Wednesday, 05 October 2011


Ken Berwitz

Leave it to the New York Times to write a classicly stupid editorial about the rock, at a camping ground the family of Rick Perry bought in 1983, with the name "Niggerhead" painted on it.

Here is the editorial in rust, with my comments in blue:

Gov. Perrys Rock

Published: October 4, 2011

Untold decades ago, someone decided to name a hunting camp in West Texas Niggerhead, using a phrase so commonplace around the South that it was used as a brand name for oysters, soap, tobacco and even golf tees. When Gov. Rick Perrys family took over the lease for the camp in 1983, it could have demanded that the name be changed. It could have destroyed the rock on which the name was painted. It could have broken with an era when vicious racism was so casual that officials put such a word on maps around the country.  Ok, so far we know that this ugly, offensive term was painted on a rock when its usage was commonplace.  We also know that the Perry family did not paint it on the rock.  But we are set up to find outwhat?  That the Perry family just left it there and it is there to this day?  If so, that would actually be worth writing something about.  However

Instead, Mr. Perrys father simply painted over the name, although not very thoroughly. The Washington Post found several people who said the word was clearly visible just in the last few years. Now that the hunting camp has become part of the presidential campaign, the governor says the name has no place in the modern world. In that, he is certainly right.  Wait a minute.  Mr. Perrys father painted over the rock.  Let me say that again a little louder:  he painted over the rock.  And the complaint is that the paint has faded over time so several people (what party do they belong to, I wonder) say they can read it through the paint that was used to get rid of it? 

This is what the editorial is about???????  The rock needs a new coat of paint?????  Oh, brother.

The more common attitude expressed by some of his neighbors is that the name is a mere historical artifact, nothing to see here. Its just a name, David Davis, a county judge in the area, told The Post. There was no significance other than as a hunting deal. It is that supposed lack of significance to the Perry family and far too much of the nation that is so disturbing.  Huh?  You're saying that some of his neighbors think it isnt a big deal (only one is mentioned by name), translates into a supposed lack of significance to the Perry family the people who did think it was a big deal; big enough so that they painted the name over?  What is this, a comedy routine? 

Virtually all states, particularly in the South, have had creeks, hills and hamlets bearing this offensive epithet. Someone may have decided a rock outcropping resembled an African jaw. Nigger Skull Mountain, as one spot in North Carolina was known until just a decade ago, was apparently named for the remains of two blacks who froze to death on it sometime around the Civil War. The place names were given with the same nonchalance as blacks were openly referred to as niggers.  Yep.  But what does this have to do with your attack on Rick Perry?

In 1962, the federal government changed all such place names under its jurisdiction to Negro. Three or four decades later, states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina got the hint and did the same with state lands, though the results were often not much better. Negro Skull Mountain is hardly an improvement, and neither are Colored Mountain or Dead Negro Draw, both in Texas.  Yep again.  But, also again, what does this have to do with your attack on Rick Perry?

On private land, and in common parlance, these offensive names often continue, surviving a century of social change, lasting through Reconstruction, world wars, the civil rights movement, right up until the current moment, when the word has added new doubts to Mr. Perrys staggering political campaign. However much paint was actually applied to Mr. Perrys rock, it was not enough to wipe away the memory of a national shame.  In other words, the fact that Niggerhead was put there by someone else, long before the Perry family had anything to do with this land, and the fact that when the Perry family leased the land they painted it over, has no relevance Rick Perry can be attacked for it anyway.  Earlier I asked if this editorial were a comedy routine.  Now I'm wondering if it is some kind of entrance test to get into clown college.

In previous blogs I have made it clear that I do not support Rick Perry for President and do not intend to vote for him if he is the nominee.  But this editorial is so classicly stupid, so mindless, factless and malevolent, that I find myself defending Mr. Perry because of it.

I'm old enough to remember when the New York Times was a real newspaper.  Sad to say, that was so long ago that the memory is getting dimmer and dimmer as years go by.  And today's editorial about Rick Perry tells me it is unlikely to be heading back towards legitimacy any time soon.

free` You have to at least admit this is a better attack than the one against Herman Cain being a racist. (10/05/11)


Ken Berwitz

One of the giants - arguably the giant - of the cyberspace age is gone.

Steve Jobs has passed away at the way-too-young age of 56. 

The shortest, and best summary of what Mr. Jobs has meant to the world is embodied in this excerpt from CNN's obituary:

Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56.


The hard-driving executive pioneered the concept of the personal computer and of navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse. In more recent years, he introduced the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet -- all of which changed how we consume content in the digital age.


More than one pundit, praising Jobs' ability to transform entire industries with his inventions, called him a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.


"Steve Jobs is one of the great innovators in the history of modern capitalism," New York Times columnist Joe Nocera said in August. "His intuition has been phenomenal over the years."

People like this come along once in generations, maybe centuries.  His value to the world was incalculable.

May he rest in peace.


Ken Berwitz

The walls are closing in on our disgraceful toady and Obama sock-puppet of an Attorney General, eric holder.  And the prime motivating agent is Operation Fast and Furious.

Here is a group of articles compiled by The Drudge Report  which tell the tale: 

Republicans call for special counsel to investigate Holder...

'Either Incompetent' or 'Misleading Congress'...

White House screams, swears at reporter for covering scandal...


Holder changes story about ATF gun-running op...

Claims misunderstood question from committee...

I urge you to click on every one of the above links so that you will understand (if you don't already) what a dishonest incompetent fraud is heading the formerly reputable Department of Justice, and how immersed he was in the harebrained, deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

My guess?  Sometime between now and the selection of a Republican candidate who can then concentrate on attacking President Obama instead of winning the nomination, eric holder will "resign", President Obama will thank him for his meritorious service,and Democrats will immediately go into derision mode any time he is mentioned ("eric holder is old news, he isn't even going to be there, is that all you can talk about, what about jobs, what about yada yada yada").

Time will tell whether that is how things actually play out.  But, regardless of the timing, any day that eric holder no longer is in charge of the DOJ will be a good day for the United States.  The sooner the better.

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