Is it that time again already? Great, now we have to listen to more Statue Toppling rants from anti-Columbus zealots who don’t think changing the world unquestionably for the better and setting in motion the chain of events that allowed the United States to exist is worthy of a day of recognition.
1. I confess. Although I bailed out of following baseball this “season” when MLB’s groveling to Black Lives Matter became too much to bear, I do check the scores now and then, and thus am taking some pleasure in the fact that the New York Yankees were eliminated in the best of five Divisional Play-offs by the Tampa Bay Rays, making it eleven straight years since the Bronx Bombers got to the World Series.
2. Idiotic tweets that did not come from the White House. Whether one believes the Doomsday Polls or not, it is beyond question that President Trump’s prospects this November would be far brighter were he able to resist sending out dumb tweets, many of which I have highlighted here. (There is a Trump Tweets tag, if you want to reminisce. Like so many of his regrettable proclivities, this one is apparently contagious. Powerline recently flagged three head-exploders:
- From Washington governor Jay Inslee:
- From former CIA director and Deep State Trump saboteur John Brennan:
Those who visit here often know that by Ethics Alarms standard, quoting “Imagine” as if this infantile doggerel by John Lennon is profound automatically wins any “Dumbest” competition.
- Finally, there is “resistance” American historian Michael Beschloss, who embarrassed himself, not for the first time since 2016, with this:
Yes, bias makes you stupid…and careless. Twitter wags quickly posted these:
3. I don’t understand this story at all. If my eyes do not deceive me, Authorities 27-year-old Sidney Deal allowed his 1-year-old daughter to die in his locked car in Las Vegas because he didn’t want to damage the vehicle by breaking a window, and the police acceded to his priorities.
Deal called the police after he locked his keys inside his vehicle at his Vegas-area home, with his infant daughter inside. The police officers offered to break the window or to call a locksmith or tow truck. Deal said that he was going to call his brother instead. Deal’s brother said that his brother told him that the car’s air conditioning was running. When he reached his brother’s home, the brother offered to break the window. According to authorities, Daddy Deal stopped his brother because, he said, he didn’t have enough money to fix a broken car window. Deal told his brother to phone their mother to have her insurance company send a locksmith to his home. While all of this was going on, Sayah, who had been in the car for more than an hour by this point, had become unconscious. THEN the police officers finally broke a window, but it was too late.
Why doesn’t someone protest about that? Police arrested Deal and booked him on one count of child abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily harm. But he’s suffered enough, don’t you think? After all, he has to fix that broken window…
4. Ah, there’s nothing like a fair, open-minded, objective book reviewer! The new book is “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” by Robert P. Jones, and it sets out to prove that “American Christianity’s theological core has been thoroughly structured by an interest in protecting white supremacy.” And who did the New York Times Book Review select to examine that thesis? Why, history Ph.D. candidate Jemar Tisby author of “The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.”
5. How did we allow academia to get this way? Donna Riley, head of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, has authored an article for “Engineering Studies” called “Rigor/Us: Building Boundaries and Disciplining Diversity with Standards of Merit,” in which she argues that academic “rigor” is enables “white male heterosexual privilege.”
The term “rigor,” she writes, “has a historical lineage of being about hardness, stiffness, and erectness; its sexual connotations—and links to masculinity in particular—are undeniable.”
Yes, she really wrote that, and students or their parents pay tens of thousands of dollars to allow people who emit such crap to mess with their children’s minds.
“Rigor,” she continues, “may be a defining tool, revealing how structural forces of power and privilege operate to exclude men of color and women, students with disabilities, lgbtq+ people, first-generation and low-income students, and non-traditionally aged students.” Later in the same “scholarly” article, she condemns “scientific knowledge itself,” which, according to her, “is gendered, raced, and colonizing.” [Pointer: The New criterion]