1 Duh! The competition for most incompetent host on CNN continues to be neck and neck, with Chris Cuomo, Brian Stelter and Don Lemon threatening a photo finish. Lemon rounded the turn and made up some ground by visiting “The View” (Lemon coming to the idiot-infested ABC uninformed opinion fest is the very definition of “carrying coals to Newcastle”) and, when asked to respond to the Vatican’s announcement that Roman Catholic priests cannot extend a sacramental blessing to same-sex unions, set a new high for egomania and presumptuousness. Lemon answered in part,
“I think that the Catholic Church and many other churches really need to reexamine themselves and their teachings because that is not what God is about. God is not about hindering people or even judging people… do what the Bible and what Jesus actually said, if you believe in Jesus, and that is to love your fellow man and judge not lest ye be not judged.”
Gee, thanks Don for answering the question that theologians have been debating for centuries: “What is God about?” And nice mangling of that quote, though even if you got it right, it still doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make judgments about people. The New Testament passage carrying that message (Matthew 7:1) holds the we should be prepared to be judged by the same standards we use to judge others. In several other places the Bible specifically instructs us to “judge,” and God repeatedly reserves the right to judge human beings, so to say He “isn’t about judging” is an eccentric interpretation at best. Meanwhile, the Ten Commandments, like all laws, are about “hindering people.” Lemon isn’t competent to discuss politics; who cares what he thinks about theology?
2. Whoa! Fresh off of disgracing itself by attacking Tucker Carlson’s questioning the wisdom of having pregnant women in combat, the U.S. military, represented by National Guard soldiers, agreed to accompany Guam Delegate San Nicolas to Rep. Margery Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) office on Capitol Hill as a political stunt to mock Greene’s gaff declaring that Guam, a U.S. territory, was a foreign country. Whoever allowed the Guard to be used for partisan grandstanding was abusing his or her position. As several commentators have pointed out, if Senator Cruz had marched over to, say, AOC’s office with members of the Texas National Guard hoping to embarrass her the media would be howling about violent intimidation and improper political use of the military….which, in fact, it would be.
3. YAY! President Biden asked Equal Employment Opportunity Commission general counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson to resign, and when she refused, he fired her. She did not go quietly, because she is not a weenie. Gustafson was appointed in March 2018 by former President Trump and was confirmed by the Senate in August 2019 to a four-year term, which will not expire until August of 2023. The EEOC is an independent agency within the federal government.
“At the time I was nominated, I was asked if I would commit to do my best to fulfill my four-year term, and I answered yes,” Gustafson said in a pointed letter to Biden when he asked for her resignation. “Unless prevented from doing so, I intend to honor that commitment. I have confidently given this advice to countless embattled clients of the last 25 years: hold your head high, do your best work, and do not resign under pressure. In solidarity with them, I will follow that advice….So far as I know, no previous General Counsel has been fired for being appointed by the wrong political party.”
She went on, “Your request that I resign provided no reason for the request, and I do not know which of your advisors recommended that you make the request. But please be aware that there are those who oppose my advocacy on behalf of employees who experience religious discrimination and on behalf of constitutional and statutory protections for religious entities. I would like to continue my work on the EEOC’S mission to prevent and remedy illegal employment discrimination.”
Wait! Didn’t Joe promise not to be divisive and to avoid partisan warfare? Andrea Lucas, another appointee to the EEOC by Trump, tweeted,
“I find the action taken today by the White House against our independent agency to be deeply troubling, a break from long-established norms respected by presidents of both parties, an injection of partisanship where it had been absent, and telling evidence of what ‘unity’ actually means to this President and his Administration.That, however, does not seem to apply to Sharon Gustafson. And if such a principle does not apply to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the very agency charged with preventing and remedying discrimination and retaliation—where else does it apply? In the days leading up to the President’s decision to fire Ms. Gustafson, a report and related materials dealing with religious discrimination were removed from the EEOC’s website shortly after inauguration….The actions taken by this Administration are quite telling as to their priorities . . . and one can safely assume that combating religious discrimination—or retaliation, frankly, given Ms. Gustafson’s firing—is not one of them. Instead, it appears that this Administration intends to achieve unity through uniformity by removing all dissenting actors, thought, and content from the federal government, the public square, and the marketplace.”
Joe violating “long-established norms”? That can’t be right: we were told that only Donald Trump did that, and it was the mark of a dictator…
4. GAG! Last month, the Marshalls permanently crossed a food delivery service off our list for repeatedly pointing us to “black-owned restaurants” so we would discriminate on the basis of race. Blogger Amy Alkon had a similar reaction to an article headlined, “26 Essential Woman-Owned Restaurants To Support In Los Angeles,” tweeting, “When you choose a restaurant, probably the first thing on your mind: no, not whether the food is good and you feel good in the place, but whether the owner has a vagina! Benevolently insulting! Suggests women in restaurant biz are somehow handicapped & need special help.”
5. Asshole! This is how low some Democrats will stoop to try to unsettle the conservative SCOTUS majority. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI), who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney Garland questioning the FBI’s 2018 investigation into allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Whitehouse suggested in the letter that the investigation had been “politically-constrained and perhaps fake.”
“Dr. Ford’s testimony obviously justified further investigation to seek corroborating or inconsistent evidence,” Whitehouse wrote, citing examples that suggested the FBI had been reluctant to accept or gather evidence into the allegations.
A “discovered memory” of an undated alleged episode that resulted in no complaint or reports, took place 30 years ago in high school, and was over 30 years old should not have been ‘investigated” at all.