Yesterday was May Day, or at PSU "a gentle reminder cinco de Mayo approaches". However, I do remember as a kid in the 80's watching coverage of the parades in Lenin Square, and am aware of it's importance to the socialist movement. Hence why I don't care about it ("Labor Day" suites me just fine).
A little over a year ago, I started reading The Volokh Conspiracy. About 8 months ago, I actually started understanding it. Regardless, Volokh hit on something yesterday that caught my eye: make May Day into "Victims of Communism" day. Take it away, Ilya Somin:
"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so. I suggest that May Day be turned into Victims of Communism Day….
The main alternative to May 1 is November 7, the anniversary of the communist coup in Russia. However, choosing that date might be interpreted as focusing exclusively on the Soviet Union, while ignoring the equally horrendous communist mass murders in China, Camobodia, and elsewhere. So May 1 is the best choice."
One would have to be blind to not see how other -isms, say Capitalism, have also produced inhumane death and murder worldwide. But compared to the socialist/fascist/communist alliance we saw last century, all of said -isms pale in comparison.
And if you don't like Capitalism, stay away from it's fruits. Like technology. And when we resist technology, we end like this:
Speaking of May Day tributes: go check out Long or Short Capital's "Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing". Like this gem:
"My own country is hopeless. It was almost better under the czars. At least the czar didn’t have to strain his empty head over a lot of theory. Lenin took whatever he could understand of Marx’s theory and used it to his own advantage, and Stalin took whatever he could understand of Lenin’s theory (which wasn’t much) and used it to his own advantage. The narrower a man’s intellectual grasp, the more power he is able to grab in this country."
-Boris from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Next segue: predictably, the Occupiers used May Day to try and do...something somewhere blah blah blah nobody cares. The worse part is, as their numbers shrink the hardcores will become more desperate and crank up the violence.
Speaking of Occupiers: Their alleged "intellectual creator" Elizabeth Warren claims to be Native American. Was it to get at that sweet casino loot? No, but she did claim minority status on her application to Harvard for professorship. Warren's rationale was that unproven 1/32 Native American ancestry qualifies. Why did she claim said status? Couldn't tell you, but my opinion is that law schools tend to favor "diversity" in faculty selections. Do a quick search of "Harvard Law Review Presidents who don't publish" for further proof.
To me, it's an integrity issue. Warren's track record strongly suggests she acts out of self promotion as priority.
And of course, George Zimmerman is still white (#obligatory).
Speaking of the Harvard Community: President Napoleon continues his Spike the Football campaign. I give him credit for not calling the operation off. And that's it. Because a short memo released from the CIA Director Panetta reveals everything you need to know:
"Received phone call from (National Security Adviser) Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 a.m"
Translation: Go ahead, McRaven. But if this thing mucks up due to unforeseen circumstances your career is over.
Way to go out on a limb for the troops, Napoleon.
Anyhooo, it's a year later and..well, given the general state of things it's really the only thing the President can celebrate.
Speaking of Overly-PC Blowhards: Don Savage on bullying:
Using the anti-bully pulpit to expound on one's personal stereotypes of Christianity, conservatism, the GOP, etc, to further aggrandize oneself is just deplorable. Bully to the kids who walked out.
The creators of South Park, whether they know it or not, just proved how smart and insightful they really are. Observe their take on the anti-bullying folk in S16/Ep05, "Butterballs" (link on South Park Studios went down but will be back up 5/11. Apologies.)
And that's it. Vegas, ho!