I need Jimmy today. (Bing’s on this one too…)
1. They’re NOT “bombs.” I urge everyone to call their friends on this. Until it is established that in fact the “suspicious packages” (the FBI’s current description) or the “potentially destructive devices” can blow up and that they were intended to blow up, referring to them (as the New York Times has done) as “pipe bombs” and the mysterious asshole who sent them as “the bomber” is misleading and, in many cases, deliberately inflammatory. Cut it out. Nor are the mailed whatevertheyares “attacks.” Nobody has been “attacked” until the intent to harm them has been established, and it hasn’t been.
This is driving me crazy, in case you can’t tell.
The news media obviously wants these to be bombs, wants the sender to be a deranged Trump fan, hell, they’d love it if the sender was Trump himself. So they can’t help themselves, apparently, in jumping the gun and dishonestly reporting what is still very much in doubt. Personally, I would love to have it determined that the perp is a “resistance” member pulling a false flag operation, just to teach the news media a lesson, not that they are capable of learning it.
2. Trump’s Tweets. CNN and MSNBC are melting down with faux fury over this morning’s Trump Tweet, which said,
Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!”
- See, even Trump is calling them “Bombs.” But we know that he has the facility for verbal accuracy of a stroke victim.
- CNN is lowly-rated.
- Yes, Mr. President, journalists can criticize you at will. That’s a good thing, and it would be a really good thing if they were competent and trustworthy.
- CNN is shocked—shocked! that anyone would accuse them of blaming the President for the wave of suspicious packages….
Yesterday, as CNN’s John King said “No one’s blaming the president. Is anyone blaming the president? But the president now wants to make it about him, the chyron below him read,
“CNN: Trump has no plans to claim any personal responsibility for inciting serial bomber.”
I hate to repeat myself, but how stupid and/or biased does a viewer have to be not to see through this kind of thing?
- Tweeting is now officially Presidential, though the content of many Trump Tweets definitely are not. This one? Responding to dishonest and biased media reporting is a legitimate use of social media.
3. Ah, if only his mother had been found to be 1/1,024th black, he’d really be in trouble…From Tantasqua Regional High School in Massachusetts comes the awful story about a student being taunted and bullied after confiding in a another student that a home DNA test had determined that his mother was “half-black.” These stupid DNA tests and the advertising promoting them just assist the sinister effort to turn the U.S. into warring teams of tribes and assimilated ethnic groups. Why does anyone care what percentage of their DNA is black, Hispanic, Mongolian, Greek, or Cherokee? If you believe as Americans are supposed to believe—that lineage doesn’t and shouldn’t matter—then you should spit on these divisive tests. I don’t give a damn whether you are all black, half black, 5% black or of undetermined origin; it doesn’t make you any better or worse, any smarter or more trustworthy, and if you think other wise, THAT makes me think you are neither bright nor trustworthy. The same goes for gender and sexual orientation. I want to see character and achievements, not pedigree.
4. Except in women’s sports, where it does matter...The previous item reminded me of this story:
Jennifer Wagner, the American bronze medalist who lost a world-championship cycling race to a transgender woman from Canada, criticized the results as unfair after Rachel McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, boasted on Twitter. about being the “First transgender woman world champion…ever.” What a shocking upset! Here are the three medal winners:
“For clarity – this was the WOMENS world championships. I repeat. Women’s. Congratulations to the brave faces of silver & bronze. The world is gripped by a febrile madness.”
Her more politically-correct silver-winning colleague Carolien van Herrikhuyzen, knew who to pander, and responded with serial irrelevancies and rationalizations, whic are what increasing pass for arguments these days:
“No one is a transgender to steal anyone’s medal…
Irrelevant. It is not the motive, but the obvious inequity that creates the unfairness.
We had an honest race under UCI rules…
Yes, and Wagner is correctly saying that the rules make no sense, and effectively rig the results.
If you compete you accept the rules, otherwise, don’t compete.
Wagner accepted the rules: she didn’t claim she had won. She just stated a fact after she lost: allowing transgender competitor who carry with them the size and muscular advantages of their former gender makes a mockery of athletic competition.
…I can only imagine what she had to go through in her life to be where she is now, how hard it is to fit in.”
In brief, so what? This is Appeal to Emotion at its most blatant, along with virtue signaling. I’m sure it’s hard to fit in. That doesn’t make it fair for her to compete against women who don’t have the advantage of going through puberty as a male. Other competitors shouldn’t be penalized because she’s had to deal with special problems.
Of course, in the end Wagner was bullied into issuing an apology for her comments. The most recent EA post on this classic political correctness gone mad issue is here. “Febrile madness” is an excellent description.