Let’s see…what’s percolating today?
1. Do they even teach the First Amendment any more? I wonder how many of the Trump supporters who chanted “Send her back!” regarding Rep. Omar were doing so tongue in cheek, and realized that the U.S. can’t “send back” naturalized citizens? I admit that I’m rather afraid of the answer.
Yes, there’s a big difference between the President’s “why don’t they go back” line in his stupid tweets and “send her back,” but there’s no way he can escape some accountability for the ugly chant. He now says he disagrees with it, and except for those who will always assume the worst motives in this President, there is no reason to doubt that; after all, if he believed she should be “sent back,” he would have tweeted as much himself.
Of course, when network-anointed “experts” on social policy and politics like the ladies of “The View” broadcast ignorance of the First Amendment to their loyal and gullible audience, it doesn’t help. Co-host Joy Behar—is she the dumbest one on the panel? I think so— asked yesterday why President Trump had yet to face any legal consequences for “hate speech” directed at Democratic Rep. Omar, blathering, “Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech? I don’t get it. How does he get away with this?”
“Hate speech is tricky,” was the best that cowardly former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin could muster to clarify matters, making things worse. There is no such thing as “hate speech” in the law, which means it is more than “tricky,” it is a delusion, unless one means “hateful speech,” which can be a subjective definition, but is nonetheless protected by the Constitution.
If ABC were a responsible network, a comment like Behar’s should trigger an instant on-air intervention in which a team of law professors, judges and maybe a literate 6th grader or two burst onto the set and explain to this fool what freedom of speech means.
2. So this is how it’s going to be, is it? The New York Times signaled its alliance with the “Denigrate America” Left by publishing an article called “How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality,” arguing that Communism allowed people of “the humblest origins” to achieve success (while the U.S. lagged in that category). While America put the first man on the moon, the Times explained, Soviets sent the first man into space in 1961, before the U.S., and then sent “the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit – all years before the Americans would follow suit.”
“Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe: Under socialism, a person of even the humblest origins could make it all the way up,” Sophie Pinkham wrote. That “socialism” word is deceit and misrepresentation by the Times: the USSR was a Communist country. The article doesn’t explain to young, ignorant readers that the glorious diversity also extended to food lines, suppression of dissent, re-education centers, and KGB persecution. But, it’s true, everyone was persecuted equally, and the USSR had diverse Cosmonauts.
Given an opportunity to celebrate American achievements in science with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, the Times chose instead to diminish the achievement while—this is astounding to me; why am I still astounded?—extolling the Soviets. The article also embodied an obnoxious sub-category of fake news, the cherry-picked stat. Since 1963, USSR and post-Soviet Russia have had four women astronauts . The USA’s total is close to 50, including the first mother, first China-born woman, female payload specialist, married couple, black woman, Hispanic woman, shuttle pilot, commander, ISS commander, and teacher.
3. How to make the justice system and compassionate sentencing look bad, Albert.
Albert Flick spent decades in prison for fatally stabbing his wife, was released from prison after being deemed by a judge too old to pose any threat to society, and then stabbed another woman to death, just as he had his wife in the 1970s, leading to his 1979 conviction.
Maine jurors found Flick, now 77, guilty in the 2018 murder of a homeless mother, Kimberly Dobbie, whom Flick stabbed 11 times while her twin sons watched.
Flick was freed from the 1979 sentence in 2004, only to be sent back to jail in 2010 for assaulting yet another woman. The judge ignored the prosecution’s recommendation for a longer sentence, stating that Flick wouldn’t be a threat because of his advancing years. Thus he only spent four more years locked up, and in 2014 moved to Lewiston, where he met his presumably final victim. Whatever it was he had, he proved that despite his senior status, he still had it.
4. Here’s what you do when you can’t get guns. Shinji Aoba, a mentally ill man with a criminal record, sought revenge against Japan’s Kyoto Animation studio, and is being held on suspicion of starting a deadly fire that killed 33 people. “Since [the studio] stole my novel, I poured out the liquid and set it ablaze,” the Aoba reportedly told police.
We’ll see if a movement starts in Japan to ban fire.
5. Grandstanding exposed. Comedian Jon Stewart was declared to be a truthtelling hero by the media when he testified at a Congressional hearing to attack members of Congress for not showing more support for extending funding for survivors of the 9/11 terror attack. This was self-evident preening and virtue-signaling at the time, I concluded: a) a comedian had no business appearing at the hearing anyway b) the argument that these victims are more deserving of taxpayer support than the victims of other tragedies ( for example, the Las Vegas sniper attack) has never made any ethical sense, but nobody has the courage to challenge it, and c) Stewart’s argument was legislatively simplistic. Stewart also criticized Senator Rand Paul for introducing an amendment to the bill that would require taking funds from another part of the budget to fund the benefits, and thus not increase the deficit.
“I know Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart is sometimes funny and sometimes informed, but in this case he’s neither funny nor informed. I’ve spent me entire senate career putting forward pay-fors for any time spending is expanding. As soon ago as two weeks ago I put forward a pay-for for the border funding, I put forward a pay-for for the disaster funding. I do this on every new bit of funding.
“So he’s really not informed, and his name-calling just sort of exposes him as a left-winger, part of the left-wing mob that really isn’t using his brain and is willing to call people names. It’s really kind of disgusting, because see, he pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody who could see both sides and see through the BS on both sides, well now he is the BS, the BS meter is through the roof.
“When you see him calling people names, calling people an abomination, when I’m asking for something very reasonable, that an amendment be included to consider whether we should pay for this, by taking money somewhere else in the budget. It doesn’t actually reduce the deficit, it just keeps the deficit from getting bigger. It’s a very reasonable thing, I’ve done it dozens and dozens of times.
“The left wing mob doesn’t care about the truth,Jon Stewart doesn’t care about the truth. It’s all about me me me Jon Stewart, look at me, I’m on TV!”
But when did Jon Stewart pretend could see both sides?