I apologize for not posting anything in the last two days on the anniversary of D-Day. This past Memorial Day, Grace and I, and my sister were completely immersed in World War II as we honored my father, and I had watched “The Longest Day” again during the weekend. Somehow June 6 came up too fast this year. Even acknowledging its many flaws, my Dad liked that WWII movie far more than most, because all of the anecdotes (right out of Cornelius Ryan’s book, which is better than his screenplay) reminded him of his own weird experiences in combat. (Dad’s least favorite war movies? A tie between “The Battle of the Bulge—with barely any snow in evidence and Sherman tanks playing Tiger tanks, and “Saving Private Ryan.”)
D-Day also had a strange place in the Marshall family’s consciousness. Dad was scheduled to be an observer during the invasion, but was sidelined when an idiot in his platoon used the pin of a live hand-grenade to dig mud out of his boot, blowing up himself, two other soldiers and my father’s right foot, and sending Dad to a hospital for months. The surgeon who later fixed Ted Kennedy’s broken back rebuilt my father’s foot sufficiently that it could be stuffed in a boot to allow him to get back into the war during the Battle of the Bulge. But he liked to remind my sister and me that we probably owed our existence to D-Day, specifically the fact that he wasn’t killed “observing” it.
1. The arrogance of anti-gun zealots. I just inserted myself into a thread launched by a Facebook friend expressing horror that parents entering a pediatric hospital would (legally) carry their guns inside. One of the Facebook friend’s Facebook friends wrote “I’m sick of your rights” and another wrote,”No one needs a gun.” Signature significance in both cases, and I told them both why.
2. Ethics Alarms Thread of the Year. I spent a long time trying to choose which of the uniformly excellent comments on the post Update: The Great Stupid Meets The Sandy Hook Ethics Train Wreck, and decided that there were just too many. I therefore declare the whole thread Comment of the Day-worthy, something I’ve never done before, but, looking back, probably should have. Some highlights to send you over there:
- “Remember that the people pushing for gun control laws are the same people pushing for restorative justice.”
- “Forty percent of Americans believe in ghosts, and fifty percent think UFOs are alien spacecraft. Let’s not start making policy based on what people believe, especially the dim bulbs who answer phone surveys.”
- “Wait! Are Democrats okay with convicted felons and the mentally ill being discriminated against? What’s up with that? Didn’t Terry McAuliffe get felons the right to vote in Virginia (because felons evidently always vote Democrat)? And the mentally ill are a protected group. They are allowed to live on the street and do whatever they want wherever they want to. Who’s really in favor of them not having the rights of all other people? Will the felon lobby and the mentally ill lobby stand for this?”
- “It seems to be legal for the mentally ill to stab or beat people to death in one on one situations on the street. That results in a stern warning not to do it again. It also seems to be legal for the mentally ill to break into homes and kill people, even via gun violence. It is only when the mentally ill break into schools and commit mass murder that anyone cares, and even then you aren’t allowed to point out that untreated mental illness was the root cause…”
- “Regarding “priorities”… there’s millions and millions of brains in this country. I’d be surprised if we can’t figure out five problems at once….”
And many more: those are just examples, not necessarily the highlights.3. HEY! Apparently San Francisco isn’t completely irresponsible and incompetent! Yesterday, its residents voted to recall hyper-progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin, whose reign of woke-rooted idiocy was first discussed here, and later in subsequent stories about the ethics madness in the city. This doesn’t let voters off the hook, however: what did they think they would get when they voted in a fake prosecutor whose solution to “over-incarceration” was simply to let people commit crimes? Mary Jung, a chair of the recall campaign, fatuously tried to have her Woke Cake and eat it too, saying, “This election does not mean that San Francisco has drifted to the far right on our approach to criminal justice. In fact, San Francisco has been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.”
Sure, Mary, if that makes you feel better. What it means is that conservatives were right, progressives were wrong, and you just got mugged by reality but don’t have the integrity to admit it.
4. Good. FIRE announced, “The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is renaming itself the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (still FIRE) as it moves beyond college campuses to defend free speech everywhere. Part of the First Amendment campaign may challenge the American Civil Liberties Union’s primacy as a defender of free speech.”
“May” challenge? The ACLU is no longer non-partisan, and has devolved into another Democratic Party/ progressive propaganda and activism organ. FIRE picking up the ACLU’s fallen banner is wonderful news.
5. An “It Isn’t What It Is!” spectacular! Apparently Democrats and President Biden are really going to try to keep power by insisting that the economy isn’t just good, it’s grrrrrrrrrrreat! This is Yoo’s Rationalization (#64) and Jimmy Durante’s Jumbo on an epic scale, as well as yet another test of whether the American public is as stupid and gullible as Democrats assume/hope it is.
On CNN, former Obama White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer blames the “right-wing media machine” for stopping the “truth” from getting out: “I think there are two parts of political communication: what are you going to say and how do you get people to pay attention to it? Biden has nailed the first part for much of his Presidency. His agenda is popular, his messaging is good. But not enough people are hearing it.” The reason, he claimed as CNN’s host nodded approvingly, is that Fox News and a few conservative news sources completely dominate what the public hears and believes. This means that ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and CNN itself are overwhelmed in their cheerleading and biased support for the Democrats.
Of course, having a semi-competent press secretary might help. Biden’s current paid liar was caught reading from her briefing sheet (again) as she was called upon to bolster the White House’s desperate “Everything’s great!” narrative, telling reporters, “What we’re trying to say is that the economy is in a better place than it has been historically.” Ann Althouse was morantly amused, writing,
It seems that she couldn’t directly say the economy is in something like a good place. She knew that’s what she was supposed to say. And then what she said was revealing that background scenario: They’ve figured out what they should try to say. That gives the whole game away!
They “should try to say” what is manifestly false?
How can anyone justify voting to keep these awful people in power?