** Past 'Skeleton Action Figures" and sources can be found on my flickr.com page. Credit where credit is due.
50 New Things
This year I'm going to try to do at least 50 things I've never done before (I did not come up with this idea...but they say imitation is the highest form of flattery ;-). If you have ideas, feel free to make suggestions. I'll document them on the list below, with links if possible.
36. Played craps and roulette for the first time at a casino.
35. Visited the world's largest bead store (Shipwreck Beads).
34. Drove over a floating bridge
33. Flew in a helicopter!!
32. Visited Mount St. Helen's - wanted to see this for the past 30 yrs
Anti-intellectualism on parade. Although Bill Kristol is trying to mock 'the intellectuals' -- he instead summarizes the problems with today's Republican party, in a nutshell. He believes that 'the common man' applauds the 'dumbing down' of arguments in this election - a neo-con mistake that will likely cost them the election...and hopefully the party. We all need to be afraid when critical thinking and informed discussion are overrun by simple-minded name-calling.
1. Conservatives’ hearts have always beaten a little faster when they read Horace’s famous line: “Odi profanum vulgus et arceo.” “I hate the ignorant crowd and I keep them at a distance.” --- I think with this line he summarizes the belief system of the neo-cons, which is EXACTLY what people are responding to in this election.
2.Indeed, as Sept. 11 did not result in a much-feared (by intellectuals) wave of popular Islamophobia or xenophobia, so the market crash has resulted in remarkably little popular hysteria or scapegoating. -- Really?? I would imagine if you asked members of the Muslim American community if there hasn't been a wave of popular Islamophobia, they might have a different view than Mr. Kristol. And the folks at WaMu might have a different view on how much scapegoating occurred as the run on their banks was underway.
3. The media elites really hate that idea. Not just because so many of them prefer Obama. But because they like telling us what’s going to happen. They’re always annoyed when the people cross them up.-- and here you have it. Kristol isn't talking about intellectuals as a group, he's mad at the press. The non-Fox news press. Because as a 20 minute viewing at any time of the day will show, Fox News does indeed like to tell us what will happen.
4.”Here the people rule.” -- indeed they do. And come Nov 5th, we'll see what they said. If Obama wins, will Bill Kristol hold to his pronouncements in this Op-Ed, or will we get a piece on how the intellectual elite fooled the common man??