1. How can CNN, or anybody, continue to justify employing Don Lemon as a “journalist”?
He defaults to emotion regularly. He is incapable of objectivity. His partisan and ideological bias is palpable. ( He gets drunk on the air every New Years…) And he says idiotic things like this. Good for Scalise, the perfect individual to flag Lemon’s incompetence. His Twitter followers have also noted many other cases of Democrats “killing people.” Or is Lemon and CNN going to stand on the fact that nobody was killed by the Bernie Sanders-supporting sniper who seriously wounded Scalise? I wouldn’t be surprised.
2. Stop making me defend Hillary Clinton! During an interview with Recode executive editor Kara Swisher (full disclosure: I had some unpleasant experiences dealing with Swisher in her Washington Post days, and wouldn’t trust her to walk my dog around the block.) in New York City over the weekend. Swisher asked Clinton a question regarding a quip that was previously made by Holder, but mistakenly attributed it to Senator Spartacus, Cory Booker. “What do you think of Corey Booker … what do you think about him saying ‘Kick them in the shins,’ essentially?” “Well, that was Eric Holder,” Clinton said. “Yeah, I know they all look alike.” “No, they don’t,” Swisher responded.
Now Clinton is being called “insensitive” by her party’s political correctness posse. It was a joke, and also a rebuke of Swisher. The former was absolutely fine (and funny); the latter was a mean-spirited “gotcha!” suggesting unfairly that Swisher thinks of all blacks as fungible, a bigoted attitude, when she just made a mistake. (I get Cory Booker confused with Kirk Douglas sometimes.) Then Swisher turned the finger-pointing back on Hillary, implying that Clinton meant her remark literally rather than sarcastically.
3. Trump’s argument is just as stupid when he makes it as when progressives make it. In his interview with Axios, the President said, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for eighty-five years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” Predictable, the news media and pro-illegal immigration activists—but I repeat myself—jumped on the fact that other countries also have birthright laws, so the U.S. is not the “only country in the world.” This allowed then to change the subject to the well-worn “Trump lies” narrative, or, in the alternative, the “Trump is ignorant narrative.” As for me, I was fascinated by the “Trump doesn’t know how to speak English” aspect of the statement, because his trademark rhetorical sloppiness resulted in an inadvertently accurate statement: the U.S. is the only nation where a baby “is essentially a citizen of the United States.”
What is really wrong with Trump’s argument is that he is adopting the refrain of progressives and others for whom “Everybody does it” is proof of good policy. It isn’t, not is there any reason why the United States should regard a foreign consensus or majority position as evidence that it is in the best interests of the United States, consistent with our values, or worth the United States considering on that basis. This has been the lazy default argument of nationalized health care advocates for decades, the “We’re the only First World Nation that still does X” chant, as well as anti-gun zealots. The complete rebuttals are “So what? and “Who cares?” No other countries have our free speech and press protections. No other countries have our culture, history, population, problems or values. For example, while the U.S. admits about a million legal immigrants every year, Canada, which has a birthright citizenship law, takes in around 250,00, while not having a constant influx of illegals from the South. Canada’s policy is irrelevant to ours. Meanwhile, many countries have modified their citizenship laws in recent years. Ireland ended its birthright citizenship law in 2005, and France ended the birthright in 1993., not that these cases should have any bearing on U.S. policy either.
So the President is now adopting the false argument used by his political adversaries, thus validating their bad logic when they next use the argument against, oh, just about anything uniquely American.
Focus, sir. You are the nationalist, remember?
4. Speaking of scary… Two years ago a Chattanooga paramedic named Gordon Brett Stokes intentionally drilled into a patient’s bone without anesthesia, then told other first responders this was a “teachable moment” on how to deal with troublesome patients. The same paramedic instructed another first responder to insert a plastic breathing tube deep into the same patient’s nose but told her to coat the tube with alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead of lubricant.
How do we know about this? Stokes wrote about it, indeed boasted about it, on Facebook. “If you should ever find yourself drunk in my ambulance, do not become belligerent,” the paramedic posted, “I have a drill and I ain’t scared for a second to use it.” Stokes also posted a photo of the patient on Facebook during the bone injection. Someone then commented on Stokes’ post, referring to the patient as an obvious drug user, according to state records. .Tennessee Board of Emergency Medical Services helped cover this up while it was investigating, but the story got out after it revoked Stokes’ paramedic license last month. In the intervening time, the public was unaware that there were vigilante paramedics who “have a drill and I ain’t scared to use it.”
Stokes’ response to the accusations are not comforting.
“It’s ridiculous. This was all a little witch hunt they did off a stupid Facebook post,” Stokes told The Tennessean. “I was trying to teach them something. I don’t know if they weren’t interested in learning or trying to save their own skin, but needless to say the whole thing came back and bit me in the ass,” he told reporters. Now he wants his license restored so he can become a nurse.