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New poll shows Native Americans are NOT offended by “Washington Redskins”

Posted by sanityinjection on May 20, 2016

Remember the big pressure campaign a couple of years ago to force the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their allegedly “offensive” name? President Obama and 50 Democratic Senators proclaimed their support for this “civil rights movement”. And then, as with so many armchair liberal cause celebres, it just seemed to disappear; the professional protesters moved on to “Black Lives Matter” and suddenly the supposed legions of mortally offended Native Americans didn’t seem like such a compelling issue.

Now comes a clue as to why the pressure campaign hasn’t been revived. A new Washington post poll of 500 Native Americans across the country indicates that 9 out of 10 are not offended by the name “Washington Redskins”. 7 out of 10 said the word “redskin” was not offensive in general, and 8 of 10 said they would not be offended if a non-Native American called them by that term. These results mirror the findings of a previous poll in 2004. Naturally, Native American “leaders” continue to reject these poll findings, as will the mostly rich, white, left-wing politicians who were the prime movers behind the whole issue. (Never mind that these same politicans spend virtually no time advocating for the things that Native Americans say they need, like decent schools.)

The whole thing would actually be comical if it weren’t for the giddy participation of the mainstream media in whipping up hysteria to aid in this phony campaign. (In this regard, kudos to the Washington Post, which remains a faint glimmer of some journalistic integrity amongst the sad detritus of formerly respectable left-wing newspapers, for publishing this poll. See also a thoughtful WashPost op-ed on the issue here.) It should be of concern that the sources from which most Americans still get their news are demonstrably more interested in pushing an ideological political agenda than in any kind of factual reporting. You need look no further than the recent New York Times attack piece against Donald Trump, which went to a great deal of effort to characterize Trump as a misogynist based on his pattern of hitting on women as a rich single man. Keep in mind this is the same publication that consistently defended Bill Clinton for sexually harrassing and having sex with women as a rich married man. See Camille Paglia’s excellent destruction of this pathetic propaganda here.

Meanwhile, if sports teams’ use of cliches offensive to Native Americans is the issue, how come there hasn’t been any fuss at all about the Cleveland Indians’ continued use of the “Chief Wahoo” logo? Why hasn’t their trademark been revoked? Answer: Because the Cleveland Indians kissed the ring: Whenever anybody complains, they hide Chief Wahoo for a while, using alternate logos and uniforms, until the subject dies down. This appeases the professional Left, because what they really want is not actual civil rights change so much as acknowledgement of their power and righteousness. Kiss their asses and they’ll let you off with a slap on the wrist; dare to suggest that the emeperor has no clothes, as Redskins owner Dan Snyder has done, and you reap the whirlwind of attacks from their subservient media allies.

The point is not that the Washington Redskins or their owner, a wealthy successful man and organization, are some kind of sob story. The point is the one made so famously by pastor Martin Niemoller. With apologies to him: “First they came for the Washington Redskins, and I said nothing, because I was not a Redskins fan.” One day it’s a sports team. The next day it’s climate change “deniers”. The target changes with the wind, but the tactics are the same. Always ask yourselves: Cui bono? (Who benefits?)

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Paglia on Nobel prize, war, tea parties, Palin, hate crimes, Polanski, academia

Posted by sanityinjection on October 14, 2009

Every month I resist the urge to post about Camille Paglia’s latest column at Salon.com. Although I continue to feel that Paglia is the most intellectually honest columnist around and worthy of reading every month, I figure the permalink over on the right hand side of the page is usually sufficient.

But this month Paglia touches on so many of the subjects I’ve discussed recently that I can’t resist. What’s great about this column in particular is the high quality not only of her commentary but of the reader e-mails she quotes, some of which rebut her opinions quite skillfully.

Here is just one tidbit to whet your appetite:

The mainstream media’s failure to honestly cover last month’s mass demonstration in Washington, D.C. was a disgrace. The focus on anti-Obama placards (which were no worse than the rabid anti-LBJ, anti-Reagan or anti-Bush placards of leftist protests), combined with the grotesque attempt to equate criticism of Obama with racism, simply illustrated why the old guard TV networks and major urban daily newspapers are slowly dying. Only a simpleton would believe what they say.

Read the full article here.

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It’s Paglia time again!

Posted by sanityinjection on August 12, 2009

I’ve been refraining from posting excerpts from every new column by one of my favorites, Camille Paglia, but her August column really is a must-read. Keep in mind as you read, Paglia identifies herself as a Democrat and an Obama supporter:

“But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy….

…Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves….

…And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the “mob” — a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills. The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration’s outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable “casual conversations” to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.”

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/08/12/town_halls/

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January’s Paglia Injection

Posted by sanityinjection on January 14, 2009

Camille Paglia’s latest column is devoted to answering reader e-mails. Most of the time when columnists do this, it’s a boring ego trip. Not so here, as the quality of the letters Paglia quotes and her responses set the standard for others to follow.

This month’s column includes discussion of President-elect Obama, Democrat leaders in Congress, Sarah Palin, 60s radicalism, the Fairness Doctrine, climate change, Jesus Christ, the causes of homosexuality, and pop music, among others. That’s one column, people. Go forth and read.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/01/14/obama/

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Paglia Rides Again

Posted by sanityinjection on December 10, 2008

Camille Paglia’s December column is up at Salon.com. My unholy love for Ms. Paglia grows stronger with each new column. Perhaps more than any other major columnist today, Paglia epitomizes the concept of a Sanity Injection:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/12/10/hillary_mumbai/

Love her, hate her, agree or disagree with her – but read her, you’ll be glad you did.

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The latest from Camille Paglia

Posted by sanityinjection on November 11, 2008

By now, regular readers here will need no introduction to Ms. Paglia. Her column this month is shorter than usual, so even less excuse than usual not to read it. While celebrating Barack Obama’s victory, she continues to defend Sarah Palin against all comers and supports the charges that I and others have made of media bias in the campaign:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/11/12/palin/print.html

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It’s Camille Paglia time again.

Posted by sanityinjection on October 8, 2008

Camille Paglia’s monthly column over at Salon.com is something I genuinely look forward to. This month is largely devoted to answering readers’ e-mails. Paglia discusses the Sarah Palin phenomenon at length; she finds much to admire about Governor Palin and her husband while noting that she does not share their political views. The quality of some of the letters Paglia quotes tells you something about the column itself.

As I’ve said before, in addition to being brilliant, Paglia is the most intellectually honest political writer in America today. If you skip her column, you are missing out on the best of what the genre has to offer.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/10/08/palin/print.html

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If you read nothing else this week, read Camille Paglia

Posted by sanityinjection on September 10, 2008

Perhaps the best sign that Camille Paglia’s columns are eminently worth reading is the simple fact that she only writes one a month, rather than struggling to find something to say in order to publish more regularly.

If you are somehow still unfamiliar with Paglia, she is that rare intellectual who manages to be brilliant and down to earth at the same time. An iconoclast’s iconoclast, she may be the single most intellectually honest columnist I’ve ever read – a liberal who criticizes her fellow liberals when they deserve it and gives credit to conservatives when it’s due. Regardless of one’s position on the political spectrum, her comments are always worth reading, and you will always learn something by reading her. I admire her unabashedly even when I disagree with her.

This week, Ms. Paglia has a lot to say about Sarah Palin and the reaction to her nomination:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/09/10/palin/print.html

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