The U.S. entered The Great War on this date in 1917, surely among the most disastrous decisions the nation has ever made. Unfortunately, almost all of the debate over whether we “should” have gotten involved in the seemingly pointless quarrel among the European powers is polluted by hindsight bias, consequentialism, and a disregard for moral luck. Yes, it’s true that The Great War led to a far worse one, and that Germany winning what became World War I probably would have kept Adolf Hitler painting houses. But that’s cheating: we can only assess the legitimacy of the U.S. entering the war on the basis of what was known at the time.
1. Baseball uniform ethics. Oh yeah, this makes a lot of sense. The Boston Red Sox uniforms have been red, white and blue for almost a century—perfect for the team’s annual Patriot’s Day game, which occurs in the morning so the crowd can watch the end of the Boston Marathon. Only Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut celebrate Patriot’s Day, when Paul Revere (and his two friend) rode to warn the Boston suburbs that the British were coming in 1775.
Well, Nike is now pulling baseball’s strings (there is evidence that the company that employs Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson helped push MLB into punishing Atlanta for Joe Biden’s made-up racist voting law claims), and part of its deal with the sport is that it will design new uniforms for many of the teams. Here are the uniforms the company thinks the Boston Red Sox should wear to celebrate Patriots Day, since those old colors just reflect the flag of the racist nation founded on the backs of slaves:
They look like eggs.
And of course, no red socks.
2. The rest of the story! Remember this post, about San Francisco’s lunatic school board declaring that one-third of the city’s school names, including those honoring Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, James Madison and both Roosevelts , Presidents Monroe, McKinley, Herbert Hoover and James Garfield; John Muir, the naturalist and author; James Russell Lowell, abolitionist poet and editor; Paul Revere, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Webster, and current California Senator and former city mayor Diane Feinstein must be replaced so as not to honor individuals who were, in the words of an over-acting character in “The Birds”,
Rendering the equivalent of Tippy Hedren’s slap to these idiots has been, well, just about everybody, from historians, scholars, parents, anyone with an IQ above freezing, and even San Francisco’s reliably woke mayor. Implementing the re-naming was also expected to embroil the city in litigation. So now, the school board, after pausing its grand cancellation project, is expected to overturn its decision after wasting a lot of time and money, and making the city appear even more absurd than it usually does, which is quite an achievement.
You would think that someone on the school board would have been sufficiently smart, competent, responsible grounded in reality to predict the fate of such a mass historical airbrushing. Nope!
This isn’t called The Great Stupid for nothing, you know.
3. Jen Psaki, who pledged to be transparent, submits her entry into the “Most Dishonest Question Dodge in White House Press Secretary History!
“Is the president going to change the way that he talks about the new Georgia voting law?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden’s paid liar. Baby Doocy was obviously referring to Biden’s “Jim Crow on steroids” nonsense and his repeated claim that the law closed polls at 5 pm, which is not true.
“His view is that we need to make it easier and not harder to vote, and that will continue to be what he advocates for,” Psaki said. So Doocy was more specific, asking if Biden is going to back off of his previous false claim flagged by, among others, various left-biased factcheckers and anyone who bothered to read the law.
“The fact checkers will also tell you that this bill does not make it easier for people across the state of Georgia to vote, and that’s where he has concerns,” Psaki answered.
Really? Then why does he keep focusing on a false complaint like a 5 pm voting restriction that doesn’t exist?
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins then asked, “The President does acknowledge that the new law doesn’t change election day voting hours, right?”
“Well, it also doesn’t expand them for early voting and makes early voting shorter, so there’s a lot of components of the legislation he’s concerned about, and that’s what he was expressing,” Psaki said. “I think what’s important is to report on all the components that make it more difficult to vote in the package, in the legislation.”
No, in fact that wasn’t what Biden was expressing. What he was expressing was a blatant distortion of a feature in the law that expanded the time for voting, and what is important is that Presidents not lie to the public to create racial suspicion and division. Then he used that misrepresentation to call for a corporate boycott of Georgia. Major League Baseball’s despicable pulling of its All-Star game alone is expected to cost the state millions of dollars.
In an earlier presser, Psaki had also lied, saying that the law “standardizes the ending of voting every day at five, right? It just gives options. It gives options to expand it, right, but it standardized it at five. It also makes it so that outside groups can’t provide water or food to people in line, right?”
Wrong, and wrong. The law does not prevent people from giving water to those standing in line. It allows “self-service water from an unattended receptacle” and also allows anyone to give water or food to any voters outside the limited area around the polling place. It makes no sense to bar people from trying to influence voters in the area if they can broadcast partisan affiliations while giving away free food or drink.
Remember how Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway were mocked for promoting “alternative facts” regarding the crucial matter of how large President Trump’s inauguration crowd was?
4. I know, I know—polls, but isn’t this completely predictable? According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 40% of likely voters say race relations have deteriorated under Biden. About 3% of respondents see no change, and 22% said race relations are better. Among blacks, 41%, believe race relations have worsened.
Commentators call this “surprising.” Why is it surprising? Blacks aren’t blind. An administration that is cheering on reparations and critical race theory in the schools while engaging in race-baiting and Black Lives Matter pandering will further divide the races.
5. Good for Gov. Abbott. The Texas Governor released a letter yesterday announcing that he will not support the politicization of baseball and therefore will not throw out the first pitch.“I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms,” Abbott tweeted Monday. “It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics.”
Abbott attached a letter he addressed to Neil Leibman, president of operations and chief operating officer for the Texas Rangers, that stated that while Texas was proud to host the playoff games and World Series in the state last year, it would not seek to host any other MLB special events, including the All-Star Game.
Adding to his comments this morning on Fox, Abbott suggested that baseball’s executives hadn’t read Georgia’s law. I bet he’s correct. He was basing his assumption on American Airlines’ statement against a proposed Texas voting law earlier this month. The Texas-based corporation said,
“Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access.To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder,” the company said at the end of their statement. At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.”
Later, the company’s government relations representative admitted that neither he nor the American Airlines CEO had actually read the legislation.