Thursday, August 11, 2011

Max Hastings Says it Better Than I could

Max Hastings writes for the UK Daily Mail. His assessment of the societal deterioration in Britain is one that should lead to some introspection here in the U.S.

Notice the rioters all seem to have cell phones.

Some quotes:
A century ago, no child would have dared to use obscene language in class. Today, some use little else. It symbolises their contempt for manners and decency, and is often a foretaste of delinquency.

If a child lacks sufficient respect to address authority figures politely, and faces no penalty for failing to do so, then other forms of abuse — of property and person — come naturally.

So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable. They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.

They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Punxsutawney Phil Confirms Global Warming

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that predicts the arrival of spring, confirmed today that spring will indeed arrive early.  "Clearly," said Phil, who failed to see his shadow this morning, "gloal warming will lead to an early and warmer-than-normal Spring season this year."  Phil went on to predict that Ground Hog Day will have to be moved up to mid January because Spring will be coming so much earlier now. When asked to explain how it is that the reason that he cannot see his shadow was because of a monumental snow storm, Phil said, "Look buddy, I don't make the rules.  I just call it like I see it."