Jen Psaki may not be the worst liar among the many Presidential spokespersons I have seen come and go, but she may be the biggest asshole since Ron Ziegler, Nixon’s infamous paid deceiver. Yesterday, asked about the administration’s failure to anticipate and act on the supply chain disruptions despite early warnings, Psaki snarked about “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed.” Friend of Ethics Alarms Joe Concha responded, “This kind of pious posturing by Psaki — who is increasingly acting this way as Biden’s numbers fall — is not helping matters. The supply chain crisis is very real [and] will impact the low/middle class the most. But…Psaki makes it about an issue for the rich.” Indeed, my son, who is an auto mechanic, says that inability to get needed auto parts is killing his business, with direct impact on his income. It is clear now that as with inflation, the border crisis and the missing Americans left behind in Afghanistan, the Democratic strategy is to pretend there is no problem, confident the the news media will do a good job hiding the facts.
1. Speaking of gaslighting…Terry McAuliffe’s new strategy as his poll numbers sink in what was supposed to be a cake-walk to a second term as Virginia Governor is to claim that he was quoted “out of context” when he said “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” In what possible context would that statement, which he made on TV during a September 28 debate with Glenn Younkin, the Republican, mean anything other than that he doesn’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach? McAuliffe’s new ad making the claim that his statement isn’t what it is (Rationalization #64) is like a holding a sign saying “I am a liar.” Yes, we know you are, Terry: that you got elected the first time disgraced the voters of Virginia.
The ex-Clinton henchman is desperate, but obvious obfuscation won’t help except with the admittedly substantial idiot vote. “As parents, Dorothy and I have always been involved in our kids’ education. We know good schools depend on involved parents. That’s why I want you to hear this from me. Glenn Youngkin is taking my words out of context. I’ve always valued the concerns of parents,” McAuliffe says in the new ad. “It’s why as governor we scaled back standardized testing, expanded pre-K, and invested a billion dollars in public schools.” But none of that addresses the issue of parent input into what is taught. So a billion dollars is being invested in having schools teach that whites are oppressing minorities and the United States of America is evil: how does that encourage parent input into the curriculum? As governor, McAuliffe vetoed legislation in 2016 and 2017 which would have notified parents of sexually explicit content in school materials and mandated that teachers offer alternative educational resources to students whose parents objected to such content. That’s the “context” of his infamous statement.
2. Huh. If you pay people not to work, they won’t see any need to work. Who would have thought? The news is full of reports that the economy is threatened by a labor shortage, and economists are not quite sure why. “COnservatives,” sniffs the Times, are sure this is because of over-generous unemployment benefits. What do they know? Nah, that’s not it…then teh same story goes on to note that Americans saved trillions during the pandemic, with lower income Americans being able to stash away enough to forgo work with the help of “the government’s trillion dollar response to the pandemic” including food aid, forbearance on mortgages and student loans, and eviction moratoriums. But not those “unemployment benefits”!
3. I told you so! In 2015, arguing that Walt Disney World removing the bust of Bill Cosby from its place of honor on the Disney’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza was a dangerous precedent in historical air-brushing and Soviet-style cultural purging, I wrote,
“We honor Thomas Jefferson for his crucial role in giving this nation life, and defining its mission and values for the ages. We’re not honoring his hypocrisy, his cowardice, his own rapes, or his slaveholding….There is no stop to this slippery slope, and the political correctness mob will never stop… It is wrong—dishonest, incompetent, unfair, irresponsible, destructive….and so, so short-sighted and stupid. Yes, it takes courage to oppose this tidal wave of political correctness—surely some in this country still have courage, right? I know it’s scary in an environment where the immense weight of the news media, the internet and the government are constantly teaming up to smear and destroy anyone who dares to take unpopular positions—that means, “rational positions based on more nuanced analysis than the average internet meme from Move-On”—or who tries to slow one of the unreasoning, destructive , runaway cultural freight trains that are bearing down on American society with increasing frequency. But prominent people stood up to Joe McCarthy, opposed popular wars, fought for civil rights, and have repeatedly risked reputation, employment, friendships and even their lives to insist on sanity, proportion and rationality when it was being swept aside by coalitions of the opportunistic, the Machiavellian and the ignorant. Surely there are prominent Americans who will stand up to this? Hello? Is anybody there? Because this isn’t just airbrushing. It is bulldozing. And the culture, history and perspective it will leave the nation with will be flat, bleak, and a lie.”
This week, New York City and its communist mayor decided to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson that has stood at city hall for nearly 200 years. Assemblymen Charles Barron and his wife, Councilwoman Inez Barron led the effort to dishonor Jefferson.“When we remove this statue, we’re making a step in the right direction for erasing honoring of those who murdered and raped us,” Charles Barron said.
4. Apparently Google and YouTube thinks animal torture porn is OK under certain circumstances, like if it makes them money….I was going to embed one of the videos that YouTube allows on its platform (which is owned by Google), but I couldn’t watch it without getting upset. It showed a python entwining itself around the neck of a puppy as the dog struggles and whimpers. It was staged: a man rushed in to rescue the poor animal, and the whole video is an ad. This is one of the hundreds or more videos currently on YouTube that is the subject of a lawsuit filed this week in California Superior Court in Santa Clara. Lady Freethinker, an animal rights nonprofit, accuses YouTube and Google of breach of contract, because the platform fails to live up to its agreement with users when it allows animal abuse videos to be uploaded and failing to take action when alerted about the content.
I doubt that the lawsuit is a winner, but the real purpose is to stir up enough public outrage that YouTube does a better job policing uploads of animal cruelty videos. That’s an abuse of process by the lawyers involved: the civil justice system isn’t there for PR, no matter how worthy the motives. It’s also the kind of abuse that is impossible to prove or punish.
5. Never mind. I have two more items I planned to include, but I’m already too depressed. Later, dude.