It would seem that Tom has been into the Christmas grog a bit of late, given the disjointed and illusionary triad he has written. I am sure he will be displeased to know the photo he chose to illustrate Mandela is of a larger-than-life bronze statue in the Sandton Mall in Sandton, an affluent suburb of Johannesburg, which is the fanciest, most upscale shopping mall in the whole of Africa. A true capitalist haven if there ever was one.
On numerous occasions, I have had the opportunity to admire this rendering of a truly great man from my hotel room in the Michelangelo Hotel and marveled at the good he brought South Africa; including the shopping mall and many fine restaurants that surround his likeness in Mandela Square. A lesser, vindictive man would have destroyed the country and things like the Sandton Mall would never have come to be.
Where Tom truly goes off the rails is in the effectiveness of the sanctions as he riles about the Republicans who opposed them. It was the many, many poor Africans who suffered for years because of this particular set of poorly conceived and applied sanctions. This I saw during the many trips I made to South Africa during what is still called “sanction times,” when recalling the economic difficulties for most. The Republicans and many others of the time knew who would be hurt and were against them for this reason – not as a support for apartheid. In my world view, if such sanctions truly worked, Cuba would have been free years ago.
Did these sanctions help end apartheid? Perhaps, but if so in a minor way as the country was changing dramatically under the forces from within – with the majority of the white population, including the Afrikaners supporting an end to apartheid. To be sure, any help in changing a bad political system is important. This is why I was quite happy with how Pinochet sorted out Chile’s problems (a bit of a barb at Tom).
Importantly, Tom do not despair, there will be great men and women in the future, just as there have been in the past. People like Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan and Margret Thatcher will arise and perhaps a Mandela-like person will lift the Middle East out of its perpetual despair someday. Have faith Tom, history has shown that there are good, brave people amongst us and they will respond to the call. Now, if we can just find someone to undertake the repair of our own failed government when Obama is out, life will be ever so good.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
I find someone complaining about cigarette smoke, while standing next to a roadway, filled with vehicles pumping out carcinogens at a rate that can be measured in tons per hour, to be somewhat less than credible. Life is messy, and there is no such thing as a risk-free existence. Get over it, or don't. First world problems. Jeez.
CW13: You're taking the like/dislike thing too seriously. It doesn't go on your permanent record or anything.
I misspoke. What I meant is that even the editor himself weighed in on my anti Dehaney rants. I do have a legit reason as I explained. You have to admit I do keep things interesting. If that picture is you and your son, I'm going to give you some advice. It looks like he's got his thumb and forefinger like a gun. You may want to discourage that. I'd hate to see the young man do that at school and get expelled. I'd wish you a happy hoilday, but I'd only get more dislikes.
CW13: Just because I asked you a question about your motivations doesn't mean I dislike you. My feelings don't run that strongly either way about you other than my general appreciation that you visit our website relatively frequently.
Ronko: More info about these "rants and vulgarities," please.
meme? Have you considered psychiatric help ?
It's just so much more fun to hit dislike. I log in to mulitple computers just to hit dislike as often as I can. It's like the old meme of repeatedly calling a wrong number and yelling "asshole". I'm just waiting for Facebook to get a dislike button. Then the real fun will begin.
Don't feel bad, Amigo. It's me, not you. I've been doing this for 2 years now and have become the token, much hated right winger. All some people have to do is see my picture and they click dislike without even reading what I wrote. You can't imagine some of the hatred sent my way. Last year a rather civil fellow, Allan Bartlett wrote about using his loaded penis on my mother. When I pointed out that it was impossible as she is no longer with us, I got 10 dislikes. Go figure. Last month Juan something wished me to get into an accident on my bike. I'll never give up on the Geekly because I annoy the Hell out of these stooges and love every minute of it. I'm up for a beer after the Holidays are over. I just hope this works out better than the last time I got friendly with a " foe". The person I speak of is the one and only Mr. Danehy. Alot of people who read this hate me because I rag on him. Even Gibson the editor recently put his 2 cents in. My first e-mail to Tom ended with me callng him an atomic asshole. I was wrong and down the road admitted it to him. Over the years we learned to accept each other for who we are. We rarely agreed, but learned to discuss our differences in a civil way. When a reader brought his weight into a discussion I went to bat for Tom and defended him. We actually became friends. A while back Tom said in his column that was still waiting for one example of a man with a gun preventing a crime. The monthly N.R.A. magazine has a column called the armed citizen which has just that. I sent some to Tom and he hasn't spoken to me since. All because I won an arguement with him he blew me off like I never existed. O.K. let's start the dislikes !!
I agree with your comments about Jim Monaco. I could spend a day listening to his wonderfully entertaining commentaries; in fact, I have.
As I try to rise above the strange dislikes...reaching across the aisle so to speak. WTF is up w/these readers. I always liked the Weekly for its generally liberal stance. Liberal defined by my Macbook means generous, open to a broad sense of ideas, etc. Here, two generally opposing views come together on a single idea, which is a rare commodity in our culture, and we get negative reviews for it. CW13...it ain't us this time. Perhaps it's time to read other weeklies, or papers. This one is getting difficult to take seriously.
Institutions like the New York Times and the New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal are institutions because they treat their subject matter with respect, whether one agrees with their stance or not. I like a paper that can be edgy, prosaic, conversational, or even hip. But in my opinion at times the Weekly tries to be too hip w/rants, vulgarities, etc and credibility begins to erode. CW13, my conservative friend/foe, let's grab an adult beverage sometime, and rise above the slag.
Flagstaff also has free parking downtown - not a lot of it, but what there is, is free. The city decided to put in meters last year, and MANY people said they just wouldn't go downtown any more. So, Tucson - wonder why no one is downtown?
You can divide up the 200(400) among different organizations. These donations also reduce your federal income as a charitable contribution.
I agree that Gustavo often takes a thoughtful and interesting question, one that dares display a naiveté about Mexican and Mexican-American culture, and dances around it with humorous derision and wordplay rather than dig deeper into the matter. Humor is part of his stock in trade, but it's still possible to address the question with humor and jocularity instead of ignoring it, or fearing like actually answering the question will ruin the column with too much dour gravitas.
I wish the man Happy Holidays and get a dislike. It ain't easy being me. Grasias, ronko.
Mountain View, California, has FREE parking throughout its downtown -- on-street and in garages just behind the street-facing retail buildings.
Question - can you take the tax credit for just one contribution per year, or if you make contributions to multiple organizations that serve the working poor, can you get multiple credits?
Egualamente, mi amigo.
Thank you, ronko. Happy Holidays to you.
Typically I disagree w/CW13's comments. Yet his first 6 sentences are on point. Mandela was one of the worlds great heroes and Danehy's comments today, much like the talking heads and politicians he aptly criticizes bring more attention to himself and his poor writing on the topic. Mandela's life speaks for itself and deserves to be celebrated, not pontificated. Mandela deserved better from this paper. Thanks a lot, Danehy for putting me in the position of me agreeing at least in part with my usual idealistic foe. CW13 who I tend to disagree with often speaks with good sense and respect even though I usually disagree. I do not dislike Rush and his conservative ilk for expressing their conservative ideals, it's the delivery that is annoying, arrogant and aggressive. In this column Danehy's delivery is dangerously close to those he despises.
Icecld: Just an oversight on the upload. I'll put it up later today.
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