Hat Tip to American Thinker for the following quote from Churchill on Mohammedanism. A politician in Britain was arrested for reading it in public – could face two years in jail.
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”
In the recent Trayvon Martin case much was made of the young woman. not very well spoken, who explained that she couldn’t read cursive. A shock to men and women over forty or so but not at all new news to parents of school age children because cursive writing instruction is being dropped right and left everywhere (check with your own school district.)
I’m of two minds about this. Cursive was developed to accommodate nib pens, that is if you could keep your pen on the paper instead of picking it up after every letter, you let much fewer drops of ink fall. And so with the disappearance of nib pens so should go cursive.
Yet the disappearance of cursive diminishes a beautiful expression of language. Good cursive is an art form, although penmanship, that is the teaching of good cursive, disappeared in the New York City public school system when I was in fourth grade in 1954/55 and I assume elsewhere in the nation at about the same time. Therefore one could also make the argument that if you’re not going to teach how to do it well why teach it at all.
But it’s sad. Especially when children in years to come will look upon the originals of our founding documents, the Declaration Of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill-Of-Rights and consider that they were written in some sort of odd indecipherable text.
And this is not good.
Took the Telegraph history quiz and scored 60%. Not bad for a Yank although I had hoped to do better but got tripped up by Ethelred The Unready (see below) and other British kings. I believe English school children once memorized a poem which listed all the Kings of England and it might be fun to look that up.
The thread that the Telegraph was following was that school children in England are increasingly ignorant of their own history. Which I guess is true and even more true in the United States where the advent of Social Studies forty years ago now has effectively erased our historical memory. School teachers themselves now being ignorant of basic facts, dates and biographical detail even of people like Washington, Lincoln, Henry Ford, Douglas MacArthur and so on. As a class inner city welfare recipients have been transformed by poverty programs into the most ignorant people in the country but public school teachers take pride of second place.
I was once driving in a car with a public school teacher who taught environmental science. A fox darted across the road into an apple orchard – “I guess the fox was attracted by the apples” was her comment ( I didn’t make this up.)
Another time I heard a public school teacher on TV insist that the only way the early pioneers knew how to build log cabins was that school teachers showed them how. (I’m not making this up either)
Which is why Walter Williams, Ph. D describes Schools Of Education (the colleges which educated school teachers) as the slums of the university.
Ah well, this is plowed ground the only thing you can do is home school your children or get them into a good private school but beware, just because a private school charges a lot of money does mean it is good, that is fosters the flame of scholarship in your child’s breast. Many of them are quite as useless as the public variety.
Much to do about my posting in American Thinker today entitled Megyn Kelly And The Sandberg Head Shaker read it here
Three of the 227 comments posted on American Thinker.
- ThePeeledEye • an hour ago
- Mr. Miniter: I am a fan of Megyn Kelly, but you are so right. The trite, stale phrases and thinking of her feminist guest was out of a time warp, and offered no new insights.. Sandberg’s plastered smile, in my view, was dissimulating. It is something regularly adopted these days by a number of Democrat operatives we see on FOX. On first appearance, the “smile” is pleasant. After a number of milliseconds, it is creepy and seemingly manipulative.Unfortunately, even many impressive women find it necessary to wrap themselves in the protective armor of feminism. I sometimes think that they do this as a hedge against possible criticism, especially when they find themselves in a demanding, and more competitive environment.By the way, I always enjoy your comments.
- Laurel • 26 minutes ago
- I’m glad to see someone else saw what I did. I think Megyn Kelley let her ramble because she agrees with her. I have to add I didn’t even watch the second part. Sandberg is a leftist feminist. Nothing more.And for the record…I don’t see Sandberg as any sort of a leader of anything. What is she leading?
- rebelwithacause • 2 hours ago
- Oh, Mr. Miniter how right you are.First thank you for writing about this because I saw this show and it was so over the top that I actually brought it up when talking to another female who like myself, have come to realize that the feminist movement of today and its so called leaders is just as clueless as their predecessors were and any women who has the common sense that God gave her needs to ignore this tripe because that is what it is – tripe bulls**t.I normally do not watch Ms. Kelly’s show. The timeslot just doesn’t work for me most of the time but I have heard that she is great at what she does. Not sure why I caught this one but after the first 5 minutes of watching it, my mouth was open from the shock of what I was hearing from this young woman who had no clue about what she was talking about. What really blew my mind as you so aptly described was the fawning over by the so-called incisive, normally informed, Ms. Kelly (your words, definitely not mine after seeing this show) regarding the ridiculous statements being made by this “brilliant” COO. I kept thinking – did I miss something here because this “brilliant” woman sounded like the typical feminist who really didn’t have a clue on reality. There was not one question from Ms. Kelly as you mentioned on how this Sandberg’s gobblygook positions and observations were relevant to a woman in this day and age.I actually had to shut the program off in order to bring down my blood pressure. I do not think that I will be watching Ms. Kelly’s show again. I have no time for fools or their bulls**t. Ms. Kelly, if you are your own producer, I would suggest that you fire yourself.Good, now I feel better. That show bothered me for days.
Everybody now kowtows to the concept of diversity. (Except the white south having its Confederacy – that sort of diversity doesn’t count) But you know and I know the nation wasn’t fashioned with any such thing as diversity in mind. Indeed, quite the contrary. America was all about assimilation which was viewed as an immensely powerful force. And if we need a reminder about how powerful our forefathers thought it we only have to consider the following lines from Isreal Zangwill’s 1920s play The Melting Pot (Hat Tip Paul Johnson):
“Here you stand good folk think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries, but you won’t be long like that brothers, for these are the fires of God you’ve come to…”
But of the idea of America as a powerful force which will change you into a new and better human being is no longer valued indeed despised by the “elite” as immoral or culturally hegemonistic. Instead every other backyard loser culture in the world should be celebrated. And of closer to home school teachers should celebrate students who can’t read or write, all of us celebrate those whose life decisions bought them a ticket on Uncle Sam’s dependency train, priests those who go to communion without being shriven of their sins, feminists women who kill their babies and Liberal Arts university professors should celebrate everybody except those who salute the flag and go to church. Indeed celebrate Castro in the same manner and fashion earlier Liberals celebrated Stalin.
When I see pictures of GM CEO Mary Barra, and they’re plastered everywhere lately I’m struck by the anomaly. Michelle Obama generally doesn’t allow women anywhere near this good looking to hold important office in the administration. So I assume she has this time because she realizes that Ms. Barra has the life expectancy of the toad next in line at the witch’s pot just as soon as GM succeeds in buying back the controlling shares of stock the government owns. And stops making the crap “environmentally responsible” cars the Obama administration insists they make.