Hairy Legs, Culture, and Chicken
by TOM MCLAUGHLIN
August 10, 2012
The legions of left-wing loonies with whom we share this continent have continued their antics, as a few short items from last week indicate.
Item 1: Seven women with hairy legs are suing the police department in Toronto. They're alleging they were profiled because of their hairy legs, and a few other things. "[Police] followed a profile that was created by senior Toronto Police Service officers in targeting these seven individuals," said their attorney, Davin Charney. "That profile included markers such as people who have backpacks, lawyers' numbers on their arms, people with Quebec licence plates, people speaking French, people wearing black clothing," Charney added. "My clients fit into that profile, to some extent. And that is why they were arrested, and that is why many people were arrested during the G20 [summit]."
Hmm. This is the kind of stuff you just cannot make up. Attorney Charney didn't say anything about Birkenstocks, tattoos, knit hats, COEXIST bumperstickers, dreadlocks, hairy armpits, or odors, but that doesn't mean Toronto cops didn't take those clues into consideration as well. The article said: "Plaintiff Alicia Ridge further alleges she was sexually assaulted during a roadside strip search." The first of the 20 comments following the story was from "Stan M" who said: "I doubt Alicia Ridge was ‘sexually assaulted.' There is a picture of her with the story." I went back and looked at her picture and I think Stan had a point. Not only was she unattractive, but she had that petulant, Gloria Allred "I hate men" look going on. Maybe Alicia and her fuzzy friends have a case. I don't know the laws about preventative detention in Canada, but I do appreciate the comic relief they provide as I follow the case.
Item 2: Across the ocean, the in-the-tank, Obama-supporting, mainstream media was in high dudgeon over Mitt Romney's speech in Jerusalem. In the media throng were semi-covert agents of the Multicultural Police who accused Romney of racism after he referenced a correlation between Israel's economic success and their democratic, Jewish culture that prizes education, equality, justice and human rights. Romney contrasted per capita GDP in Israel and the West Bank and attributed the difference to Israel's culture of entrepreneurship. Thought Police in the Mainstream Media immediately inferred a slam on Palestinian culture. Now, at some level the MSM has got to know today's Palestinian culture is sick. They must know kindergarten students in government schools are encouraged to become "shahids" - suicide bombers. They must know girls and women are murdered in "honor killings" if they dress like the women in the MSM dress every day. They must remember how Palestinian cousins in Egypt sexually assaulted 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan a few months ago, shouting "Jew! Jew! Jew!" But they overlook all that and slam Romney for his "gaffe."
Why? What kind of mental gymnastics are necessary to juxtapose all that with their cherished concept of Palestinians as victims of Israeli "oppression"?
First, they equate culture with race, though they're not the same thing. Racism is the belief that one race is superior to another - but they apply that logic to culture. Race is nature. Culture is nurture. One immutable, the other malleable. We used to learn that in Psych 101, but the multicultural brainwashing they got at the Columbia School of Journalism insists that "All cultures are equal!" That's the mantra for mental zombies of the multi-culti cult and it trumps everything for those true believers who comprise almost 90% of the Mainstream Media. Typical street scene in Palestinian West Bank
I don't know how many of them have actually been to Palestinian towns in the West Bank, but I have. Cultural clues are everywhere and contrast with Israeli culture is startling. Go into an Arab Muslim town in the West Bank and the first thing you notice is graffiti. The second is trash. It's everywhere, either strewn about or in overflowing trash containers, and it's not likely that I just happened to be in each town on trash day. It's like that every day. Arab towns such as Nazareth in Israel proper are not as bad, but not clean either (over a million Israeli citizens are Arab). The third thing you notice is men hanging around in the middle of the day, smoking and talking. I saw none working, except a few in restaurants we patronized
Lastly, there's Chick-fil-A. More than 600,000 turned out to support it when homosexual activists and their Democrat minions attacked it last week. After gay "marriage" is part of the Democrat Party platform, left-wing mayors in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia strong-armed the company because owners dared express conservative views on marriage. Democrats, the Mainstream Media, academia, and Hollywood have steadily cheered gay "marriage," but it's just not catching on - not when more than half a million spontaneously line up against it. The mayors quickly backed off, but it's too late for Democrats. They've jumped in with both feet and it's going to hurt them, big-time, in November.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.