the voice of humility

Not making a difference since 2006. Blog motto: Always be sincere whether you mean it or not.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Flying 50

If I remember correctly, the drill sergeants called the first pay new troops got the flying 50, meaning some of the lads would think to just take the money and run awol.

Flying Fifty has taken on a new meaning in this day and age.

Fanatical about sports as a child, I took little interest after I stopped playing.  I've paid little attention to the kneeling as it seems to me just part of the whole panem et circenses of professional running around.

It appears that the commissioner of the NFL is up for contract renewal.  The exact details elude me, but he wants something like 50,000,000 and lifetime use of a private plane, a flying 50.

One might ask. what has the man done to earn such largesse and what will he do in the future to justify it.

Mes amis, if you spend your days watching and talking about and obsessed with the NFL while they are paying someone so much money, you are suckers.  Heck, if they pay him $50,000 and give him a few vouchers, you are still suckers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We just thought it was evidence of bad taste

It's official, it's in the Guardian, psychopaths tend to like Rap.  Who wouldn't a thunk it?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

What did Hilary Clinton say in her speech at the DNC

Distilled to its essential meaning, her speech can be given in one sentence,

Everyone has won and all must have prizes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Everyone has won and all must have prizes-The education crisis continues

Over at Drudge there was a link to an article entitled, Oberlin students want to abolish midterms and any grades below C.

Moi, I was born too soon. I admit to being four years of goofing off other than in my major subject. The agitation that would have made me do even less work would have seen me play my part. Well no, I would have just enjoyed the fruits of other peoples' labors.

At Oberlin (where else?) the little Social Justice Warriors are so tired from their labors, they want a pass from they are actually there for because it pales in comparison to the mission of not hanging out with white people and other important stuff.

My desire to be at the opening of any keg or some other diversion meant that I was not learning something else. Was that a good idea? From my immediate post college employment prospects, no. Did I miss anything important? I found philosophy classes interesting, but not even to make effort and regret that. My brush with sociology is such that though there were some earnest and honest practioners, it is of little worth to the society and there are many, many snake oil salesmen in that non-discipline.

The truth of the matter is, yeah I could pull it together to get the C average, but the school would have been within reason if they had tossed me out as wasted space.

Now are the Social Justice kids doing something so vital that grades should not be awarded for the successful completion of the course of study. The young lady or young man may be doing important work

If that is so, why go to college at all if it means so little?

There has got to be somewhere else they can be coddled so they can get on with the real work of societal improvement.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pittsfield-The place to be young, liberal, politically correct and...white.

Boston's WCVB has an evening show called Chronicle.  It is well done and the subjects are wide ranging, but always something to do with New England. Sometimes it's new business or medical advances pioneered regionally.

Often, it is a destination that one from their metro Boston coverage area might want to visit. Last evening, it was Pittsfield.

Pittsfield was a one industry small city in the Massachusetts Berkshires. General Electric dominated the town until they bugged out.  As usual, when the big employer left, hard times ensued.

Chambers of commerce and civic boosters always try different tactics to bring about a hoped for renaissance. Sometimes it works, as when a community college satellite campus can be brought in. No one in Massachusetts ever calls for a state prison as the new job provider, but in a few places there is the call for a casino.

Sometimes it just happens. It helps if there is a surplus of low cost real estate that is not derelict and in a beautiful spot.

And, it happened in Pittsfield.

The co-hosts waxed poetic about all the new shops and eateries that have opened up, and they are all attractive venues. The food prepared at Eat on North looked looked to be a pleasant dining experience.

All the residents and entrepreneurs and artists featured look youngish or at least well preserved and, shall we say it hip. Oh, and shall we say it, white

Should that matter. As a live and let live type, not to me. The folks on the Chronicle episode all appear to be people who could be trustafarians. They may not be, but the meticulous casualness of their bad clothes seems to betray that.

There is one other aspect of all these cool folks, I don't think there was one African-American among them. Usually, that seems to bother people. There was not a peep of protest from anyone on the staff or townspeople.

It would cause an emergency insertion of a pacemaker if Pittsfield were a hotbed Trumpism.

It would be the perfect place for black brunch to show up. Ain't happening in that whitopia.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Prince is gone world goes into mourning-moi, not so much

The period of mourning for David Bowie ends and almost immediately another rocker says au revoir.

What is there to say?  For the voice of humility, not all that much.

Unlike Mr. Bowie (our sparse commentary here) I was much older when our good man came on the scene and cannot even hum a few bars to save my life.

Yet I, along with the rest of the public, am being told I must celebrate his life and regret his passing.

Suffice it to say, from what little I've read, he wasn't a bad guy and his end was unpleasant enough that it is sad even to someone who knows so little of his oeuvre.  If there is another dimension, one hopes he is succored there, preferably without his guitar.

There is one of his songs, sung by the girl group, the Bangles, that I do know of.  Though not a big fan, it was a catchy tune.  When apprised of the provenance, I realized who was dreaming of "kissin' Valentino By a crystal blue Italian stream."  

Friday, February 05, 2016

SitRep 4th qtr

We cannot speak to how this fell into our hands.

Situation Report on The United States of America- Fourth Quarter 2015

To : First Commissioner
       Grand Commission
       Republic of Cubania


I apologize that the fourth quarter report is late.  The exigencies of supporting myself as the Republic provides no subvention.

The situation to be reported in this country is the ongoing cold civil war of some of the population against a perceived class and racial enemy.

That enemy is always described as the Patriarchy.  It is characterized as a vast entity of elite caucasians.  In reality, it is the lower the middle of the middle class white males.  There is always the questioning of whether something is too white.

Though the enemy is always looked upon as the elite, they suffer few penalties.  Large banks and their less than competent management were bailed out from their disastrous policies.  Said management is almost all white but suffered nothing in real terms.  As far as is observable, there is no call for an infusion of African American corrupt bankers to level the playing field.

Out in Silicon Valley, an area of the State of California, vast wealth has been generated by men of some enterprise.  These males also tend to be Caucasian with some East and South Asians.  The men at the top are unassailable.  There fortunes are secure.

Still,  there is the hue and cry that some unfairness exists because the American hereditary non-white population and woman are not in lucrative positions in proportion to their portion of the population.

That no one stopped them is attributed to structural injustices that they had no control over.  It is considered bad form to speculate otherwise.

The great sin of the Caucasians is that they showed up.

The non-elite Caucasians are actively being replaced by South Asians who can be exploited as cheaper labor and are imported under visa programs that serve the purposes of the neo-plutocrats.

This explains the success of the Trump campaign and to a lesser extent, the Sanders effort.  Trump came out of nowhere to hijack the early season.  Up until then, there had been an unspoken non-gentleman's agreement to say nothing or speak in meaningless platitudes about immigration.

Mr. Trump swept that all aside by not merely noticing the elephant in the room, but bringing more lamps in to illuminate it.  In one moment, he changed the whole dynamic.  Hitherto, the whole dynamic of the so-called conservative movement was to collect money and get yes men elected from a swath of interchangeable blatherers who served interests alien to the party base.

One should not say the lower orders knew all along how they were being taken, but Trump's success is at least evidence that they sensed something.

Sanders is a little different.  His campaign, up until now, seems to be as Caucasian, though in the last week I have seen two black males sporting his tee shirts even though Hilary was thought to be the candidate with most appeal to African Americans.  Sans a black candidate, of course.

Whenever I've been out and Sanders' people have approached me, they have almost always been young, college age, or recent grads and female.  What this is about, I am not completely sure.  There are some thoughts however, and they are speculative at best.

The German general, Hammerstein-Equord, had a system for classifying officers: "I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent -- their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy -- they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief."
The system he suggested does not apply exactly to the American presidency.  As deTocqueville noted, it is second raters at best, who seek the office.
That noted, Bill Clinton, according to the Hilary character in Primary Colors, was lazy compared to Hilary. It seems he was smarter.  It seems that she is not the genius she is made out to be, but is industrious.  The combination seems to make her less than attractive to the smart young women who support Bernie.
I continue to operate without detection.  This in spite of admitting to being Cubanian.  The reaction is always something along the lines of, "My cousin married a Cuban, great food, " or "What will happen after Castro dies?"  I proceed to tell them.
On the whole, Americans are incurious about the world.