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. 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: