1. From what cultural hell in America did this conduct ooze out of? A family got in a brawl in the middle of Disneyland, as on looking children screamed. See?
The family was escorted out of the park, and criminal charges are being sought.
This entire family is so devoid of functioning ethics alarms that it lacked the basic civilized instincts not to a) physically attack each other b) physically attack each other in public c) physically attack each other in a family venue that represents the opposite of what they were doing.
In some kind of record for inappropriate understatement, Disney said that the company “does not condone this type of behavior.” That’s reassuring.
2. Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, but its captain is still an asshole. I fully endorse—well, 95%— Washington Post columnist Mark Thiessen, who had this to say about Megan Rapinoe, the team captain who has been grandstanding her hatred for President Trump by refusing to respect the National Anthem abroad. He writes in part,
Rapinoe is not playing for the Trump administration; she is playing for the United States. It’s one thing for a professional athlete to protest the national anthem, but quite another for a member of Team USA to do it. Rapinoe is protesting the Stars and Stripes while wearing the Stars and Stripes. That’s not OK. Representing your country is a privilege, not a right. If she really feels she can’t show respect for the U.S. flag and anthem, then she shouldn’t wear the U.S. jersey. Here’s the worst part: What she’s doing is selfish. Her protest comes at a time when the U.S. women’s team has taken an important stand against gender discrimination. They are suing the U.S. Soccer Federation because, despite being more successful on the field than the men’s team, and bringing in more revenue, they are paid significantly less than the men. They have a point, and the World Cup is a chance to rally the country behind their cause. But instead of unifying Americans behind her team’s admirable fight for gender equity, Rapinoe is dividing Americans with her anthem protests. Untold numbers of Americans who might have been inspired to support the team’s cause have been alienated by its leader.
Thiessen is talking about cognitive dissonance here: he’s pointing out, correctly, that people are less like likely to rally with even a just cause when its advocates are assholes.
My 5% objection is that the women’s team will have a strong claim to equal pay when they prove that they can play soccer as well as the men’s team.
3. More dishonesty on open borders and illegal immigration. Dan Okrent, previously best known as the New York Times ombudsman who admitted that the Times had a liberal bias, has written a book called “The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians and Other European Immigrants Out of America.” Predictably but outrageously, the book reviews in both the Washington Post and the New York Times strain to construct parallels between the effort to discriminate against ethnic groups deemed “inferior” when the U.S. had virtually open borders and the current effort to enforce existing immigration laws that became essential once the U.S. had passed out its frontier stage.
\Here is the Times, in its review deceptively titled, “The New Wall”:
“The case against these European immigrants was remarkably similar to today’s complaints about those at our gates: They steal jobs from the native-born, they are costly to taxpayers, they don’t respect American values, and they are inclined to be criminals.“
Wait…I could swear there is another important factor…one that is key to the immigration problem “complaints” now that wasn’t a factor in 1924. Hmmm…it’s right on the tip of my tongue. What could it be? OH! The primary complaint about illegal immigrants in 2019 is that they are illegal, and breaking the law to come here. In the entire review by Linda Gordon neither the word “illegal” nor its cover-word “undocumented” appear. Her intent is to tie the eugenic movement and racist nativism to today’s straightforward effort to enforce America’s borders. This is Big Lie #3 in action: Trump is a fascist.
Now here’s the Washington Post, in a review by David A. Hollinger, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism”:
When Congress sharply restricted immigration in 1924, it acted on the basis of ideas about race and heredity known to be false. The story of this triumph of ignorance has been told before, but never more vividly than by Daniel Okrent in a book that appears in another era when well-financed engines of deceit affect immigration policy. “The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America” is a rigorously historical work. But readers who follow today’s debates about immigration and who are familiar with tweets from the White House may reflect on how weak the truth can be when powerful interests try to obscure it.
What an ironic and hypocritical last sentence, given that the professor, like the Times reviewer, omits the truth that the the policy debate in 2019 is about enforcing existing and necessary immigration laws that are not based on ethnicity or prejudice. Once again, the review doesn’t mention the terms “illegal” or “undocumented.” (To its credit, it doesn’t mention “Islam” or “Muslims” either, perhaps realizing that the temporary restrictions on immigration from certain hotbeds of Islamic terrorism cannot credibly be compared to the racism of the 1920s.)
4. On a lighter note about a serious issue, social media censorship: Luke Taylor at Vice revealed that he had been banned from Twiter for threatening Mr. Peanut, the Planters symbol, in a series of satirical posts. Kira David writes,
First they came for the conservatives and I said nothing. Then they came for the liberals who haven’t purged their social media comments from the last ten years and I said nothing. Then they came for the pretend peanut mascots…and there was no one left to speak for me.