1. The TIME “Welcome to America” cover. This is probably worthy of a full post, but I’m really sick of this topic, and losing respect for so many previously sane and reasonable people who have become blathering “Think of the children!” zombies that I want to spit.
TIME, that dying, irrelevant, completely left-biased news magazine, grabbed one last moment in the sun with this cover:
It nicely symbolizes the media dishonesty and public manipulation regarding the border mob of children, with or without parents. I assumed that the cover was symbolic art: obviously this stand-off never occurred. But TIME used a photo of a real Honduran girl who we were told in other media reports and viral social media rants was crying because she had been separated from her mother when mom was arrested for trying to enter the country illegally. As CBS reported today, though, the little girl was really crying because her mother was apprehended at eleven o’clock at night crossing illegally into the US, the tot was tired and thirsty. She was never separated from her mother at all. Here’s the original photo:
Perfect. Fake news, through and through. If TIME wanted to make a symbolic image, the magazine was obligated to either make it clear that it was art only. Using a photo that had already been falsely represented in the news media to represent exactly what it had been falsely claimed to represent advanced a lie. Here is the original photo:
The Daily Mail got this part of the story from the girl’s father:
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’ …
He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to the United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of their family members that she was planning to make the trek.
“I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day….‘I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could happen.”
2. Charles Krauthammer. Unfortunately, this is what I will most remember about the conservative columnist and commentator who died yesterday. After the first Republican candidates debate, the one in which Megyn Kelly called out Donald Trump on his habitual misogyny, Krauthammer, today being lauded for his brilliance and perception, stated unequivocally that Trump had proved himself “not ready for prime time,” and that hos poor performance in the debate had effectively ended his candidacy.
And I agreed with him.
3. I truly am in a rotten mood this morning, and this is probably part of the reason why: From the New York Post:
In the nearly four years since Eric Garner was killed in a struggle with an NYPD officer across the street from the park, locals claim the area has gone to the wolves, with cops hesitant to lay down the law at the risk of igniting another firestorm.
“Guys are not going to risk their jobs anymore,” said one high-ranking law enforcement source familiar with the precinct. “We’ll just let you have that area.”
The same phenomenon is underway in Baltimore, after the city’s attorney tried to convict six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray without evidence, and in many other communities as well. Garner, you recall, died in an accident after excessive force was used on him by several officers when he resisted arrest. Nonetheless, his demise has been termed a murder by Black Lives Matter and others. Police, quite reasonably, have determined that pro-active police work isn’t worth the risk, and law-breakers are taking advantage. This sequence—a serious societal problem, government efforts to address it, negative focus on the entire effort based on individual examples where enforcement has been mishandled, biased and emotional reporting by the news media, public backlash and ultimate capitulation to the conduct by politicians, is becoming a primary engine of societal rot.We will end up with nationally legalized pot, and eventually other recreational and more addictive drugs, along with the inevitable ruination of lives, family and business that adding more destructive legal drugs to the scourges of nicotine and alcohol, because of the same process. We will have unrestrained illegal immigration because, as with drugs, the law-breakers are in the process of being romanticized as victims, and those attempting to enforce the law demonized as villains. The device aims at the inattentive, the emotional, the sentimental and the ideological and the ignorant, and that is apparently a sufficient majority to destroy societal values, common sense, and the rule of law.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is why I’m in a rotten mood…
4. Meanwhile, back in my home town, erasing Tom Yawkey wasn’t enough…Now some activists are agitating to change the name of Boston’s famous Faneuil Hall, one of the most important landmarks in the city. Why? Oh, come on, guess. Faneuil, whatever his first name was, was a slave=trader, among other things. I lived in Boston until I was 25, and spent many hours in and around Faneuil Hall, and never thought about or cared who the landmark was named after, because after a couple of centuries it doesn’t matter. Faneuil is now the name of a place. What matters is that this place was a cradle of the American revolution and the abolitionist movement. Built and named in 1742, the Hall was a meeting place for colonists before and during the Revolution, and later was a gathering place for others seeking societal change, including abolitionists and women’s rights activist. To this day it is a site for political and civic events.
The idea of renaming the iconic building is part of the same historical airbrushing mania that has led to toppling statues of important figures in American history across the country, and even the banishing of the names of some of the nation’s founders and most important leaders, such as Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, and Woodrow Wilson. Boston, as much as any American city, is a living museum, and the airbrushers and progressive mind-control mob can have a field day if there isn’t a goal-line stand by city leaders soon. I don’t know who Boylston Street, Tremont Street, Newbury Street, and Walden Pond were named after, but I’m sure the statue-topplers will be able to dig up dirt on them too.