That Barbra Streisand—what a racist.
1. Incident at the Tower of London. Some idiot tourist parents let their kid run into the path of marching guards at the Tower. The guards knocked the boy down but deftly avoided stomping him…
…but a controversy erupted on social media with the usual “Think of the children!” hysterics claiming that the guards should have broken formation to go around the boy. Maybe stop, pick him up, and deliver him safely to his parents. Buy him an ice cream while they were at it. Tell him a story.
Let’s have a kid run in the way of a firefighter trying to put out a fire and see what happens. The guards were doing their jobs, and if the precedent were established that they had to stop for irresponsible tourists and their kids, it would become a game, like people making faces at the guards at Buckingham Palace. The parents in this case should be prosecuted, and if there isn’t a law that allows that, there needs to be.
I’m not going to mention that the child wasn’t hurt, because that’s moral luck; he easily could have been. If he had been hurt, the guards would have been blameless.
Why does everything make me think of Kim Potter lately? [Pointer: Steve O-in-NJ]
2. Breaking! Dispatch from the Great Stupid! Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to reduce penalties for drive-by shootings. A disproportional number of blacks engage in this cool maneuver, see, so the bill is necessary to promote racial equity. Disparate impact, you know.
The bill was introduced by state Representatives Tarra Simmons and David Hackney (guess their party affiliation) and would eliminate drive-by shootings as the basis for elevating a first-degree murder charge to aggravated murder in the first degree, which carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. Right now, drive-by shootings are among several aggravating factors in murder charges, like the murder of police officers, murders committed by inmates while they are behind bars, and murder-for-hire. I presume those are next up for leniency, since all but the last affects black killers more than whites.
I bet the lawmakers who came up with those “enhancements” in the 90s liked to sing “Jingle Bells.”
Rep. Simmons explained that “it’s clear that it was targeted at gangs that were predominantly young and black,” and therefore, “I believe in a society that believes in the power of redemption. Murder is murder no matter where the bullet comes from but locking young people up and throwing away the key is not the answer.”
After all, the gang members only drove along side a vehicle and blew someone away. Deliver them safely to their parents. Buy them ice cream. Tell them a story!
3. Here is how far the news media will go to cover for the Biden Administration: the article is headlined, “The supply-chain disaster is actually good news — for these 3 reasons.” We have heard similar arguments from White House paid liar Jen Psaki, as with her claim that rising gas prices are a good thing because they will force the public to buy more electric cars.
I can’t believe I have to write this. The fact that a miserable policy botch or other catastrophe may have unanticipated beneficial results later does not make them “good.” The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into the war, but the attack wasn’t “good news.” The Titanic’s sinking caused massive changes in class discrimination and maritime safety, but it wasn’t good. The Holocaust resulted in a Jewish state, but it wasn’t good.
4. Oh, come ON. The conservative media is currently obsessed with the fact that current “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider is being credited with having earned more money than any female competitor in the show’s history, but Schneider is a transgender woman who was originally born male. This is when making legitimate and material distinctions cross into persecution. It isn’t as if being a former biological male confers any advantage in “Jeopardy!” Schneider has undergone treatment to become a woman, she lives as a woman, and there is no reason in the world not to treat her as one, except bigotry, pettiness and plain meanness.
Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” sneers, “Schneider apparently had no qualms laying claim to the women’s record, replying, ‘Thanks so much, I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to some day watching the woman who beats us both!'”
Why should she have “qualms”? She regards herself as female, has, presumably, sufficient physical markers to qualify legally as a female, won a lot of money, fair and square. This is not analogous to Lia Thomas using the advantage of going through puberty as a male to trounce female swimmers. The vibe given off by too many conservative commentators is that they won’t be satisfied until all transsexuals are categorized as “freaks.”