PUTRID PULITZER PRIZE NEWS
Continuing in its grand tradition of handing out journalism prizes to the New York Times for whitewashing the horrors of communism in the 1930s and to the Times and the Washington Post for their in-depth coverage of the “Russian collusion” scandal that turned out to be a combination hoax/attempted coup, the Pulitzer Prize Committee has once again disgraced itself. The Pulitzer Prize for an Essay was given to the author of a New York Times piece that falsely claimed that the main impetus for the American Revolution and the birth of America was preserving slavery, which helped birth the Times’ repugnant “1619 Project” to replace history with anti-American propaganda in schools.
It was a lie so slanderous to the Founders that it sparked the creation of “1776,” a project to refute it founded by prominent African-Americans historians, scholars and writers.
No offense to some of the other Pulitzer winners, whom I’m sure did good work, but when it comes to anything political, it’s obvious that the prize is, to steal a line from former Vice President John Nance Garner, “not worth a bucket of warm spit” (and that’s more actual American history than you’ll learn from the 1619 Project.)
In fact, if you’d like to win a Pulitzer Prize of your own, I have a suggestion for where you can probably find one.
BLATANT ASSAULT ON FREEDOM
If you can’t get out to the gym, here’s something to get your blood pumping and your heart rate up. A federal judge in California, acting on the verdict of a California jury, has ordered the Center for Medical Progress to pay $1.2 million in damages to Planned Parenthood for exposing their reprehensible baby part-selling practices on undercover video.
This blatant assault on freedom of the press has been largely ignored by the mainstream media (or if it’s covered at all, negatively toward the defendants), even though it’s an unconstitutional move to criminalize the same kind of hidden camera exposes that all of them do. They’d just never think of doing it to America’s leading abortion mill.
As we’ve recently learned from all the MeToo activists dropping everything they said a year ago to defend Joe Biden, the left’s much-vaunted “principles” are all secondary to their #1 principle: empowering the left at all costs. So you probably won’t see even “60 Minutes” defending hidden camera reporting if it might damage a leftist icon like Planned Parenthood.
Fortunately, this is not the end of this story. The outrageous, politically-motivated charges never should have been brought, and it’s now been dragging through the California Kangaroo Court system for too long. It will be appealed, and unless it’s slapped down before then, it should eventually arrive at the Supreme Court. One hopes that the SCOTUS will be more concerned with protecting the First Amendment than protecting the right to secretly profit off of slaughtering children in the womb.
TRUE TO HIS WORD
True to his word to police any violations of constitutional rights in the name of coronavirus policy, Attorney General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice are siding with Kevin Wilson, pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
On April 5, police entered the church and informed the pastor that they were violating Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. Pastor Wilson is being threatened with jail time or a fine of up to $2500. But the DOJ issued a legal filing defending the church, arguing that the church is likely to win its case, that its rights have been violated and that Virginia discriminated against churches in its lockdown order. It points out that the church was following social distancing guidelines (it holds 293 people, and there were only 16 present) and that Virginia cannot ban church services while allowing exceptions for secular organizations, such as non-retail businesses.
There are full details of the case at that link, along with the important point by the DOJ that this case has national significance because “the United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of its citizens’ fundamental right to the free exercise of religion, expressly protected by the First Amendment.” It explained that states may have the power to ban gatherings during a health emergency, but they don’t have the power to impose a higher standard on churches than they do on other organizations.
The legal filing also includes the admonition that “there is no pandemic exception to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.” Please let me know if anyone starts a GoFundMe to have that put on plaques and delivered to Democratic Governors and Mayors around the country, and I’ll happily kick in a few bucks.
THE DOWNSIDE OF SNITCHING
Hold on! So you mean there’s a downside to being a government snitch? Who knew?!
After ordering “non-essential” businesses to shut down, St. Louis County created an online form that encouraged people to rat on any businesses they saw that dared to open. More than 900 people filed complaints, but the county didn’t publicize the fact that the form was an official county record, which means it’s public information.
A man named Jared Totsch got a copy and posted it on Facebook, exposing the names of all the snitches, who are now worried about retaliation. To which he replied, "I'd call it poetic justice, instant Karma, a dose of their own medicine. What goes around, comes around. They are now experiencing the same pain that they themselves helped to inflict on those they filed complaints against."
One of the people was interviewed by a local TV station, and she complained that she and two other people in her home have auto-immune issues and were frustrated by seeing lines outside stores that should have been closed. Understandable, but if you’re in a high-risk category, you would have to take more precautions anyway, like not standing in those lines. And the people who ran the businesses, as well as the people who obviously needed their services enough to stand in those lines, were probably more than frustrated by being told to just shut up and go bankrupt.
At this point, nobody should be taking unnecessary risks, but that doesn’t mean that every business must shut down indefinitely while we all hide inside plastic bubbles like the young John Travolta. As Issac Newton pointed out long ago, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If the government doesn’t want radical, aggressive, irresponsible reactions to its policies, then it needs to stop imposing radical, aggressive, irresponsible policies.
I know that conservative media outlets often carry stories about actors, shock jocks, late night comedians and cable TV “news” anchors who make nasty, provocative comments about the President, his family, his supporters, etc. Stories like…well, this.
We don’t cover those very often here, unless they somehow break through to make real news in some way, and I just thought I’d take a moment to explain why. First of all, these people are commentators. As a commentator myself, I can respect that they have to find something to comment on every day. My staff and I try to find important or at least interesting topics and comment on them in informative, entertaining ways. Other people just throw mudballs. Their choice, but like two-year-olds having a perpetual tantrum, they’re just trying to get attention, and I don’t have to give it to them. If you give them the attention they crave, they’ll never learn to be adults.
Secondly, when I see these types of stories about leftists going on insulting, foul-mouthed rants about Republicans, I always think of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” In that classic sitcom, boneheaded TV anchorman Ted Baxter once asked his boss Lou Grant, “Why is it that you always expect me to say something stupid?” Lou responds, “I don’t know, why is that when I see a duck, I expect it to quack?”
And that’s it in a nutshell. We usually don’t cover these stories because “Duck quacks” doesn’t strike us as news.
FROM THE "IRONY OF IRONIES" DESK
From The “Irony of Ironies” Desk: California is begging President Trump for help because so many illegal aliens with COVID-19 are pouring into the “sanctuary state” from Mexico and overwhelming Chula Vista, California’s medical system. Wait, I thought California’s politicians wanted illegal immigrants to swarm across the border and take advantage of free health care, and that the Trump was a xenophobic racist for having a problem with that?
This is yet another sad example of how the chickens are coming home to roost, due to California’s suicidally stupid leftist policies. Another that wags on the Internet are pointing out is that Gov. Gavin Newsom (whose Party has declared war on immigration laws, opened borders and declared first cities and then the entire state to be “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens) is now stunned to learn that Californians are ignoring his “Stay where you are” orders.
Gee, I wonder where Californians could have learned to have no respect for laws that tell them to stay where they are and not go places where they’re not supposed to be?