1. Now THIS is a bribe…Al Hoffman Jr., a Florida-based real estate developer and a prominent Republican political donor “demanded” yesterday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians. “For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done?” Mr. Hoffman said in an interview. “It’s the end of the road for me.”
The only ethical GOP response is, “Bye!” Donors may not tie their support to specific legislative measures. That’s a quid pro quo. a bribe. The party should—I would prefer “must”—respond by officially and publicly telling Hoffman that its elected officials will do what they believe is in the best interests of their constituents and the nation, and he is free to contribute to whatever he deems appropriate.
Moreover, his statement shows that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is yet another “Do something!” yelp.
2. Yet more anti-gun hysteria...Could there be a more nakedly emotional and irrational headline than this one in today’s Sunday Times: “Why Wasn’t My Son the Last School Shooting Victim?”(That’s the print version…the online headline is different.)
3. I may have to put “cultural appropriation” on my list of things have to flag every time it’s used…From a New York Times article about Wes Anderson’s new animated film about dogs exiled to a miserable island in the wake of “dog flu” comes this astounding cut-line:
“Critics Address The Issue Of Cultural Appropriation In ‘Isle of Dogs'”
It seems the American director’s work here is influenced by the films of iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. The Horror. Hey, what the hell business does Japan have running professional baseball leagues? Here’s a quick poll as a warm-up for the Warm-Up:Continue reading