1. Well this seems ominous. This morning the Trump campaign requested that a third party inspect both candidates for electronic devices or transmitters. President Trump had already consented to such an inspection, and the Biden campaign had reportedly agreed to this days ago. The New York Post reported a few hours ago that the Biden camp refused the condition.
What’s going on here? I can only assume that it’s gamesmanship. Biden would be beyond demented to try to cheat in a broadcast debate.
2. Here are results of the FIRE’s college free speech rankings survey, as determined by students. My alma mater ranked #46 out of the 56 schools ranked; no surprise there. The school I worked for as an administrator after getting my law degree there is two slots worse.
3. Prediction: It will not end well for poor David Hogg. I foresee a tragic opera in his future. Too young for the prominence he was thrust into as a survivor of the Parkland shooting, cynically exploited by the news media and activists who did not care about him, he is now condemned to have no support from any quarter. His best course would be to quietly leave the public gaze forever, and fight off the addiction of fame. It’s not easy.
Hogg recently used on Twitter to issue a call for the young to stage a “nonviolent political revolution,” practicing “humility, kindness, and grace” to create change.
“We must not fall for the slander espoused by those in power that says violence will solve our problems, they only say that so they can have an excuse to grow their authoritarianism. I have seen how violence and hate destroys lives and communities- it is not the answer…The use of violence to acquire political power is deeply rooted in imperialism, capitalism and white supremacy I personally refuse to believe that the use of this same violence will ever create nonviolent systems of government that represent and support everyone.”
“Shut up, white boy!” was the response from the Black Lives Matter fans. he was excoriated on social media for daring to tell “people of color” how to run “their” revolution. Courageously, he stood his ground, held to his principles, and refused to accept their poisonous position.
Kidding! Hogg backed down completely, grovelled an apology, and essentially confirmed my initial impression of him as a a shallow opportunist. He tweeted
“Let me be clear, what I am NOT trying to do is tell [black, indigenous, people of color] how they should react to violence directed at them by the state,” Hogg said. “It is not my place or any white persons [sic] to direct or criticize the way BIPOC people choose to defend themselves against this violence from the state.. .I am sorry for how understandably anyone could have misinterpreted what I saidI appreciate those that have called me out and let me know how this tweet was offensive and I am welcome to continuing to learn. Many are understandably upset and offended and I have have to do my part in admitting to mistakes when I make them and supporting my friends.“
I see a great ending to the opera, though, when a middle-aged Hogg, obese, forgotten, without allies, reduced to appearing on reality shows,and re-watching videos of his glory days on CNN, gazes at a hated rifle he bought during an alcoholic haze. He sings a grand aria, and…
4. So many people don’t understand what’s unethical about this, and I blame the education system. Berkeley, California has passed an ordinance that will “prohibit grocery stores bigger than 2,500 square feet from displaying junk food and other unhealthy items in checkout aisles,” according to CBS. Retailers will be allowed to sell chips and candy bars elsewhere in their stores, but the city’s protecting shoppers from impulse buying and undisciplined children in line “by offering healthier options at checkout” will contribute to “advancing public health and level the playing field for consumers during an already stressful time” according to the consumer advocates who lobbied for the change.
5. Sad. When I first came to Washington D.C., columnist Colbert King’s columns in the Post flagging corruption in the D.C. government was bracing, old-fashioned public interest journalism. I think it was Barack Obama who ruined him, as King found himself so thrilled by the prospect of an African American President that he began fudging his principles, as when he defended the racist pronouncement of Rev. Wright, and excused Obama from sitting silent for years as his “close friend” advocated anti-white racism. Trump Derangement and advancing age has now robbed the once admirable pundit of those special talents that made him effective.
In his most recent column, King argues that Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from any case involving the 2020 election because Thomas stated in his autobiography that Joe Biden lied to him when Biden chaired Thomas’s confirmation hearings. King knows, or should know, or once knew, that strong personal feelings for or against the parties in a dispute is seldom a valid reason for recusal, unless a judge shouldn’t be on the bench at all. For lawyers and judges, mere friendship or enmity does not constitute a disqualifying conflict of interest: they aren’t jurors, they are legal professionals, and trained to avoid allowing personal feelings interfere with their independent judgment.
Meanwhile, King seems to be untroubled by the fact that Justice Kagan once worked for Joe Biden as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee for Supreme Court nominations, when she spearheaded the confirmation hearings for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You see, a liberal Justice appointed by Obama is immune from excess influence by personal loyalties, but a conservative Justice is presumed to be unprofessional.
Once, Colbert King mocked that kind of partisan hypocrisy. Now he’s a practitioner of it.