While the New Rome burns…

The Equity Industry strides onward through its familiar realm of the ludicrous:

Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.

Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

Yes, the linguistic cudgel that is the peanut butter sandwich takes its place in the arsenal of racist demagoguery.

Then again, Portland in known to tread wobbily on the fine line between clever and stupid:

H/T Ed Driscoll

Democratic National Convention turns into Spinal Tap 2012 tour

Adam Baldwin ‏@adamsbaldwin

BREAKING (h/t @LarryOConnor): Obama’s #DNC2012 acceptance speech to be moved from 74K seat BofA Stadium to 20K seat Time Warner Arena.

And from “This is Spinal Tap”:

Marty: The last time Tap toured America, they where, uh, booked into 10,000 seat arenas, and 15,000 seat venues, and it seems that now, on their current tour they’re being booked into 1,200 seat arenas, 1,500 seat arenas, and uh I was just wondering, does this mean uh…the popularity of the group is waning?
Ian: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no…no, no, not at all. I, I, I just think that the.. uh.. their appeal is becoming more selective.

The BBC and the debate on “anti-liberal” doctrines

The BBC concludes an item on the manifesto of convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik thusly:

Breivik offers a clear instance of “Christianism” – the use of travestied Christian doctrines for the advancement of violent and revolutionary views. That is no reason for anyone to demonise more than a billion worshippers of Jesus Christ. By the same token, Islamism remains a political perversion of a Muslim faith shared by a billion souls.

Such anti-liberal doctrines can be – and have been – defeated by robust discussion and debate.

And justly so. Fair enough, Auntie Beeb, you first:

The British Broadcasting Corporation has spent almost £333,000 in legal costs associated with its efforts to conceal the Balen Report, a 2004 internal inquiry into the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict whose contents were never released to the public.

After all, robust debate in England over anti-liberal doctrines has been going on since at least 1644.