1. Totalitarianism watch. Idling one’s car for longer than three minutes, or more than one minute while adjacent to a school, is illegal in New York City. There have been anti-idling laws since 1972, but they were previously examples of the law being used to encourage conduct rather than enforce it. Now, with socialist Bill de Blasio at the city’s helm, the laws are being enforced with a vengeance.
The city is offering bounties to citizens who report their neighbors, for example. “If you witness a vehicle idling illegally, you can potentially receive a reward for your enforcement efforts through our Citizens Air Complaint Program” says a city website.
The theory is that forcing people into not idling their car will mitigate climate change, just like forcing people to ride bicycles and to stop having children when the Left gains sufficient power and the Green New Deal is within reach. Cars idling for no reason is a pet peeve of mine, particularly when they idle in a parking space with cars waiting while the driver checks his or her messages on a cell phone. There are, however, good reasons for idling. I have idled while recharging a dead battery for example. I have idled in sub-freezing weather to keep the car warm while my wife, who had a cold, ran into a 7-11 to buy some cough medicine. The blunt boot of the law does not belong in this matter, like many matters that today’s progressives and socialists want to turn into government edicts.
Oh—the PR geniuses in de Blasio-land decided that the ideal spokesperson for the anti-idling campaign is washed up rocker Billy Idol.
2. So much for the “Legally married teacher who shows a picture of her soon-to-be -spouse that the community objects to” Principle… Stacy Bailey, a Texas art teacher, was placed on administrative leave after talking about “her future wife” in class and showing a photo of her and her then-fiancee dressed as characters from the movie “Finding Nemo.” Bailey sued, and reached a $100,000 settlement with the Mansfield Independent School District last week. The district near Fort Worth agreed to remove the eight-month leave from her record and offer mandatory training on LGBTQ issues to human resources and counseling staff in its schools.
And how could a school district be so bone-headed as to suspend a teacher under those circumstances? My third grade teacher–Where have you gone, Miss Julalian?, your students turn their lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo—told us all about her impending wedding, photos included. I guess the district thought Bailey’s plans were icky rather than romantic.
Morons. Morons teaching our children.
3. “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!” Coronavirus Division. Here is the President’s rambling statement about Democrats politicizing the latest rogue virus threat:
Now the Democrats are politicizing the Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue; they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t count their votes!
One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
But you know, we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country, and because of the fact that we won early, we won early, we could’ve had a lot more than that. We’re doing great. Our country is doing so great. We are so unified. We are so unified.
CNBC: Trump says the coronavirus is Democrats’ new ‘hoax’
Politico: Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax’
ABC via AP: Trump lashes out at Dems, calls coronavirus their new ‘hoax’
CNBC: Trump calls outbreak a ‘hoax,’ South Korea has record jump in cases
Politico: Biden blasts Trump for calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’
The Hill: Democrat gets in heated exchange with Pompeo at hearing: ‘Do you believe coronavirus is a hoax?’
MSNBC: Michael Moore: Trump calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’ is ‘dangerous’
Fake news. Yet this is the interpretation I saw over and over again on Facebook, posted by people who allegedly graduated from the sixth grade. This one is so blatant that even some of the usual suspects in spreading false narratives about the President began flagging it. When Mike Bloomberg was asked on “Face the Nation” by CBS’ Scott Pelley about his position on the Coronavirus emergency, Bloomberg said, “I find it incomprehensible that the President would do something as inane as calling it a hoax.” Pelley, to his credit, corrected him, saying, “He said the Democrats making so much of it is a Democratic hoax, not that the virus was a hoax.”
Bloomberg ignored him and persisted in misrepresenting what Trump said.
After Politico claimed that the President “tried to cast the global outbreak of the coronavirus as a liberal conspiracy,” Facebook rated the piece as containing false information, saying “The primary claims in the information are factually inaccurate,” in a warning attached to the article…