The Yellow Dog Blog

More meaningless ramblings from another guy you don't know

Monday, July 17, 2006

OK, so I took some time off

Seventeen months off. But I'm back, rested and ready. It's time to post again and there's so much to post about, it's hard to know where to start.

Picking at random, let's take blatant boffoonery and idiotic anti-Americanism. No, this isn't in reference to the latest aritcle written in any of a hundred European newspapers. I'm talking about what was one of my favorite sites on the internet.

I'm an avid amateur photographer and there are a few sites on the net that I visit just about every day. One of them is (was) the The Online Photographer a well-written and interesting (for photo geeks) blog by Mike Johnston. It's probably my favorite photo-related site on the net.

However, Mike just couldn't stick to the photography theme when an outrage like Independence Day rolled around. No, he felt it necessary to tell us all what sheep-like fools we are for not being ashamed of our country and indulging in the unconscionable practice of fireworks displays. But it was in the comments section that he really let fly. Here's my favorite:

The static is beginning to have a distinctly totalitarian cast, if you ask me. The government is cracking down on dissent, limiting peaceful protest, dictating to scientists, spying on its own citizens, engaging in illegitimate wars, defying the Constitution, and at least one of the last two elections was rigged. Better wake up and smell the coffee unless you have a good idea of another country to which you can flee for the good of your own grandchildren.

I really love when the lefties scream at the top of their lungs about the crackdown on dissent, reductions of our civil liberties, limitations on protest, yadda, yadda, yadda. Are they so without self-regard that they don't see the inherent contradiction in this? Can anyone name one person who has been arrested, sactioned or otherwise told that they can't dissent from the government's policies? Has there been a demonstration anywhere broken up by truncheon-wielding thugs?

Laura Ingraham wrote a book a couple of years ago (I haven't read it) named Shut Up and Sing, the basic complaint of which was the elites who use their positions in entertainment and the media to tear down American values (think Dixie Chicks, Susan Sarandon, etc.) All the while, they enjoy the protections and freedoms here that they'd find in few other places on Earth.

Does "shut up and write" make any sense?


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