1. Yes, these are the people who want to have power over our lives. Imagine: this woman isn’t mourning the death of a human being, she’s angry because that human being can no longer serve her interests. The human being in question continued to work for the public long after she could have retired with dignity and comfort, and this woman is furious that she wasn’t physically able to do so “until 2021.” Not only that, she posted this repulsive video with no apparent comprehension that it exposes her as a horrible human being. She just assumes that most who share her political persuasion are just as incapable of empathy and compassion as she is. Maybe she’s right.
Again I must ask, “How do people get like this?”
Okay, I just stumbled on some timely satire. I generally hate memes, but this is genuinely funny. Forgive me.
2. Speaking of memes and The Great Stupid, what can you say about an adult who would post this on Facebook in all seriousness, as if it was profound or true?
If one thinks one’s Facebook friends have the IQ of lemurs (or better), one should worry about being mocked mercilessly for embracing the infantile view of reality conveyed by “Imagine.” Such an individual exists in such a low-information bubble that they are probably safe. Most of their social media friends are so addled that they probably think this is Truth. I know the poster well: she’s retired, a great-grandmother, cultured, well-educated, well-read, and absolutely impervious to any facts that don’t fit her ideological biases.
Signature significance: when I posted critically about D.C. holding that George Mason was unworthy of being honored or memorialized in the nation’s Capital, she wrote, “Who the hell is George Mason?”
The good news? Our educational system sucked long before now.
3. An almost ethical quote from the New York Times book review of Harold Holzer’s “The Presidents vs. the Press:”
Trump has become the punching bag for the contemporary press, and while he deserves many of his beatings, Holzer offers evidence that Barack Obama treated the press as poorly, only differently. Obama subjected reporters to the most invasive leaks investigations ever and intentionally concealed the workings of his presidency from public scrutiny, as top reporters attest. In one study of the Obama administration, the former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. wrote that its “war on leaks and other efforts to control information” were the most egregious Washington had seen since Nixon. The biggest difference between Obama’s contest with the press and Trump’s — questions of the vulgarian in chief’s style aside — was that Obama masked his enmity for the press with a smile whereas Trump broadcasts his loathing for all the nation to see.
True, but reviewer and liberal pundit—and maybe the book, I don’t know, as I haven’t read it—Jack Shafer, leaves out one salient, indispensable and inconvenient distinction between President Trump’s relationship with the news media and Barack Obama’s, making this a false and misleading dichotomy.
What is it?
(This should be easy.)
4. [RETRACTED: The article discussed is from a hoax site] Exactly how stupid is The Great Stupid? Just how freaky is the George Floyd Freakout? This essay is a big clue: at what other time in our history would an article titled “Why White People Owning Dogs is Racist” be published except in the weekly newsletter of Madam Lucille’s Home For The Bewildered?
The writer, we are told, is a lifelong conservationist who spends his time creating and disseminating educational materials for local schools that help kids understand why protecting animals and LGBTQIA+ rights is so important. Yes, they let people like him—you know, insane—indoctrinate school children. Here’s an excerpt:
If you are white and own a dog, you are openly participating and advocating for cultural appropriation and colonialism. Reinforcing this culture is NOT acceptable and will come with its repercussions. Dogs are and always will be the living reminder of how tainted our history is as a whole. POC deserve to exclusively own dogs as a form of restitution for their stolen ancestor’s work. Supporting the idea of white dog ownership is spitting on the grave of past POC generations.
The good news: all the comments were negative, the most thorough and trenchant being from the unfortunately named “Go fuck yourself”—imagine going though life with a name like that!—who writes,
God what horrid fuckshit this is,Shut the fuck up and think before you post
Oscar Wilde could hardly have said it better.
UPDATE: Reader Isaac led me to the other two articles on the site, which are clearly jokes. Nowhere on the site is it stated that it is a hoax site or that it engages in satire. The dogs post is not obvious satire; it’s not funny, and it’s no more ridiculous than a lot of genuine Black Lives Matter nonsense, the things Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says every other day, or the typical PETA press release.