Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
1. From the “Bias makes you UNBELIEVABLY stupid, especially, apparently, if you’re a journalist” files: Ann Althouse posted this screen shot of memeorandum, an excellent news aggregator page:
I wrote earlier about how many of the anti-Trump mob, in the news media and out of it, appeared to be actively rooting for the President’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea to fail, and how his Negotiation 101 move of symbolically walking away from the planned summit would probably be misunderstood and misinterpreted because of the current toxic combination of bias and ignorance, but this is ridiculous. Writes Althouse—who despite multiple polite requests refuses to put Ethics Alarms in her links despite its covering a lot of parallel territory, despite the many frivolous or largely inactive blogs she does link to, and despite the multiple plugs and links I give her, but hey, I’m not bitter—
“But the process isn’t over, and I assume it’s a dealmaking dance in which breaks like this a part of the process. Isn’t that what Trump wrote in “The Art of the Deal” and has talked about innumerable times? Trump haters shouldn’t exult over his failure until they see how this ends. And maybe even then, they shouldn’t exult. Don’t we all want a better, safer world? Or is seeing Trump fail better?”
- Yes, indeed for these awful Americans, seeing the President of the United States fail at resolving a dangerous international threat IS better than a safe world, for this is how deep the hate is…
- Worse than sick and vicious, however, this deep bias leads to flagrant examples of incompetence like this. Why would anyone trust the analysis of journalists so dumb or naive that they don’t understand the basics of high-stakes negotiation?
Naturally, this was the news today.
2. Grocery store ethics.
- Nice. A woman using food stamps came up short in the checkout line, and a decent, ethical, compassionate American behind her offered to pick up the difference. The check-out employee refused to allow it, saying that supplemental food grant recipients weren’t worthy of such charity: “‘No! You’re not going to do that. She has WIC. She gets her free stuff.'” According to a social media post by the foiled Good Samaritan, the unidentified woman left without the addition items.
(Why didn’t somebody call a supervisor? Don’t supermarkets want to sell stuff?
- Publix I. A Charleston, South Carolina Publix censored the graduation cake message that was supposed to celebrate a high school student’s summa cum laude class standing. Even though she explained the significance of the Latin phrase (the Washington Post story felt it was necessary to translate it for its readers, which is just sad), the cake was delivered with the icing message, “Congrats Jacob! Summa ___ Laude class of 2018.”
You know, I knew the meaning of summa cum laude about twenty years before I learned the vulgar spelling that apparently people can’t have on a cake they pay for. What business does a supermarket have telling customers what they can or can’t have on a cake—especially when the management of said store is illiterate as well as presumptuous?
- Publix II. The Supermarket That Never Heard of Latin cravenly capitulated to one more stunt by self-righteous social justice monster David Hogg and his fellow props of the anti–Second Amendment movement, moments before his “die-in” protests–how original!—commenced at several stores. Publix announced that it would suspend its political contributions to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for Florida governor, because of his support for the National Rifle Association.
“We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,’’ the chain said. “As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.’’ I hope sufficient numbers of Publix customers are sufficiently disappointed in any company that encourages the tactics of the Parkland Avengers by dignifying them with a response. Who knows who they will try to vilify and extort next? Contributing to political candidates is also a right.
3. Heads-up…I suspect this is the beginning of a serious trend that may even give some civil libertarians—the ones with integrity—pause. Legal Insurrection, the conservative commentary site founded by Cornell Law professor William A. Jacobson, had its Amazon Associates partnership terminated in April for no discernible reason. Since the justifications for the action were contrived, contradictory and counter-factual, the site believes, and Jacobson makes a strong case, that the action was pure ideological warfare (my term , not his.) The Big Tech communications companies—Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon—-appear to be increasingly brazen in discriminating against users based on their political viewpoint, as a means of doing its their part to subvert free speech and association.
Almost as disturbing as this trend is the attitude in response to Jacobson’s post, expressed by many progressives’ comments, which I would characterize as, ‘Good! This site is conservative, meaning it is racist and fascist, and Amazon was right to sever ties with it.’