the voice of humility

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bahar Ostadan—The non-white Aryan



Bahar Ostadan begins her article The particular culture shock of a New York City corporate office with the following words, 
As someone who passes as white, I’ve observed unrestricted xenophobia in the conference room, the office kitchen and the sports bar down the block
after that sub-head she lets us know how much better she feels in a middle of the current Algerian revolution.
A few paragraphs later, the lass tells us she is an Iranian-American.

Her screed is the usual I'm cool because I am not white and therefore so aware of the foibles of the people who are lucky enough to surround me.

Except, she displays a glaring lack of self-awareness.
First, she describes  herself as "someone who passes as white," and is thus a Person of Color.
Second, is her identity as an Iranian-American.
So she tells us what she has in common with Rosa Parks and something she shares with Adolph Hitler.
Iran and Aryan mean essentially the same thing and at the time of Cyrus the Great Persians were about as uber white as you could get.  But, that was then, this is now and white is so not cool. At the end of the day, this is the narrative du jour and who knows what it will be in ten years?

I can understand why Persians might resent the US.  The overthrow of Mosaddegh and backing of the Shah were not events that covered our country in glory.  Maybe she prefers the current regime, but lives here because she loves being around boring incurious co-workers.  I will give her that to a point, but, heck. there are a lot of countries out there.  Other than nerds like moi, we can't be interested in all of them.
That Bahar revolts in Algeria and works in Manhattan does make her interesting, but not overly so.  Trying to get minority points is so boring.




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Smirk vs. The Smug-David Deane speaks ex cathedra

Obviously, the title of this blog is a joke.  Someone claiming to be the tvoh is being silly or crazy and maybe both.

Sometimes, people can be arrogant about their humility.  As best I can, this is a transcription of the conversation between David Deane, a member of the faculty of Atlantic School of Theology and a guest.  The intro states, In this episode Catholic media (traditional and social) expert (and Diploma in the New Evangelization grad!) Stephanie Potter stops by to chat about Covington Catholic, MAGA hats, and the New Evangelization diploma.

Below is what I have abstracted.

"One of the reasons why I feel so dirty about this is because I jumped on and I'm still not completely ready to jump off we come to that I'm still not giving these guys anything liiiiiike a pass I still got problems with them, but I came away from the episode going I think Donald Trump when he says that the media is very one sided and interprets through a very, very, very biased prejudicial lens might not be entirely wrong and saying that makes me self-loathe.

So what can you say about this guy.  How about, You can take the kid out of Ian Paisley's church, but you can't take Ian Paisley's church out of the boy.

Even in the original video, it was obvious that the Indian is in intimidation mode and the kid is standing his ground.  It has since come out that he is a total fraud and grifter.  Anyone who has "been around da block" knew this.

In the word like above the letter i was inserted several times as Deane emphasized that when he let us know he was withholding his pass.  What a moral giant.

As to media bias, hey Davy, ya think.

If we searched his house, we might not find a sash in his closet, but as they say in Boston, it wouldn't be a wicked shockah if we did.


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.