The weekend was spent dealing with all manner of unexpected crises, from my sister’s dog-sitter having to abandon the pooch, then having to play taxi as she faced vehicle problems, to my wife’s business email being hacked and all of her sent files being erased, Then after a holiday, which always louses me up since we are always working even though no one else is, yesterday saw me spending three and a half hours getting a painful root canal. I slept until noon today, and now have no idea what I’m doing…
1. Multiple mainstream media sources keep describing the Texas voting bill as “restricting voting” or creating “voting limitations.” That’s an unethical description, in headlines or in the stories themselves. Nobody who is eligible to vote is “restricted’ from doing so. Laws regulating how elections are conducted in order to ensure security and integrity are not restrictions, nor do they “limit” voting. These slanted versions of reality are not designed to inform, but to misinform: their duty is to explain what the law does without categorizing it in order to build fear and resentment. Is a law saying that citizens can’t vote twice restricting voting? How about a law making sure it’s difficult to vote twice? Are laws making certain that only citizens can vote, as the law already requires, “restrictive”?
2. Speaking of fake news...All manner of media sources, especially the usual suspects like the Daily Kos, repeated the fake Rolling Stone story discussed here without bothering to check it’s accuracy—just like Rolling Stone. Rachel Maddow, whom so many of my Trump Deranged Facebook friends still swear is a trustworthy journalist, behaved typically for her (and MSNBC):
Meanwhile, did Twitter suspend the accounts of Rolling Stone or any of the other pundits and “journalists” who tweeted or re-tweeted this misinformation? Of course not. No, I’m not proud that I left Twitter in protest, I’m ashamed that it took me so long to do it…
3. Apparently it’s racist to seek an honest reason for this problem: The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that of the 27 U.S. urban school districts that reported their results for 2019, including Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, none claims that a majority of its black eighth graders are proficient in either math or reading. In many of these school districts, proficiency rates for black eighth graders are in the single digits, like Detroit’s 4% for math and 5% for reading, or Milwaukee’s 5% for math and 7% for reading. Others are in the low teens. Writes William McGurn in the Wall Street Journal,
“In the past, progressives tried to lift black achievement. Today, they have given up. Embarrassed by the way our big city public school systems are failing black children, progressives answer not by making it easier for these kids to get into schools where black children are achieving, whether this be charter or parochial schools. Instead, they focus on getting rid of the embarrassment by getting rid of the achievement tests that expose it, doubling down on race preferences and trying to hamstring the schools that show black children can and do learn in the right environment…
“Soon the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. At issue is Harvard’s use of race in admissions. Harvard’s defense is that it can’t achieve diversity without some race preferences. But few will say aloud the ugly implication of this argument: If black students had to compete on merit alone, they would largely disappear from our top universities. Didn’t someone once say something about the soft bigotry of low expectations?”
4. Here is how our elected leaders deal with problems of their own causing today: they deny the problems exist. A lot of the time, that’s good enough.
The State Department estimates that between 100 and 200 Americans who want to escape Afghanistan are still in the country, trying to get out. This is, of course, because they were left there by the U.S. No problem though: Senator Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, says that it’s time to worry about the Afghans, because any Americans who are till stuck in that hellhole want to be there.
Speaking to a WSYR-TV reporter at the New York State Fair yesterday, the New York Senator said, “At the moment actually, I’m still focused on trying to get some of those brave Afghans out. The Americans, all of whom wanted to come out, have come out, praise God.”
For once, the news media wasn’t willing to go along. Washington Post “factchecker” Glenn Kessler was prepared to hang a bunch of long noses on Schumer, so now his staff says that the Senator “misspoke and regrets the confusion his comments have caused.” “He intended to say, as he has been saying, that the U.S. will get everyone out that wants to get out,” Schumer’s office now says.. “And he will keep working with the Biden Administration to help everyone who wants to get out.”
What was he praising God for, if he didn’t want us to believe that all the Americans were out? Why did he say he was focused on the Afghans, if he knew Americans still needed rescuing?
5. One ethics question about this YouGov/Economist, showing President Biden’s approval under 40%. “Approve” is first, then “disapprove:
White men no degree: 28/61
White women w/ degree 53/42
Registered Voters: 43/53 Dems; 77/15 GOP; 9/89 Independent : 35/56
The question: What’s the matter with “women with degrees” and Democrats? Is this just “bias makes you stupid”? What other excuse could there be?