1. Synchronicity! Note that today’s first post and yesterday’s last one (on “peer pressure”) essay are integrally related. I had thought, or hoped, that the latter would prompt considerable discussion, but to the contrary: all commenting has seemingly dried up. Surely Facebook’s embargo can’t be THAT effective. Well, I’ve never understood the ebb and flow here, and lately I understand it less than ever.
2. Nah, Democrats don’t want open borders! While House Democrat were in the midst of passing HR1, the entirely symbolic “elections reform” bill that is an open admission that loose election controls elect Democrats, Republicans forced a vote on proposed language stating: “Allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
All but 6 Democrats voted against the addition. All but one Republican voted for it.
3. Stop making me defend Tucker Carlson! Media Matters, the one-way-only media watchdog that makes its opposite number “Newsbusters,” look like a paragon of objectivity by comparison, pulled a version of the Hader Gotcha! on Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson. Instead of unearthing old tweets to attack him, MM found audio of old interviews with Tampa shock jock “Bubba the Love Sponge” during which Carlson made some less than nuanced comments that Media Matters pronounced “misogynist” and “sexist.” Some were; most were not. Media Matters, like the party it swears allegiance to, is addicted to gender-baiting: Carlson’s belief that rape shield laws “totally unfair” is a valid opinion that many non-sexists, including me, agree with.
To Tucker’s credit, he responded to Media Matters’ hit with this statement: mailed to the Washington Post:
“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”
Adds Althouse, “I’m resistant to getting excited about something somebody said years ago because somebody is telling me that’s what everyone is supposed to get excited about today.”
4. Speaking of Althouse...she does an epic job taking apart Democratic hopeful John Hickenlooper, until recently Governor of Colorado, who exposed himself on “Face the Nation” yesterday as a mealy-mouthed weenie who if he lasts until the debates, will be this cycle’s version of Lincoln Chaffee.
Here’s the cringe-producing transcript. Hickenlooper isn’t just mealy-mouthed (Ann’s description), he’s a coward. He wants to run as a moderate but is afraid to say he’s a moderate, choosing instead to argue against “labels.” The best is this part:
GOV. HICKENLOOPER: Well try- if I’ve tried to avoid this all the labeling that goes on. You know, I mean…. I’m running for president because I believe I could beat Donald Trump… but I also believe that can bring us together on the other side and begin getting stuff done. And that’s one thing I think that I bring to the table is I’m a doer. I’m not someone who’s- I mean I’m a dreamer too and I- I believe in big visions….
Snarks Althouse, most appropriately: “A doer who’s a dreamer, a dreamer of big visions. In his dreams, he beats Donald Trump. Noted. “
5. The word is “grandstanding.” From CBS News:
“High school senior Jordan Nixon was confident she would get into a few schools. But she was shocked as the acceptance letters piled up — she’s gotten in to 39 colleges and universities so far. Her high school in Douglasville, Georgia, said no other student at the school has ever gotten this many acceptances. “The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” 17-year-old Nixon told CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV. Nixon applied to about 50 schools all together, and she didn’t just choose them on a whim. She specifically researched schools that are diverse and have her desired major: International Business…”It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one,” Nixon said.
I suspect that no other student has gotten 39 acceptances because no other student who was qualified to go to college has been so foolish as to apply to 50 schools. I know there’s a fee to apply, but this is just narcissism, grandstanding and wasting lots of people’s time in order to get cheap publicity or to indulge in a self-esteem rush. Why hasn’t she chosen the school she wants to attend and withdrawn the applications to the schools she knows she doesn’t want to attend?
6. A heartfelt Ethics Alarms salute to the jaguar who clawed an idiot trying to take a selfie at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. The woman crossed a concrete barrier to get a really cool shot, and as a result traumatized the cat, closed down the exhibit, and got her arm ripped up. (Good.) The woman’s name isn’t being released, and like the rape shield policies, anonymity for morons too reckless and stupid to be allowed to visit zoos is also unfair. The public has a right to know the names of the worst idiots among us so we can give them a wide berth.
7. Comment of the Day on a topic that I have a crippling aversion to...the topic being super-hero movies. For some weird reason, the Marvel film giving B league super-hero Captain Marvel a sex-change has been turned into a cultural battle-ground for feminism. Commenter Michael R, in comments to Saturday’s Open Forum, raised a matter of which I was completely unaware:
“Has anyone followed the censorship/fake news/propaganda machine surrounding the Captain Marvel movie? It just seems insane. Rotten tomatoes cut off the ability of people to indicate that they were interested in seeing the movie when that indicator went under 20%. When the movie came out, the reviews were overwhelmingly negative from the fans (and even the paid shill critics only gave it luke-warm reviews). Then, Rotten Tomatoes purged 54,000 reviews, but the rating only went up from 35% positive to 39% positive. Then, bots for Disney seem to have posted thousands of identical, positive reviews. YouTube changed Captain Marvel searches to News-only, pushing everything but mainstream media videos down the search listing. News organizations have published articles claiming that posting a negative review of a Captian Marvel is ‘trolling’ and is wrong. Articles were published that said that Disney is right to censor negative opinions about the movie. Progressives have been even demanding federal legislation to force people to watch movies they were told they weren’t welcome at.
“Why a full-court press to cover for a movie based on a comic book that has never been successful and had to be rebooted 8 times in the last 20 years? I think it is because the Progressives in Hollywood can’t take another failure. They killed Star Wars (all Star Wars movies are cancelled). They killed the Star Trek movies (although the Picard thing isn’t sure yet). They may have killed the Star Trek TV series. If they kill Marvel movies, who will fund Hollywood? These movies depend on Chinese investors to fund them, Hollywood doesn’t use its own money to make movies, it risks investor money and the investors aren’t getting a return lately. The whole Progressive idea of “The number of fans for (insert genre) is less than the number of non-fans. If we put Progressive non-fans in charge of (insert genre), then non-fans will come watch the genre they haven’t been interested in because they can see the Progressive ideology that everyone loves.” has not worked. We now can see that the entire news and internet media are willing to subvert the truth and their own platforms just to cover for a bad movie. What are they willing to do for something important?”
This is so weird that I suspect it’s all true (especially since Michael R.’s record of accuracy is impeccable.) His last point, or course, is the key.