Today is Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church. Different calendar, you know. Our family, with my mother a member of that church and my father a Methodist, celebrated Easter on the Roman Catholic date (unless the two Easters converged, which sometimes happens), presumably to allow my sister and I to be in sync with the wider culture’s Easter celebrations, and also because dying eggs many colors was a lot more fun than dying them all deep, dark red, which is the Greek custom. The Easter egg is symbolic of the tomb Jesus was in before the Resurrection; dyeing eggs red symbolizes Christ’s blood. Cracking a dyed egg is supposed to symbolize Jesus emerging from the tomb. On Greek Easter, everyone plays tsougrima (“clinking together)”with the red-dyed eggs. One player holds a red egg and taps it against another player’s egg, and the loser is the one whose egg cracks. Then the Easter egg warrior with the unbroken egg uses the same end of his or her egg to try to crack the other end of their opponent’s egg. While the participants do this, one says “Christos Anesti!” (“Christ has risen!”) and the other celebrant responds “Alithos Anesti!” (“Indeed He has risen!”). The Marshalls played the egg game with the regular multi-colored Easter eggs, and on non-Greek Easter. My mother never explained the symbolism of it all to us; she just liked cracking eggs. I assumed everyone did it, Greek or not. As in all competitions, Mom was ruthless at tsougrima.
Incidentally, it was considered unethical to strike an opponent’s egg in the side rather than the end, and doing so meant you forfeited the game.
1. “Go woke, go broke,” or at least become irrelevant. The stock plunges of both Disney and Netflix are at least substantially related to their imposing progressive and partisan propaganda on the substantial percentage of their market that doesn’t want to have such positions rammed down their metaphorical throats. Honors-bestowing organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Nobel Prize have seen the perception of their credibility and integrity fall mightily after attaching political requirements to their awards. Now an open letter signed by dozens of professional journalism organizations, nonprofits, and labor unions asks the Pulitzer Prizes to require newsrooms to participate in the News Leaders Association’s annual diversity survey (or similar) by 2024 in order to be considered for their journalism awards. I have no doubt that the Pulitzers will capitulate to this plan to make only left-driven organizations eligible for honors in journalism, for the prizes are already heavily tilted ideologically: recall that the New York Times and its racist reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones were rewarded for the fake history-spreading “1619” project. On the other hand, because of that and similar fiascos, the Pulitzers have lost much of their sheen already.
2. And this, to be fair, is exactly why progressives love the climate change issue. Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis tweeted last week,
“There’s no way to solve the climate crisis without ending capitalism.Constant economic growth cannot exist on a planet with finite resources…The good news is that moving towards sharing economies, local control, low-carbon work like art & care, and dismantling colonialism is the world God longs for us to enjoy. The work to save a habitable planet is the future we deserve.”
Similarly, democracy is also viewed as an obstacle to solving “the climate crisis,” with progressives and Democrats evoking similar reasoning as Dr. Fauci expressed when he sneered at the idea that mere laws should interfere with the edicts of “experts” and those who exploit their authority.
Note that the late and newly crispy climate activist Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado (of course) chose outside the United States Supreme Court Building to light himself on fire on Earth Day. It’s that damn Constitution and the Justices who enforce its principles of individual liberty and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are dooming humanity! Sorry to be unsympathetic, but self-immolation is one of the most juvenile and unethical forms of grandstanding, intentionally attempting to use appeal to emotion fallacy to overcome rational discourse. I’m sorry he’s dead, just as I’m sorry he was nuts, but his death should carry no more influence than the death of someone who sets himself on fire to protest an episode of “Sponge Bob Squarepants.”
3. Ethics Alarms warned about the unethical slippery slope of anti-Putin virtue-signaling. First European orchestras banned a Russian conductor who wouldn’t denounce Putin. Then an American opera company banned a Russian soprano. The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra removed the works of Tchaikovsky from one of its concerts (the composer is a huge Putin fan); the university in Milan cancelled a course on Dostoevsky; authorities in Canada pulled vodka and other Russian products from the shelves of local shops; another orchestra cancelled a performance by a Russian piano prodigy. Now the All England Club has barred Russian and Belarussian players from competing at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. This is pure bigotry, and a particularly senseless variety. My son is about as all-American in values and attitudes as one can be, but he’s also Russian. For the Nissan dealership he works for to fire him for his connection to Russia would be exactly as reasonable as banning the Russian tennis pros.
4. Good. What took them so long? The Republican National Committee finally pulled out of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has allowed partisan moderators to tilt and warp debates for decades. It is also requiring all potential candidates for the Presidency to agree to only debate opponents in GOP sanctioned events. My mind was made up on this matter when PBS talking head Gwen Ifill was selected to moderate one of the Vice-Presidential debates between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden despite having a pro-Barack Obama book being readied for publication, but there were so many other examples. (Ifill later proved her knee-jerk contempt for Palin, more than once.)
CNN’s John Avlon (who once pretended to be an advocate for “no label,” non-partisan politics and then went to work for CNN) called the GOP’s completely justified and long over-due decision “a blow to our democracy,” and a “temper tantrum thrown at Donald Trump’s request, complaining that the commission is biased.”
The commission is biased, John, and you know it.
Avlon then bleated that the RNC’s decision is “a virtual guarantee that America will retreat further into its partisan echo chamber, which is the last thing we need.”
Yes, an employee of CNN actually condemned partisan echo chambers.