Tags: education, poverty, Upward Mobility, value, Wealth
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – January 29, 2013
It was like that moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy emerges from the grey remains of her dislocated home into an exotic world of color. That was how I felt at twelve years of age upon my arrival in Minnesota.
Home up to that point had been the dank flat malaise of inner ring suburban Detroit. In many ways, the Motor City evoked Dorothy’s Kansas. Everything was built on the grid system, many right angles, old houses of stone and brick. It was tangibly dull, colors muted by wear and grime. Winters were especially bleak. An amalgam of overcast, endless concrete, and dirt-ridden snow drowned the world in grey. By comparison, the big skies and rolling hills of the Mississippi valley seemed a storybook paradise.
That first trip to Minnesota was made in order to spend time with my father. He had been maintaining an apartment in the Twin Cities while starting a new position with Northwest Airlines. We were to scout out potential homes in anticipation of transplanting the rest of the family, my mother and two sisters. It was perhaps the most visceral manifestation of upward mobility in our family’s history, chasing opportunity across the country.
Tags: Allen Quist, Civics, civility, CPAC, Ed Schultz, education, Federal Curriculum, Hollywood, msnbc, NewsReal Blog, pjtv, Richard Dreyfuss, Roger L. Simon, The Concession Stand, The Dreyfuss Initiative
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
NRB’s Kathy Shaidle recently reminded us of the folly of too quickly endorsing celebrities who espouse conservative views. It is a sentiment that was likewise expressed by S.E. Cupp this week on her new internet radio show. In short, we are constantly looking for conservative heroes, and thus constantly setting ourselves up for disappointment. Cupp astutely evoked the one-time fervor behind “Scott Brown for President” as an example. Words are cheap. Our judgment should be reserved for actions.
Hollywood curmudgeon Richard Dreyfuss presents a similar disclaimer before waxing political. He shared it in a Poliwood interview with PJTV’s Roger L. Simon at CPAC.
I think that there is, in America, an inexplicably ecstatic view of Hollywood celebrity which is in direct proportion to the contempt we feel for celebrity, so that you can be elected governor, and you can be told to “get the hell out of my hotel.” And that co-exists in our minds.
So whenever, as a young celebrity [when] I used to get on talk shows, I would say you should mistrust everything I’m about to say. I have been vetted and praised in a certain art form, and I’ve been given the right to sit here and spout my political beliefs. Just because of that, you should mistrust what I say. But I’m a big believer in Richard, and I think I’m real smart. So I’m going to tell you my political beliefs, because I’ve been asked. But that doesn’t mean you have to believe it. And I’ve said that at every talk show I’ve ever done.
Tags: Agendas of the Left, animal rights, Conservatism, Defining the Left, dog fighting, education, Football, Higher Education, Michael Vick, Moral Agency, Moral Agent, NewsReal Blog, nfl, PETA, politics, Princeton University, The Concession Stand, The Nation, Tucker Carlson
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
There are times when the explanation for a misunderstanding reveals an offense much more appalling. The recent controversy regarding Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback Michael Vick and his cruelty to dogs, for which he was incarcerated, has provided such a moment.
The impetus for controversy was a comment by President Obama in support of the Eagle’s decision to let Vick play football following his incarceration. The presidential attention led commentator Tucker Carlson to assert that Vick ought to have been executed for his crimes. As we might expect, Carlson provoked a hardy response.
Among those chiming in was Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who joined fill-in host Bill Wolff on The Rachel Maddow Show. Expecting more time to articulate her point, Harris-Perry’s comments were initially perceived as an attempt to justify Vick’s crimes as a product of America’s history of slavery and institutionalized racism. As it turns out, that was not her intended point. Eager to clarify, Harris-Perry crafted a blog post at The Nation to flesh out her argument.
Ironically, her correction is far more alarming than the initial misunderstanding. Along with Nation colleague Dave Zirin, Harris-Perry demonstrates the utter moral depravity which underlies leftist notions of animal rights, race relations, and the criminal justice system. Their worldview, carried to its logical conclusion, would inform a totalitarian state.
Tags: Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim, Economics, education, Free Market, Global Warming, Hollywood, Labor Unions, NewsReal Blog, teachers’ unions, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Though Al Gore catches most of the rap, prolific if unfamiliar director Davis Guggenheim shares equal responsibility for what is perhaps the greatest cinematic fraud of our time. Bragging to Cinematical in a recent interview, Guggenheim recalls:
… with An Inconvenient Truth, the percentage of people who thought global warming is real went from something like 30 to 80, and there were a lot of laws passed, and a lot of lives changed. And hundreds of people kept coming to me saying, “My company changed its policies,” and “My daughter made me buy a Prius,” and “I put solar panels on my house.”
Despite the unconscionable bias and rampant inaccuracies which have since been methodically debunked, Guggenheim’s collaboration with Gore may ultimately contribute to the creation of an artificial commodity which will “necessarily skyrocket” energy costs, and subsequently the cost of everything under the sun. Meanwhile, Guggenheim is set to release his next “documentary” film, Waiting for “Superman”. With it, he hopes to accomplish for education reform what he did for the myth of hazardous anthropogenic global warming.
Tags: 43B, Brian Grogan, business, economy, education, HD43B, jobs, local government aid, Minnesota State House, sd43
For over a year, I have maintained a quasi-weekly podcast, mostly as a cathartic release for my own political and cultural frustration. As new and more effective opportunities for activism have presented themselves, it has become more difficult to divert the time and effort necessary to keep the show going. However, there was one final guest I wished to host, and am glad I did.
For your consideration, I present a candid interview with Brian Grogan, the Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota House in District 43B. Discussing education, business, and local government aid among other issues, he credits voters with the maturity to understand the truth – that our public policy choices are hard and cannot be avoided if we hope to preserve our future.
Tags: dwi, education, limited government, marty seifert, principle, tom emmer
by Walter Scott Hudson
The recent hubbub over the “revelation” of Tom Emmer’s previously known and easily Googled DWI charges from 19 and 29 years ago highlight an ideological difference between Emmer and opponent Marty Seifert. The distinction was drawn by Seifert himself, in reference to a bill Emmer sponsored in 2009 which “would have delayed license revocation and other administrative sanctions for suspected drunken drivers until a conviction or guilty plea” and “would have made DWI records private data after 10 years.” Seifert was quoted in the Marshall Independent, saying he would not vote for the bill.
Delaying punishment until guilt is proven is a defining aspect of a free society. While it is surely politically popular to take a hard stance against drunk driving, the conduct of government ought to be uniformly concerned with the protection of rights.