30 Apr 2010
I don't think anybody should degradate anybody either.
30 Apr 2010
Eugenicsbad The Emailer?
Or: Invitation To A Whitsun Beheading
Perhaps Dean Martha Min[n]ow tried and failed to "fish up" (that was a Winbad the Whaler of a pun, HF, and prompts the thought that the little fish in the big Harvard slough (come fiendish bombers and fall on the Crimson Tide) of despond law student is now something of a "Jonah" who might be tossed overboard (and who should not be confused with NRO's Jonah Goldberg given that the era of Ivy League "counting noses" quotas has passed; replaced, to be sure, by other quotas - I mean "goals")) was "degrading" as in "degrading to blacks" (over 2,000 Google hits), or, taking into account the comments regarding women and mathematics, "degrading to women" (about 376,000 Google hits).
Or maybe the dull dean was eschewing "denigration" to avoid any semblance to the verboten "N-Word" as in the "niggardly" which, higgledy-piggledy, led to the resignation of this fellow:
One should probably avoid claiming (as an example of Parkinson's Law) that the work of stamping out denigration expands to fill the time of legions of "diversity officers" and the like. Thanks, btw., to Google for informing me regarding Parkinson's Law of Triviality "(also known as the bicycle* shed example, and by the expression colour of the bikeshed)". At the risk of being taken out to the woodshed for any celebration of suspicion of something non-Irish or non-Hebraic in the woodpile, I'll timorously acknowledge that The Wife and one of my daughters have a touch of acanthosis nigricans beneath the nape of their necks and won't dwell on the fact that Parkinson's Disease involves the degradation of the substantia nigra. -Sorry - to quote BS Eliot, I fear that I have "become insubstantia nigricans, reduced by passing wind, a breath of swine and the woodsong blog."
* bicycle: As noted by dumbledoresarmy, "Women's clothing and la cuisine francaise: that is where battle, it seems, will be joined, and is being joined, in France."** By all means (and by all means necessary), let us Americans and British join France in her battle of Tours de France. Let us send them the like of Sir Walter Raleigh. 'Gainst the Saracens let us gird up our loins and gear up to loose an arrow shower (somewhere raining down on the dishdashas and burqas) from our Sturmey-Archers. May the Lance of France and the Arm of the Code Napoleon be long and strong!
(Once more (unto the britches, dear friends) , malignantly comes to mind, Balzac)
** For more than meats the eye:
You won't be makin' de grade wif no peddlin' Ware's Group.
- Whittaker "Whitey Chillin' " Chambers
30 Apr 2010
Sis Boom Bah Errata
I left out the words, "the word" before "Dean Marth Brown tried and failed 'to 'fish up'..." Also, with respect to "Crimson Tide," Harvard's carmine (or for that matter, Airborne Isabel's facial nether regions or the wrong region code of the DVDs gifted to Gordon Brown) has, of course, naught to do with Alabama which does have something to do with "Sweet Home Alabama" which now has something to do with "Werewolves of London."