1. Sorry, but there was and is no excuse.. The New Yorker reports that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is in serious cognitive decline:
[M]any others familiar with Feinstein’s situation describe her as seriously struggling, and say it has been evident for several years. Speaking on background, and with respect for her accomplished career, they say her short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have. They describe Feinstein as forgetting what she has said and getting upset when she can’t keep up. One aide to another senator described what he called a “Kabuki” meeting in which Feinstein’s staff tried to steer her through a proposed piece of legislation that she protested was “just words” which “make no sense.” Feinstein’s staff has said that sometimes she seems herself, and other times unreachable. “The staff is in such a bad position,” a former Senate aide who still has business in Congress said. “They have to defend her and make her seem normal.”
Well gee, what a surprise. Ethics Alarms criticized the Senator for having the hubris and not showing proper responsible conduct in 2018, when she ran for re-election and another 6 year term at the age of 85. That was ridiculous, and it was foolish for her constituents to vote for her. Now they are stuck with a Senator who can’t do the job, and it is their fault, plus that of the Democratic Party and Feinstein herself. They all deserve what they get.
Particularly nauseating in the New Yorker story is this section:
“Some former Feinstein aides insist that rumors of her cognitive decline have been exaggerated, and that video clips taken out of context can make almost anyone look foolish. They also bridle at singling out her condition, because declining male senators, including Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, and Robert Byrd, of West Virginia, were widely known by the end of their careers to be non-compos mentis. “For his last ten years, Strom Thurmond didn’t know if he was on foot or on horseback,” one former Senate aide told me.”
Is this the quality of thought on Capitol Hill? A single idiot making such an argument is too many: “Hey, don’t criticize us for having walking vegetables weilding the power of U.S. Senators:we should be able to do it becaise Republicans did it!”
2. Once, I would have written a whole post about this...TIME named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris “Persons of the Year.” So what, and who in their right mind cares? OK, apparently Ann Althouse cares, having written a couple of posts already on the once-important magazine’s annual “Man of the Year” choice. Someone should tell Ann that TIME, like Newsweek, its even more pathetic one-time rival, is a sad relic of bygone era, like the Rockettes, rotary phones and Diane Feinstein.
It is now just one more standard issue progressive/Democratic Party shill, and prone to printing nonsense like Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal’s lame explanation that his magazine chose the duo for “changing the American” (whatever that means) and showing that “the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.” That’s Authentic Frontier Gibberish, as well as baloney.
ABC News’ chief political analyst, Matthew Dowd, pointed out the obvious, saying, “I actually don’t think winning this Time award is going to help them. It is just going to feed negativity by many that they get an award before actually doing anything.” Hmmm...what previous President got an award before he had done anything to deserve it? Indeed, neither Biden nor Harris did much of anything in 2020: Biden hid, and Harris failed at the only task of substance she set for herself, winning the Presidential nomination. Bloomberg writer Eli Lake wrote, “I get that the magazine is trying to seem hip and appeal to zoomers and millennials, but this is such obvious pandering.”
Unlike how TIME behaved the rest of the year….
3. Wuhan virus now. Wuhan virus forever. The publication of my parody of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” as “Walking in a Wuhan Wonderland” provoked more than one query about why I refuse to call the virus by the antiseptic politically correct name “Covid-19.” I know I’ve covered this before, though from a parodist standpoint, I would have used the alliterative name even if I accepted the Covid mandate, which I do not, and will not. Here is a lightly revised version of the explanation I offered in a comment yesterday:
Much of the news media called the virus the Wuhan Virus from the very start, and then the decision was made to call that designation “racist” because the President was using it. The vast, vast majority of such pandemics have been named after the locations where they appeared to arise. There was never a good reason, other than to add another partisan, anti-Trump “gotcha!” for treating this virus differently.
From a From a PR release from two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Gail Heriot and Peter N. Kirsanow that I quoted in this post,; the two members, conservatives, were dissenting from the official left-wing talking point then in the ascendance:
The Commission makes the ill-advised suggestion that referring to COVID-19 with terms like “Chinese coronavirus” is somehow fueling “[t]his latest wave of xenophobic animosity toward Asian Americans.” It is common to refer to infectious diseases by their geographic origin. Examples include Asian flu, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, Brazilian hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, German measles, Japanese encephalitis, Lyme disease, Marburg virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Pontiac fever, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Spanish flu, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever, and West Nile virus…It is counter-productive to hector the American people (or its leaders) about describing the COVID-19 as “Chinese” or as having originated in China. It did originate there. Ordinary Americans—of all races and ethnicities—who harbor no ill will toward anyone don’t like to have the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights imply that that they are fueling the flames of xenophobic animosity. We can’t blame them. It is insulting.
Our colleagues on the Commission close their statement by writing under the current circumstances no American should be “ostracized solely because of their race or national origin.” That is certainly sensible enough. We would add that Americans should not be ostracized on account of false accusations that their conduct has been racist, xenophobic and hateful. The promiscuous use of those terms needs to stop.
I added, “That’s fine and well stated. My position is even more basic. I refuse to participate in mind-control based on the assertion that a factual statement is “racist,” or that someone is the cause of unethical conduct because others choose to behave unethically. Any more Alyssa Milano comments or complaints about Kung Flu jokes, and I’ll be calling the damn thing the “Wuhan Virus from the Capital of the Hubai Province in That Big Asian Nation Called China That Endangered The Entire World By The Dishonest, Paranoid Manner In Which It Withheld Crucial Information.”
Yes, that would be too long, but completely fair and accurate as we know know better than ever. China is to blame, and China-tied interests are despicably determined to allow that slave-mongering, human rights denying, Machiavellian nation duck responsibility. In many cases, the location-based name of pandemics and viruses has been inaccurate, as with the Spanish Flu. Not this time, baby! This was China’s doing, and China deserves the infamy forever. The arguments for not using Wuhan are lame and partisan, and are more of the linguistic game-playing we have seen in other contexts, notably with “Black Lives Matter.” The news media, which has been disgusting all year, is also the piper playing the Covid tune, and as Jack Ryan says to the corrupt President at the end of “Clear and Present Danger,” “I’m sorry, but I don’t dance.“
And “everybody does it” is no excuse to let China (As a Chinese dissident famously said this year, “Don’t trust China, China is asshole”) off the hook.
I am waiting for a persuasive explanation for why wouldn’t we call the virus what it is except to kowtow to a vicious, anti-American dictatorship. The argument that morons have been harassing Asian-Americans is no argument at all, just as the argument that we shouldn’t call the Twin Towers bombing Islamic terrorism because the same breed of morons harassed American Muslims.
I am adamant on this issue.
4. This is the kind of leadership and ethics you voted for, Democrats, and I will hold you accountable. In a leaked recording to the Intercept, Joe Biden can be heard saying,
“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you.” Biden can be heard telling left-wing civil rights leaders in the recording. “Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before January 5, because that’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country… I just raise it with you to think about. How much do we push between now and January 5, we need those two seats, about police reform? But I guarantee you there will be a full-blown commission. I guarantee you it’s a major, major, major element…we can go very far.”
In other words, make sure voters don’t know what we really stand for until it’s too late for them to do anything about it. Nice.