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The Upside of the Downside

Hard Thought Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 6:41 AM
So, if we leave the Democrats in charge for four more years, all of the illegals will go home? That's too high of a price to pay! Nobody sane is against immigration. It is the illegal immigration that harms our country. The line about the Chinese ideogram tattoo was hilarious!
AZYaateeh Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 9:21 PM
Logograms (each character is a word, not an idea), but yeah, Chinese tattoos are a bad idea unless you, personally, read Chinese.

I was in a New Age bookstore once with a poster claiming to be the character for "tolerance". Only, while that character is found in the Chinese word for tolerance (most modern Chinese words are compounds of two words, it has to do with how the sounds have changed since Classical Chinese), on its own it means "endurance". So, unless we're talking "tolerance" for alcohol or long marches, uh, no.

One of my heroes, Irving Kristol, used to say that there's nothing wrong with the country a bad recession couldn't fix.

Kristol (father of the more famous Bill, by the way) wasn't hoping for a recession, he was merely making the point that so many of the problems with our culture, both popular and political, were the sorts of challenges that come with affluence.

Wealth makes it easier to abandon the old customs, rituals and habits of the heart that generated the wealth in the first place.

For instance, I always love reading about irresolute rich families that...