Great point: The NBA declared North Carolina to be too oppressive a state to do business in because they expect people to use the bathroom that matches their actual genetic gender, but fell over themselves to kowtow to communist China. No hypocrisy there!
This is why we need uncensored, unafraid comedians. Both the NBA and "social justice warrior" millennials should read this and learn a lesson from "South Park." I know the show can be very offensive, but this time, its creators offended the right people in exactly the right way.
Kudos to a new trend by a growing number of stores that are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. At the link is a list of about 35 major chains that are expected to remain closed so that employees can spend the day with their families. Most have always closed on Thanksgiving, but not only are they refusing to yield to pressure and open, but some other chains, such as Stein Mart, that did open previously now plan to be closed.
Let’s get this out of the way upfront: I have nothing against capitalism, and I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to go out and shiver in line at 3 a.m. on a holiday Friday morning, hoping to score a cheap laptop or whatever on Black Friday. But in recent years, as stores feared competitors getting an hour’s jump on the Black Friday market, they started pushing the opening times earlier and earlier until they were opening on Thanksgiving night. That meant their employees had to leave their families and come in even earlier than that to prepare.
If there’s one thing we don’t have enough of in America these days, it’s expressions of gratitude to God for our many blessings. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why our younger generation seems so cynical and ungrateful for the fact that they’re living in the freest, safest, healthiest, cleanest and most abundant place and time in the history of the world. Stopping once a year to gather our families and count and say thanks for our blessings is a good way to remind ourselves of just how many blessings we have.
As for the blessing of great Black Friday deals, if shoppers simply can’t wait one day to buy Christmas gifts that won’t even be opened for another month, then here’s a modest proposal: “Black Wednesday.” Just skip over Thanksgiving entirely, move the orgy of shopping forward two days to Wednesday, then give your employees Thanksgiving off to recuperate from it. Also to thank the Lord that it’s over.
Mitt Romney is continuing his attacks on President Trump, and to nobody on Earth’s surprise, Trump punched back.
It would be nice not to have such public displays of Party in-fighting, but if Mitt just has to declare that he is so aghast at that blackguard Trump, he dropped his monocle, at least maybe he’ll learn a lesson from Trump about how to fight back when attacked. He might also consider that he is a big part of the reason why we have Trump.
When Obama was forcing Obamacare on us and vowing to fundamentally transform America, a lot of Americans who loved this nation the way it was formed the Tea Party. They had rallies where people of all backgrounds who loved the Constitution got together to wave flags, make patriotic speeches, and leave parks cleaner than they found them. In return, Democrats and the media branded them as stupid, racist, xenophobic fascists and terrorists, and the IRS and the FBI targeted them for audits, raids, and blocking of their non-profit status applications to keep them from having a voice in the 2012 election.
So in 2012, the GOP nominated the cleanest, most Boy Scout-like candidate possible, Mitt Romney. Surely, there was no mud they could sling at him. Yet he was accused of being a greedy corporate raider who bullied a classmate, tortured dogs, put women in binders, insured that the wife of one of his employees died of cancer, didn’t care about half of Americans, and probably cheated on his taxes (Harry Reid later admitted that last one was a straight-up lie, but hey, it worked, didn’t it?) And Mitt took it all in stride, lost like a gentleman and wished his opponents well.
So in 2016, GOP voters finally had enough. They nominated a political outsider who was most famous for firing people, who brawled in public, spoke bluntly, named names and promised to drain the swamp. In short, they chose the Anti-Romney, the guy who punched back twice as hard against all the lies, slander and unfair attacks.
Mitt Romney is entitled to voice his opinion, and personally, I’m not comfortable with everything Trump says myself. But as a number of conservative commentators are now pointing out, if Romney had ever gotten half as angry at the lies and slander of the Democrats and the media against him, and put even a fraction as much energy and outrage into fighting them the way Trump would as he’s putting into attacking Trump, he might be on his second term as President now instead of Trump. News flash: it is possible to fight someone other than your own side.
Stop the presses! Elizabeth Warren has been accused of falsely appropriating the victim status of an identity group in order to advance her career!
I’m talking about lying when she claimed she was fired from a teaching job because she was pregnant. What, did you think I was referring to something else? Come on, how many times would someone do a thing like that?
It seems so long ago (a few weeks, which in 24/7 news cycle time is about 10 years) that the new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by a couple of New York Times writers came out and was allegedly going to include bombshell new evidence to impeach Kavanaugh for being a drooling sexual predator (in high school or college or somewhere in there, the dates are always fuzzy.) But have you noticed that nobody seems to know how to build a bombshell anymore? They always start to detonate prematurely, then fizzle and fall apart. That’s what happened with the Times’ Kavanaugh smear job, as the paper oversold its “revelations,” which largely amounted to hearsay from a Clinton insider and an alleged victim who couldn’t even recall how she was supposedly victimized.
So, did the public buy any of this? The answer is “No, literally.”
After two weeks on the market, the expected bestseller, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” has sold approximately 3,120 copies and at last check, was ranked at #7,238 on Amazon’s sales chart. Even granting a generous figure of maybe 4,000 e-books sold, the Washington Examiner calls that “one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade.” Well, they did tell us it would be a bombshell.
My theory is that the book had bad timing. Why pay good money for a load of hooey concocted to justify a politically-motivated impeachment push when most media outlets are spewing the same thing for free?
Of course, you could argue that Americans are simply over the Kavanaugh story and don’t want to hear any more about it, but then how can you explain that Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino’s accurate book on the Kavanaugh hearings, “Justice On Trial,” has sold over 100,000 copies so far? Maybe they’re just “over” being lied to on this subject.
One of the very best and least-reported aspects of President Trump’s trade war with China is that it is sparking and accelerating a move by American companies to relocate factories from China back to America, or at least out of China. This infuriating story involving the NBA gives a perfect example of why Americans should not allow ourselves to become so dependent on China.
That link is to a round-up of stories and comments on how quickly the NBA folded and kowtowed to China after getting economic pressure over a tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. The tweet was even described by big US media companies (also dependent in too many ways on Chinese tech and money) as “controversial” and “offensive.” Morey deleted the tweet and issued a video apology, which has been described as a “hostage video,” the kind of insincere statement people are forced to make at gunpoint (I’m sure that wasn’t literally true because, after all, he’s not actually IN China.)
So, what was this outrageous tweet that was so offensive and controversial? This is it:
“Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”
As Ed Driscoll at Instapundit summed it up, to the NBA and our big media companies like CBS and Disney/ABC/ESPN, freedom and democracy are now controversial and offensive. I think we can mark this down for future reference as the perfect example of the term, “selling your soul.”