that comment....

7-11 Drops Chavez Oil (aka Citgo)

By on 9.27.06 | 1:55PM

The AP reports:

DALLAS (AP) -- Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Inc. is dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier at more than 2,100 locations and switching to its own brand of fuel...

7-Eleven spokesman Margaret Chabris said that, "Regardless of politics, we sympathize with many Americans' concern over derogatory comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez."

Too bad oil is a fungible commodity.

RE: ‘Mayberry with a Major Airport’

By on 9.27.06 | 12:42PM

Paul: What struck me about that article was this sentence from the second passage you quoted: ". That, according to Hispanic leaders, has created a constant worry for people who are in the United States illegally and now fear deportation after a simple traffic stop."

Um, shouldn't they be worried about deportation because they are here illegally?

It goes to show how seriously our some segments in our society are about illegal immigration when what really blows up their skirts is a traffic stop.

‘Mayberry with a Major Airport’

By on 9.27.06 | 11:30AM

The Washington Post reports today from down here in the Tar Heel state on a Mecklenburg County immigration enforcement program in which deportation proceedings are initiated against anyone arrested by local officers, whether it's for a traffic stop or for a felony. So far, so effective:

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph says there should be little sympathy for illegal immigrants caught by his program: They have already broken the law once by being here illegally, and then been arrested on suspicion of another crime.

"When any of them cross that border without proper documentation, they've violated the law -- however insignificant it may seem to some people," he said. "I've heard sad stories about folks wanting to come up here and have a better life and earn money for their family. I've arrested bank robbers who've had the same excuse."

But we're talking about The Post here, so it takes on a predictably whiny tone: