Posted by Ginny on July 22nd, 2006 (All posts by Ginny)
Harry Hutton links to a music video (via Sullivan). Probably a general rule of thumb might be that the male singer should have less cleavage than the female. (By the way, this doesn’t look or sound American to me – does anyone know where it’s from?)
Back to the midwest, which I (if not others) always find a pleasant alternative. Iowahawk is, well, the man. Anyway, the winner of Iowahawk’s Iowahawk Hoosegow Honey is Jesika – who is, indeed, quite attractive. Those that find that contest in bad taste may be entertained by his “Hungry Like Naomi Wolf” retro. Of course, rarified sensibilities might be offended by his treatment of butt-cracks & the victims of feminist voyeurs.
Reading Hutton’s complaint about the Yanks and Colombia: “They’ve been having a quagmire ever since they got independence from Spain, and I resent the way these Americans try to claim the credit for everything.” I laughed out loud. This would probably not seem quite as funny to someone who had not just subjected themselves to about half of a Booktv session with Morris Berman. Those guys (and I suspect he’s about my age) figure since they are in decline & since most of us are beginning to suspect the seventies didn’t work, the only conclusion must be that America is heading toward the dark ages. One of the problems with my generation is a lack of humility.
So, Berman argues, China’s economy is beating ours, Europe’s science is topping ours, our medicine isn’t nearly as good as Saudi Arabia’s (if sick, he tells us, we should hope to end up in an emergency ward in Riyadh). We have, he declares, chosen the faith of the dark ages over the science of our founders. Oh, well, it is the usual argument by the usual suspect. And he makes it with stunningly researched anecdotes from Jay Leno. (And, yes, he does teach at a university – though he is not a full prof.)
This generation (well, I guess, my generation) identifies with America (in a peculiar self-hating way) and, therefore, ignore terrorist attacks on other countries (numbers mounting every six months). Hutton’s cynicism is sometimes a bit much, but tonight I laughed. Academics who argue they see a broader world and other Americans as provincial look at 9/11, 7/7, etc. etc. and see only failures of American policy. They can not, apparently, imagine the motives of others. Part of the problem with boomers are their failures of imagination, but that tends to happen when it’s always just about them.
(I screwed up Colombia/Columbia again – sorry about that.)