Monday, 9 December 2002

Firefly's “War Stories”

What can I say? This show keeps getting better. Characters get fleshed out more, bad guys get fragged, and we get to see Kaylee on TV.

Discussion, as always, at the TiVo Community Forum.

Let's play “Parse the Paragraph” (updated)

Here goes: my first Fisking. The quote is from Trent Lott, in case you've been under a rock all weekend.

I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him.

That, at least, is true.

We're proud of it.

Who's “we”? I sure ain't. “We were proud of it” (past tense) might be an accurate statement, but unless I didn't get a memo, the present tense version sure isn't.

And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.

Which exact problems are those? The Dixiecrats were basically southern populists who never met a big government program they didn't like (at least when it mostly benefited whites), not Goldwater conservatives, so Lott can't be referring to the expansion of government power, something Truman had relatively little to do with anyway. The 1949–53 period is hardly known for anything except the Korean War, and I don't think Lott believes U.S. involvement in that conflict was a mistake. In short, unless Thurmond would have had a conversion experience on par with Earl Warren's (supporter of rounding up Japanese-Americans becomes big fan of civil rights) while in the White House, it's hard to imagine what “problems” might have been avoided.

NewsMax has the gall to think that Lott doesn't deserve what little roasting he's getting from the media on this. Not that Robert Byrd doesn't deserve flak either. At least fellow Mississippian Miscellaneous Heathen is with me:

I'm ashamed of our past, ashamed that my fellow Mississippians voted this way in 1948, and I'm ashamed of Lott for continuing to make us look like unreconstructed hicks.

He also refers to Lott as a “plastic-haired weasel” — now that, my friends, is a word picture.

Matt Drudge is reporting that Al Sharpton has joined Jesse Jackson in protesting Lott's comments. Talk about the periphery of American politics... No word yet from Louis Farrakhan and Sister Souljah.

Rebels headed to the Independence Bowl

It's official: Ole Miss faces Nebraska in its umpteenth trip to the Independence Bowl. Rebels win by 10 (Nebraska has no pass defense, and Ole Miss can put 8 or 9 in the box against Nebraska's rushing attack since they have no pass offense either).

“Flooding the Zone” on Lott (updated)

The Professor is keeping track of everyone who wants Trent tossed out an airlock; go read it. Virginia has some more comments from the Blogosphere and her readers, too. Radley Balko lobbies for Bill Frist to replace Lott, who's apparently “too Mississippi” to lead the Senate (not that that ever hurt the incomparable James Eastland).

The only major political figure to call on Lott to resign so far: the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. Yes, the man who's spent most of the last 20 years devaluing his own legacy as a crusader for civil rights. Lott's defense:

Through a spokesman Sunday, Lott said, “My comments were not an endorsement of (Thurmond's) positions of over 50 years ago, but of the man and his life.”

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Meanwhile, here's a telling statistic: the web's automated news index, Google News, can only find 9 articles that report Trent Lott's comments, of 401 that report his presence at the party. Not a peep in Mississippi's “newspaper of record,” the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, or the Memphis Commercial Appeal, always one to jump on any bandwagon to insult their neighbor to the south.

Via Instapundit: Silent Running disagrees with the rush to judgement. They forget that Lott has been caught with his proverbial pants down before.

Also see this column in that bastion of the Bicoastal Media Elite, the Fredricksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star.