Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving is for everyone.

It is sad to me that a small segment of the population feels excluded from the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Even sadder is the fact that these people feel excluded because they want to. You tell them "Happy Thanksgiving," and they act offended and snap "I don't celebrate the death of the Indians."
The fact is that Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside for giving thanks for what we cherish, not about what happened two or three hundred years ago. Though it is important to remember our history--and I say "our history" because I am five generations removed from a Pequod American--what happened in the early days is irrelevent to what we are doing now.
Rather than lamenting what has happened in the past, we should be thankful for what we are and what we have today. The only thing that can oppress us in this country is our own negative feelings about society. Set aside politics and racial pride for just one day, and focus, instead, on the blessings you have today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Political Correctness deemed bad for children

So you think Dennis Kucinich is the right man for the White House? Or maybe Ron Paul is your choice? Do you honestly believe that Rosie O'Donnell is right about 9-11? Chances are you watched too much Sesame Street.
According to this article in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, the show that was known for spreading the message of political correctness to youngsters has been deemed "suitable for adults only."
That is the warning printed on the packaging of the new DVD release of the first two seasons of the venerated PBS children's program. The PC police have pointed out several problems with the show that they did not notice as children. Oh my God, were they actually drinking whole milk? Why was Oscar the Grouch's obvious depression untreated? These are questions that would never cross the mind of the four year old watching the show, but it was right there on the television! Never mind that the characters were imaginary, or that they were portrayed by puppets, but a gay couple like Bert and Ernie living in a decrepit apartment sends the wrong message, according to the PC police. They should know, they grew up watching the show and look at them now.
So, whether it's an oxymoron or a self-fulfilling prophecy, the message to liberals now is don't let your children grow up to be like you.
Or, as Tyler Grey of Radar Online writes:
Why, Gen-X'er, did you become a flannel-wearing faux liberal, trusting (in theory) of the good will of your Socialistically like-minded fellow citizens but actually rendered cynical by a much grimmer reality you encountered in adult life?

Sesame Street. It totally f***ed you up.