Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"American Hero Weekend" (Canadians Need Not Apply?)

Cartoon Network is advertising an "American Heroes Weekend," which promises "pain and suffering for the bad guys." Should be fun, especially if they show the Justice League Unlimited. But while googling for the scheduled lineup, I came across this comment on a message board that calls for a serious moment. Here's the comment, from toonzone.com:

"Next weekends schedule for American Heroes weekend looks good and the promo 'Toon is airing looks great, my only complaint is they managed to slither in Johnny Test which makes me mad because he does not fit the mold of a standard hero and the show is Canadian, not American."
This isn't some grade schooler, mind you; according to the poster's profile, he's a college student. (Yes, that was written by a college med student...shudder.) I know the colleges are hotbeds for anti-American propaganda nowadays, but this is one of those comments that gives credence to the stereotype of the "ugly American" or the redneck stereotypes (hmmm...the poster's location is stated as Texas...). Yeah, and Jesus was an American, too.. Well, then...let's set ol' Tex straight with a little anecdote about a real American hero:

Ayn Rand, a Russian immigrant (read "escapee from the Soviets) was a pro-American. One day, while giving a political speech, a heckler asked her, "Why should we care what a foreigner thinks?", Rand replied "I chose to be an American. What did you ever do, except for having been born?"

Right on. And I'll add that America, a nation of immigrants, is not a tribe, or race, but an idea that transcends borders. I haven't watched the show myself, but I'm not aware of any political aspect to it (it's really a show for kids, not college students, but hey, knock yourself out.) But, barring any specific anti-American sentiment on the show, if there's a Canadian fighting for truth and justice, then he is fighting for the "American way" (what's left of it, anyway...) Considering that Obama was elected president, I'd say that many too many native-born Americans don't deserve the title...

9 comments:

Damien said...

Joe Maurone,

You know I hear that in many Asian societies "race" is still a requirement for becoming a citizen. According John Kenneth Press in his book "Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future,"

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Japan is a racist country. You cannot without marriage, (assuming the reader is not of Japanese Descent) become Japanese. If you ask the Japanese why you cannot become Japanese you would receive a stare of incredulity. Have you looked in the mirror lately? When inter-racial marriages occur, the resulting "mixed blood" children are barred from military service. This exclusion will effectively exclude them from many employment opportunities. Koreans and Chinese have the same sort of rules. This is shocking and outrageous to an American audience. But these countries' policies fall well the traditional spectrum traditional culturist behaviors.
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The exact quote can be found on page 54, the first page of the third chapter of the book. Although I can't quote too much more here, before going on to talk about how Muslim countries discriminate based on religion, John press basically goes on to point out how America is one of the least racist countries on Earth Today. Tell that to any Radical Leftists the next time they claim that America is such a racist society. You can point out how our Immigration laws pretty much ignore race entirely. The thinking of that collage student is much more common in many other parts of the world. In fact in some parts of the world its so common and been a part of the culture so long that the people born and raised there think nothing of it, and to them our non racist way of thinking would seem strange.

Joe Maurone said...

Thanks for sharing, Damien. Sad to hear that about Japan...

Damien said...

Joe Maurone,

You're welcome. Try not to be too upset through because there really isn't much you could do that might change it anyway. Besides you're happy as American are you not? You might actually want to read Culturism, even through I doubt that you will entirely agree with John's Philosophy, I don't even agree with it much of it either. However, It will give you a new found appreciation for our western cultural heritage, and how special the west is. I didn't even know that about Japan before I read his book. In fact according to him most Asian cultures still discriminate based on race in a similar manner.

Here's a link to place with more information on the book if you are interested. They also provide a link to a place where you can buy it, if you want.

Culturism - Right Truth Book Club Selection

Everything it says about the author is accurate except one thing. He finished studying and is now a professor. I happen to know because I'm in frequent contact with him and I read many of the things he has written.

Here's a link to his blog,

Culturism Blog

Damien said...

Joe Maurone,

By the way, here's something about another person from a foreign land who's fighting for American Values in his own country. Unlike Johny Test he's a real person, and He's someone Bosch Fawstin admires, so hopefully you heard about this from him earlier. Otherwise maybe I should have told you about this earlier, but Geert Wilders is still being charge with Hate Speech. Despite all the efforts to stop the Dutch authorities from doing so.

Citizen Warrior, has an action alert out on and it talks about ways that you and Landon Erp can help, if you guys want to and are able to.

Action Alert: Support Geert Wilders

But you will need to hurry, since you won't have much time, his trial is five days from now.

Also Pastorius, has some advice on how you can.

Free Geert Wilders

Wilders is a brave man standing up for Freedom, and he needs all the help he can get.

Damien said...

Joe Maurone,

Sorry, I should have noticed this when I first posted it, but I accidentally wrote the last sentence of that quote from John's book wrong, leaving out a couple of words and repeating another one. It was supposed to go like this.

This is shocking and outrageous to an American audience. But these countries' policies fall well within the traditional spectrum of culturist behaviors.

I figured I should correct it now that I noticed it, so that other people who read it, are not puzzled and ask why that sentence does not make sense and what John actually meant by it. Sorry about that. I have a bad habit of posting comments without correcting all my mistakes. I need to get out of that habit.

Joe Maurone said...

Damien, thanks for mentioning Wilders. Well aware of him, but he hasn't been discussed here yet. Truth is, I know the overall story, but not the particulars, so I am not personally comfortable adding my own comments or analysis...yet.

Joe Maurone said...

That said, from what I DO know, he has MY support.

Damien said...

Joe Maurone,

I'm glad to hear you already knew about him. I understand how you feel by the way and its perfectly reasonable to hold off writing about something you don't think you know enough about. That is usually a good idea to avoid embarrassing yourself by making a ton of mistakes. His trial is going to be held tomorrow. I just hope the Dutch authorities don't put Wilders in prison for standing up to jihadists. It looks like they're determined to prosecute him, so he'd better have an excellent lawyer.

Joe Maurone said...

Damien, I just learned about the trial starting tomorrow. I do understand enough about what this means, and what's at stake, so today's entry is dedicated to Wilders, with a link to his defense fund.