1. A simple, factual, ethical rebuttal to Beto O’Rourke, who panders to the anti-gun Democratic base by saying that he’ll confiscate the weapons he thinks we don’t “need.” Lauren Boebert, who with her husband owns local restaurant Shooters Grill, where she and a lot of the staff open carry a loaded firearm, confronted O’Rourke at a town hall in Aurora Colorado. “I was one of the gun-owning Americans who heard you speak regarding your ‘Hell yes, I’m going to take your AR-15s and AK-47s.’ Well, I’m here to say, ‘Hell no, you’re not!”
She was, of course, correct, just as Beto was grandstanding to the ignorant and fearful, in deliberate defiance of the Constitution.
To his credit, Beto tried to control the rabid anti-Second Amendment fanatics in his crowd who tried to shout Boebert down, as she continued, “We all have these stories. We all have the experiences. I was living in Aurora during Columbine. I had just recently moved when the Aurora shootings happened. Yet I have very close ties here. Yet all of those people were there defenseless.”
“They had no way to defend themselves against a crazed shooter, so I want to know how you intend to legislate the hearts of men and leave American citizens like myself, American mothers,” Boebert said. above the abuse from the crowd. “I have four children. I’m 5 foot zero, one hundred pounds, and cannot really defend myself with a fist.”
Then she told a heckler near her that she didn’t have her AR-15 with her, but was carrying her Glock. “Well, you shouldn’t have that,” the man said.
Wrong again. It’s not his call, nor his business, whether she has a pistol or not.
2. From the wasteful and pointless protests files: “Hundreds of thousands” of 20-somethings and kids took part in a global protest against “inaction on climate change.” What do they know about climate change? Only what they have been told by agenda- driven activists, teachers and politicians, almost all of them without genuine scientific comprehension of the complexities, vagaries and uncertainty of the topic themselves. Are hundreds of thousands of people who don’t really know what they are talking about more persuasive than, say, one? Should they be?
No. Leading these innocents to believe otherwise is a cruel joke. Margot Guillen of Harvest Collegiate High School, told Yahoo News she was there to send a message, saying, “By protesting peacefully, it shows how committed our generation is to making a change and showing that we know what’s happening and we need to stop it.” They don’t know what’s happening, though, and they don’t know how to stop “it,” in part because they don’t know what “it” is, when “it” will occur, what the extent of “it” will be, and even whether “it,” whatever “it” is, will occur at all.
3. Question: Will feminists have the integrity and courage to stand up against LGBT bullying and demand that only biological women who have not undergone testosterone treatment be permitted to compete in women’s sports? Or will they permit women’s sports to be destroyed in the service of a tiny minority?
Former Olympic skiier Rebecca Dussault said in an interview that forcing female athletes to compete against biological males will have a devastating effect on girls’ and women’s sports,and, in turn, a devastating effect on girls and women. Biologically male athletes competing as transgendered competitors have been slaughtering females when allowed to enter female athletic events. Now Democrats in Congress are pushing the Equality Act, which, among its other provisions, would require schools to allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports.
“We invest so much money into keeping sports fair, and this blows the cap off of it. Every woman’s record in sports will fall,” said Dussault. “I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt there are 1,500 men who on their bad day can beat Serena Williams in tennis. There are 2,000 men who could outrun the fastest female sprinters of all time. So if one of them decides to compete as a trans woman, there you go.”
I assume Dussault will now be attacked as an anti-trans bigot for speaking the truth. This is one of those areas where reality and common sense is in direct opposition to the way progressives fervently wish the world could be. The only way to prop up the myth is to destroy the heretics.
4. Hotel screw-up ethics. I arrived at the Fair Oaks Mall (in Fairfax, Va.) Marriott with my traveling companion at close to 10 PM. We had a repeat of the seminar we had just presented in Richmond that morning at 9 am the next day, and we were both exhausted. I was paying for the incidentals for both of us, while the reservations and the bills were handled by our sponsor, my client.
My companion was quickly checked-in with my credit card, but I was told that there was no room reserved in my name (despite my presentation of a confirmation number) and that the hotel was full. “Sorry!”
I decided to be nice and calm. The two room reservations had been made weeks ago, and both at the same time, I pointed out. I wouldn’t have driven out to the hotel from Alexandria if I didn’t know I had a room waiting, and my client, who was charging a pretty penny to the attendees of my seminar, certainly weren’t going to expect me to stand and deliver without a place to sleep the night before. In short, if there was a mistake, it was the Marriott staff that made it, not anyone else’s.
The two staff members on duty, a pleasant young woman in a head scarf and a pompous 30-something guy with a mustache, bustled around and whispered without telling me anything or solving the problem. I had been standing and waiting quietly there for about 20 minutes when an airline crew arrived. Both of the clerks hustled over to get all six of them checked in, as I waited another ten minutes or so. The two didn’t excuse themselves or make any statement to me at all. They just left me there. Then the guy in the suit—was he the night manager?—walked back to where I was.
“Is that how it works, then?” I asked, annoyed. “You both abandon me while I’m trying to check-in to help a group that arrived 20 minutes after I did, while I cool my heels? Is that the Marriott policy?’
“THEY had reservations,” the man said with a sneer.
“What did you just say to me?” I responded. “They had reservations? I have a reservation, and you, the hotel, have clearly screwed up that reservation. That was an asshole thing to say, I resent it, and I will repeat: this is your problem, your error, not mine in any way, and you are going to fix it.”
Yup, I said “asshole,” and I’m glad. His job was to be as polite, attentive, diligent and apologetic as necessary until he addressed my problem successfully. Mine was to be patient and understanding, as long as he did that job. Implying that I was at fault in any way was the watermark of an unprofessional jerk, and it was my duty to make sure he knew it.
Eventually the jerk discovered that indeed I had a reservation, but that it had been mysteriously cancelled. Not by me, of course, and not by my sponsors. That left one possible miscreant: the bungling hotel staff. Somehow, they magically found a vacant room, which by amazing coincidence was right next to the room of my colleague. They said they were going to “force” me into room. Translation: they were not sold out of rooms, and though they never gave me an explanation, the Marriott had indeed screwed up. After an hour at the check-in desk, I finally got a room.
The next morning, as I checked out, another clerk asked me cheerily, “How was your stay, Mr Marshall?”
“Do you really want to know, or is that just a meaningless question?” I asked.
“Oh no, I really want to know!” she replied.
Boy was she sorry…