Wow! People sure are saying some stupid things lately!
1. A David Manning Lie of the Month from Joe Biden! The David Manning Liar of the Month was a feature of the old Ethics Scoreboard honoring public figures or corporations that made obviously dishonest statements that they had to assume were harmless because nobody could possibly believe them. Thus Joe Biden really told reporters that he hasn’t gotten around to visiting the illegal immigrant mobs at the southern border because he’s just been too darn busy. All year. And, he added, it’s OK because Dr. Biden has been there. He also implied that he didn’t need to go to the border to see the utter mess his immigration policies have wrought because he’s seen the border
Let’s unpack this, shall we?
- Joe has had time to go back to Delaware and Camp David, but not where there’s a border crisis of his making because he’s too busy. Does anyone believe that?
- Let’s be fair: the President shouldn’t have to go to the border if he has competent subordinates to do it and accurately explain what’s going on. However, when President Bush chose not to personally visit the Katrina carnage, he was accused by Biden’s party and its news media of not caring, not doing his job, and, by Kanye West, of being a racist. What’s the standard? Bush felt that all he could do was get in the way. No, said Democrats, he had to go there, see what was happening with his own eyes. If that’s the standard, and I don’t think it needs to be, then why isn’t it also the standard for Biden and the border mess?
- Talk about the cover-up being worse than the crime: Jen Psaki managed to top herself for mendacity and deflection when Fox’s Peter Doocy asked her why the President felt he had seen enough of the border. Why, she said, because he had been to the border in 2008! She really said that! “And nothing has changed since 2008?” Doocy reasonably asked. No! the President’s paid liar huffed. There’s been no immigration reform since then! And Biden knows President Trump has made everything worse by “separating children from parents” and building a “feckless wall” (whatever that means). So he doesn’t have to re-visit the border to know that, and again, he went there in 2008!
2. Shut up, or start a blog. The dim-bulb royals in exile decided that we need to hear their opinions on two issues. Prince Harry pronounced the First Amendment “bonkers”—yes, Harry, that attitude on the part of your relatives is why England doesn’t govern us any more—and his wife, Meghan Markle, received publicity for advocating paid leave for parents. Neither of these two people famous for being famous have done or said anything that should endow their opinions with any more persuasiveness or newsworthiness than the typical dogwalker’s. Harry was born well; Meghan married someone who was born well. It doesn’t matter what they think, or what they say. It’s not news.
3. And as for you, shut up and dribble…Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter tweeted a video in which he called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator” and said he supports the Tibetan people’s “cause for freedom.” The NBA star repeated the phrase “free Tibet” three times while wearing a t-shirt with the Dalai Lama on it. That’s nice. Except that Kanter’s organization, the NBA, has a lot of money tied up in its China broadcasts, and some of it pays his salary. This is gratuitous grandstanding to no purpose at all. An American basketball player’s opinions on Chinese policy have exactly zero chance of changing anything, except maybe to make it more difficult for his league to cash in on China’s interest in basketball. Because of Kanter’s outburst, highlights from the Celtics’ game against the Knicks were made unavailable for viewing in China.
If Kanter wants to argue as an NBA player that his league shouldn’t be doing business with a brutal dictatorship, that’s a position he has standing to present. Just throwing empty insults at China is foolish.
4. Maybe this is why judges don’t get elected President...AG Merrick Garland, best known for being a federal judge robbed of a Supreme Court seat by a dastardly—but legal!—maneuver by Mitch McConnell, revealed himself during the January 6 riot House committee hearing to be without candor, integrity, and guts as he played partisan hack to the hilt. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have been a good SCOTUS justice: the character traits that make a good judge and those that made a trustworthy leader (the U.S. Attorney General is supposed to be a leader) are very different. I checked: as I suspected, being a judge just isn’t considered a stepping stone to executive leadership at the highest levels. Only William Howard Taft had experience as a Federal judge, and he could have run a bait shop and been elected President, since he was essentially anointed by Teddy Roosevelt as TR’s successor. Jackson was a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court, but it was Old Hickory’s success as a general that made him President. Harry Truman was a municipal judge for two years, but he only became President by accident.
But I digress. Biden’s compliant AG was asked if the Justice Department was prosecuting any of the January 6 jackasses for the crime of insurrection or was likely to do so. “I don’t believe so,” Garland answered (throughout the hearing he seemed incapable of giving an unequivocal answer.) The correct answer was “No.” That’s because there was no insurrection, a crime under 18 U.S. Code § 2383. The FBI report released this summer concluded that the riot was not centrally coordinated. Nevertheless, Democrats and the news media have continually referred to the episode as an insurrection. If it were, the U.S. Attorney General would be bound to act accordingly. Even a wimpy one.
5. Speaking of federal laws...In February 2019, Tech. Sgt. Charles Cornacchio, based at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts (where I saw the majority of the movies that warped my mind as a child), deployed to Qatar. In July, PRTaylor Enterprises LLC, a company doing business as Father & Son Moving & Storage, auctioned off all his stored belongings. What a nice way to treat our soldiers! Cornacchio did not find out about the sale for a month. The items he lost included military gear, mementos that belonged to a cousin who had been killed in action while also serving in the military, his grandfather’s military medals, a dresser handmade by his great-grandfather and family photographs.
There’s a law against doing this, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which protects both active-duty and reserve troops. The law requires anyone storing a service member’s property must obtain a court order before selling or disposing of it.
The company settled the suit, agreeing to pay Cornacchio $60,000 in compensation. They also agreed to pay a $5,000 federal fine. “This settlement should send a clear message to all storage facility operators that federal law prohibits them from auctioning off a servicemember’s possessions without a court order,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement.
No, a clear message would have been sending the owners to prison.