It's the Culture, Stupid

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Tale of two cities in the morning papers -- well, two and a half, if you include Mitt Romney. The Reverend Gerald Britt has a mesmerizing op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News today about the agony of Dixon Circle, the South Dallas neighborhood where a near-riot took place last week after police shot and killed a man who fought with them while fleeing a dope house.

Then on the Metro front of the News there's one of those sappy-positive Chamber-of-Commerce pieces reporting that the new downtown freeway deck park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway will be a center of nonstop fantabulous event-type activities breathing life into the giant glass-and-concrete real-estate resuscitation dummy that we bravely call our "Arts District."

And then finally everybody's got a story about Mitt Romney's supposedly awful gaffe in Israel yesterday when he said culture is the key element in the success and failure of nations, a remark I would only too eagerly embrace as racist and insensitive and elitist and he-put-his-dog-on-top-of-his-car-callous if it weren't so damned obviously true.

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Meanwhile, far away and in another universe from the deck park, South Dallas was still in deep shit.
Britt's piece about Dixon Circle is forcefully argued, based in part on the enormous social and financial cost we incur by tolerating a pocket of extreme deprivation in our midst. Average income in the neighborhood is $8,000. Britt quotes the Justice Atlas, a project of the Justice Research and Statistics Association, to show that imprisoning and paroling people from the Dixon Circle ZIP code, 75215, was costing us $26 million a year in 2008.

The imprisonment rate in 75215 in 2008 was 39.82 persons per thousand. By way of comparison, in 75206, my own ZIP code in Old East Dallas, the rate was 2.59 per thousand.

The man shot and killed last week was James Harper. Britt makes this powerful point: "Yes, there are people who have had it far worse than Harper who have nonetheless turned their lives around and are productive citizens -- even leaders. These are the exceptional ones. But the conditions breed a daily, dehumanizing hopelessness that often traps the unexceptional."

That's the rub. The kids who are born into it. What did they do to deserve this? What do we do to rescue them?

Then you have this sap-o-rama BJ piece on Metro about all the wonderful activities they're going to have on the deck park, a 5.2 acre area that will have a full-time staff of 25 to 30 people, and all of this only "20 minutes down the Dallas North Tollway" for visitors -- code for "an easy and safe drive for rich white people."

Oh, please. I'm not blaming the damned rich people for wanting to have their own fancy park next to the Resuscitation District. More power to them.

They're the ones paying for the staff through donations. As LBJ said, it's better to have the rich people inside the tent going to the bathroom than outside the tent having diarrhea in the new Belo Park water feature. Isn't that what he said, sort of? I forget. Something like that.

Anyway, welcome to downtown, all you rich Deck Park People. I advise you in the strongest possible terms to arrange your itinerary to avoid ZIP code 75215.

It's just such an astonishing contrast -- all of these little leotard children doing precious yoga in the deck park while less than four miles away children the same age are dodging bullets and beatings so they can run crack for guys like James Harper.

Am I allowed to say that? That it's a contrast? A stunning contrast? A heartbreaking contrast? Can we at least allow our hearts to see what Britt is showing us, if only for an instant?

Then we have the Romney kerfuffle in which he told an audience in Israel made up in part of fawning ultra-rich right-wing American Jews that the Palestinians are poorer than the Israelis at least in part because they have a less successful culture. And, believe me, I can count as well as anybody all the ways in which these remarks were insensitive, infelicitous, impolitic, undiplomatic, exploitative, aimed at getting more money from rich right-wing American Jews and so on and so forth.

The problem with all of that is that Romney is also right. What else would you call it?

One angry Palestinian official called Romney a racist. I'm afraid I have to do a big au contraire on that one. Romney was speaking specifically and obviously about culture, not race. The racist is the man who doesn't see the distinction.

And think about it. The evidence of history is that the Palestinians have achieved startling bursts of economic vigor in the brief windows between intifidas. In our own country and around the world where Palestinians have settled, they have established themselves as capable of great success.

So what's the difference back home? Obviously somebody is going to show up here in the comments arguing that it's all entirely the work of evil racist Israelis who wake up every morning lusting for more Palestinian misery. That simply does not wash, in history, in culture, in what we see around us in the world. I don't even believe that crap about Sheldon Adelson, and he's one of my favorite 1-percenter voodoo stick-pin dolls.

Culture is it. It doesn't mean you don't try to get into Dixon Circle and expose the kids there to a better culture than the one into which they were born. But it does mean that nothing will get better in Dixon Circle or in the Palestinian territories until the people living there adopt their own personal culture lifting up hard-working nonviolent achievement, peace, freedom and dignity over all other values.

And maybe none of that will happen if the rest of us just sit hardhearted on the other side of the line waiting for them to go away. People don't agree to go away. We shouldn't want them to go away. We should love and revere them as do we our own deck park.

Time to look in the mirror. Time for all of us. That includes ZIP code 75215. Includes the Palestinians. Includes Deck Park People. Romney's right. Culture is what counts.

Now all I have to do is figure out what culture we have in 75206. It's possible we value historic preservation a little bit higher than human beings. But, what? That's a tweak, right?


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The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

Anyone curious about my discussion on the Zionist collaboration with the Nazis can google it themselves. http://www.transferagreement.com/index.php?page=10197 is by Edwin Black the world renowned JEWISH authority on the subject.

"In 1984, The Transfer Agreement won the prestigious Carl Sandburg Award for best nonfiction of the year. The work led to my syndicated investigative weekly column, "The Cutting Edge," which appeared for about two years in some 40 Jewish newspapers.

In 1998, I was honored in a special ceremony at Chicago's Spertus Institute for The Transfer Agreement's contribution to a better understanding of the Holocaust. The event commemorated my donation of the 30,000 documents I had acquired during the book research. At the event, a woman in the audience rose and tried to introduce herself, but was frozen in tears. I understood her emotions, emotions I have experienced every day since I began to write The Transfer Agreement, emotions I am experiencing this moment as I type these words."

 

As to the farming see http://www.transferagreement.com/index.php?page=10196 by the same author.

"Agricultural settlements repeatedly failed in Palestine as Jewish idealists and dreamers tried to force the sandy and swampy wasteland to bloom. But, with the steady help of European and American Jewish philanthropists, the Jewish agricultural revival finally began to triumph over the neglected Palestinian terrain.

By the time airplanes were flying over the Mideast, the future of Jews in Palestine could be seen as green patches against a bleached beige backdrop. The green patches marked orange groves, the economic basis for Jewish survival in the Holy Land. When the young workers came from Russia , Poland , and even the United States , they were frequently settled on groves to grow oranges and other citrus for export.   Orange crates became the building blocks of Zionism.

Promising as those orange groves were, Jewish Palestine in 1933 was still little more than a collection of unconnected enclaves between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea . The nearly 200,000 Jews living in Palestine accounted for only 19 percent of the population. If the enclaves were to grow, into an actual homeland and fulfill the promise of God, Abraham, and Balfour, the orange groves would have to prosper. For that, more hands and more lands were needed."

 

Am I the only person who finds it disgusting when people like myself who tell the truth and even use impeccably jewish sources are accusing of bigotry and hatred for telling truths that izzehuggers do not want known? It should be be obvious why I disgusted with these malicious animals.

 

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

I knew you had this knowledge somewhere inside you, Mr. Schutze. Most of us have lived long enough to recognize that the problem with certain neighborhoods has nothing to do with the predominant skin color and everything to do with the culture. That said, we must take up the difficult question. Are we allowing these people reasonable access to a better culture? At that point, we people of "better culture" tend to start screaming at one another.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

At MINIMUM FEDERAL Wage, a person WORKING 40 hours a week for a year makes $15,000 and pays virtually NO taxes.  So WHY IS THE AVERAGE....THE AVERAGE!! IN DIXON CIRCLE, ONLY $8000 PER YEAR?  That is not a trick question....it is a RATIONAL question.   Maybe it is like the folks SITTING on their PORCH in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina....WAITING to be RESCUES....and the looters in their neighborhood SHOT at the folks that came to RESCUE them.

 

Sorry if ANYONE wastes their emotions feeling SORRY for this crowd of sorryass non voting non working ignorant porch bumps.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Here is our serial gaffer President embarrassing us in front of ten national leaders - one at a time.  His unchanging platitudes have become an international joke.  As the Danes demonstrate (this is painful to watch):

 

http://www.youtube.com/v/erYpXzE9Pxs&

 

 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Jim must have forgotten to bring his chew toy to work yesterday.

cheapoldgeezer
cheapoldgeezer

Deck Park...another Dallas fail.  Soon to be the place where rival gangs meet to shoot it out.  Kind of like those downtown night clubs. 

Nickster
Nickster

A little off topic from the conversation here, but 75215 isn't all bad. Don't forget The Cedars is inlcluded in it.

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

One would think Romney bright enough to notice the Palestinians are governed by a tyrannical, jewish military dictatorship whose purpose is to keep them subject to the whims of European Jews.

Albert
Albert

As far as the "Palestinian State" goes, it will never happen, it is not intended to happen, that is not in the Muslim plan, unless that state includes all of what for now is known by most as Israel.

 

There are several reasons, but the most obvious is, the "government" of Palestine hasn't rrally proved they can run a "Nation", and if they attain status of Nation and exhibit the same toolish antagonism they do now as an invented peoples, they will suffer the fate of "Nations" that act belligerantly towards neighboring nations, they'll get wiped out, and it'll all be notarized.

 

 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @holmantx Mitt the Twit hasn't yet realized how many people he insulted in Europe and the Middle East.  So expect no apology from him.  Romney proves that the very rich can also be trash.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Albert Most nations are allowed to control their  own imports and export.  Palestinians are under siege.   You don't really understand this issue.  It's Sharon and the Likuds who want a "Palestinian state"  The Palestinians want land, human and civil rights.   But, without a state, Israel will soon be a fully apartheid state, as Arabs will outnumber Jews.   Then Israel will be a full fledged Theocracy.   As democracy and Jewish State are not long both possible.  

 

the Palestinians  and ME Muslims just want rights, they don't care what the land is called.  They want the land theft to stop.  They want Israel to declare her borders.   No nation expands its' borders on a monthly basis, but Israel does.  The Israelis are the religious fanatics.  Palestinians want rights.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz NEXT TIME HE SHOULD JUST BOW DOWN AND KISS THEIR ROBES AND SEND THEM ALL A FEW BILLION US BORROWED DOLLARS TO MAKE THEM ALL LIKE HIM...RECON??

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @rufuslevin Most religions worship something akin to the tooth fairy although usually more than one. I have no problem with gods or even a single god but I will  wait until there is a unified opinion on the subject including which one and what it wants before addressing the subject.

 

In any event what was so important that all caps was required?

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @scottindallas Only one point to add here.  None of the Arab states surrounding Israel/Palestine want a Palestinian State either.  Except possibly Jordan, so they have someplace to ship their undesired Palestinian refugees off to.

The leading Arab states have been using the Palestinian cause to deepen resentment against Israel for decades.  If you really want to know why the Palestinians in the Middle East cant seem to find the success of their brethren in the US, look at how they are treated in Middle Eastern countries.  Syria, Jordan and Egypt bestow them no rights and contain them in refugee camps that make the Gaza Strip look like the Riviera.  In Kuwait City, palestinians are little more than slaves, passports held by their Kuwaiti 'employers', sequestered in the slums, doing scut work for pennies a day.  The same is true of Saudi Arabia.  It is culture that is keeping the Palestinians down, even, to an extent, Israeli culture.  But it is the Arab culture that is overwhelmingly keeping the Palestinians stuck in teir situation.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @scottindallas THE PALISTINIANS AS YOU CALL THEM PRODUCE NOTHING, LIVE IN HOVELS, AND ONLY GET JOBS WORKING VIA PERMITS IN ISRAEL.  WHAT GOOD ARE THEY TO THE WORLD??  ROCK THROWING IS NOT AN OLYMPIC SPORT YET...SO THEY CAN ONLY CHUNK AND ISRAELI TANKS WHEN THEY ARE NOT DIGGING TUNNELS INTO EGYPT.

Chiggers
Chiggers

 @scottindallas You've just about got it right, however, the Israelis are not religious fanatics. At least not the ones that are pushing the expansion.

 

Religion is the camouflage they wear and pious self-righteousness is their armor. After all, how DARE anyone question our sacred tribal Voo-Doo? Really not too much different than the deluded self-reverence or the other two branches of the Abrahamic traditions. The dates and figs don't fall too far from from the tree.

Albert
Albert

 @scottindallas 

 

The people in Palestine are not under seige by Israel. They are under siege by their own "government", and the people in Palestine are becoming aware of this.

 

One of the hurdles the Muslim left has to overcome in this revolution is the illiberal Western left. Damn strange situation.

 

Daniel
Daniel

Let me be the first to say that I, for one, believe that the editorial decision to use all caps almost always betokens persuasive rhetoric animated by a keen, searching intelligence.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @The_Iron_Webmaster Some people compensate for their shortcomings with sportscars, bottle blondes and booze; Ol' Rufus just uses caps lock.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @mcdallas be careful, you're ignoring our role in the middle east in ousting leaders we don't like, dictators we support and coups we've launched.  Our heavy hand requires concessions from these leaders on foreign policy and trade--which is a betrayal of the constituents these leaders represent.  When we demand only corrupt leaders emerge, or we embargo and isolate those that hold fast; we have no place to point fingers.

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @mcdallas  @Sotiredofitall 

I never said Israel was any better than the surrounding countries.

 

Now explain to me how whatever the conditions in the surrounding countries Jewish military tyranny is justified.

 

Are you saying Israel should keep up with the Jones (Omars?) and run its own despotic dictatorship as a status thing?

 

Please explain.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @RTGolden again, the Arab nations have full recognition on offer for Israel.  All they have to do is to negotiate peace with the Palestinians.  I've never heard Arabs nor Palestinians insist on their own state, they focus much more on civil, human and land rights.   Israel's position will doom it, Sharon and Barak have both said so, as the demographic bomb is far more dangerous for Israel than the Palestinians. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @scottindallas You misunderstand me, Scott.  I don't support Israel's actions.  However, I also realize that Israel is in a position that is unenviable.  To give an inch is to risk a mile.  You're citing a lot of good material from The Palestinian Papers and Dayton, and elements of the Palestinian leadership have made sincere gestures of peace.  The problem is, the situation on the ground is rarely reflected in the polite writings and speeches given around the world.  

 

To say that the Arab League wants the Palestinian situation to remain as it is, is not an excuse, it is a cold hard fact.  This fact does not absolve Israel of her sins, it merely points out that Israel isn't the only sinner in the pews.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @RTGolden That is one of the most overplayed excuses.  The Palestinian refugees want their homes, that they lived in for generations, literally centuries returned.  They are refugees to preserve their right to return (or for compensation for those lands)  in 48 the Nakba displaced 700k people, while the Jewish zealots turned to the Book of Joshua and destroyed whole cities, leaving not a stone standing upon another.  

 

To justify this they pointed to a 3000 year old book as their title.   The dynamic you describe of stateless people being exploited is very common here too.  Or did you forget about those to the South who come here for similar reasons.   It is deliberate policy of the state of israel to make life in the occupied territories so untenable that they will leave.   Israel would be more aggressive, but that would cost them the support of their lone supporter, US.  We, as a matter of policy have long held the settlements to be illegal and an obstacle to peace, yet Israel thumbs their nose at us.   Look at Bush's refusal to extend $10B in loan guarantees for these settlements, and the backlash among the Jewish vote and support. 

 

We don't support Kuwait and the other Arab states as we do Israel.  As an American I am focused on what our country does that is wrong, and what we support tacitly.  You're getting distracted, just as Save Tibet stickers are stupid   Israel is doing the same or worse, why look to China, who we have little control over?

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @Chiggers  @scottindallas 

Actually the war criminals in the West Bank are of two kinds only. Those who do it for financial benefit and those who do it because they are religious nutcases. Even though history and archaeology have demonstrated conclusively that the OT is all fairy tales the fruitcakes celebrate the genocidal conquest of bibleland and declare they will do it again. Genocide from those who whine about it only when it is done to them.

 

You have to love the irony.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @rufuslevin ever heard of the USS Liberty?  They say it was a case of mistaken identity, but what explains the strafing of the liferafts?   That's a war crime even if it's your enemy.  They were trying to cover up other war crimes in the Sinai they were committing.  It was, ironically a Jewish American Intelligence officer flying high overhead that intercepted the Israeli radios and recorded many other war crimes committed by Israel in their unprovoked attack in 67.  Before you question any of these facts, check them again--they're all dead on accurate.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Albert albert, you need to look up "under siege" before you blather on.  

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @rufuslevin 

True but the Jewish pogroms (as Netanyahu calls them) in the West Bank do in fact threaten to kill non-Jews. The pogroms do but mosques. The pogroms do in fact murder non-Jews.

 

And the pogroms are all conducted while protected by the pimply faced Jews with guns in uniform. They are pogroms sanctioned and protected by the government of Israel.

 

At least that is what all the Israeli newspapers report. Try reading jpost.com and haaretz.com for openers.

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @rufuslevin Pimply faced is appropriately derogatory for children who impose the jewish tyranny. As reported weekly in Israeli newspapers they delight in humiliating non-Jews. It appears to be their chosen form of recreation.

 

As that is juvenile behavior pimply faced is an appropriately derogatory.

 

And the IDF makes only point of not assigning Druze to the West Bank so there is little chance these immature bullies are not Jews.

 

Do you believe the routine humiliation of non-Jews as all Israeli news sources reports is praiseworthy? If so, why? What is your basis for objecting as you know how these pimply faced Jews treat non-Jews?

Chiggers
Chiggers

 @Albert Beg off. *chuckle* Of course you would.

 

Substantive debate is not your strong point, is it, Albert?

 

 

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @Albert 

Even the most fervent izziehugger or best paid hasbaraite, whichever you are, would not claim Palestinians exercised their human right to self-determination and voted to be ruled by the IDF. Therefore they are ruled by a military dictatorship.

 

The I in IDF stands for Israel which is a Jewish and democratic state. Therefore it is a jewish military dictatorship.

 

That the occupied people are not left alone except for legitimate military necessity makes it a tyranny. Declaring so many places in the West Bank to be state property of Israel is obviously tyranny. Draining West Bank aquifers is obviously theft of natural resources for the benefit of the jewish occupying power. Anything done that is not a military necessity which does not benefit the occupied people is quite simply a war crime under the Hague V convention which Israel cites as its authority to rule millions of non-Jews.

 

Therefore tyrannical, jewish military dictatorship is a legitimate and correct description.

 

Of course you will beg out of the impossible. My apologies that the issue is more than one sentence making you unable to respond. It is really quite simple.

 

End the tyranny.

 

Sic Semper Tyrannis

 

Albert
Albert

 @The_Iron_Webmaster 

 

You seem to know as much about dictatorship as you do about making your point in one sentence or less, and on that note, I'll beg off.

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @Albert 

But lets get to your rationale, from the West Bank into Israel. So please explain why there are only 1000 checkpoints inside the West Bank that have nothing to do with border crossings into Israel.

Why must they meet pimply-faced wannabe SS types to travel to Jordan?

 

It looks for all the world like gratuitous malevolence. How do you justify supporting the Jewish military tyranny?

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @Albert 

I was simply pointing out they are under the rule of a foreign military and that does in fact constitute a military dictatorship. You are trying very foolishly to conflate the foreign military rule with the actions of one's own government. It is difficult to believe anyone passed high school and with an IQ over 80 cannot discriminate between foreign and domestic military rule. Therefore must ask why the attempt to conflate the two?

 

Albert
Albert

 @The_Iron_Webmaster 

 

No more than your time with the TSA agent means you have pimples.

 

These checkpoints are run as they are because statistics show that most people who blow up in Israel come from the West Bank, though those checkpoints.

 

 

 

 

The_Iron_Webmaster
The_Iron_Webmaster

 @Albert  @scottindallas If they are not under siege does that mean Palestinians can travel from their homes to Jordan without ever seeing a pimply-faced Jew in uniform with a rifle demanding to see their Papieren?

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