Friday, December 23, 2005

...and CounterPoint

Oh, great. Helmut's back. I've been through this nightmare before. I guess in circumstances like this, the advice is to just lay back and enjoy it.

On a different note, although in harmony, I excerpt the always-right
Mark Steyn:

"These days, whenever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves a fellow called Mohammed. A plane flies into the World Trade Centre? Mohammed Atta. A gunman shoots up the El Al counter at Los Angeles airport? Hesham Mohamed Hedayet. A sniper starts killing petrol station customers around Washington, DC? John Allen Muhammed. A guy fatally stabs a Dutch movie director? Mohammed Bouyeri. A terrorist slaughters dozens in Bali? Noordin Mohamed. A gang-rapist in Sydney? Mohammed Skaf.

"Maybe all these Mohammeds are victims of Australian white racists and American white racists and Dutch white racists and Balinese white racists and Beslan schoolgirl white racists."

Never race. Certainly culture. Never Islam. Certainly Islamists. Despite what Our Humbug Author, Mr. H. Crisp, would have us believe, the Constitution is not a suicide pact. It is valuable only insofar as it enhances the general welfare. And it does this better than any other human document. But let's not be stupid about it, okay?

Profiling is the smart thing to do -- don't strip-search eighty-year-old Gramma Millie with her walker. Don't do body-cavity searches on Medal of Honor heroes. But males of some certain age and ethnicity? Yeah, it is tough luck. But tough luck. If tall lanky blond square-headed Danes [intrigued? Of course you are. For more about my beauty, look here!] started blowing things up, I'd expect to be hassled by the man. Maybe I'd learn to lie back and enjoy it. But if the hassle is from necessity, and doesn't involve discourtesy, then we might want to remember the word that Helmut elects to forget -- unreasonable. Would such an application of limited resources be unreasonable? I leave the answer to one's own common sense.


PS -- Monica Lewinsky.

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