1. As John McClain (Bruce Willis) says after he drops a dead bad guy on a police car prompting a hail of automatic weapon fire, “Welcome to the party, pal!”
Blogger Ann Althouse writes today, announcing that she will no longer subscribe to Google adwords,
Email received today from Google was the last straw for me:
“In the last 24 hours: New violations were detected. As a result, ad serving has been restricted or disabled on pages where these violations of the AdSense Program Policies were found. To resolve the issues, you can either remove the violating content and request a review, or remove the ad code from the violating pages. 4 pages were reviewed at your request and found to be non-compliant with our policies at the time of the review. Ad serving continues to be restricted or disabled on those pages.”
I’m tired of checking to see what’s supposedly a violation. I get so many of these and they’re often posts that are nothing but a quote from a commentator in the NYT. But to see that the review didn’t okay these pages… it’s just mind-bending. I can’t waste my energy dealing with this bullshit. In every case, I’m told that I’ve violated their policy with “Dangerous or derogatory content,” which I find insulting.
It’s more than insulting, Ann. It is evidence of how the big tech and communications companies are assisting in content-based censorship and harassment to assist the political objectives of the Left. Your commentary is just a little too balanced. Shape up. Big Brother is watching.
Related: Here’s a true conservative blogger who reports being censored by Google.
2. Below is a photo of Brandon Caserta, the alleged ring-leader of a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s dictatorial governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
Whitmer and Joe Biden, among others, have blamed the plot on President Trump. Note the flag behind him. Caserta is an anarchist. “ By you participating in the government, you’re participating in slavery dude for everyone else.” he wrote. He says voting for anyone “is admitting that you believe in the legitimacy of authority which means you believe in the legitimacy of slavery.”
Accusing this guy of being a Trump acolyte and implying that the President in any way prompted his activities is exactly the kind of wild, baseless, irresponsible speculation that the news media condemns when Trump engages in it. Democrats, however, can level evidence-free accusations with impunity. Biden owes Trump an apology, and if he were the decent, fair, nice guy he pretends to be, he would have apologized already.
3. And speaking of assholes, here’s an inquiry to a Slate parenting column. [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon] I view it the question as signature significance for a brain-washed victim of BLM propaganda who is about to poison her child’s civic literacy. I will read the response with appropriate dread after I post this, as can you.
My lovely, outgoing son is 5 years old. For the past year or so, he has been absolutely obsessed with police officers. He loves their uniforms, cars, and dogs. He tells everyone he wants to be a policeman when he grows up, and whenever he sees a police officer, he runs up to them and says hi. In our overwhelmingly white suburb, this is always well received; cops are usually idle and don’t mind letting him touch their cars or look at their outfits.I’m a little conflicted about this obsession, for obvious reasons.
I know my son views police officers as friendly heroes because we are white and well-off—and he loves Paw Patrol—and I’m struggling to decide how to expose him to the reality that for many people, they are anything but heroes. I have been neutral toward his obsession so far: When he says he wants to be a police officer, I try to bring up other jobs where you can help people (like an ambulance driver!), and rather than let him dress up as a policeman for Halloween last year, I made an alternate suggestion and he went with it.
Nevertheless, I’m wondering whether it’s time to have a serious conversation with him about the role of the police and, if so, if you have any advice about doing that.
As a footnote, my son wore a police costume one Halloween, and we encouraged his aspirations to become a police officer. That option was closed to him, unfortunately, when he made the rash decision at 18 to lead state police on a multi-state high speed chase that led to a felony traffic conviction.
4. Another “silver linings” story, relevant to Rationalization #3A. Above the Law reports that a pregnant woman’s water broke while taking a remote bar exam via Zoom online. Everyone hates the Zoom bar exams, but she was able to finish taking her exam at the hospital after giving birth, so it’s not all bad!
5. So here’s the tough question: would you rather vote for Cal Cunningham, or Joe Biden? Cal Cunningham is the Democratic candidate for Senate in North Carolina, once leading in polls tracking the crucial Senate race in that state, who has canceled all public appearances since being caught engaging in at least one, and maybe two, extramarital affairs.
In a very strange video, Cunningham (that’s him in the video above) blamed his Republican opponent, Senator Thom Tillis, for his sex scandal, saying in part, “Because Thom Tillis knows that he is losing, and knows that we are winning, he has now resorted to trying to make this campaign about something other than the issues.”
Ethicist here! All elections are about the issues and the character of the candidates, with the latter being more important, since if you can trust a candidate, you can’t be sure that the policies he or she advocates in a campaign are really what they will try to accomplish. This guy is a Democrat? I thought the Democratic Party finally learned this after making the same, dishonest, fatuous argument during the Bill Clinton years.
Cunningham presented himself as an honorable military man devoted to his family, but now that he was been exposed a liar and a fraud, he conveniently announces that only policy positions should matter.