Thursday, May 22, 2008
'Sadly Nein' Finds
We don't know if this is Ace or not. But it might be.
GERMAN HUMOR. Free-association commenter Penny will be all over us on this one. She doesn't like it when we don't keep up with the rest of the blogosphere on a timely basis. She may have a point this time. The blog entry we're referencing goes all the way back to April 9. And it concerns Ace of Spades, who isn't exactly at the top of our list of estimable bloggers. (We'd like him a lot more if he used some of his ad income to hire a damn copy editor to correct his spelling and apostrophe errors -- its, it's, its, it's, its, it's not all the same, pirate boy.) What can we say? We don't pay all that much attention to the blogosphere. So sue us. Today, we're writing about old news. In defense of Ace. The "Me Too" king of the Internet.
Even so. Ace is frequently smarter than he is redundant and careless. And he made a perfectly good point about Obama's "Let's Talk About Race" speech:
So long as Obama's having that "open, candid" discussion about race we've all so long wanted to have, perhaps we can finally begin to address the virulent anti-Semitism infecting large segments of the black population while we're at it, huh? Or wait -- are we not having that "open, candid" a discussion?
Okay, true, that's the whole thing. End of post. (How else do you get to be Conservative Blog of the Year?) But what's interesting sometimes is what happens after the right harpoon has been cleverly sunk in the blubber of the whale. Here's what Europe's "Best Humorous Blog in 2004," from Germany, had to say in response:
That is, of course, an important matter for candid discussion because there are whole legions of Jews who work in menial jobs and get refused service at Cracker Barrel1 because of oppression by their African-American overlords. Not to mention that Ace gets his familiarity with the opinions of "large segments of the black population" not by actually spending any time with any non-imaginary black people but instead by sitting home during the day watching Fox News while large segments of the black population are working at actual jobs.
I especially like the phrase "whole legions of Jews." Has a certain Teutonic ring to it, doesn't it? But not as much as the part about how they "get refused service at Cracker Barrel1..." [sic] Yeah, that's what really steams all the Jews I know (and don't start with me, you Sadly Neiners; I do know some Jews). If it weren't for the Cracker Barrel thing, they'd be completely okay with the fact that the minority they've done more to help than any other ethnic group on earth, going all the way back to the earliest days of the civil rights movement, is delighted to parrot all the anti-semitic bile uttered by the likes of Louis Farrakhan and Reverend Wright. Particularly at a time when most of the 'civilized' Old World is blithely willing to give Adumjihad a pass on his stated intention to nuke Israel out of existence.
It's absolutely fine that another ethnic minority is voluble about the desire of many of its members to see you and your homeland wiped off the face of the earth as long as there are no embarrassing incidents at third-rate chain restaurants.
It takes a really discerning intellect to reduce a question like Ace's to irrelevant, contemptuous farce. One might almost say it requires a German intellect. Which is odd. Given that when I made fun of Sadly Nein's boast about its European awards and German origin, its bloggers were quick to point out that they weren't really German, just smarter-than-average Americans.
Guess what? I'm thinking you're Germans. I'm thinking you're goddam Krauts. Only a Kraut would be too arrogant to realize that this is one subject people with ties to Germany should know better than to be superior and dismissive about.
P.S. If you're wondering about relevance, don't. Here's what's happening now.