It takes two (progressives) to reform the tango

Here there be dragons (however tiny)

A recent episode of your favorite blogge recounted the millions of dollars to be made exploiting micro-aggressions — those neutrinos of umbrage taken by the readily offended. (For the Record: the Squire’s pronouns are “Mr., Sir, and His Lordship.”)

here-be-dragonsIn Sunday’s WI State Journal, two letter writers describe themselves as “Witnessing Whiteness facilitators.” There is such a thing, apparently. (We are not in Kansas any more, Dorothy.) The whiteness facilitators recount the horror of Jim Crow but have to scratch for anything in the last 50+ years, settling on a UW-Madison student video that was “Nearly absent of people of color.”

“Nearly absent.” (Pause here to allow to sink in.) (Some assembly required.) Not absent but “nearly absent.” What the proper proportion should be, the whiteness facilitators venture not. Stand by for future facilitation.

Got implicit bias?

In that vein, The New York Times reports: “Argentine feminists remake the tango. A group of activists is trying to make tango less dogmatic about traditional gender roles, and more assertive about rooting out sexual harassment and assault.” This was Page One news on Sunday 10-5-19. The search for new micro-aggressions keeps many a Grievance Studies graduate employed. Today, the tango. Tomorrow, the Hokey Pokey?

Dragons wanted; no experience necessary

Comment, respond, what do you thinkNow here comes what professional journalists call “the nut graf,” the  paragraph that makes the point of the essay (for this blogge does have a point, so to speak): Today’s social justice warriors are suffering from hero envy. They long for the days of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Atticus Finch, Jefferson Smith — dragon slayers.

What should drop in His Lordship the Squire’s lap but a timely quote from political philosopher Kenneth Minogue. As recounted by Barton Swaim in today’s (10-14-19) Wall Street Journal: 

In his classic study “The Liberal Mind” (1963), Minogue memorably compared modern liberalism in its prime to St. George slaying the dragon. From the 16th century to the 19th, the dragons were enormous: religious intolerance, slavery and the slave trade, wretched prison conditions. But liberalism, unlike St. George, did not know when to retire, and in the 20th century it “grew breathless in [its] pursuit of smaller and smaller dragons — for the big dragons were now harder to come by.”

Disagree about the 20th century. Fascism, communism, and Jim Crow were very large dragons. Furthermore, the Werkes concedes that a democratically elected President qualifies as a big dragon if the cause be just. But his adversaries are armed with little more than micro-aggressions. Enforce the border? How dare he! Abolish all borders! A phone call, with no follow-through? (We’ll concede boorishness.)

Some perspective: the same people (or their liberal-progressive-socialist antecedents) pilloried President Reagan, who fought the tyranny of communism. “Tear Down This Wall.” Now THAT was Big Stuff!

There’s no debate!

And still champion dragon-slayer, we give you The New York Times. Sunday (10-13-19) the newspaper of record cries out to right another hitherto undetected injustice:

“The Supreme Court Needs an L.G.B.T. Justice”

(Wouldn’t it be just like that Devil Trump to frustrate the NY Times by nominating a Federalist Society L.G.B.T. justice!)

In its search for a cure for Donald Trump, the Times asks “Are school debate competitions bad for our political discourse?” Would it surprise to know the answer is “Yes”? Debate “can be a good credential for aspiring leaders, but they favor a closed-minded and partisan style of argument.” Down with Debate Class! Has the whiff of implicit bias about it, anyway.


Somewhere over the rainbow …

… the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. DO watch the motion picture Judy, which recounts episodes in the last six months of Judy Garland before her death at age 47. The later Judy, so overwrought, was never our cup of tea. But hers is a helluva human story, and tragic. The Squire believes he has seen the best performance by an actress this year. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall St. Journal:

This wrecked legend, played with heart-stopping brilliance by Renée Zellweger, can’t help singing, even though her voice is shot and her body has almost given out. Its star sets the whole thing on fire every time she launches into a Garland classic in her own voice. … The sweet gamine of her early years has given way to a squint-eyed specter with hunched shoulders, pursed lips, a persimmon smile and an obsession with making enough money to provide a stable home for the youngest two of her children. … Having children, she says, “is like having your heart outside your body.”

So is singing, as she goes about it. … when she finally sings “Over the Rainbow,” what was predictable, indeed inevitable, turns out to be ineffably beautiful.

Blaska’s Bottom LineNow THERE was a dragon slayer even if the demons were her own.

What do YOU think?

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14 Responses to It takes two (progressives) to reform the tango

  1. Fritzderkat says:

    The dancing feminists in Argentina will all be issued baseball bats.


  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    My favorite rendition of Over The Rainbow is by the late, great, Man Mountain Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole!

    The Gotch

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  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Here’s one example of just how small those dragons have become. A few days ago the WI State Journal carried a (front-page) article on the latest affront to Madison liberals’ sensibilities. It seems the Madison Club recently redecorated their rooms, one of which was covered in wallpaper depicting monkeys dressed in human garb cavorting among trees and vines (the design was copied from wallpaper in an 18th-century English estate). The problem? You guessed it: RACISM in interior decoration. This being Madison, the officials of the MC quickly caved and agreed to redecorate at a cost of $10-15,000. What’s next? Look for trigger warnings on the monkey cages in the Henry Vilas Zoo.


    • Batman says:

      “This being Madison, the officials of the MC quickly caved and agreed to redecorate at a cost of $10-15,000.”

      Good reason not to frequent the Madison Club. I mean, who wants to support wimpy weenie woosie spineless weaklings too afraid to unequivocally inform those over privileged worthless non-contributing oxygen wasting snowflake a-holes to go fuc# them selves. Moreover, you fools missed some seriously great free publicity because there are way more people who would support and admire you for not caving to a “handful” of ignorant petulant SJWs.

      Hey Madison Club pussies, consider all the good you could have done with that spare 10-15k you apparently have just lying around. Love your values…

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  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Tom Paine says:

      Yeah, thinking the same thing. Ever see or learn of natives falling down to pray or express appreciation for da Euro culture dat brought them indoor plumbing, including hot water, AC, and the ability to shower in comfort at -30? Appreciation for Euro Eyeglasses? For surgery, better guns, traps, and aluminium boats? Better grocery stores, natural gas, and water filters? For Rock/Rap music, TV, books, oranges, or pencils?

      Or, of special interest, metal pots which can be used to gather maple syrup and heat the sap?

      Bet if we thought about it, many natives today would praise their fate, rather than to have continued like their stone-age Brothers in the Amazon.


      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        On the other hand, think of all the wonderful things indigenous peoples were deprived of by those nasty European colonizers–you know, like human sacrifice and cannibalism.


  5. George's Son says:

    Unfortunately, micro aggression seems to yield macro results….


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @George’s Son;

      ”Unfortunately, micro aggression seems to yield macro results….”

      Perhaps; yet some “macro results” have resulted when college-aged men left their Safe Spaces.

      The Gotch


  6. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ABC tried to slay ’em some dragons.

    One small problem; it was/is Fake News

    To wit:

    ABC News HUMILIATED When Clip Of Turkey’s Attack On Kurds Revealed To Be Footage From Kentucky GUN RANGE

    As an Honorary Kentucky Colonel in good standing, The Gotch wants some answers!

    Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

    The Gotch


    • madisonexpat says:

      Strange how every single media “error” cuts the same way politically. What are the odds?


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        A career Lefty at another site: ”So ABC goofed and ran the wrong footage.”

        Seriously…SERIOUSLY! It’s a freakin’ goof?

        First of all, ever notice that all these media “goofs” juuuuuuust happen to skew in the same direction?

        Second, and far more importantly, media outlets have an obligation to GET_IT_RIGHT! You can’t possibly believe that bogus clip didn’t travel effortlessly, bottom-to-top, through a chain-of-command, while getting cravenly green-lighted on its entire journey.

        The inescapable hypocrisy? if FoxNews had done this, Lefty’s reaction would have been swift, spittle-flecked, merciless, and never-ending.

        The Gotch


  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    WARNING: OFF TOPIC! RIP Harold Bloom (1930-2019) scholar and literary critic, author of “The Western Canon” who dared to argue that Shakespeare was a better writer than Toni Morrison and that literature was not a series of social documents designed to expose the shortcomings of Western Civilization but works of individual imagination that should be judged separately from the race, class or gender of their creators.


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