Good Morning, and Go Red Sox!
The cognitive dissonance scale will come in handy today:
1 Cultural incompetence. “First Man,” about the first landing on the Moon, is a bust at the box office, and that result should have been completely predictable to anyone who has any sense at all about U.S. culture. Maybe if Hollywood loses enough money, it will figure out that its role is to celebrate and contribute to U.S. culture and values, not to trash them. The decision to omit the planting of the flag on the moon may have been rationalized as an artistic choice, but it resonated as a tone-deaf (at best) or obnoxious political one. That blurry, stiffened flag on the Moon is certainly one of my most vivid memories of the event—why would any film excise it, unless it was trying to make an anti-patriotic statement? Writes lonely Hollywood conservative critic Christian Toto:
Why did it matter? That moon walk represented a monumental U.S. victory. The moment gave the U.S. a decisive space race blow against the Soviets. Armstrong’s heroism completed President John F. Kennedy’s vow to reach the moon by decade’s end. The flag mattered.
Well, of course. The real question is, how estranged from their own nation and history must the filmmakers be not to know this? The American flag, American achievements, American pride, and patriotism are all high on the CD scale for most citizens and movie-goers except for the most estranged and anti-democratic of our education system’s victims. Openly opposing them drives the messenger down the scale.
(The film’s British co-star, Claire Foy, calling President Trump “the penis of America” in an interview probably didn’t help either.)
2. Translation: “We are really, really stupid, shameless and desperate!” PETA has launched an anti-milk campaign attempting to link the beverage to white supremacy, tweeting “Cows’ milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists. One more reason to
#DitchDairy” and blogging,
“Aside from ‘lactose-tolerant’ white supremacists, cow’s milk really is the perfect drink of choice for all (even unwitting) supremacists, since the dairy industry inflicts extreme violence on other living beings. PETA is trying to wake people up to the implications of choosing this white beverage and suggesting that they choose something else pronto.”
Of course, this is just Cognitive Dissonance Scale gaming 101. Democrats and the left-biased news media have tried to use the white supremacy smear to attack President Trump and conservatives, but the scale didn’t get used the way they hoped. Instead of linking the President to racism and dragging his scale ranking down, they linked themselves to dishonest race-baiting and unscrupulous name-calling, both very low on the scale, and dragged themselves down the scale.
3. Did Republicans recruit the migrant mob? If they didn’t, they might as well have. A hoard of South Americans openly intending to defy U.S. law and force their way across the boarder, looking for all the world like one of the deadly “herds” of zombies that periodically menace the heroes of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” …
could not provide a better illustration of why the progressive position on illegal immigration is nuts, and thus indefensible. It is amusing watching the mainstream media trying to spin the unspinnable: these are people openly planning on defying U.S. sovereignty and law, and they think they can get away with it because of the irresponsible rhetoric of Democrats and shills like David Hogg, who told a college audience that the U.S. is “stolen land” and thus illegal immigration is justified.
Cognitive dissonance scale analysis: Hoards of non-citizens trying to force themselves across our boarders are low on the scale, in deep negative numbers, like zombies. Those who rationalize, justify or support them will be pulled lower on the scale by associating themselves with them.
4. The Good/Bad/Good/I’m so confused! illegal immigrant saga. Remember that illegal immigrant pizza delivery man whose arrest for defying a deportation order was attacked by illegal immigration advocates, like the New York Times? A criminal complaint now alleges that slapped her and grabbed her phone to keep her from calling police. How do progressives keep all of their rules straight? Doesn’t the complainant, his wife, have a right to be believed? Isn’t domestic abuse a serious crime, or does being a Good Illegal Immigrant trump assaulting women? I can’t figure out the Left’s cognitive dissonance scale at all. Should all male citizens accused of domestic abuse be deported, and illegal immigrant spousal abusers stay? Should illegal immigrant families be kept together even when it means that the family is going to get beaten up? Are good illegal immigrants still good after committing crimes? Do progressives ever bother about consistency and integrity at all? pushed his wife against a wall,
5. A Nation of Assholes update. I warned you!
- A man who twice groped a sleeping woman on a plane, fondling her breasts, argued that it was OK because President Trump said so. The rationalizations and fallacies this guy is accessing are impressive—appeal to authority, the unethical role model, many others—but the fact is that President Trump never said anything of the kind, and even his years- old, over-heard and videoed discussion with Billy Bush didn’t say doing what this creep did was “OK.”
But such distortions are predictable when the elected national role model has such a massive character deficit and doesn’t try to hide it.
- Scott Wallace, a Democratic congressional candidate in Pennsylvania, said “Ah, fuck!” during a debate with his Republican opponent, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R- Pa.)at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The candidates were standing on the synagogue’s bimah, an elevated platform used for reading the Torah during services.
“Ironically, there was a later question about the need for civility in politics,” Fitzpatrick told reporters afterwards. “Well, a good start is to not use vulgarities in the sanctuary of a synagogue in the middle of a congressional debate.” Wallace released a statement on Monday “explaining” his remark:
“I was exasperated by yet another attempt from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to hide from his votes to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. I apologize for any offense that might have been taken, I am passionate about protecting people from insurance company abuses, and I’m sorry that in this instance, my frustration got the best of me.”
On the apology scale, this is a 9 or a 10, which is to say, a lousy and unethical apology. Adults and public servants are supposed to eb able to remain civil in public: “I was exasperated/I’m passionate/ I’m frustrated” may be an explanation when a 13-year-old acts out, but it’s no excuse for a candidate for Congress.
Cognitive dissonance scale analysis: If the Democrats fail to take Congress, it will be because the party has grabbed a hold of multiple low-scale behaviors and positions, in this case, talking like a street punk.