1. Right on cue...I am seeing an explosion of articles explaining why it is crucial that the Supreme Court “look like America.” This is one of many logically indefensible statements that is pounded into the brains of weak-minded members of the public because it sounds rational if you don’t, or can’t, think about it very hard. What is important about the membership of the Supreme Court is that it contain the best and least biased judicial scholars and legal analysts available, because then we will have the best Supreme court available. I don’t care what the Justices look like, and neither should anyone else. If the nine best legal minds happen to be black, great. If they are all female, or trans, or gay, or in wheelchairs, I don’t care, and neither should anyone else. What drives this particular brand of lookism is the presumption of bias, and judges are supposed to be, indeed are required to be, as free as bias as possible. Bias leads to lousy judges and lousy decisions. The “Make SCOTUS look like America!” crowd, which is almost exclusively on the left, want to substitute a balance of biases standard for the “as little bias as possible” standard. And, of course, the new eruption of this dumb theory is in order to make President Biden’s indefensible decision to place race and gender first among the priorities for picking Breyer’s replacement seem fair, just and rational, when it isn’t. It’s just political pandering.
2. This is a novel way to try to justify the anti-white bias...Jamelle Bouie, the full-time, race-baiting, race-obsessed black pundit formerly of Slate and now with the Times, was given an astounding two full pages in today’s Sunday Review to argue that history hasn’t sufficiently described just how awful slavery was. See, it wasn’t just evil, it was really, really, really evil. “Evil beyond measure!” Thus, we are supposed to extrapolate, it was so unimaginably evil that no current day policies devised to compensate for and make amends for that evil by the descendants of those not enslaved can ever be enough. (So stop bitching about giving blacks an edge in employment forever, because even that won’t be enough.)
Amusingly, the Times felt it had to follow Bouie’s extreme rant with a single page, which is still long, opinion piece about how the evil of the Holocaust isn’t being properly described these days. I wonder if those who identify with the Rape of Nanking, Mao’s slaughter, the Armenian, Cambodian and Rawandan genocides, the Salem witch trials, the Spanish inquisition, the extermination of Native Americans, and the abortion of millions of unborn children won’t demand equal time to show how those evils were really, really evil (but not Jamelle will insist, not really, really, really X infinity evil like American slavery).
3. Speaking of “looking like America,” my wife and I tuned-in to the new Netflix mystery/black humor series “The Woman Across The Street From The Girl in the Window” last night. Beforehand we discussed how many interracial couples would appear. The answer? Every couple was mixed race. Every single one. So was the police detective team. White characters were in the extreme minority. Looks like America, though!
Again, I don’t care: the casting doesn’t affect the story at all. 2022 shows also don’t portray everyone with half a face because they have been made Wuhanphobic and are striving to obey Big Brother either. However, I do not enjoy feeling my arm being twisted…
4. A reverse logic classic! The Washington Post decided that opposing oppressive mask mandates is fascism. The latest in the Post’s unbroken string of ham-handed, irresponsible political cartoonists beginning with the infantile and anachronistic Herb Block, Michael de Adder, submitted this garbage for yesterday’s edition:
Wow! What an asshole! As noted here before, political cartoons are like op-eds authored by 11-year-olds, and their time as useful additions to political discourse is long past, but this junk is special. Making truck drivers, alone in their cabs, submit to vaccinations is bonkers, and the drivers, who have descended on the Canadian capital in protest, are being called fascists in the pages of the Washington Post because they are challenging what they see as the abuse of government power.
Ugh. It is this kind of thing that made me give up a cheap Washington Post subscription to have the obscenely expensive New York Times delivered each morning.
5. If there are any doubts about how effective media propaganda can be, this should eliminate them. Newsweek reports that a poll by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center found that confidence in whether Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), can be trusted regarding the pandemic advice had fallen to “just” 65%—down from 71% in April 2021, in what the poll Center as a “statistically meaningful drop.” Meaningful drop? What is meaningful is that the American public is so gullible that more than a handful of ideologues trust this fraud at all. Even with the usual skepticism about polls, 65% is a horrifying indication of dead ethics alarms about dead ethics alarms. Fauci has flipped more times than the Flying Wallendas. As the face of the health community, he has been repeatedly wrong, he has lied, he as shaded the truth to manipulate pubic conduct, he has declared himself to be the personification of science. He has pretended to know what he hasn’t known, and has been a government propaganda merchant. Nobody should trust him. It is incompetent and irresponsible to trust a public official with his wretched record.
My freind, Tom Fuller, who occasionally weighs in here, observed yesterday after I pronounced amazement that so many could trust Fauci, “People are desperate to trust someone.”
Fine. Find someone else.