Happy Boxing Day!
To be open and honest, for the longest time I thought the name referred to the fact that on the say after Christmas, houses tended to be littered with opened boxes that had previously contained Christmas gifts. The name really refers to the British tradition on the 26th, when postmen, milk men, and servants expected to receive gratuities or a “Christmas box” in appreciation for their labor during the year. It is still celebrated as a holiday in parts of the old United Kingdom, but “Gratitude Day” never caught on in the U.S. Here “Boxing Day,” if anything, refers to the all the boxes mad shoppers are buying in post-Christmas sales.
1.Law suit update! Well, the plaintiff’s latest motion to reconsider the appellate court’s rejection of the plaintiff’s defamation suit against me (for bouncing him off of Ethics Alarms and being mean to him in the process) was rejected. New motion to reconsider the reconsideration coming in 10…9….8…7…
2. A late entry in the Ethics Alarms “Asshole of the Year” title… Michael Moore told Rolling Stone interviewers in part,
I refuse to participate in post-racial America. I refuse to say because we elected Obama that suddenly that means everything is ok, white people have changed. White people have not changed.
Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump. That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street towards you, two of them voted for Trump. You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people that are walking toward you. You should be afraid of them.
- No, ironically enough, electing and especially re-electing Obama is one strong reason things are NOT OK, since he deliberately exacerbated group divisions for narrow political advantage.
- Moore does not seem to grasp that judging anyone negatively based solely on their race is the essence of racism, and thus his statement is the mark of a racist, and a stupid one.
- Then there is the fallacy that a voter’s character can be fairly assessed based on his or her vote.
- Moore also promotes the current, and batty, progressive theory that beliefs and opinions that one finds objectionable make one unsafe. Of course, it’s not a real fear; it is a contrived one to justify censoring non-conforming opinions.
3. Why isn’t Moore afraid of Senator Warren? We know the former Harvard Law prof lied for years about her ancestry, and used it to advance in academia. That’s not the extent of her lying however: check out the Elizabeth Warren tag on the blog. Now she has been caught speaking with forked tongue again: in a video she tweeted out this week, she tells a high school, “By the time I graduated high school, my folks couldn’t even afford a college application—much less four years of college.”
This is deceit, because she never mentions that she did go to college, George Washington University, on a scholarship. Though she is now, like most Senators, a millionaire, Warren is manipulating her background to play working class hero.
“I got my degree thanks to a quality public college where tuition was just $50 a semester. That kind of opportunity doesn’t exist for students today. I’m fighting for universal free public two year, four year, and technical college so that every student can live their dream.”
Again, deceit. She could have graduated from George Washington on her scholarship, but chose to quit after two years to get married. Her story here also contradicts her narrative at the high school. She could have afforded to go to that public college, the University of Houston, originally.
4. Guess what the Washington Post editors thought was the “true meaning of Christmas”? Come on, guess! Here is the paper’s Christmas day editorial. The real meaning of Christmas, apparently, is that the President of the United States sucks. The fact that the second most respected newspaper in the U.S. couldn’t hold back on Trump bashing for a single day—nah, there’s no mainstream media bias—explains a lot. (The Post also says that “Christmas is the tale of a family driven from place to place by imperial decrees and the irrational fears of an unsettled ruler.” Is that what the religious and spiritual message of this season is? The problems of displaced people?
Well, that and the fact that the President sucks.
I’m trying to think of what would be a similar dishonest spin on the Christmas story from conservative perspective. How about “Christmas is the tale of a single mother who decided not to abort her child despite looming personal hardships, and how that child grew up to bring joy, love and hope to the world”?
5. To be fair, the Post has its moments of clarity, like the essay, “It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats.” Not that it isn’t isn’t facile and misleading, because it is. Which side of the political spectrum has spent the last decade or more declaring that the problem with America was that it has been led by “old white men”? This was a progressive theme, echoed by, among others, Barack Obama, until Democrats had to face the fact that their candidate in 2020 might be an old white man. The ageism wielded against John McCain when he ran against Obama was a constant theme, bolstered by the news media. Dividing the generations didn’t come to the fore this year; it was just part of the scheme of societal divisions—black against white, male against female, married women against single women, religious against non-religious, gay against straight, wealthy against poor, and more—that Obama and Democrats weaponized deliberately. 2019 was the year that the Democratic party embraced radical socialist ideas, and rejected much of the value system created by our founding documents. Might that have something to do with the generational divide—you know, those old enough to appreciate the nation they have lived in versus those who condemning it without experience or perspective? You’d never guess it by reading the article.
Nor does the discussion of cross generational tension note that there are real, practical reasons why there are legitimate weaknesses among Boomers as well as Millennials. Individuals of an advanced age and declining skills shouldn’t seek or hold demanding jobs when they know, or should know, their abilities have declined. Those who are under 40 often lack the maturity, wisdom or knowledge to be as certain as they often are that they have all the answers. Nobody knows this better than the Boomers, who generally made asses of themselves in the Sixties and Seventies.
The Post is right about one thing, though. “Age-based prejudice is the last acceptable form of prejudice,” New York University’s Michael North, who studies ageism in the workplace, is quoted as saying. “People are making age-based generalizations and stereotypes that you wouldn’t be able to get away with about race or background. Insert some sort of racial or ethnic group, or ‘OK Woman,’ and it wouldn’t go over too well.”
Hmmm. Well, age and being male are the last acceptable forms of prejudice. No wait: age, being male, and being a Christian are the last acceptable forms of prejudice. Cage, being male, and being a Christian are the last acceptable forms of prejudice. No, no, wait: age, being male, being a Christian, and being successful and wealthy…and being a a conservative! That’s still not quite right…it’s age, being male, being a Christian, being successful and wealthy, being conservative and not hating the President of the United States are the last acceptable forms of prejudice. There. Got it.
Come to think of it, this is a manipulative, dishonest article after all.