1. Quote of the Day: David Bernstein on Instapundit: “What do you call a candidate pool with too women, a gay man, a jew, a half-Jew, and a Catholic? If you’ve drank a certain type of Kool-Aid, you can this “not diverse”–even though there has been only one Catholic president, and no gay, Jewish, or woman presidents. The obsession with arbitrary and artificial “official” minority status may be the single worse feature of the modern chattering classes.”
Well, of course the problem is “white”: the Democratic party has been demonizing whites for years, and anti-white bigotry is accepted and even cheered. I also disagree that the “obsession with arbitrary and artificial “official” minority status may be the single worse feature of the modern chattering classes.” I can think of worse features, but it’s certainly a bad one.
2. Now THIS is Trump Derangement!Long time Leftist wacko Amanda Marcotte persuaded the fast-sinking Salon tp publish her screed headlined, “How Donald Trump ruined Christmas: I won’t celebrate this year, and he’s why: My enthusiasm for the Christmas season was always weak. Amid the ugliness of Trump’s America, it’s disappeared.”
Her lament fits squarely into Big Lie #5 (“Everything is terrible.”) What is amusing and telling is that even though Salon’s readership is as hard left as the site, virtually every comment on her piece is negative. Here is the first one to come up, but the rest pretty much echo it:
Summary: The author is an atheist who doesn’t even believe in the central premise of Christmas, doesn’t have a great relationship with her family, and never really put forward an effort to celebrate the holiday in the past, but somehow Trump has ruined Christmas. She still likes Thanksgiving, however, because it has fewer cultural attachments.
Reaction: How in the world something this mind-bendingly stupid managed to get published by a major company is beyond me, and it’s an example of how the fanatical left has adopted a rhetoric of self-perpetuating trauma around this presidency. “How dare you vote for Trump because it makes me sad! Yes, linoleum makes me sad too, but especially Trump!” It is as if, somehow, they consider the rest of the country responsible for making sure that no part of their eggshell-tranquility is maintained, regardless of the fact that their fragility is entirely of their own making. News flash: No one cares.
Or maybe THIS is more deranged: an actor friend on Facebook, admittedly of dubious intelligence, wrote that while Kamala Harris hadn’t distinguished herself in the debates and campaign, he was grateful to her for “making Bret Kavanaugh cry.” He then described the Supreme Court Justice as a “rapist.” These people, and by these people I mean people like him and the upwards of 40 “likes” this disgraceful comment garnered almost immediately, have abandoned the minimal standards of fairness and decency that they would have insisted upon only a few years ago. They have become, as I wrote a while back, truly “bad guys,” cultural and societal villains, and they no longer are capable of realizing it. I don’t de-friend people for their political views, but in the case of someone openly extolling his own cruelty, bias, rejection of due process, embrace of totalitarian Star Chambers and the politics of personal destruction, I’m tempted to make an exception.
3. Speaking of Kavanaugh and the Bad Guys…Mollie Heminway reveals that in over-heard calls by Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., while riding the Acela train from New York to Washington, Nadler revealed plans for House Democrats to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for alleged perjury, and investigate and impeach President Donald Trump for alleged treasonous collusion with Russia. [Clarification: I thought the time frame here was clear, but some readers were confused. The discussions referenced were right after the Kavanaugh confirmation, in late November, 2018.]
This is not the first scoop to come from elected officials foolishly assuming that public phone calls are private, despite other parties withing eavesdropping distance.
4. Nah, there’s no Big Tech company bias…. “60 Minutes” reviewed the Google and YouTube archives and found that over 300 Trump campaign video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube for violating company policy. “But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated,” CBS says. “Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report.”
“As you know, conservatives think that you discriminate against them,” Correspondent Leslie Stahl said to YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki in the on-air interview. She dodges: “Well, first of all there are lots of very successful conservative creators on YouTube… Our systems, our algorithms, they don’t have any concept of understanding what’s a Democrat, what’s a Republican. They don’t have any concept of political bias built into them in any way. And we do hear this criticism from all sides. We also have people who come from more liberal backgrounds who complain about discrimination. And so I think that no matter who you are, we are trying to enforce our policies in a consistent way for everybody.”
5. And poor Gerald Ford lost the presidency to Jimmy Carter because he said that Poland wasn’t an Iron Curtain country. In recent days, new Democratic contender Michael Bloomberg’s argued that Chinese dictator Xi Jinping is “not a dictator,” that the Communist Party “listen[s] to the public” because “they want to stay in power,” and that Xi “has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.”
Congressman Ben Sasse had a refreshingly candid assessment of that nonsense, saying that “This is the kind of stupid you can’t script…the Chinese Communist Party has thrown a million innocent Uyghurs into camps and has made billions of dollars by literally harvesting the organs of their political prisoners.” Gee, do you think Bloomberg’s financial interests might drive his desire to whitewash a brutal regime?
At the Washington Post, Josh Rogin explained that Bloomberg’s record interests in China are substantial:
Through its massive Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, Bloomberg LP is helping finance Chinese companies by sending billions of U.S. investor dollars into the Chinese bond market. This year, the index began a 20-month plan to support 364 Chinese firms by directing an estimated $150 billion into their bond offerings, including 159 controlled directly by the Chinese government. Bloomberg, along with other Wall Street firms, is effectively supporting the Chinese government’s efforts to resist the U.S. government’s economic pressure, while exposing American investors to increased risk.”
6. Peloton polls update: Here are the results so far of the Ethics Alarms polling on the controversial Peloton commercial.
Observations: a) The gender split was much less significant than I imagined t would be: 73% of men thought there was nothing wrong with the ad, and 51% of women felt likewise. b) If the polls are any indication, male readers outnumber female readers here by almost exactly 2-1. This is good news, for I thought the readership was more male-centered than that. c) re-affirming my previous observations that the damnedest issues provoke interest here, these polls attracted more participation faster than any others.