WHY is it a good morning?
1. Why are some people missing their ethics alarms? A family member owned a horse as a pet, and when the horse got old and infirm sold it to a slaughterhouse for dog food. This caused a long-running rift with the Alexandria branch of the Marshall clan, in which my wife will capture spiders and gently release them into the wild while singing “Born Free.” However, the family horse-trader is a saint compared to Fallon Danielle Blackwood, 24, a veterinary student in Alabama, who offered shelter for rescue horses only to profit by secretly selling the animals to Mexican slaughterhouses. She was arrested on a similar charge last year in North Carolina.
Though the current charges involve just 13 horses, Stolen Horse International, a nonprofit that helps find lost or stolen horses, says Blackwood may be behind the disappearance of dozens more. Her MO was to reach out to those in need of help caring for their horses and offer the equines a loving home at her farm near Boaz, Alabama.
Well, I hear veterinary school is expensive…
2. Why do the news media and the public let Democrats get away with the “immoral and ineffective” talking point? I discussed this in detail here. The latest to use the self-contradictory rhetoric was Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), who denounced President Donald Trump’s “quest for a racist and sinful big wall” between the U.S. and Mexico during a speech on the House floor, and followed up with a tweet calling the wall “hateful and ineffective.” Now it’s “sinful” to enforce the borders, is it? How does someone make the argument that border security is “racist” and simultaneously claim that they are in favor of border security? If trying to keep illegal immigrants out is sinful and racist, how can the claim that border security is desirable be anything but hypocrisy?
This argument depends on listeners not paying attention, being complicit in an open borders strategy, or having the IQ of a mollusk.
3. Why do people this inept keep getting elected to Congress? At a Washington reception billed as a “celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (API) members of the 116th Congress,” Hawaii Democratic Rep. Ed Case said that he felt like “an Asian trapped in a white body.” How awful! Trapped in a white body! Yechh! Pooie!
Pandering to racists is a bi-partisan activity, especially in the Aloha State, where hostility to whites is open and palpable.
4. Why does the Trump administration have so many lazy goof-offs in positions of power? “Emoluments Clause? What Emoluments Clause?” The General Services Administration apparently doesn’t read the news. worries that President Trump’s lease on a government-owned building that houses his DC hotel could violate the Constitution when the agency let him keep the lease after he won the White House, the agency’s top watchdog said Wednesday.
The Trump Organization won a lease on a government-owed building before he became President. After the election, the GSA had to decide whether his company could keep the lease for the building, now home to the Trump International Hotel. That meant determining whether the lease violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bans Presidents from taking payments from foreign governments. It didn’t bother, and a number of foreign governments have held events and rented rooms at the hotel in the past two years. . The Washington Post says that the Inspector General found “that [GSA] improperly ignored these Emoluments Clauses, even though the lease itself requires compliance with the laws of the United States, including the Constitution.” The report does not recommend that Trump’s lease be canceled but said there should be a fresh review of the deal.
There is no excuse for this but arrogance, inattention and incompetence. The official logo for the Trump administration should be someone shooting himself in the foot.
5. Why do conservative pundits keep falling into the same hypocrisy trap? This was passed along on right-wing mega-blog Instapundit:
Hilarious. Kasich was a news commentator on Fox News after he left the House, hosting Heartland with John Kasich from 2001 to 2007 and was a frequent substitute host for The O’Reilly Factor.
I don’t recall any protests from the Right then. Nor were there claims of degraded media/political norms when Fox hired Sarah Palin, then seen as a rising Presidential hopeful, and Mike Huckabee, who had run for President and would again, in 2016.
Kasich also shares with Huckabee and Palin the feature that he will never be nominated for President. In addition, working for CNN, unlike bloviating for Fox, only makes that fate more certain, unless Kasich is contemplating changing parties, which would require gender reassignment surgery.
6. Why do we entrust our young to educators who say things like this? Carol Folt, the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who endorsed the historical air-brushing exercise of tearing down a statue of a Confederate soldier on campus, is leaving (Good!) but made it clear that she will make sure the pedestal “Silent Sam” once stood on leaves with her, saying
“The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment. No one learns at their best when they feel unsafe.”
The woman does not know what “safe” means. She is under the delusion that pedestals are dangerous. She believes that the students learn by removing references to the past that they might find disagreeable. The fact that someone like this could rise to lead a major university shows that none of America’s students are safe—from indoctrination, censorship, and idiocy.