1. Incompetent Elected Official of the Month: Guess who! Yes, of course it is VP Kamala Harris, and this would be a stand-alone post if I hadn’t begun the day with another Kamala story. You may have heard about this one, if you don’t depend on mainstream media.
The Vice President suggested during an interview at the end of last week with BET News that voter ID laws will make it unacceptably difficult for rural voters who do not live near Kinko’s or OfficeMax to cast ballots. “In some people’s mind, that means you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t — there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them,” she warned. “Of course people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”
Naturally the interviewer, the historically unobjective Soledad O’Brien, who was the worst talking head at CNN before the whole network went to Journalism Hell, just smiled and nodded as if Harris had said that the world was round. Elsewhere, Kamala’s idiotic statement got the reaction it deserved. Harris had managed to insult rural America and show her own ignorance in one single gaffe. Kinkos hasn’t existed for several years; it’s called FedEx Office now. Wrote PJ Media’s Bryan Preston, his tongue piercing his cheek,
“Rural Americans have access to these things called ‘smartphones,’ which they can use to scan and send their IDs if they need to. They also have access to these things called ‘scanners,’ ‘printers, and these amazing devices that can scan, print, and even digitally transmit information wirelessly. It’s like magic, really. Rural Americans also have this amazing communications tech called ’email.’ They also have various means of getting their information from where it is to where it needs to be — in physical form! There’s even a whole government service dedicated to moving physical pieces of paper and even packages from place to place called the ‘U.S. Postal Service.’ We truly live in an age of miracle and wonder.”
One Tweeter writes, “She’s so misinformed and so ridiculous. It’s absurd.” Yes, It’s that trademark Harris smug laziness, all right. If she is going to keep up the dishonest Democratic talking point that voter ID is racist and a means of “voter suppression,” it would be prudent to check some facts. Harris doesn’t do that very often. The episode was reminiscent of President Bush the Elder expressing amazement at a grocery store checkout scanner, causing widespread mockery in the media over how out of touch he was. Yet I can’t find any mention of Harris’s telling botch outside of the “conservative media.” Gee, why is that? When poor Dan Quayle was VP, the fact that he misspelled “potato” was news for a week. Harris shows that she thinks of rural America as a primitive wasteland, and it isn’t newsworthy at the Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS and the rest.
2. Speaking of voter fraud, Hervis Rogers, the Texas man who was lionized in the media after he waited for six hours (he claimed) to cast a ballot in last year’s presidential primary, was arrested last week in Houston, charged with two counts of illegal voting. Hervis, who is black, is being held in jail, unable to pay bail set at $100,000. Rogers voted twice while on parole for a 1995 conviction for burglary, and in Texas it is illegal for convicted felons to vote in an election until their sentence is completed, including probation and parole. Rogers’ parole began in 2004 and expired in June 2020, after the Texas primaries, in which he voted.
As predictable as sunrise, New York Times race-baiter Charles M. Blow decried the arrest as Texas racism: “He is a Black man with a criminal history, a perfect boogeyman and scapegoat to help illustrate a virtually nonexistent problem of voter fraud.” Blow apparently can’t figure out that Rogers was only caught in his act of voter fraud because he drew attention to himself, and his eligibility was checked, unlike the vast majority of voters, fraudulent or not.
3. ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.’ At least this Biden Administration fiasco that crashed because of its illegal racial discrimination was reported, sort of. $28.6 billion federal relief fund for restaurants and other food businesses closed this month after running out of money. It had fulfilled fewer than a third of the grant requests it received. First, it was carelessly conceived, as the Biden team didn’t calculate what the likely demand would be. Second, it was obviously illegal. As I wrote here, the program prioritized “restaurant owners of color,” meaning that white restaurateurs, hurt equally badly by the pandemic shutdown, had to sit in the back of the government hand-out bus. They sued, those racists, and won. Federal judges ruled that they were likely to succeed in proving their claims that the program’s policy violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause. In response, the SBA ended the policy and rescinded the awards of nearly 3,000 priority applicants who had been told they would receive grants.This threw the program into the chaos it richly deserved. In addition, applicants were foiled by many systemic glitches because, you know, that’s how big government behaves.
With white citizens able to have equal claim to the funds, the effort quickly ran out of money.The Small Business Administration told unsuccessful applicants in an email that it was unable to fund all qualified applications because of “overwhelming demand.” Gee, who could have predicted that?
A telling ethics note from the Times story (buried on page B-7):
“For those who got grants, the money was often a lifeline. Tamra Patterson, the owner of Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe in Memphis, received funding in May. She immediately hired more workers and gave her employees a raise to $16 an hour. ‘This literally resuscitated my business,’ she said. ‘This past year has been like sucking air through a straw in the middle of the ocean. This finally let us breathe.’”
If funds were limited, why did the SBA permit those who received relief funds to use them to raise salaries?
4. Entomological Ethics. Oh, sure, why not? After all, didn’t you immediately think bad things about people of Romani descent when someone talked about gypsy moth caterpillars? I know I…well, come to think of it, I didn’t make that connection at all. When I was watching “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” I also didn’t think the fact that the dumbest robot, made out of a canister vacuum cleaner, named “Gypsy” cast aspersions on anyone either.
But then I’m not looking for ways to signal my awesome sensitivity, like, say, the Entomological Society of America, which announced that it will no longer refer to common species of insects as “gypsy moths” (above) and “gypsy ants,” because their names are derogatory to the Romani people. Silly me, I just assumed “gypsy” meant they moved around a lot, like in those colorful wagons of old. But the Woke want us to get used to censorship and mind-control, so this is just another trivial instance of slowly boiling the freedom of expression frog. After all, who cares what they call moths, ants and caterpillars?
You know, my first name is often used in a derogatory context. “Jack shit,” “jack-off,” “jackass”…are those words anti-Jack bigotry? I never thought of them as such, but then I’m sane, and I believe that words should never be banned, because it’s a bad habit.
How long do you think it will be before a major effort gets underway to ban any negative, or supposedly negative, or conceivably negative, use of the word “black”?