2.17.2008

Mute Monday: diversity

*no good deed goes unpunished* grrrrrherherherhahahaha






























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“If Rome had not engulfed so many men of alien blood in so brief a time, if she had pressed all those newcomers to her schools instead of her slums, if she’d occasionally closed her gates to let assimilation catch up to infiltration, she might have gained new racial and literary vitality from the infusion, and might indeed have remained a Roman Rome” - historian Will Durant

26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The United Nations defines "major wars" as military conflicts inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. The current count is 15; with as many as two dozen "lesser" conflicts ongoing, with various degrees of intensity.

Most of these are civil or "intrastate" wars, fueled as much by racial, ethnic, or religious animosities as by ideological fervor. Most victims are civilians, a feature that distinguishes modern conflicts. During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5 percent of all casualties. Today, 75 percent or more of those killed or wounded in wars are non-combatants.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

Awesome pics SHE. That first one really had me cackling. That "uniform" would hide all kinds of sins in the cellulite department.

Happy MM.

5:58 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Gah. The first photo scares Moi on oh-so-many levels. Not the least of which is the lack of wardrobe diversity. Brrrrrr.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

that last picture?

oh yeah.

The others? Well collected and much appreciated.

Happy MM.

7:12 PM  
Blogger The Troll said...

Grrrherhahahahhahaha! Best commentary on diversity-worship since South Park's "Tolerance Camp" episode.

Happy Mute Monday!

7:12 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Well done, She: bold and provoking...

7:33 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Love the last one! Happy MM!

7:43 PM  
Blogger she said...

anon: onward to balkanization! grrherhaha

gypsy: i hadn't thought about the upside of bringing 12th century backward ass oppression to a free western nation! im cheered up. grrherha

moi: i bet they see more sweat than gypsy's curves gym. grrherhahaha

anonymous boxer: no llevaré a cabo esa muestra contra sus chihuhuas

troll: i'll have to find that on you tube!!

happy MM to all

7:44 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Allah's well that ends well...

9:31 PM  
Blogger Vixen said...

Well done. :)

10:43 PM  
Blogger NYD said...

A fairly passionate collection of images. Why is it that diversity so often gets equated with anger?

5:34 AM  
Blogger Java Junkie said...

Great job! Happy MM!

5:39 AM  
Blogger she said...

Thursday Next: thank you! and glad you stopped by...taking a break from seed catalogs???

Kate: you mean the mischievious God or the angry che placcard??? happy MM

PhoKid: grrrherhahaha!

vixen: well i see we are the polar opposites in our posts...while i acknowledge and respect diversity i do not believe it should be celebrated at the peril of a nation. i leave you with this from benjamin schwartz:

“The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved, not by tolerance, but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically, and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.”

nyd: who's anger? i hope you are referring to the anger of people who hold up signs about how they are going to impose their ideology, or draw new borders (aztlan) on the free nation that accepted them with open arms.

javajunkie: thank you. looking forward to TC chicago!

6:12 AM  
Blogger she said...

think our nation isnt good to immigrants?

try immigrating to MEXICO!

If you migrate to their county, you must speak the national language.

There are no special bilingual programs in schools, and no bilingual voting.

All government business must be done in the common national language.

Foreigners do NOT have a right to vote, no matter how long they live there.

Foreigners shall NEVER be permitted to hold any political office.

Foreigners cannot be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, nor other government assistance programs.

Foreigners may invest in the country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

If foreigners do come and want to buy land, it will be permitted, BUT options will be restricted. You cannot own waterfront property. That is reserved for natural citizens born in their country.

Foreigners may -NOT- protest: NO demonstrations, NO waving of foreign flags, NO political organizing, no badmouthing of its national policies. If you do, you will be sent back to your home country.

If you come to their country illegally, you will be hunted down and sent to jail.

6:24 AM  
Blogger ATLLG said...

Diversity.... so many things.. .so many ways to so many different people... with so many different views.... the one thing to remember... there is only one earth

Great Post

6:25 AM  
Blogger she said...

atllg: and only one USA.

6:47 AM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

We've gone from a melting pot to a tossed salad.

9:46 AM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Hmmm. Is it the case that the enemy is always in jackbooted lockstep? Or do all detractors simply look alike?

BTW, Rome might have worried a bit more about its expansion, if it didn't want a problem of infiltration. Apparently, Mr. Durant misses that point.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Ruela said...

I love the last pic ;)

4:51 PM  
Blogger she said...

PhoKid: right.

xdell: youre taking it past what i am saying. these photos illustrate the tension created by making diversity the king of all considerations in immigration policy. denmark is a prime example.

i agree with your comment on roman expansion but like all suicidal republics its not the just the one but the many things. Rome is rich in cautionary tales as well as beauty.

instead of reacting to "infiltration" why not see the final words which were to embrace the "vital" new cultures; but give a nation time to catch up.

its always difficult to talk about immigration policy reasonably because whenever i show it or talk about it then it becomes an assessment of my character...kind of like that cartoon - blaming the artist for just noticing *what it is* grrrherhahahaha

always good to see ya xdell!

5:08 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Somewhere, out there, Aunty Belle is sitting on her hands, biting her lip, waiting for Lent to pass . . .

5:24 PM  
Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

"No good deed goes un-punished"-
grrrrrrrr-
YOu know what worries me? Is the fact that very few miss the "Roman Rome"-
Little T is having to write 300-500 word essays for me (YES ME- it's a punishment for being slack with a school project! HA!) about ALL the US Presidents. It's been an eye opener for all of us...little facts that get lost along the way. This is what happens- in the name of diversity, or open border policies, or just plain old BIG Government... important details get overlooked and forgotten- such as personal responsibility, laws that are un-enforced, and a good work ethic.
sigh-
My post was about the diversity I saw in people and nature on my travels- just diversity in and of itself. No political message- except for maybe the Tribal group dancing under a Wimpy sign. That was 100% accidental, and perhaps equally poetic?
:)
Love ya' She :)

5:26 PM  
Blogger she said...

moi: GRRRRRRRRHERHERHERHAHAHAHAHA i think your'e right!!! grrherhahaha what a visual you gave me moi~

mayden: good point. you have to believe we (estados unitos)are something unique and special and worth protecting to appreciate this post. im pro every immigrant that wants to be part of that. love to you and thank you. :-)

ruela: you mean the one of me crying???

5:40 PM  
Blogger NYD said...

Hi there. I can see how my comment might be misconstrued as a negative rejoinder to the images you supplied.

I actually liked your photos and the anger I was referring to is the result of those who, although are different, refuse to accept the difference of others.

The photographs you choose seemed to equivicate diversity with separatism and isolationism rather than an honest attempt at coming together and understanding the differences while still respecting them.

Just the take I got on those pictures and cartoons.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Not that Type of Raven said...

Gosh SHE, don't be so shy about your MM! =P

Brilliant choices. ^_^

7:10 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

You write: "instead of reacting to 'infiltration' why not see the final words which were to embrace the "vital" new cultures; but give a nation time to catch up."

Well, I understand the sentiment. The problem is that the current wave of immigration, legal and illegal, is a result of massive foreign (usually corporate) ownership of indigenous national resources. This phenomenon has wrecked a lot of countries' economies in the post-colonial era, and that puts pressure on the citizens of such places to go where the economy is more robust (even if that economy is an underground one). If you can get multinationals to stop and wait for the world to catch up, and if you can offer real economic stimulus on the scope of anew Marshall Plan to boot (say debt forgiveness or refinancing), it will solve most of the problems of illegal immigration.

6:04 AM  

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