1 Exploitation carnage. I feel so sorry for David Hogg. No teenaged male so obviously locked into the arrogation asshole stage of the maturation process, should be exposed to public scrutiny like this. His intemperate and foolish rhetoric will haunt him for the rest of his life. He will either be humiliated when his brain cells kick in, or he will develop into a full-fledged monster. What if he wants to go in a different direction in his life and career? I wouldn’t hire him. Who would? He’s restricted to left-wing activists until he changes his name or does a high-profile mea culpa and goes on a reinvention tour. Celebrity, as Paul Petersen has spent his life trying to teach us, is disastrous for kids; never mind: the cynical, ruthless partisan operatives who made Hogg into their weapon and shield don’t care about him, just the momentary political advantages he represents. When he is chewed up and spit out, as he certainly will be, they will have forgotten his name.
2. A half-Fick sighting! A (she says) transgender woman who calls herself “Lauren” on Twitter claimed to be drugging attendees of a conservative conference in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, tweeting
“I love my job at the phoenix convention center starbucks and i love slipping my spare estradiol pills in the coffee of anyone wearing a #WesternConservativeConference lanyard.”
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe penned an op-ed for The Washington Post to contest the allegation of his “lack of candor” with federal investigators. I have been writing (here and here and here) on the contrast between the treatment of McCabe and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. McCabe has been erroneously portrayed as “losing his pension” but has not been charged. Flynn was charged and accepted a plea deal under 18 U.S.C. 1001 for making a false statement to investigators. Now McCabe is raising virtually the same defense that did not work for Flynn: that there was a lot going on and he was “confused and distracted.”
In a fair world, I want to see people like Michael Flynn charged with lying to law enforcement officials. I want to see Martha Stewart and Scooter Libby charged too. I think lying to investigators should be a crime; it drives me crazy that on just about every procedural on TV, we constantly see officers come back to those they have interviewed and the subjects always say, “OK, I wasn’t being truthful. I was there.’ The nice cops or FBI agents never charge them. They should.
That is, they should if government employees are routinely charged for lying, and they are not. James Clapper, for example, has been tweeting his support for McCabe, and well he might: he escaped accountability for lying to Congress. Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI. I have no sympathy for Flynn, but if his defense attorneys use this hypocrisy and double standard to defend him, it will call public attention to a persistent application of The King’s Pass that should be stopped.
4. This is the level of debate and public policy rhetoric that your progressive friends are saying we should be “proud of.” (Pointer: Victory Girls)
- Parkland student Alex Wind at yesterday’s march:
“If teachers start packing heat, are they going to arm our pastors, ministers and rabbis? … Are they going to arm the person wearing the Mickey Mouse costume at Disney? This is what the NRA wants, and we will not stand for it!”
Apparently basic analogy skills were not being taught at Parkland. Then there’s this sign from the “March”:
Uh, no. Now explain to me why any informed adults should take seriously the protests, chants and accusations of anyone who would think this, much less broadcast the fact that they think it?
Then we have…
Hey, good point! Wait...what? Forget about gun control: this sign suggests a serious public education crisis. Then there is…
A mother actually tweeted out that she was proud of her son for proving his ignorance and lack of critical thinking skills by his creation of this sign. (Yes, she shows that this public educxation problem is of long-standing.) Let’s see:
- The Second Amendment DOES protect AR-15s
- Gun do equal protection
He is correct that thoughts and prayers do not automatically equal change, but the assiduous lack of thought signs like this represent don’t help either. Neither does this sign..
Hey, nobody’s talking about banning guns!
5. Epiphany: This isn’t about right vs left, Democrats vs Republican, NRA vs Gun-Grabbers, or even the Second Amendment. The post-Parkland freak-out, including yesterday’s D.C. gun-hate orgy, is about reason vs emotion, and that’s all.
I’ve given the supporters of the “Children’s Crusade” ample opportunities to articulate a single, fair, persuasive, fact-based argument in support of the extreme calls for new regulations (aka “sensible gun control”) as if the measure being discussed have any connection to the facts of the Parkland shooting, when they don’t. Explain to me why this isn’t just cynical exploitation on the way to incrementally eliminating gun right. Explain to me how anyone can claim that these measures will end school shootings when they wouldn’t have stopped the last one. Explain to me why the opinions of teenagers should be accorded more weight on this topic than tax policy or campaign financing?
Nothing. Crickets. Oh, there is plenty of deflection and subject changing. “How dare you insult these passionate kids?” “Where is your empathy?” Then I get the tricks:
- “What’s your solution, then?” Hey, I’m not the one claiming an “epidemic of school shootings.” There isn’t one.
Rights in a free society get abused. That’s a feature, not a bug. “What’s your solution?” is “Do something!” in the form of a question.
- Here was one of my favorites, from a journalist: “If there was no Second Amendment, what would you recommend then?” I love it. You can’t win an argument based on reality, so change the facts to what you can deal with. There is a Second Amendment.
- “Warren Burger said that the Second Amendment was about militias!” Yes, a lawyer actually tried this one on me—a liberal lawyer, whose tribe detested Burger (who was a pretty weak justice.) A lawyer, who knows that an opinion by a retired Chief Justice that has since been definitively rebuked by an actual Supreme Court decision, resorts to a statement that he wouldn’t use in a brief or oral argument, because he knows it is worthless authority.
The anti-gun mob really has nothing but bad statistics, mislabeling of semi-automatics as “assault weapons” and “automatic weapons,” dubious polls, fear-mongering, euphemisms for Second Amendment repeal (“sensible gun reforms”), “Think of the children!”, “Do something!”, insults, and most irritating of all, insisting that the Second Amendment doesn’t mean what the Supreme Court said it means, which is not merely sort-of like, but exactly like anti-gay marriage advocates insisting that marriage is between a man and a women no matter what SCOTUS says.
They have nothing. This explains why they so quickly resort to appeals to emotion. That is all they have.