A tale of two reactions

JB, an obvious White Guy, is horrified by today’s column:

Horrible. I know that you meant it as a parody on liberal thinking. I know that the people who have received the worst lot in life due to liberal thinking and programs are the Afro-American population. I also am much agreived at the abortion issue, but Vox I think your editorial crossed the line. I kniow that brilliant thinkers like your self sometimes communicate in a way that is not understandable by us mere mortals, but I searched your editorial for the words that said you did not think about black people in the epithetic and critical tone of your desctiptions and I found no such disclaimer. I am appalled that WND would publish an editorial that so depreciates the worth of our Afro-American people.

It’s not a parody of liberal thinking, it’s an EXPOSURE of liberal thinking. And, as anyone who actually knows black people could tell JB, Afro is a hairstyle, African-American is the politically correct term. Racist pig!

Meanwhile, RB somehow manages to survive the virulent racism inherent in today’s column:

That was an excellent piece. Funny, being black, I would have been called an oreo for saying such things. Very much on target. Not only that, it was hilarious! Keep up the good work. Man! Does the truth ever hurt.

Mailvox: Adios, My Friend

Dr. C urges me to “stop it!”:

For a while, I followed your columns and your blog. You seem to be reasonably intelligent and have some depth of insight into a number of subjects. However, that does not give you the right to make slurs like today’s WND column.

For the record I am a caucasion Christian and I think of black people as Americans – not African Americans. While the statistics of abortions may make your point, your manner is reprehensible.

I do not plan to read any more of your columns or revisit your blog because I am tired of all the junk about women libbers and blacks. What is needed is more talk about what is right – not what is wrong.

I laughed when I read this, only because it reminded me of the look that puzzled, culturally-sensitive Caucasians would give some of my black teammates when gently requested not to call them “African-Americans”. Typical conversation:

“Look, I’m black. Just call me black. It’s okay.”
“But we’re supposed to say African-American!”
“I’m from Kenya, I’m not American.”

Of course, they couldn’t simply be called African either, at least not the guys from England and the British Virgin Islands. I do so love the inevitable conundrums in which the politically-correct invariably place themselves.

The doctor’s displeasure with regards to my presumed negativity is somewhat mystifying, however, as I have always been free with positive advice as to what to do. Follow the Constitution. Use a gold standard. Declare war before fighting it. Stay single if you’re a young man who is not a Christian. Homeschool. Drink good red wine. Fight one-front wars, and one enemy at a time. Humble yourself before God and Jesus Christ. Learn the law. Think for yourself. Live free.

Of course, few ever listen, but that’s fine. In my personal experience, so many people have asked for my advice and then refused to follow it that I have begun to regard the whole ritual as a sort of Kabuki play and content myself with merely observing the results while remaining emotionally detached. That detachment has, rather obviously, inevitably carried over to this blog.

As for my manner, it is what it is. If you don’t like it, go pick up a mainstream newspaper. You can find nice vanilla pablum that goes out of its way to avoid offending anyone there which should prove more palatable to your tastes.

Super thoughts

1. The refereeing was poor, but not terrible and it didn’t significantly affect the game. The three bad calls were on the Rothlisberger TD run, the ticky-tack hold on the long Seattle punt return and the bizarre cut-blocking call on Hasselbeck while he was trying to make a tackle. But overturning Hasselbeck’s fumble was the right call, and something that Seattle fans inclined to whine should keep in mind. Also, while the first Stevens drop was probably a correct call, it could easily have gone the other way. Overall, call it a two on a 5-point scale of Ref Bias, three being neutral. Annoying, but nothing to seriously complain about.

As for the penalty that negated Seattle’s first touchdown, that was an excellent call. Jackson was covered closely, he pushed off and created separation while the ball was in the air; without that separation he would not have been open. You could see Jackson’s arms at full extension and the covering Steeler stumble back two steps as a result, so it was a clear-cut penalty. No doubt about it. While watching, I called penalty before Jackson even caught the ball.

2. Rothlisberger was awful statistically, but I’ll still take his overall performance over Hasselbeck’s superficially better one. Rothlisberger stayed calm even when things weren’t going well and made plays to keep the Steelers in it early and clinch it late, while Seattle’s total meltdown during both two-minute drills was downright hysterical. While Hasselbeck was plagued by Steven’s butterfingers, but he threw big three interceptions even if only two of them were caught. He also gave up some very crucial sacks that knocked Seattle out of easy field goal range.

Rothlisberger did keep Seattle in it with that horrible pass in the red zone, but give the big guy credit for getting back and preventing it from becoming a touchdown… again. Stats are important, but so is leadership on the field.

3. Still want to argue about Seattle’s running game being better than Pittsburgh’s? I didn’t think so. Fast Willie’s been in my backfield roster since the second week of preseason… and 12 rushes for 95 yards, one TD is his game. Alexander is a very solid and talented running back with speed and power, but he isn’t a dominant RB the way Priest Holmes and Marshall Faulk were in their great years.

4. I love the way the Steelers use Randle-El. That pass was beautiful.

5. Dick LeBeau was surprisingly conservative in his defensive calls, which is why both Polamolu and Porter were so “quiet”. And is it just me, or is there a secret conspiracy to overturn every turnover that Polamolu picks off or recovers?

6. Apparently Mike Holmgren attended the Herm Edwards school of clock management over the summer. That was pathetic. I’ve seen random guys playing touch football who manage the two-minute drill better, and to blow it twice in one game is amazing.

7. Those Steelers’ fans at the game were idiots. You don’t scream when your team has the ball deep in its own end. Those two false starts didn’t exactly help Pittsburgh’s offense get untracked. Apparently, the fans at the game weren’t those with season tickets at Heinz field.

8. Overall, it was an entertaining game, at least for a Super Bowl.

Mailvox: don’t call them fat!

Stephanie shakes a finger:

I wonder why you associate yourself with Jesus. You have poured out your contempt for Black women- ” fat, unattractive, unemployable” . Why associate this with Christ? Do you want to make His name more hated? Do you hope to make all Black women loathsome to themselves? Are good old boys patting you on the back? You are really on a roll. How clever that you get to appear as if you are a defender of Black infants while heaping derision on their mothers whom you so ably describe as less than animals. Why not leave Jesus out of this little enterprise which clearly is not His?

As you enjoy the applause of a well-fed, White and demonically led constituency, remember whose approval you do not have. Remember who has vowed to humble lofty eyes and destroy arrogant mouths. You have scorned the image and likeness of God. You have failed to recognize Christ in His distressing disguise. You have mocked the Blood that was spilled to save these “fat, unattractive unemployable” women. Tremble. Repent.

Now I did not see this one coming… I wonder if she would have liked it better if I hadn’t defended those innocents whom those women are destroying. She must be pure death on critics of Herod; I never considered the possibility that he might be the good guy in the Christmas story.

Discuss amongst yourselves

And I’m truly sorry if my errant Super Bowl prediction led anyone astray. Being off by a point is really inexcusable….