Started as a Morning Warm-Up, then it was a Mid-Day Update, then a Late Night something or other.
1. From the “Steve King is an idiot” files: Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa whose avocation is sticking his foot in his mouth, told the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa that the unborn who result from rape are no less lives that other fetuses, and should not be subject to any “exception” to principled exception to abortion. “It’s not the baby’s fault,” he said.
So far, so good: King is right. Then he had to go and say this:
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that’s taken place, and whatever happened to culture after society, I know that I can’t certify that I’m not a product of that. And I’d like to think every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life.”
So when you really think about it, rape and incest are a good things, right, Steve?
That’s certainly how Democrats and progressives took his comments, and to be fair, his infuriatingly ham-handed rhetoric made it easy. The position that unborn children are just as deserving of life regardless of how they were conceived is a powerful and greatly misunderstood ethical argument. It is not necessary to rationalize rape to make it; in fact, King’s dumb argument just muddles the issue. It’s also bad history and anthropology.
NBC has an article up claiming that King’s words show the “misogyny” at the heart of white supremacy. No, they just show that King is a moron, and we already knew that.
2. Nice. Here’s the title of a Gail Collins op-ed in yesterday’s Times: “How to torture Trump.”
3. You know, as long as their government keep doing thing like this, I think Brits need to shut up about how “autocratic” President Trump is. We already discussed this exercise in thought control and speech suppression, when the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority gave advertisers 6 months from December 2018 to adjust to new rules prohibiting gender stereotypes in ads, ads that connect physical features with success in romance or society; ads that “assign stereotypical personality traits to boys and girls, such as bravery for boys and tenderness for girls;” ads that “suggest that new mothers should prioritize their looks or home cleanliness over their emotional health”; and ads that show men failing at “feminine” tasks, such as vacuuming, washing clothes or parenting. Well, the six months are up, so TV “adverts” for Volkswagen and Philadelphia Cream Cheese, after some viewers complained, were investigated by the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) and banned. I don’t care what the ads were like; you can read about them here if you do.
I spent a few happy moments reflecting on how many US commercials would be banned under the current social engineering-minded British regime; I also wondered how long it would be before our English cousins were being told that “Downton Abbey” and “H.M.S. Pinafore” were too sexist to allow to poison impressionable Britsih minds.
This is how freedom of thought and democracy slips away, but Mao is smiling somewhere in Hell.
4. Should the Times have punished an editor because of his tweets? You never know what a left-wing news organization will take offense at, I guess. Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor of The Times, was demoted last week and told would no longer oversee the paper’s congressional correspondents. One of the primary offensive tweets was…
“Saying @RashidaTlaib (D-Detroit) and @IlhanMN (D-Minneapolis) are from the Midwest is like saying @RepLloydDoggett (D-Austin) is from Texas or @repjohnlewis (D-Atlanta) is from the Deep South…“C’mon.”
I’m not certain what his point was, but the social media mob said this was “racist,” and the Times said, “OK! Out he goes!” More recently, Weisman tweeted that the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats had backed an Ohio primary challenger “seeking to unseat an African-American Democrat, Joyce Beatty.” But he didn’t mention that the challenger, Morgan Harper, was also black. This was also deemed unacceptable.
Yet last year, the Timed hired racist, sexist Sarah Jeong as its tech editor after she issued unquestionable racist and sexist tweets like these.
To be fair, these only denigrated whites and males, so that’s all right.
5. Maybe I’ve been criticizing the two front-running Democratic women in the race for the White House too much and neglecting the equally horrible Kristen Gillibrand, just because she has about as much of a shot at the prize as I do. Elizabeth Warren may be the top Democrat demogogue, and Kamala Harris may be the party’s most shameless race-baiter, but tweets like this one have to be acknowledged’…
Wow. Is this really the level of discourse we can expect in the upcoming campaign? Are there really more jelly-brained progressives that respond to such garbage than there are who will say, like poor Jonathan Weisman, now scrubbing toilets in the Times executive washroom, “C-mon!”
Gillibrand is literally claiming that because children are upset when daddy is arrested for breaking the law, the system that punishes lawbreaking is monstrous. Well, as conservative blogger Bookworm notes in an enjoyable rant, that’s not quite right. ” [T]his applies only if you’re in this country illegally. If you’re a born and raised American, whether white, black, or Hispanic, and you commit a crime, the fact that you have children is irrelevant. You should have thought of that before you ran afoul of the law. But not if you’re in this country illegally…”