Started this post in a DoubleTree this morning, finishing it (I hope) this afternoon in a Hyatt.
1. Nauseating. The ACLU awarded Christine Blasey Ford the Roger Baldwin Courage Award.
There is no excuse for this, and it shows how deeply the once pointedly non-partisan Bill of Rights defense organization has allied itself with the political Left. The attack she fostered on Brett Kavanaugh violated the principle of due process and her unsubstantiated accusation of a dimly recalled sexual assault when the Justice was a teenager is the kind of abuse of justice that the ACLU once opposed. Writes an outraged Nina Bookout on Victory Girls,
What exactly did she do that could be defined as courageous?
- Was it her allegations of rape that were never verified?
- Was it her throwing high school friends under the bus?
- Was it changing her stories in mid-stream, and then changing them again while testifying?
- How about the fact that she needed Mark Judge to verify the date she was attacked because she can’t remember?
- How about her beach conversations, the polygraph, and the weirdness about the second door?
If that’s today’s definition of courage by the ACLU, then we have yet another word with its meaning distorted in order to fit a desired narrative.
What Christine Blasey Ford did, with the tacit approval of the Left and encouragement from the likes of Diane Feinstein, is the very opposite of courage. It is spiteful cowardice.
Obviously, I think, Blasey-Fordis being lionized by the ACLU for applying the ends justifies the means approach by being willing to expose herself to deserved ridicule in order to smear a Trump SCOTUS nominee deemed to place the right to abortion at risk.
In this she is reaping the same benefits that came Anita Hill’s way when she ambushed Clarence Thomas with distant accounts of alleged sexual harassment.
2. Speaking of undeserving “heroes,” pundits are saying that it does not seem as if the NFL “trusts” Colin Kaepernick. Well, of course they don’t. The way he has packaged himself as a martyr for “social justice,” there is literally no chance that if signed as a back-up quarterback, he would devote his full attention and energy to playing football.
What I find amazing is the news media’s constant description of his kneeling stunt as “raising public awareness to police violence against African Americans.” How does a football player kneeling during the National Anthem call attention to anything other than a football player kneeling during the National Anthem? It doesn’t. My attention is drawn to police violence against African Americans when I learn about a genuine example of it, like the shooting of Walter Scott in the back as he fled an arrest. When inarticulate publicity-seeking race-baiters like Kaepernick say their actions are meant to raise public awareness of police violence against African Americans and they cite Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and other complex episodes, then they only call attention to their ignorance and unethical desire to demonize whites and police.
3. A perfect example of how censorship renders news reporting useless and communications impossible. From Fox News:
“The University of Pennsylvania canceled the remainder of the women’s volleyball team’s season after “offensive” and “vulgar” posters were discovered in the team’s locker room, the school said. “The decision to cancel the remainder of the season was made following the discovery of vulgar, offensive, and disrespectful posters in the women’s volleyball locker room earlier this week,” the school said in a press release. “These actions were in violation of team and Divisional policy and this matter has been referred to University administration for further review in accordance with University policy.”
M. Grace Calhoun, the Ivy League school’s director of athletics, said the student-athletes’ behavior “is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The school hasn’t said what the posters were, what was vulgar about them, who, if anyone, they were aimed at, and why these posters, which apparently were seen only by members of the team, were so horrible that they warranted cancelling the team’s season. They must not have been offensive to team members, for then cancelling the season would punish the victims. How do we know the posters didn’t say “Make America Great Again?” “Disrespectful” to whom, or who? If the cancellation is meant to send a message, the message is rendered incoherent by a lack of transparency.
4. Speaking of offensive— Fartgate? Really? REALLY? Are there no depths to which political reporting and punditry won’t sink? From Beth Baumann at Town Hall: “During an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) appeared to rip a massive fart live on the air.BuzzFeed News reporter Addy Baird sent a text to the Congressman to ask him to confirm or deny whether or not it was actually him who passed gas. Of course, Swalwell said he didn’t do it.”
Then CNN’s token conservative, S.E. Cupp, weighed in via Twitter, writing, “I hate to let the air out of these #fartgate theories, but the inimitable laws of physics clearly point to Chris as the culprit. For one, Swalwell’s mic wouldn’t likely have picked it up in the noisy liveshot location…Second, the fart conveniently manifests when it goes to a one-shot, where Chris is off camera to let it rip without anyone seeing…Finally, it was likely acoustically amplified after bouncing off the back of Matthews’ chair..Unless you’re telling me that thing bounced through the echoey Capitol building, into Swalwell’s lav mic, through control to the main audio, then that is one magic fart. There is also, of course, the possibility that there was a second farter.”
Then conservative podcaster Stephen Miller (not the White House Stephen Miller) provided a video, tweeting, “I’ve isolated and slowed the moment of the fart. You can clearly see Swalwell brace forward, tense up for a moment, and then relax. He dealt it.”
Somehow the President of the United States managed to restrain himself, for once, but his classless son wrote, “Most intelligible thing to come out of Swalwell in years,” and dubbed the story “fartgate.”
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro also could not stay out of the 7th grade gym class “fun,” providing six tweets on the topic. The best, in my view, was “Swallwell is the whistleblower.”
These people are a disgrace to civility and civilized discourse, and I don’t care what they say or think. See: “A Nation of Assholes.”
5. Poll update: the poll on whether the 93 year-old former death camp guard who was still in his teens when recruited to assist in Hitler’s “Final Solution” should be standing trial for war crimes in Germany is pretty one-sided so far:
6. Media censorship! It’s not just for progressives any more! Craig Silverman, a long-time talk show host on KNUS, a conservative talk-radio station in Denver, was fired midway through his three-hour show after a segment criticizing President Trump. The station suddenly cut away to a news report, and the station’s operations manager walked into the studio and told Silverman, “You’re done.”
The host had gradually become more critical of the President in recent months and has also annoyed executives by being a guest on other stations’ talk shows to expand on his critiques.
I cannot imagine frequenting, much less trusting, any news media outlet that would fire a pundit for a non-conforming opinion. Democracy dies in conformity.