1 Red Sox colors. I sometimes feel guilty about the fact that since I was 12, the fate of the Boston baseball team has been able to elevate or undermine my view of the day, existence and the cosmos regardless of what other far more objectively important and significant events have occurred within my family, in my life, or to nation or the world. It is because I care, as writer Roger Angell once wrote in his New Yorker essay “Agincourt and After” (I know I have quoted it before), and caring itself has importance, whatever the object of it…
“It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitive as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look — I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost. What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring — caring deeply and passionately, really caring — which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naivete — the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball — seems a small price to pay for such a gift.”
2. This video is almost res ipsa loquitur for its ethical content:
There you have it: proof positive of the slippery slope the sloppily sentimental, irresponsible support for “Dreamers” polishes to a fine sheen. The illegal immigration, open borders and anti-U.S. sovereignty activists won’t be satisfied, because they really think they have a right to just take U.S. citizenship irrespective of our laws. They will also call anyone who opposes that assertion “racist.” They are so deluded, moreover, that they don’t realize how much a display like the one above damages their unethical cause. I heard some commentators say the episode made them feel sorry for Pelosi. Sorry for her? Her demagoguery and her party’s dishonesty and cynicism on this issue is what created that mob.
This was what George Will calls “condign justice.”
3. Once I would have made Hillary’s NPR interview a freestanding post, but I want her to fade way into the obscurity that she so richly deserves, and I don’t want to keep picking on her, even though she appears to be determined to keep saying head-exploding, self-indicting things until the DNC has her kidnapped and spirited away to Sri Lanka.
Democrat Hillary Clinton refused to rule out challenging the legitimacy of last year’s presidential election in an interview released Monday afternoon, though she said such a move would be unprecedented and legally questionable.
“I don’t know if there’s any legal constitutional way to do that. I think you can raise questions,” Clinton told NPR’s Terry Gross during an extended interview on “Fresh Air,” before pivoting to criticism of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 race.
Gross quickly returned to her initial question, asking if Clinton would “completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?”
“No. I would not,” Clinton said.
Thus did Hillary Clinton give aid, authority and false moral cover to the undemocratic efforts of “the resistance” to undermine the President and pursue non-electoral means of removing him from office. Ten full months after November 8, 2016, the woman who lectured Donald Trump about how it was disgusting and dangerous for him to even hint that he might not accept the results of the election (after all, Hillary was certain that she would win) is saying that she has still not irrevocably accepted the results, and might yet join another effort–after encouraging an unjustified recount and encouraging an electoral college revolt—to throw the U.S. into a Constitutional crisis and domestic turmoil so she can get her grubby hands on the power she craves.
Her justification? Russian static and disinformation aimed to stain our democracy, and leaks of factual information showing the depth of her corruption and that of her party. Yet none of this rose to the level of manipulation Clinton’s own party used to win the 2012 Presidential race. Barack Obama hid his lie about the Affordable Care Act until he was safely elected. His IRS crippled conservative groups that wanted to bolster the effort to defeat him. He employed Susan Rice, the news media and Hillary herself to perpetuate the false narrative that the fatal attack on the Benghazi consulate was not an Al Qaeda operation, since he was campaigning on the lie that he had “decimated” the terrorist group. In addition, his party’s Senate leader issued an intentional and scurrilous lie, slurring his Mitt Romney by suggesting that he had inside knowledge that the candidate hadn’t paid any taxes. Despite this, no Republican ever suggested the election wasn’t legitimate, or that it could be overturned.
Clinton is beneath contempt, and at this point so is anyone who supports her, enables her, or makes excuses for her.
4. Finally on YouTube (I’ve been wanting to post on it for months):
This Allstate commercial, which has been running a long tome now, shouldn’t be funny. It’s tragic. The conduct of the driver’s family is rude, and the parents permitting the conduct are incompetent. This realistic scene is a troubling microcosm of how the culture is becoming fractured, anti-social, rude and callous. It demonstrates why fewer and fewer Americans know how to have conversations, and why they think cyber-contact is genuine contact.
The father should stop the car, and tell every member of the family to put aside their devices and talk to each other, or to get out and walk.
The Unabomber was right.