This was the date, in 1984, that President Reagan made his factitious announcement about bombing Russia “in five minutes.” It’s one of my favorite examples of how careful leaders have to be, every second of every day, and how even those with excellent leadership skills and instincts risk disaster if they let down their guard.
It is also worth remembering that the news media did not make a big deal out of it. They liked Reagan, for the most part. If Donald Trump had done that, Nancy Pelosi would have tried to impeach him, and if Biden did it, there would be a serious effort to deploy the 25th Amendment.
The nation was healthier in 1984.
1. How can the hypocrisy of NYC Mayor Adams’ tantrum not be obvious to everyone? New York City is a “sanctuary city,” meaning that it supports illegal immigration and the swarm of US border-breaching foreigners that the Biden Administration has enabled and encouraged. The city refuses to cooperate with the enforcement of our immigration laws. The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has enraged Adams by busing thousands of migrants to the Big Apple, and though his city and party say the illegals are welcome in the abstract, the mayor claims the few thousand have strained the the city’s social systems. So Adams thinks this threat, issued earlier this week at a press conference, makes sense: “I already called all of my friends in Texas and told them how to cast their vote, and I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old-fashioned door knocking because, for the good of America, we have to get him out of office.”
Yes, Adams (and D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, also leading a sanctuary city that is suddenly horrified to have to cope with the illegal immigrants it happily is willing to inflict on the states on our Southern border, for Abbott is busing illegals there too), are perfectly proving the elite progressive hypocrisy on illegal immigration, and they seem to be unable to grasp how dishonest their protestations make them look.
Adams’ threat to send New Yorkers to campaign against a Texas governor in Texas is also the mark of a politician who has lost touch with reality. Abbott’s perfect response: “Go ahead. Make my day.”
Reminds me of an old salsa commercial…
2. What’s going on here? I have no idea. A jury this week acquitted commercial truck driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy for the deaths of seven motorcyclists in 2019 a head-on collision in New Hampshire, despite the fact that Zhukovskyy had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on the day of the accident, was observed repeatedly swerving back and forth on the highway before the collision and told police that the bloody crash was his fault.The judge dismissed eight charges related to his impairment, and the jury apparently believed the driver’s attorneys, who blamed the lead biker, Albert “Woody” Mazza Jr., saying he was drunk and not looking where he was going when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid in front of Zhukovskyy’s truck.
All I have to go on along with that is possible biases. He was in jail since the crash, so “he’s suffered enough” (Rationalization 38B) may have played a part. The driver is Ukrainian, and it’s the Year of Loving All Things Ukrainian. There is a lot of negative bias against motorcycle gangs.
3. Why are so many blacks and Hispanics, teens and children included, wearing masks? I was in a crowed 7-11 this afternoon: all of the whites were unmasked, all of the customers “of color” were covering their noses and mouths. Mask-wearing is of dubious benefit to health, socially crippling and a really bad habit, especially for children. Is it some kind of political statement? If so, it’s a truly annoying and incompetent one that also continues the damage to U.S. society caused by the pandemic freakout.
SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón, described on social media as an “interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar,” announced on Twitter that she will be enforcing mask mandates in her classroom and “building mask wearing” into her syllabus, though SUNY no longer requires masking. She argues that “Refusing to mask indoors is a manifestation of ableism and racism, an exercise of individual privilege that tells the most vulnerable that their health does not matter.”
Gee, I wonder if any students, seeking to oppose abuse of power and authority like their predecessors did in the Sixties, will have the guts to stop this intersectional tin tyrant.