I am very disappointed to see you promote that most disgusting ritual of American piggery and stupidity, the hot dog eating contest (“Hot Dog!” Sept. 8, 2005). It is perhaps the most appropriate symbol of the shameless gluttony that has become an integral part of the American character. The attitude behind it is responsible for a great deal of morbidity and mortality and our enormous medical bills and therefore our high taxes. It is about as appropriate as a contest to see who can smoke the most cigarettes in an hour, drink the most whiskey, drive the fastest without seatbelts, shoot the most dope, snort the most coke, etc. It’s not a skill. It’s a form of madness.
-Kurt Butler, Kahului
The Editor responds: Who can drink the most whiskey? That’s the greatest contest idea ever. Thanks!
BEST LETTER EVER
Maui Time is really good, though I might mount a psuedo-attack today. [Anthony] Pignataro—the editor—attacks algebra as useless in teaching one to think (Take 5, Sept. 8, 2005). This piques the old math teacher’s interest and he considers leveling the upstart, only to re-build him upon a more informed and balanced foundation. We got the political right attacking science; our left shouldn’t blunder into the same mistake.
This man Pignataro—who has perhaps created a pseudonym that subliminally uses the Hawaiian’s (and my) favorite food to enhance his readership… Even stooping so low as to subliminally incorporate Denny’s pig ‘n a blanket (sausage under a pancake I think and am drooling thinking about it)—owes Arabia an apology.
Ignorance is using knowledge to undermine knowledge, and this is a perfect example.EBecause you don’t know enough or have ignored (ignorance) that there would be no Maui Time without the incredible wonders of algebra, is in perfect keeping with your promulgating Foucault as an example of a more functional thinker.
Such is the mental mishmash since the post-modern deconstructionists ensnared the minds of two generations of witless college graduating Americans. The right wing didn’t suck up to these French folks with physics envy and a grudge against gravity—the humanities departments did—and it has a lot to do with creating the weakened left and the absurd anti-evolutionist right.
And it is doubly hurtful to the cause of liberality he would espouse, for both Al’s—Al Jabhr and Al Einstein—used this algebra he would disdain to create the modern world. Like it or not, it is the one reality that has undergone the formality of occurring!
People all have their own subjective “truth” and “reality,”Ebut if there weren’t the same “objective reality” for everyone, there wouldn’t be any science. Zero tech goodies, Anthony—sticks and stones.
PS: Thanks for the great paper!!!!! Do you know where the distinction is made between two kinds of minds—literal and ironic? That, I hear, is where the battle lies. I totally love your Lindbergh flight (Coconut Wireless, Sept. 1, 2005)! I love laughter more than anything and my jaw dropped. Howls and howls.
I’ve written a “de-cookstruction” of Captain Cook like that (only because I am Captain Cook: Captain James Cook Loomis.)
Things can only move so fast. I’m a blunt old curmudgeon. Can’t push the river, so I’ll go jump in it.
-Jim Loomis, via email