Thursday, August 16, 2007

Liberality: the basis of culture
By Fr Hugh Barbour

Why I like ‘King of the Hill’
Like many sit-com dads, Hank isn’t terribly clever. Yet, in sharp contrast to Homer Simpson and the rest of the Doofus Dads on TV, Hank is, in his modest way, wise.

While hardly flawless—he’s a comic cartoon character, after all—Hank is a better decision-maker than the higher-testing bureaucrats, educrats, and executives he clashes with because he’s absorbed the best lessons about how a man should live his life from an out-of-fashion older American culture.
— Steve Sailer

The same writer on Mike Judge’s earlier creation, ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’:
No television show ever lampooned the destructive impact of its own network more brutally than this.
It was very funny. To see what that generation thinks of mainline liberal boomer religion and so on watch the episodes with Mr Van Driessen the teacher: ‘Men have feelings toooooo... AAAUGH! A bear!’

The evil at work in that generation laughs at it like the local bar bully does somebody who’s taken a couple of Tae-Bo classes saying ‘I’ll kick your ass’.

On place, culture and community
Today, my ninety-year-old mother and I were motoring through the hill country of north Louisiana, that part of Louisiana which is home to her and which gives her a sense of place... Suddenly, Mama said, “You know, I am who I am because of the people who once hoped, dreamed and struggled here.” She then added, “Young people today merely live here. Who they are is determined by people far away in New York and Hollywood. They live here, but they are not from here.” She went on to say that young people whom she encountered spoke differently, nasal, high-pitched and alien.
From Chronicles.

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