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- Federal Judge Rules
- DeSantis signs Parental Rights in Education bill
- And more…
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High Gas Prices
If you read this newsletter, then I assume you are an intelligent person with excellent taste and a keen mind, so I shouldn’t have to debunk the really ludicrous claims from the left. For instance, I assume you would never buy that it’s Trump fault that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. Or that gas prices have been rising for 15 months because Putin invaded Ukraine four weeks ago.
But just in case you have some unfortunate friends or relatives who get their news from sources like CNN, here’s something that might help dispel one of those delusions above.
The Republican Study Committee put out a list of 81 separate actions that this Administration has taken over the past 15 months against the US oil and gas industries that have made it harder and more expensive for them to produce fuel, leading to shortages and higher prices. Accompanying these actions are the average prices of a gallon of gas each week, showing how it has steadily risen from $2.38 a gallon on Inauguration Day to $4.24 last week.
In other words, you’ll get more accurate news about gas prices from one of those Biden “I Did That” stickers on gas pumps than you will from the White House or liberal “news” outlets.
Of course, if Biden still wants to blame Russia for high gas prices, then we could invent a fictitious Russian conspiracy story and claim it was responsible for him becoming President. But who would be dumb enough to believe a tale like that?
DeSantis signs Parental Rights in Education bill
If there was any doubt about the veracity of that anonymous letter from Disney employees claiming that a small cabal of leftists were terrorizing any conservative or Christian employees who didn’t embrace their radical LGBTQ+++ agenda, this should settle it:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill into law. Falsely dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by leftwing activists, the law actually doesn’t say “gay” anywhere in it, nor does it bar parents of LGBTQ children from discussing it. It just bars schools from exposing children in kindergarten through third grade to graphic sexual content and gender politics without parental consent.
And the Disney Corporate leadership, which has been critical of the bill up until now, doubled down with a statement declaring that the bill should never have been passed or signed into law, and “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the state and national organizations working to achieve that.”
So they’ve made it clear that when you spend money on Disney products, that’s how they’ll use it. Overturning this bill to protect children is their "goal as a company." Funny, I thought their goal as a company was to create wholesome entertainment for children and families, not to support indoctrinating small children with inappropriate sexual content without their parents’ consent. That buzzing sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at these misplaced priorities, since Disney doesn’t exactly have a sterling track record on protecting children from sexual exploitation, as this story from 2018 reminds us:
More recently, a Florida crackdown on human traffickers and child predators resulted in the arrest of 108 people, including several Disney employees. Maybe it should be their goal to vet their work force a bit more carefully.
In addition, a Daily Wire poll found that 67% of Americans think Disney is wrong to oppose this law. Among Disney customers, 61% disagree with Disney’s stance.
And a survey last year found that 66% of Americans, including more than half of Democrats, think that corporations should not take political positions. In short, if Disney’s CEO thinks he’s on the right side of this issue, then he’s truly living in Fantasyland.
Revealed: Shocking collusion between the media and the government
This story about a former media figure revealing how the government intimidated and colluded with the media to enforce its COVID narratives and silence any dissent or questions is from Great Britain. So it doesn’t exactly reflect what happened in the US, but it’s close enough for government work.
You pay for it
While I agree that President Biden’s idea of lowering the deficit by taxing “billionaires” while raising spending is economically illiterate pandering that would harm the economy while not lowering the deficit in the long run, I must admit that blogger Don Surber has a good point:
He says that billionaires who expect conservatives to automatically rush to defend them from Biden tax increases should’ve thought of that before they gave so much money to elect Biden and other Democrats and to undermine every American value we care about (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Jeff Bezos, the Twitter and Google gang, etc. etc. etc.) Surber’s message to them:
“If the billionaires aren't with us in opposing abortion, pedophilia and CRT, then why should we be with them on taxes?” And “We are for limited government and therefore limited taxes. But if the rich are now for unlimited government, then I have four words to say to them:
You pay for it.”
Oscar Follow-up And Slapback
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
First, a couple of quick corrections to my hastily-written Oscar report: The co-host was Regina Hall, not Regina Bell (missed it by two letters!), and the underwhelming movie about Lucy and Desi was “Being the Ricardos.” I was thinking of “Lucy and Desi,” the excellent Amy Poehler-directed documentary I’ve seen since, and that I strongly recommend over the Aaron Sorkin dramatization.
Now, on to “The Big Story.” Judging from the wall-to-wall coverage, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock was a more shocking and newsworthy assault than Russia bombing Ukraine (it actually knocked Ukraine out of the headlines.) I’m from Texas, where that wouldn’t even count as a punch. Chris is hardly a brawny guy, and he just shook it off and went on with the show. Some commentators are saying the notoriety could help revive the Oscars’ ratings. Only if next year’s show is like the WWE, with Kenneth Branaugh smashing a folding chair over Dame Judi Dench’s head.
Personally, I thought it was just disgustingly immature behavior of a type that sadly typifies our age. Try to imagine Cary Grant doing that to Spencer Tracy on “the most glamorous night of the year.” Not just the punch, but the cruel and tasteless joke that sparked it, and the very loud F-bomb afterward. It’s the type of classless, boorish behavior that’s been fostered by the Internet, described by Mike Tyson as the place where people say things to others that they only say when they know they won’t get punched in the face.
The latest developments are that the Academy is holding a meeting to discuss revoking Smith’s Oscar (prediction: they won’t. These are the same moral giants who gave an Oscar and a standing ovation to Roman Polanski. And they didn't even have the excuse of being surprised; they'd known what he did for years.) Also, Smith released a statement covered with the fingerprints of professional crisis management consultants, in which he finally remembered to apologize to the guy he hit.
Now, how about an apology from the Academy for not having adequate security, or from all the celebrities who keep preaching to us that “words are violence” and we peasants are intolerant examples of toxic masculinity, but who not only applauded a man whom they’d just watched assault someone, but who frequently make it clear that they believe violence is perfectly acceptable if you disagree with what someone says? That ranges from Kathy Griffin holding up the severed Trump head to Sally Field threatening to assault the Governors of Florida and Texas, the latter of whom is in a wheelchair (“Stupid is as stupid does.”) And that violent intolerance is hardly limited to celebrities.
Finally, how about explaining why they think Will Smith shouldn’t be charged with a crime, but some granny who walked through an open Capitol door and took a selfie on January 6th should spend the rest of her life in prison? Never mind: judging from the scripts of last year’s movies, that would take far more creativity than currently exists in Hollywood.
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