1. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the decision overturning Bill Cosby’s rape conviction in Pennsylvania. Good. The appeal was on the verge of being frivolous. Cosby was and is guilty as sin and a monster, but even monsters have constitutional rights, and prosecutors violated his. The public has been badly informed regarding this case and the due process rights involved, and the prosecutors who appealed the results of their own botch don’t help with statements like this one from Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, who said in a statement regarding the case, “All crime victims deserve to be heard, treated with respect and be supported through their day in court.”
That’s deliberate obfuscation and #MeToo pandering. Cosby’s argument for being released had nothing to do with his victims at all.
2. There is hope! One ethical trend that has reversed centuries of Western apathy and arrogance over looted treasures from less affluent countries is the grudging acknowledgement that these artifacts were stolen, and that there is an ethical imperative to return them. The latest example of late justice is the 55 antiquities returned to Greece by the Manhattan district attorney’s office last month. The Elgin Marbles still are trapped in the British Museum, but there is real progress. Greece may get them back yet.3. I didn’t post about this earlier because I’m sick of saying the same thing over and over, but…Special Counsel Michael Gableman, the retired state Supreme Court justice appointed by the Wisconsin Assembly to investigate integrity concerns about the 2020 election, vetted more than 90 nursing homes in five different counties, and concluded there was “widespread election fraud at Wisconsin nursing homes in November of 2020.” Of course there was, because this particularly vile version of “vote harvesting” is permitted by the laws in most states, and when legislatures try to pass measures against it, Democrats call it “voter suppression.”
The whole, ugly and infuriating story is here. Wisconsin is only one state, and the nursing home fraud wouldn’t have been enough to flip that state into Donald Trump’s win column, and certainly not the election. But the extent of the fraud, and the fact that the loose enforcement of voting laws allowed—I would say “encouraged”—it rebuts the still routinely repeated Big Lie by the mainstream media that Trump’s claims that Joe Biden’s victory was tainted is “groundless.” This is “grounds,” all by itself. It is also proof that more stringent voting laws that prevent such tactics are essential, and not “a return to Jim Crow.”
In case you couldn’t guess, the Wisconsin report has been largely dismissed by liberal pundits and the media as a “partisan exercise,” and that’s why you may not have learned about it.
4. Nah, the Times isn’t a pro-Biden propaganda organ...Today’s New York Times front page contained no stories, none, that did not involve the Ukraine war. Among the omissions: the alarming fact that the average gasoline price in the US has topped four dollars a gallon for the first time. Inflation? What inflation? Last week, the Times’ crack Nobel Prize-winning economist, blue-on-blue (as Bobby Vinton would say) op-ed columnist Paul Krugman, really and truly wrote that the U.S. economy was “booming” but those dumb yokels we call “citizens” don’t believe it for some strange reason. Krugman calls it “peculiar.” Meanwhile, the media’s obsession with the invasion of Ukraine crowds all sorts of damning news about the Biden Administration off the headlines, while keeping Putin front and center. Am I excessively conspiratorial-minded to believe that the media thinks Putin-hate is one more way to diminish Trump’s popularity? It’s a simple cognitive dissonance trick, after all. The resistance/Democrats/mainstream media [the Axis of Unethical Conduct in Ethics Alarms-speak] spent four years telling the public that Trump was Putin’s “cockholster,” in the charming lexicon of Stephen Colbert on national TV, and that the two “authoritarians” had conspired to steal the 2016 Presidential election. It was all lies, confirmation bias, planted rumors and circumstantial evidence, but never mind: that’s a lot of insidious fake news over a long period of time. Putin is still linked to Trump in the minds of many of the deceived, and Trump being Trump, he continues to help out by such gaffes as saying that Putin is “smart.” (That opinion hasn’t aged well, as the Russian dictator’s attack on Ukraine looks dumber by the minute.)
5. Least necessary law ever…The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. You know, to distinguish it from all those hangings where the mob really likes the victim. The bill carries the name of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955. Under the measure, lynching is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Is that all? Lynching is premeditated murder, isn’t it? The bill is not only superfluous and flagrant virtue-signaling, it’s also absurdly lenient.
6. This is what two years of hysteria, changing “science,” lies and fear-mongering from the news media and Democrats have done to some people, with serious damage to the nation. Read “‘I Don’t Feel Like This Is a Safe Choice Yet’/The end of NYC’s school-mask mandate is a relief for many, but some worry the move is premature”. The woman is bonkers, but I know many, many once sane people like her. In Northern Virginia, it seems like nearly everyone is still wearing masks, especially seniors, and most of the little kids I see walking outside with their parents are also masked. I am coming closer each day to stopping such newly-minted phobics and asking them, “Forgive me for asking, but what the Hell is the matter with you?”