I’m writing this bleary-eyed, in large part because our 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier chose 3 am to demand that we play what we call “The Bisky Game” –I don’t know what he calls it—a diversion of his own invention that involves tossing or nosing a dog biscuit at the nearest human, barking sharply two to four times, and demanding that the treat be flipped back to him, whereupon he will reject it by growling, barking, and tossing it back, until some mysterious force tells him that the game is over, whereupon he eats the damn thing. Usually this takes between five and ten tosses, but last night Rugby went for a record, and rejected his biscuit at least 15 times. Finally he ate it, licked my arm for about five minutes–a pre-bedtime tradition— and went to sleep. I did not.
1. Live by bigotry, die by bigotry. “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson, who got her big break in part because Marvel decided to turn a traditionally male superhero into a female, has pandered to social justice warriors and progressive bigotry in just about every way possible. During the promotion of the hit film, she said wanted more people of color to review her films, not white men. [ The ethical position would be to want competent reviewers to review the film, recognizing the competence is color-blind.) She that she doesn’t care what old white men thought of films that weren’t made for them. She has said that we need more gay superheroes. Funny: as long as I’m being rescued and the world is being saved, I don’t care what the color, gender or sexual orientation of my hero is. How old white man of me.
Now, taking the grandstanding, virtue-signaling actress at her word—almost always an unwise thing to do when dealing with performers, someone has launched a petition demanding, “We need Brie Larson to step down from her role to prove she is an ally of social justice and ensure a gay woman of color plays the role.”
As of this writing, the petition currently has nearly tripled its 3,000 signature goal. Good. Heck, I might sign it . Everyone should be required to abide by their publicly proclaimed principles, though such a rule would mean that Joe Biden would vanish from the face of the Earth. [Pointer: RedState ]
2. From the Ethics Alarms “Denial” and ” What is this ‘Accountability’ thing of which you speak?” files: professors Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Thomas J. Wood of Ohio State University have determined that when comedian Jon Stewart departed “The Daily Show,” its ratings fell, and this, they say, “spurred a 1.1% increase in Trump’s county-level vote share.” This from what passes today for a scholarly paper, “Did Jon Stewart Elect Donald Trump? Evidence From Television Ratings Data” published in the journal Electoral Studies.
Kyle Smith of “The National Review” points out what should be obvious about this junk science…
Hillary Clinton’s defenders will never stop making excuses for why she lost in 2016: It was Matt Lauer! It was James Comey! It was men being sexist! It was women being sexist! It was voter suppression! It was Citizens United! It was fake news! It was WikiLeaks! It was Facebook! It was the Russians!…Correlation does not prove causation… Detecting polling movement of 1.1% may sound like a modest, defensible claim, but it is a massive number for a presidential election in which Trump won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin by less than 1%….But how big of an influence could Stewart have been, considering the average audience for his top-10 most-watched episodes of “The Daily Show” was less than 3 million people — not even 1% of the population and not all of them of voting age? Anyway, under Stewart’s successor, Trevor Noah, the new “Daily Show” only sank about 30% in the ratings (before it ticked up after that). …So losing Stewart cost “The Daily Show” not even 1 million viewers per night in a country with 300 million citizens. I’m kinda skeptical that Stewart’s Obama-worshipping audience suddenly lost interest in turning up to vote because they could no longer watch Stewart make mock-horrified faces at out-of-context sound bites.
3. Ah, those committed, wise beyond their years student activists! Oops! My tongue just broke through my cheek! Apropos to the last earlier post about student protests, MSNBC reporter Savannah Sellers interviewed two students, 12 and 13, who took part in a New York City protest demanding climate change measures.
“So, I’ve been skipping school for eleven weeks now and, it is a sacrifice that we have to make because we are missing important things but we realize that if we don’t skip this school we might not have a future,” said one of the students.
The responsible questions to ask at this point were, “Why are your parents allowing you to skip school all that time? How exactly does your skipping school advance the cause of addressing climate change?”
Nah. Remember, this is MSNBC.
Sellers then asked the second student about what kind of political action she was seeking.
“So it kind of makes me think that in the 2020 election I’m scared for my future, I’m scared that the politicians won’t be declaring a climate emergency, won’t be taking climate action,” she said. “That’s why, because I can’t personally vote, and I’m begging my parents to vote for the candidate that wants climate action that wants to make sure fossil fuel companies don’t have taxes on them, I want like, I want change and I hope my parents do too.”
This is the kind of answer that reminds us why education is more important than protesting about things you barely know anything about.
“Well it’s amazing that you guys are doing this,” Sellers responded, just like any 12 or 13-year old might.
There goes my head…